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Marilyn Singleton on the Hidden Story of Black Physicians in America

8 days ago

Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD joins the Accad and Koka Report.  Dr. Singleton comes from a long line of American physicians. She shares with us her fascinating family history and her insights into the rich history of Black physicians in America. We also discuss the deleterious effects of race victimization manifest today.

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Sunil Rao: An Editor’s Thoughts on the NEJM/LancetGate

14 days ago

Dr. Rao is an interventional cardiologist and researcher who has been at Duke University for over 10 years. He also works in the Veteran’s hospital in Durhum, is a leader in the cardiology social media community with 16k followers on Twitter, and is also editor-in-chief of the journal Circulation Interventions. In this podcast he discusses …

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David Howard MD, PhD. Race in America

14 days ago

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Dr. David Howard comes on the show to discuss his experiences in America, and more broadly racism in America. Dr. David Howard was originally born in Jamaica and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eighteen. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from …

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Mary Davenport and George Delgado on Reversing Medical Abortion

14 days ago

Our guests Mary Davenport and George Delgado have developed a treatment protocol that can reverse the effects of the abortifacient mifepristone and be given to women who change their mind after a medical abortion. They tell us the story of their pioneering work and of the international network of physicians that is now in place …

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A functional neurosurgeon discusses Elon Musk’s Neuralink

24 days ago

Our guest is Neurosurgeon Chengyuan Wu. Dr. Wu specializes in functional neurosurgery, a field that focuses on using brain surgery to restore function to patients. He discusses Elon Musk’s initiative to create a new brain-human interface using implants in the brain that communicate with the environment.

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A Florida Physician Runs for Congress

May 29, 2020

What does it mean to promote a politically conservative vision for health care? Our guest is Dr. Leo Valentin, a radiologist running as a Republican candidate for US Congress in Florida’s District 7.

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What a Retracted JAMA Paper Tells Us About the Research Enterprise

May 21, 2020

Our guest is Eric Weinhandl, an epidemiologist whose investigation of a JAMA paper on dialysis patients lead to its retraction—and subsequent republication. Eric discusses the steps leading to the paper’s eventual retraction, and what this signals about the larger research enterprise. Eric also discusses the role of bias, conflicts of interest, big data and home …

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Testing and Contact Tracing: The Challenges Ahead

May 14, 2020

Our guest is Gregg Gonsalves, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University Medical School as well as Associate (Adjunct) Professor of Law and Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. His research focuses on the use of quantitative models for improving the response to epidemic diseases and he will help us understand better what …

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Andrew Althouse on Clinical Trial Design and Remdesivir

May 8, 2020

Our guest is Andrew Althouse, statistician at the Center for Clinical Trials and Data coordination in Pittsburgh. He holds an undergraduate degree in Statistics and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. His main area of interest is the design of randomized control trials. He discusses adaptive randomized control trials, and dissects the …

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Charged with Negligence? COVID-19 and the Law

May 1, 2020

Our guest is Dorit Reiss, Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. She holds an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a legal …

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What to Make of J.P.A. Ioannidis?

April 29, 2020

Our guests are Dr. Swapnil Hiremath for the University of Ottawa and Saurabh Jha from the University of Pennsylvania. We discuss the controversies surrounding the COVID-related opinions and research findings of John. P.A. Ioannidis, the notorious Stanford data scientist and physician.

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COVID in India: Relative Peace Amidst Ongoing Challenges

April 26, 2020

Our guest is Dr. Anupam Singh, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Santosh Medical College and Hospital, one of the designated COVID hospitals in Ghaziabad, Utter Pradesh, India. He returns to the show for a great conversation about the surprising aspects of the pandemic in the Indian subcontinent.

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Avik Roy: A Practical Plan to Bring People Back to Work

April 24, 2020

Should we wait for COVID testing benchmarks to be met before we can reopen the economy? What if testing remains imperfect and uncertainty remains high? Our guest is Avik Roy, head of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. He returns to the show to discuss FREOPP’s plan to bring people back to work.

