Charged: Stories from the Women Leading Health Care

Charged: Stories from the Women Leading Health Care

How do you truly connect with others and lead with empathy? Why is heart disease different for women? What can we do to make addiction treatment more accessible and more successful? How can you maintain the balance between rising in your field and taking care of your family? Charged, a new podcast from Mass General, is devoted to answering these questions and many more. We’ll be uncovering the stories of the relentless daily pursuit to break boundaries and provide exceptional care. In each episode, you’ll hear from the passionate and talented women of Mass General, who are leading the charge on some of the most significant innovations in health care today.

Episodes

July 21, 2021 36 min

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have faced more than 6,000 hate incidents since the start of the pandemic, which is about a 149% rise since the last year. The racially motivated incidents range from verbal harassment virus to physical attacks.

In this special episode of Charged, a panel of guests discuss the history of racism against the AAPI community, how the pandemic has fueled it and why this group has been widely ...

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The WHO reports that almost 1/3 of women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. Eve Valera, PhD, neuroscientist, has spent more than 20 years researching the prevalence of TBI resulting from intimate partner violence and the impact these injuries can have.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Valera explains the impairments that women endure due to TBIs resulting from intimate partner violence and the barri...

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Rachel Sisodia, MD, gynecologic oncologist and surgeon, believes that it is critical to strike a balance between doing what is needed to treat someone's cancer and honoring what is most important to them. She partners with each patient to fight cancer together as a team.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Sisodia talks about her experience caring for women with cancer, her efforts to promote women into leadership positions, and he...

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May 12, 2021 12 min

Happy Mother’s Day from the Charged team at Massachusetts General Hospital! In honor of this special day, we are celebrating the many amazing mothers at Mass General.  

In this episode, we asked a few of our most recent guests to share their stories about parenting, the importance of having a community of support and how healthy habits can help to ensure that working parents (moms and dads!) do not miss the small moments of joy. 

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When Galit Alter, PhD, immunologist and virologist, began her career during the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis, there were few researchers who were studying the immune system in the context of infectious diseases. She quickly became curious about how the human immune system fights different viruses and how uncovering this knowledge could significantly impact the way vaccines are developed. 

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Alter, a ...

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Dr. Leigh Anne Dageforde first realized her passion for transplantation surgery during a moment in her residency when she witnessed the immediate result a kidney transplant surgery provided to a patient. Over the course of her career, her dedication to the field has only grown. The field of transplant surgery is special to her because doctors can give their patients something new, and in turn, give them back their life.  

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Migraine is a leading cause of disability worldwide and women make up 85% of migraine sufferers. Despite its prevalence and known associations with an increased risk of other health complications, there are many questions still unknown.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Andrea Harriott, discusses the associations between migraine and other health complications, the significant gender disparity amongst migraine sufferers, and her work...

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March 17, 2021 15 min

As our world becomes increasingly virtual, the field of medicine has also followed suit. Today, more than 40% of health care consumers use social media as a source for important health care information—and this number is only expected to grow. 

In this special episode of Charged, some of our past guests share their perspectives on social media’s place in medicine, its impact on patient care and how they use it personally and pro...

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Infertility is more common than many people might think. And yet, many people are hesitant to discuss their struggles. This is exactly why Irene Souter, MD, has dedicated her career to helping couples facing infertility find the best way to grow their family.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Souter discusses the various options for how to have a healthy baby as well as her participation in a 20-year study that investigates the impac...

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Dr. Uma Naidoo, developed a passion for food and cooking at a young age—a deep interest that persisted throughout her career as a practicing psychiatrist. Eventually, it led her to wonder if food and diet can somehow be used in mental health medicine. Dr. Uma is a leading expert and pioneer in the field of nutritional psychiatry, a new area of research and clinical practice that looks at how food influences brain function. 

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When Dr. Inga Lennes was in medical school, she aspired to be a physician that strives to listen to patients’ voices. A practicing thoracic medical oncologist, Dr. Lennes has become a leader in the management of lung and esophageal cancer, enhancing quality and safety measures, and improving the patient experience.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Lennes explains her approach to caring for patients with a serious prognosis and her p...

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According to the NIMH, nearly one in five adults in the US lives with mental illness. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Luana Marques, believes that everyone should be equipped with the skills to help them manage and overcome mental health challenges.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Marques shares the anxiety-management skills she learned while growing up in Brazil, what drove her to pursue a career in psychology and how cognitive be...

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January 6, 2021 2 min
Happy New Year from the Charged team at Massachusetts General Hospital!   In honor of the new year, we are listening back to last year's bonus episode when we asked some of our past guests about their New Year's resolutions. We hope this inspires you as you think about your own plans for the new year.
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Dr. T. Salewa Oseni, breast surgical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, knows that when a team caring for patients of all backgrounds does not also reflect the same inclusivity amongst its members, the quality of care suffers. As the co-director of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in the Mass General Department of Surgery, much of Dr. Oseni’s work is dedicated to changing the face of medicine, to become mor...

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Miho Tanaka, MD, a sports medicine surgeon, was 11 years old when she knew that she wanted to become a doctor who treats athletes. As a former athlete herself, Dr. Tanaka routinely felt there was one thing lacking in her health care experience: a shared passion and motivation for a speedy return to the sports she loved.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Tanaka talks about why she chose sports medicine, pursuing a career in a male-dom...

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As chief of the Mass General Infectious Diseases Division and one of five members on the Boston COVID-19 Advisory Board, Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, has witnessed the transformation of the landscape for viral diseases. Recently, Dr. Walensky was nominated by President-elect, Joe Biden, to serve as the next director of the CDC.

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Walensky discusses how she has worked to help expand access to care for HI...

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As an emergency medicine physician and associate chief quality, officer at Mass General, Emily Aaronson, MD, works to ensure that patient safety and clinical quality are implemented across all operations.   

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Aaronson discusses how she helped lead Mass General’s efforts to improve patient safety, her role integrating palliative care in the emergency department during COVID-19 and how communication mak...

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As associate chief of the Infection Control Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD, focuses on infection prevention and control, with a special interest in preparedness and response to emerging infectious diseases. 

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Shenoy talks about what drove her to pursue a career in infection control, her unique experience of being a key leader and advisor in the hospital’s planning and...

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Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, a geriatrician and palliative care specialist, has worked throughout her career to strengthen the quality of care for patients with serious illnesses and expand the breadth of research on aging and chronic illness in an effort to close the current gaps in care of older adults. 

In this episode of Charged, Dr. Ritchie discusses how her upbringing in South Korea ignited her passion for geriatric medici...

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Joan Quinlan, MPA, has dedicated her entire career to advocating for the underserved. As the current vice president for community health at Massachusetts General Hospital and founding director of the Center for Community Health Improvement, Joan has strived to improve the health status of underserved communities and their access to health care.  

In this episode of Charged, Joan shares the unexpected way in which she developed h...

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