Each Tuesday at 2:30p EST we host a talk radio show called, “TopDocsRADIO” on Business Radio X. To listen to the live show go to topdocs.businessradiox.com and click the “ON” button in upper right corner. Previous episodes can be found below as well as on the show’s website under “Shows”. There you can do a keyword search to determine if we have covered additional topics you are interested in.
Special Guests: Northside’s Dr. Robert Albin, Sleep Specialist
PODCAST 1/20/15: It is estimated that as many as 35-40% of Americans experience poor quality of sleep secondary to a variety of sleep disorders. We continued our series with Northside Hospital this week as I sat down with Sleep Medicine specialist, Dr. Robert Albin. We talked about the statistics around sleep disorders and Dr. Albin discussed the serious accidents that have occurred that are thought to be related to sleep deprivation. Some of those include: Three Mile Island, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Chernobyl, a recent ferry accident in NYC, and more.
Special Guests: Swift School
PODCAST 12/31/14 : This week I sat down with two learning specialists and three students from The Swift School in Roswell, GA. This private school is one that focuses on the learning needs of high-potential students that are challenged with dyslexia, dyscalculia (problems with math), working memory issues, and others. Their learning environment is designed to help these children achieve their academic potential through smaller class sizes, teaching styles (such as Orton-Gillingham method) that take these various brain types and learning process needs into consideration.
Special Guests: Medical Association of Georgia
PODCAST 1/13/15: This week I sat down with Dr. Michael Green and Marcus downs of MAG to discuss Medical Association of Georgia’s 2015 legislative priorities. We talked about several issues that have a serious impact on both patient outcomes as well as Georgia physicians’ ability to provide care. Some key areas of focus this year include Physician Autonomy/Scope of Practice relating to physician-extending providers such as optometrists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, Third Party Payers, Tort Reform, and Patient Access to Care/Physician Shortage.
Special Guest: Dr. Andrew Pugliese
PODCAST 1/6/15: This week I sat down with our colleague, Dr. Andrew Pugliese, Infectious Disease specialist of Infectious Disease Consultants in Johns Creek. He stopped by to talk about complex patients. He shared how medical studies focus on single illnesses, disqualifying certain age groups and patients with multiple disease states. Dr. Pugliese talked about the fact that in the real world medical office, rare is it that a patient walks in to be treated for a problem who is only dealing with that single disease.
Special Guests: AirWatch
PODCAST 12/23/14: This week on TopDocsRADIO we sat down with Paul McRae of AirWatch by vmware. Healthcare is evolving. As information technology advances and our health laws change, greater importance is being placed on electronic health records. Today, digital data is flowing between departments in a hospital, to physician offices, to practitioners in the patients’ homes. The result is greater efficiency in coordination of care, easier collaboration across multi-specialty teams, and an increased risk of compromise of sensitive HIPAA-protected information.
AirWatch by vmware provides technology that allows healthcare organizations to protect sensitive data across their enterprise, including mobile devices and laptops that may be in use outside the confines of the building or campus of the health company.
Special Guests: Dr. Lee Padove and Dr. Charles Read of Northside
PODCAST 12/16/14: This week we continue our ongoing series with our friends at Northside Hospital. Most folks in Atlanta know that Northside Hospital is the place to go to deliver your baby—as many as 15,000+ babies are born here every year. So, it’s safe to say Northside provides a high level of expertise and resources to care for the easiest delivery to the most complicated births. I sat down with Dr. Charles Read, Maternal-Fetal specialist and Dr. Lee Padove, Cardiologist who focuses heavily on cardiology issues experienced by expecting mothers. We talked about Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Cardiology in pregnancy.
Special Guests: Medical Association of Georgia talking Foreign Medical Graduates
PODCAST 12/9/14 In our ongoing series with Medical Association of Georgia, we discussed International Medical Graduates on this episode. Today, we continue to extend the age to which we humans live. This, coupled with the large post-war baby boomer population that is now entering the elderly population, compounds the effects of the period 2-3 decades ago where it was thought we possessed a surplus of physicians. During that time the creation of new medical colleges and expansion of residency programs was limited. These factors combined to bring us to the situation we find ourselves in today: an expanding shortage of physicians in the US.