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Nicole Saphier: Make America Healthy Again

April 11, 2020

Our guest is Dr. Nicole Saphier. She is a radiologist and a breast imaging specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Monmouth, New Jersey. She appears frequently as a medical contributor on Fox News, and comments on a variety of medical as well as health policy issues. She comes on today to discuss her new book – …

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Hospital Ethics in the Face of COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Our guest is Aaron Kheriaty, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he is Director of the Bioethics Program. Dr. Kheriaty is the chair of his hospital’s ethics committee and is presently working on a task force with the University of California Office of the President to prepare for …

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COVID-19: The Seattle Experience

March 28, 2020

Our guest is intensive care specialist Mark Tonelli, Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He shares with us the encounter with the COVID-19 pandemic as it emerged from a nursing home in King County, Washington, and how the Seattle area medical community has responded to this first US cluster …

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Paul Offit: Striking a Balance in Our Response to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Accad and Koka welcome Dr. Paul Offit, an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He shares his thoughts on the response …

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Privatizing the NHS: Who Profits?

January 20, 2020

Dr. Bob Gill, producer of the documentary The Great NHS Heist, discusses what life in the National Health Service is like, how it differs from practice in the United States, and most importantly, his fears of what is undermining the mission of the NHS — a hostile takeover by American corporate interests.

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A Tougher Pill to Swallow: Roundtable on Generic Drugs

December 4, 2019

As a follow-up to the episode on the Ranbaxy Scandal, Accad and Koka are joined by medicinal chemist John Tucker, PhD, and hypertension specialist Swapnil Hiremath, MD. The guests share their perspectives and impressions on the unsettling question of generic drugs.

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Can We Trust Generic Drugs? The Ranbaxy Whistleblower Narrates the Pharma Scandal of the Century

November 21, 2019

Generic drugs represent 90% of the pharmaceutical market. Their use has been encouraged through decades of favorable legislation and subsidies, with authorities claiming they are as safe and effective as brand name drugs. Yet generic preparations tainted with impurities are being reported with increasing frequency. What should doctors and the public know about generic drug …

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Health Policy Should Focus on Choice

November 18, 2019

A health policy of choice—not of constraints—is what we need, says our guest David Balat. He is currently the Director of the Right on Healthcare initiative with Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has a broad base of experience throughout the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former Congressional candidate in …

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Psychiatry v. Antipsychiatry

November 14, 2019

As a medical discipline, psychiatry has often been the target of severe criticism, particularly in the last fifty to sixty years. Is the criticism valid or not? What is the outlook for the science of mental illness and the practice of psychiatry? Our guest today defends his chosen medical specialty. George Dawson, MD, DFAPA, is a …

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Polygenic Risk Scoring: An Epidemiologist’s Perspective

October 30, 2019

Has cardiovascular genetics come of age? Are “polygenic risk scores” ready to inform us in clinically meaningful ways? In the final analysis, who or what are epidemiological data informing? Our guest is A. Cecile Janssens, PhD, Professor of Translational Epidemiology at the Rollins school of Public Health at Emory university in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Janssens’ …

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The Trojan Horse of Surprise Billing Legislation

October 27, 2019

Are out-of-network physicians deliberately trying to price-gouge patients in need of emergency care? Will “surprise billing legislation” solve the problems of narrow networks in a socially responsible manner? In this episode, Dr. Koka leads a conversation with our guest, Dr. Daniel E. Choi, on the topic of surprise billing legislation. Dr. Choi obtained his MD …

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Why Is the Antibiotics Market Broken?

September 26, 2019

Big Pharma is abandoning its R&D efforts for antibiotics. What are the regulatory, scientific, and economic factors responsible for this potentially dangerous trend? Our guest on this episode is Dr. David Shlaes. Dr. Shlaes is an infectious diseases specialist who trained was formerly professor of medicine at Case Western medical school in Cleveland, Ohio. He …

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On Abortion

September 10, 2019

This past May, the governor of Alabama signed into law a piece of legislation that imposes great restrictions on abortion. Niran Al Agba recently wrote an op ed about that law and she returns to the show to discuss that op ed and, more generally, to share with us her position on abortion. We are …

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