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Articles by Michel Accad, Anish Koka

David Heymann and Paul Fine: Herd Immunity Models and Realities

23 days ago

Our guests are Professors David L. Heymann and Paul Fine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Professor Heymann is a physician who held leading positions at the WHO for more than 20 years, coordinating global responses to epidemics such as Ebola, AIDS, polio, and SARS. He also served as Chairman of Public …

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Sally Satel: Should Med Schools Teach Antiracism?

29 days ago

Our guest is physician and author Sally Satel, MD. Dr. Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in the Washington DC area. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and an MD degree from Brown …

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Damian Carabello on Surprise Billing: Through the Looking Glass

September 17, 2020

Dr. Damian Carabello discusses the depths insurance companies go to make sure they end up on top. SHOW NOTES Damian Carabello, MD: Twitter​Anish Koka long read on surprise billingDamian Carabello “Let’s end surprise billing without a Trojan horse” blog on KevinMD about the problems with benchmarking.Twitter thread on the history of IngenixAndy Slavitt’s involvement with …

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John Mandrola: Why Doctoring and Politics Shouldn’t Mix

September 11, 2020

Dr. John Mandrola returns to the show to discuss why doctoring and politics shouldn’t mix and how he got into hot water on Twitter for holding that unacceptable view. Dr. Mandrola is an electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky. He is is cardiology editor on Medscape where he writes a regular column and produces a weekly podcast. …

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Adam Mortara on Litigating Affirmative Action

September 6, 2020

Our guest is Adam Mortara, lead trial counsel in the case of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University. We discuss the legal aspects of affirmative action in light of the paper by Dr. Norman Wang which set off a storm of controversy in academic medicine. SHOW NOTES Adam Mortara, JD: Professional page​Watch the episode …

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Robert Yeh on Harnessing Real World Evidence

September 4, 2020

Our guest is Robert Yeh, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. We discuss the challenges of outcomes research and his excellent work to improve the reliability of observational studies. SHOW NOTES Robert W. …

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Amy Wax on Wokeness in Medicine

August 26, 2020

Our guest is Amy Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before attending law school she obtained her undergraduate degree from Yale University in biophysics and biochemistry, graduating summa cum laude. She then attended Harvard Medical School and trained as a neurologist at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center before …

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Gabriela Gomes: Why Herd Immunity May Be at Hand

August 21, 2020

Our guest is Gabriela Gomes, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde. She specializes in population dynamics and the modeling of herd immunity and her recent work suggests covid-19 herd immunity may be at hand. We discuss how herd immunity thresholds are estimated and why she thinks classic models are flawed and must incorporate …

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Diversity in Cardiology, with Martha Gulati

August 20, 2020

A recent article authored by Dr. Norman Wang on the history and current state of affirmative action programs in medical schools and cardiology departments has led to a storm of controversy and to Dr. Wang’s demotion as fellowship program director. To discuss that article and the controversies we are joined by Dr. Martha Gulati, division …

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How Health Care Intermediaries Profit

August 19, 2020

Marion Mass is a pediatrician in the Philadelphia area where she has practiced in hospital, Emergency Room, delivery room, outpatient, and urgent care settings. She graduated from Duke University Medical School and trained in Pediatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has been writing about life inside medicine, published in the WSJ, Washington Times, …

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Accad/Koka on Lockdowns

August 18, 2020

Anish Koka and Michel Accad discuss lockdowns in light of the experience of the last few months. SHOW NOTES Michel Accad: It’s Not About Trade-Offs​Watch the episode on YouTube

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Joshua Gottlieb on Government Policy and Physician Income

August 7, 2020

Joshua Gottlieb is an economist who co-authored a recent paper examining the effect of government policy and physician income. The paper was recently presented at a conference co-sponsored by the NBER and NIA and its pre-publication has generated significant controversy among doctors. SHOW NOTES Joshua Gottlieb, PhD: Twitter and WebsitePaper: Who Values Human Capitalists’ Human …

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Manny Sethi. Trauma Surgeon & US Senate Candidate

July 30, 2020

Manny Sethi is a trauma surgeon running to be the next senator from the state of Tennessee. He is the son of immigrants, and an unabashed conservative who discusses his journey from medicine to politics, as well as his views on healthcare. SHOW NOTES Manny Sethi: Twitter and BioWatch this episode on YouTube

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Avik Roy: The FREOPP plan for reopening schools

July 29, 2020

Reopening schools in the midst of a pandemic is a controversial topic. FREOPP, a non-partisan think tank founded by Avik Roy recently released a plan for reopening schools. We discuss some of the data from around the globe, as well as practical considerations related to opening schools. SHOW NOTES FREOPP: Reopening America’s Schools and Colleges …

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Edward Leamer: Is Econometrics a Con?

July 23, 2020

Dr. Leamer is a Professor of Economics and Statistics at UCLA who comes on the show to discuss the recent arrival of econometric analyses in medicine. He is a longstanding skeptic of the robustness of conclusions derived from econometrics and has some advice for clinicians puzzling over what to do with these analyses. SHOW NOTES …

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Rohin Francis: Britain, COVID, and Race in Medicine

July 12, 2020

Our guest is Rohin Francis, MD. Dr. Francis is a Cardiologist in London, who also hosts a popular YouTube channel. He recently discussed what COVID may tell us about racism in science and medicine, and comes on the show for a wide ranging discussion on racism in medicine, COVID in Britain, and how minority groups …

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Marilyn Singleton on the Hidden Story of Black Physicians in America

June 24, 2020

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

June 18, 2020

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

June 18, 2020

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

June 18, 2020

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

June 8, 2020

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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