Special Guests: Emory’s Dr. Khusrow Niazi
PODCAST 12/2/14 This week I sat down with Emory School of Medicine’s Dr. Khusrow Niazi, Interventional Cardiologist and Director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions. Dr. Niazi is a cardiologist but is different from many other cardiologists as he treats disease from the head to toes. He specializes in blockages of the artery which may involve coronary arteries around the heart which may cause chest pain or heart attack, carotid arteries which may cause TIA or strokes, arteries to the leg which may cause leg discomfort or slow wound healing. In addition he is one of the few cardiologists who also treat veins of the legs which may cause leg cramps, swelling, heaviness or varicose veins. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has helped many patients from getting their legs amputated.
Special Guests: Medical Association of Georgia and “Think About It”
PODCAST 11/11/14 This week I sat down with Dallas Gay and Dr. Tennant Slack along with Lori Cassidy Murphy from the Medical Association of Georgia to talk about their recently-launched campaign to fight prescription medication abuse and addiction. Dallas and Dr. Slack co-chair the campaign and they’re working hard to bring community focus to the problem. The campaign is being funded by the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation and is working to raise awareness of this issue among Georgia’s residents as well as healthcare providers who prescribe controlled medications. Their team has developed colorful handout materials that give key recommendations for persons who have prescriptions for controlled pain or anti-anxiety medications with regard to how they take it, how they store it, and how to dispose of it when they no longer need the medication. Additionally, they’re involved with numerous events around the community to get people talking and thinking about how this problem can be prevented.
Special Guest: Mike Killeen, VP of Marketing of Lenz Marketing
PODCAST 11/4/14 This week I sat down with the Vice President of Marketing for Lenz Marketing, Mr. Mike Killeen. According to the company’s website, Lenz offers clients the full suite of marketing and communication tools to grow their businesses. At Lenz, integrated marketing is the strategic and coordinated implementation of digital and traditional advertising, PR, web sites, social media, and events to achieve a stated goal. The company has been serving the Atlanta area for over 22 years. Mike talked about the fact that the firm started as a traditional marketing company, providing service to a variety of companies looking to increase community awareness of their brands. Early on their leadership saw an opportunity to help businesses within the medical community, from hospitals to physician groups.
PODCAST 10/21/14: This week I sat down with the CEO’s of ShareWIK, Bioscape Digital, and ER Express. With the recent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, new requirements came into effect that placed emphasis on patient satisfaction as a component of reimbursement. As it happens, these innovative companies had been developing and implementing their innovative platforms that dramatically improve patient experience and engagement before the law came into effect. That positions them as leaders in the space and I was pleased to have them join us to talk about what they’re doing.
Special Guests: Cancer Support Community Atlanta at Northside Cancer Institute
Special Guests: Dr. Ken Anderson and Diana Keough
PODCAST: 10/14/14 I hosted Dr. Ken Anderson of Anderson Hair Sciences Center and Diana Keough, CEO/Founder of ShareWIK (What I Know). Dr. Anderson is the board certified plastic surgeon who offers the only robotic hair restoration in the state of Georgia. He brought along a client of his who told his story and showed off his amazing results. Diana Keough talked about the importance of being able to tell the story of your practice and patients you treat as well as providing current, useful information for your site’s visitors that will keep them coming back.
Special Guests: Dr. Andrew Pugliese and Dr. Courtney French Talk Innovations Treating Chronic Sinusitis
PODCAST: 10/7/14 Dr. Pugliese of Infectious Disease Consultants of Georgia and Dr. Courtney French of ENT Institute stopped by to talk about innovations in diagnosing the cause of chronic sinusitis. DNA testing now allows the physician to determine with high accuracy what is causing this chronic inflammation of the sinus passages. With that information they are better able to determine the specific medicines necessary to eradicate a chronic infection and help get patients’ lives back closer to normal.
PODCAST 9-23-30 This week I hosted another physician panel in collaboration with Northside Cancer Institute, talking about preventing and treating skin cancers. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancers every year. Yet this disease is one of the easiest to prevent. Our guests shared excellent info that could help you and your loved ones.
Special Guests: Dr. Evan Brody and Dr. Ashish Kapila of Georgia Podiatry
PODCAST 9-16-14 This week we featured Dr. Brody and Dr. Kapila of Georgia Podiatry. They highlighted reasons why their practice with numerous locations around the Atlanta Metro make the best choice for persons needing help with a foot/ankle problem.
