Inspired to Act

Inspired to Act

  • Making Clinical Trials More Relevant

    Dec 12, 2013 | 14 min
    How can clinical trials be made above reproach? How can a healthcare professional best interpret the results of clinical trials? Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and past-president of the American College of Cardiology, joins Host Dr. Martin A. Samuels to discuss these and other topics.
  • Implanting the First Artificial Heart

    Dec 12, 2013 | 14 min
    In April, 1969, the first artificial heart was implanted as a bridge until a human heart could be implanted. It was hailed as a milestone medical treatment, but the ethical implications were widely debated as well. The heart surgeon who performed this ground-breaking surgery, in addition to devising pioneering surgical treatments for infants and children and founding the Texas Heart Institute, Dr. Denton Cooley, is Dr. Martin Samuels' guest.
  • Ask the Neurologist: Dr. Samuels Answers Your Questions

    Dec 12, 2013 | 13 min
    Host Dr. Martin A. Samuels, neurologist-in-chief and chairman of the department of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, answers your questions about promising therapies for ALS, the role of exercise for Parkinson's disease patients, sleep apnea, and more.
  • Traditional Values in Medicine: Do They Still Exist?

    Dec 12, 2013 | 13 min
    Do 'traditional values' still exist in the practice of medicine? Did they ever? Is medicine a calling? And what is the role of the individual physician in the greater profession? Dr. Allan Ropper, clinical neurologist, executive vice-chair of the department of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, and associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine joins host Dr. Martin Samuels, to discuss these and other topics.
  • Time, Peace, and Healing

    Nov 25, 2013 | 13 min
    How can a physician be an activist in his or her patient's healing? Can that same physician be an activist in society's healing? Joining host Dr. Martin Samuels is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, noted cardiologist and author Dr. Bernard Lown. Among other topics, they discuss how time is critical in understanding the ailments of the patient, and individual physician's responsibility to society.
  • Innovations in Distance Learning and CME Around the World

    Nov 11, 2013 | 15 min
    How can American learning institutions effectively disseminate medical knowledge around the world? What are some of the attributes of Continuing Medical Education that make it improve patient outcomes? Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, dean for continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, discusses these topics and others with host Dr. Martin Samuels.
  • Misdiagnosis and Other ‘Thinking Errors’

    Sep 23, 2013 | 13 min
    Is there any way for clinicians to avoid misdiagnosis and other 'thinking errors'? Host Dr. Martin Samuels discusses this important topic with researcher, physician, and author Dr. Jerome Groopman. Dr. Groopman explores some of the unintended consequences of targeted medical research and 'the Christopher Reeve effect.'
  • Doctor-Patient Communications

    Jul 29, 2013 | 14 min
    Communicating with our patients is one of the most crucial aspects of our work, and an area which is always evolving and we constantly work to improve. Joining host Dr. Martin Samuels in this conversation is Dr. Timothy Johnson, who, as medical editor and medical commentator on ABC News, arguably speaks to more patients per year than almost any other doctor in America.
  • World Class: Sir Roger Bannister's Career in Sports & Neurology

    Jul 15, 2013 | 13 min
    Does overcoming defeat and reversal in sports lead to success in career? Joining host Dr. Martin Samuels is Sir Roger Bannister, who as a medical student in May, 1954, shattered a barrier in athletics that many believe stands as one of the greatest athletic accomplishments of the 20th century. But success did not come easily to Sir Roger. He and Dr. Samuels discuss breaking the record, and then choosing to retire as a running and begin his "real" career as a world class neurologist.
  • A Transplantation Pioneer Looks Forward

    Jun 24, 2013 | 13 min
    Now in his 80s, Dr. Thomas E. Starzl is actively pursing his latest research interests and gives no indication of slowing down. He is widely known as the father of transplantation. But what is not widely known is that his early work was in neurophysiology. What made him choose surgery? What was it like when he was doing his pioneering transplantation work? What is he researching now? Host Dr. Martin Samuels and Dr. Thomas Starzl discuss.

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