A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

The goal is to have A Second Opinion be seen as the go to place for learning how to improve health and health care. Together we will have conversations with the health thought leaders, the entrepreneurs, the clinicians, the policy makers, the business leaders, and the consumers— to better understand how we all can improve health and well-being — of ourselves as individuals, of our families — and of our communities. We achieve this through education and engagement at the nexus of policy, medicine, and innovation... Show More

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June 28, 2020 61 min

Professor Larry Van Horn is a renowned expert and researcher on health care management and economics at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.  He serves as Executive Director of Health Affairs and Founder and Director of the Center of Health Care Market Innovation at Vanderbilt. Larry is an advisor to the White House on healthcare price transparency, and serves on the Health and Human Services Quality Summit...

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Ken Misch is the President and Chief Financial Officer of MEDHOST, a healthcare technology company focused on providing robust Electronic Health Records designed to meet the special and specific needs of rural and community health systems.  Today, Medhost is a partner to over 1000 facilities in 49 states.  And in our discussion today, you will find particularly fascinating Ken’s personal story overcoming adversity, and how this jou...

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Dr. Jaewon Ryu is President and CEO of Geisinger, a health system that includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. One year into leading this forward-thinking health system, Dr. Ryu shares with us their latest cutting edge innovations, how they are leading the response to COVID, and what the future of hospitals and healthcare will look like.

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Martin VanTrieste is the President and CEO of Civica Rx, a groundbreaking, non-profit pharmaceutical company that’s innovatively working to address our nation’s generic drug shortages.  For years, our domestic drug manufacturing and supply chains have eroded, resulting in shortages of anesthetics, antibiotics, cancer drugs, even sterile IV fluids necessary for delivering nearly every drug used in a surgical setting. 

Martin, who wa...

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On June 9th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and the Center for Health and Wellbeing for our second virtual COVID-19 discussion on the “fiscal, monetary and health policy responses and implications for the economic outlook.” You can hear Part 1 of our discussion in our April 3rd podcast episode. In this wide-ranging discussion, we covered the potential economic impac...

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Dr. Dean Ornish is considered the father of lifestyle medicine, pioneering programs that can reverse life-threatening illness with a combination of a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, meditation and therapy. Dean and I have known each other for over 40 years, dating back to our time together at Massachusetts General Hospital. Then, Dean’s ideas were considered outlandish. Today, we’re finding they may be the key to treating even...

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Dr. Julie Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck.  She is a vaccine and infectious disease expert who served as former CDC Director under President George W. Bush during my tenure in the Senate.  There she led the CDC in responding to HIV/AIDS, SARS, West Nile Virus, and H5N1 avian influenza.  She joins us to share the latest on Merck’s new COVID vaccine announcement, and specifically what we need...

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Dr. Sarah Homitsky is the medical director for the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Homitsky specializes in Pregnancy-Related Depression, and the Center is one of the few places in the country to offer intensive mother-baby outpatient treatment for postpartum depression.

For more information on Dr. Homitsky’s clinic, the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal M...

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Dr. Judy Monroe is the President and CEO of the CDC Foundation. There, she mobilizes philanthropic and private sector resources to support CDCs critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs across the United States, and in more than 130 countries. The first part of our conversation that you're about to hear occurred before COVID-19 came to the United States, and we cover the development of the Ebola vaccine, re...

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Dr. Eduardo Sanchez is the Chief Medical Officer for prevention at the American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Dr. Sanchez previously served as the Texas Commissioner of Health and has had advisory roles with the CDC, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Quality Forum. Throughout my professional career as a heart surgeon, the Ameri...

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Matthew Myers is president of the campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world. Matt and I worked together on tobacco control when I was in the senate. Now he's turned his attention to the vaping epidemic that has seen nicotine addiction rates rise in our youth for the first time in nearly two decades. He'll also give u...

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For this episode we’re doing something a little different.  We’re taking you on the ground to Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida.  First proposed in 2005, the city was built from the ground up with a new first-class medical school as its anchor - the UCF College of Medicine.  Since that time several new nationally recognized healthcare institutions have opened their doors in Lake Nona, including: Nemours Children’s Hospital...

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Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. She is a loneliness and social isolation expert whose research focuses on the longterm health effects of social connections. And she has made the remarkable finding that being socially isolated carries the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And it's more predictive of early death than the effects of air pollution o...

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Senator Frist talks to Dr. Eric Topol, Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, on how COVID affects the heart, when we might see an effective treatment, and the role AI and data can play in beating this virus.  Voted Most Influential Physician Executive in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare, Dr. Topol works on genomic and wireless digital technologies to reshape the future of medicine. He i...

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Last week I joined my longtime friend, Emmy-award winning television host Larry King to talk COVID, the 2020 Presidential election, and my pandemic prediction from 15 years ago. Our interview aired on his show, PoliticKING, which you can find on Hulu and Ora TV.  New episodes air every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30pm ET. 

Thanks to Larry and his team for letting me share our interview with our listeners.  

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Today I’m joined by the innovative Dr. Joe Coughlin – the founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. Recognizing that our society hasn’t adapted to meet the needs of our growing older generation, the MIT AgeLab was created as a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. Just one example i...

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Today I'm joined by Susan Salka, CEO AMN Healthcare Services. The largest healthcare staffing company in the nation. Susan joined AMN when it was just 18 employees. Rising through the ranks, she now runs this $2.5 billion company that leads the nation in placing nurses, physicians, and other healthcare personnel. She's also an advocate for promoting women in leadership and in the boardroom. And has implemented a bottom-up a...

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Brian Castrucci is the President and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on improving health at the community level by investing in tools, partnerships, policies, and the public health workforce. Brian is an award-winning epidemiologist who shares with us why it is vital to invest in our public health infrastructure in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alan Levine is the President and CEO of Ballad health, the innovative integrated healthcare delivery system that serves 1.2 million people in 29 rural counties of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwestern North Carolina, and South Eastern Kentucky. Alan is a longtime friend who is re-imagining our nation's approach to non urban and rural care with impressive results

Support for A Second Opinion comes from PYA, provi...

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Today I’m by joined by Will Brady, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s a long title, but what it means is that Will is at the center of the major policy decisions being made in our nation’s Health Department.  Specifically, Will leads the three issues we will discuss today: interoperability of medical information such as medical records,...

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