Special Guests: Northside Cancer Institute Physicians Talking Lung Cancer
PODCAST 9-9-14 This week we were pleased to feature Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute physicians for a panel discussing lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Additionally, the lung cancer patient population in Georgia experiences a higher-than-average mortality rate than the rest of the country. It’s a serious concern. Dr. Silverboard, Dr. Simpson, Dr. Wiggers, and Dr. Gouldman shared information about their respective roles on the multi-specialty team required to manage this cancer.
Special Guests: Russ Lipari of Health Connect South, Donald Palmisano of MAG
PODCAST 9-2-14 This week I hosted Russ Lipari, CEO/Founder of Health Connect South and Donald Palmisano of Medical Association of Georgia. Health Connect South is a platform conceived by Russ to bring together the vast healthcare assets that reside here in the Atlanta area. The goal is to foster greater collaboration through increased awareness of the various resources present from research entities to logistics, etc. Medical Association of Georgia advocates for Georgia physicians at the state and federal level to promote a positive, effective environment that will enable delivery of the highest level of healthcare to patients in our state.
Special Guest: Dr. Mark Rheudasil of Emory Heart & Vascular Institute and Georgia Vascular Society
PODCAST 8-26-14 We were joined by vascular surgeon, Dr. Mark Rheudasil, of Emory Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Georgia Vascular Society. He shared some great information about when it makes sense to consult with a vascular surgeon and some innovative new techniques available to help patients with vascular disease. He also talked about how the Georgia Vascular Society helps improve patient outcomes by sharing research findings, educational offerings, and providing a platform for sharing best clinical practices with colleagues around the state.
Special Guest: Dr. David Helfman of Extremity Healthcare Inc and Village Podiatry Centers
PODCAST 8-19-14 This week I sat down with the founder and CEO of Extremity Healthcare Inc and Village Podiatry Centers. He talked about how he grew the practice from a solo office to one of the largest podiatry groups in the Southeast and share some of the innovative services they’re providing through Extremity Healthcare.
PODCAST 8-12-14 This week we interviewed Sheryl Cherico of Tier3MD and Sean Yanes of Advanced Vascular Resources (AVR). Tier3MD is an IT services company that serves the medical sector exclusively. Their team’s background in the healthcare space gives them the ability to understand the complex requirements placed on a medical group’s data security, reporting, and more. They offer consulting services to help groups make the best selection of EMR that should suit their particular needs. AVR provides interventional vascular services of a wide variety in addition to numerous diagnostic studies of the vascular system that allow clinicians to better treat their patients.
PODCAST 7-29-14 I interviewed Alice Kerber and Angie Patterson from GeorgiaCORE and georgiacancerinfo.org about the information resources they provide and how they support cancer research and education in the state. Erin Long from TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation came on to talk about their fundraising golf tournament that was coming up.
PODCAST 7-22-14 Dr. Mark Beaty of Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery joined me to talk about the variety of aesthetic services his practice provids. He offers a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical options for patients desiring aesthetic procedures to enhance the look of their facial features.
PODCAST 7-15-14 This week we are highlighting several medical practices and services that the community could benefit from knowing about. Salude is an upscale transitional care and rehabilitation facility focused on providing specialized short-term, in-patient rehabilitation care in a state-of-the-art environment. Atlanta Heart Specialists’ physicians deliver a full range of cardiology services, including state-of-the-art prevention, consultation, diagnostic and treatment, and rehabilitation care. Gwinnett Medical Center’s Hospital Medicine program helps optimize the patient’s health outcomes by providing round-the-clock physician oversight of care for patients during their stay in the hospital.
PODCASTS 7-8-14 This week I am joined by two cancer survivors who successfully beat their cancers but ended up as part of the group of patients who have problems where they received radiation therapy, called “late effects of radiation”. For most patients who experience these issues the symptoms they experience get better with a few weeks of time and conservative measures. But for some, they persist and can have significant impact on quality of life. The symptoms these patients experience depend upon where the radiation was administered on to the body. They can include non-healing wounds on the gums, sometimes exposing the jaw bone (mandible), necrosis (cell death) of the jaw bone, breast pain, chronic diarrhea, bleeding with urination or bowel movements, bladder pain, painful bowel movements, and sensations of urinary and/or bowel frequency and urgency. Hear how they were able to successfully treat their late effects of radiation with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dick Caillouet, President Elect for the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International and Chairman of their Soldiers Rebound initiative, and Dan Dobson, CEO/Co-founder of Mastermind Marketing share their stories with the audience.
PODCAST 7-1-14 Dr. LaSonya Roberts-Lopez and Dr. Amy Carroll are physicians with WellStar Medical Group. Dr. Roberts-Lopez is an OB-GYN who specialized in urology. She is able to help women dealing with a variety of issues from interstitial cystitis, uterine or bladder prolapse, urinary (and even fecal) incontinence, and more. Dr. Carroll is an OB-GYN who subspecialized in the treatment of gynecologic cancers including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vulvar cancer, cervical cancer, and more. Their training in gynecology, coupled with being women themselves, gives them an advantage when caring for women facing these quality-of-life-altering issues. On this week’s show they discussed a variety of problems they are able to help women with, screening options available for early detection, and measures women can take to prevent occurrence for a number of issues.
PODCAST 6-24-14 This week I’m joined by Dr. Jocelyn Curry, DPM of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia
. She is a podiatrist with Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. She’ll talk about the variety of foot & ankle surgical and medical management services she provides in her Lithonia office, including: Surgical correction of bunions and hammertoes, heel pain/ plantar fasciitis, custom orthotics, reconstructive foot surgery for deformity, sports injuries, and workers compensation foot & ankle care. Dr. Curry’s professional special interests are in forefoot surgery, tendon injury repair and diabetic limb reconstruction.medicine.”
PODCAST 6-17-14 My Special Guests: Dr. Mohammad Sharif, DPM of Village Podiatry Centers, Dr. Doug Redd, MD of Advanced Vascular Resources of Atlanta, Dr. David Schwegman, MD of Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia In the US alone there are over 20,000 lower extremity amputations per month. As many as 68% of them have not had a basic vascular study to determine if revascularization could help save the leg. They discuss measures to prevent amputations of the lower extremities.
PODCAST 6-10-14 Special guests Dr. John Lipman of Atlanta Interventional Institute and Dr. Carlos Alarcon of Marietta OB-GYNare featured on this week’s program. They share information about innovative minimally-invasive procedures and the multi-specialty team approach they use to treat uterine fibroids.
PODCAST 6-5-14 This week, I’ll be joined by two physicians who regularly work with men facing prosate cancer. Dr. PeterRossi of Northside Radiation Oncology and Dr. James Bennett of Midtown Urology will discuss the variety of treatment options available for men dealing with thiscancer that affects as many as one in six men.
PODCAST 5-27-14 On this week’s show,I’ll be talking with Dr. Todd Greer, MD, Phlebologist, of Vein Clinicsof America. He’ll tell us about the variety of services they provide fromminimally-invasive treatment of varicose veins to helping patients who areexperiencing problems related to more severe venous insufficiency, such aslymphedema and even lower extremity ulcers.
PODCAST 5-21-14 Chronic sinusitis, a problem affecting millions of Americans, is an irritation of the sinus/nasalpassages that lasts at least 12 weeks or longer. We will discuss what causes this condition,how to diagnose it, and how to treat it. Guests: Dr. Andrew Pugliese of Infectious Disease Consultants, Dr. Courtney French of ENT Institute, and Dr. Faria Khan of Georgia’s Allergy & Asthma Institute.
PODCAST 5-8-14 This week, we’re going to talk more with Cookie Aftergut of Chemoflage about the experience of chemotherapy, memory issues that can arise during treatment – sometimes referred to as “chemo brain”, and learn all about Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a rehabilitation facility that focuses on the needs of patients who have had previous radiation therapy.
PODCAST 5-1-14 Continuing our focus on breast cancer, this week Charles “CW” Hall is joined by four of the physicians who make up part of the multi-specialty team a breast cancer patient will likely work with on their journey through their treatment. We’ll hear insight from a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, breast surgeon and plastic surgeon about the points/options they feel are important for a patient to be aware of while going through diagnosis and treatment. Guests: Dr. Jenny Chang of Artisan Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jenny Amerson of Breast Care Specialists, Dr. Nancy Wiggers of Northside Radiation Oncology, and Dr. Kristina Bowen of Georgia Cancer Specialists.
Podcast – 4-24-14 with Cookie Aftergut, breast cancer survivor, founder of Chemoflage, Janet Beebe, breast cancer survivor, founder of Breast Cancer Survivors Network, Inc., Lynn Wyatt, breast cancer survivor, and Judy Koeppen, breast cancer survivor discuss their stories and helpful resources for breast cancer patients.