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2017 Podcast Guests & Medical Influencers in Review

December 31 2017

by Neel Desai, M.D.

Happy New Year! Thank you to all our inspiring 2017 The Happy Doc Podcast Guests and Medical Influencers. We appreciate each one of you! Let us on reflect on some amazing healthcare professionals we have had the honor of getting to know in 2017, each doing some amazing things in each of their unique healthcare spaces.

2017 The Happy Doc Influencers/Podcast Guests with Short Bios & Related Links/Podcast Episode Links

1. Pamela Wible, M.D.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing (Pet Goats and Pap Smears, How to Get Naked with Your Doctor), Blogging, Social Media, Podcasting (Pamela Wible Reports) , Documentaries, Physician Retreats, Mentorship, Webinars, Public Speaking
Special Interests: Physician & Medical Student Suicide, Medical & Physician Wellness Ideal Medical Care, Micro-practice, Physician Entrepreneurship.
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Pamela Wible
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Wible

2. Zubin Damania, M.D. (“ZDOGGMD”)
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Specialty: Hospital Medicine
Talents: Medical Satire, Music Videos, Social Media, Podcasts, Rapping, Singing, Guitar, Healthcare News Commentary, Public Speaking
Special Interests: Healthcare policy, Physician entrepreneurship, Health 3.0, healthcare workers’ rights, Silent No More, Violence against healthcare workers, Zpac (ZDOGGMD Followers), Incident Report Facebook Livecast, Against Medical Advice Facebook Weekly LiveCast
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Zubin Damania, a.k.a. “ZDOGGMD”

3. Paddy Barrett, M.D.
Specialty: Interventional Cardiology
Location: La Jolla, California, U.S.A.
Talents: Podcasting – The Doctor Paradox Podcast
Special Interests: Physician Wellness, Physician Suicide
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Paddy Barrett
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Paddy Barrett

4. Robert Wachter, M.D.
Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Specialty: Hospital Medicine
Talents: Writing (The Digital Doctor), Public Speaking
Special Interests: Patient safety, Medical Education, Electronic Health Records
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Robert Wachter

5. Jamie Katuna, MS1
Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Specialty: TBD (planning Family Medicine)
Talents: Spoken Word Artist YouTube Videos, Blogging, Social Media
Special Interests: Healthcare policy commentary, Medical Education, Physician/Medical Student Wellness, Athletics, Basketball, Fitness
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Jamie Katuna
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Medical Student Jamie Katuna

6. Waqas Khan, M.D.
Location: Illinois, U.S.A.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Talents: Healthcare Not Fair Medical Satire YouTube Video Series
Special Interests: Healthcare policy commentary, Physician Burnout, Physician Suicide, Physician Entrepreneurship.
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Waqas Khan

7. Jessica K. Willett, M.D.
Location: Northern California, U.S.A.
Specialty: Emergency Physician
Talents: Blogging, Social Media, YouTube Videos
Special Interests: Global humanitarian health, Prehospital medicine, HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services), Sports sciences.
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Jessica K. Willett, M.D.

8. Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.
Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Specialty: Pediatrics
Talents: Writing (Mamma Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance), Blogging, TV Health Commentary, Social Media
Special Interests: Digital Health, Public Health
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson

9. Michael Sevilla, M.D.
Location: Salem, Ohio, U.S.A.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Talents: Social Media, Local TV Health Commentary
Special Interests: Social Media, Public Health
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Mike Sevilla

10. Peter Valenzuela, M.D., M.B.A.
Location: Sonoma Valley, California, U.S.A.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Talents: WebComic Medical Satire Doc Related
Special Interests: Healthcare Commentary, Public Health
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer and Podcast about Dr. Peter Valenzuela

11. Sumit Patel, M.D
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Talents: Blogging, Social Media, Writing, Photography
Special Interests: Medical Education
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Sumit Patel, M.D.

12. Suneel Dhand, M. D.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing (Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha), Blogging, YouTube videos
Special Interests: Healthcare policy commentary, Medical Education, Patient Advocacy, Holistic/Preventive Care Medicine
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Suneel Dhand

13. Sarah Mongiello Bernstein, M.D.
Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Talents: Blogging, Social Media
Special Interests: Global Health, Healthcare policy commentary, Medical Education
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Sarah Mongiello Bernstein

14. Colin Taylor, M.D.
Specialty: Radiology
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Talents: Website development, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Wellness & Personal Development
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Colin Taylor

15. Sara Taylor, M.D.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Talents: Website content production, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Wellness & Personal Development
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Sara Taylor

16. Chris Carroll, M.D., M.S.
Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Talents: Medical Journals, Blogging, Social Media, Gamification of Medical Education
Special Interests: Respiratory disease in children, use of new media by academic clinicians and researchers
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Chris Carroll

17. Mary Brandt, M.D.
Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Location: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Blogging, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Education, Medical Ethics, Physician & Medical Student Wellness
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Mary Brandt

18. Farhan, MS2
Specialty: TBD
Location: Southern California, U.S.A.
Talents: Video Documentaries, YouTube Videos, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Education, Physician & Medical Student Wellness
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Farhan

19. Barbara Ebel, M.D.
Specialty: Anesthesiology
Location: Tennessee, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing Medical Fiction (Deadly Delusions), Public Speaking
Special Interests: Therapy dogs, Physician disability, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Healthy Living, Philanthropy
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Barbara Ebel

20. Joseph Sakran, M.D., M.P.A., M.P.H.
Specialty: Acute Care/Emergency General Surgery
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Talents: Public Speaking
Special Interests: Gun Violence Prevention, Healthcare Public Policy, Advancement of surgery in poor resource settings, trauma system development, outcomes research
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Joseph Sakran

21. Gus W. Krucke, M.D.
Specialty: Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine
Location: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Social Media, Public Speaking
Special Interests: HIV, Palliative Care
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Gus W. Krucke
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Gus W. Krucke

22. Brad Nieder, M.D., C.S.P., “The Healthy Humorist”
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location: Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Talents: Public Speaking, Writing (Humor Me) Medical Humor, Stand Up Comedy, Website Content, YouTube Videos, DVD Videos, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Humor
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Brad Nieder, C.S.P., “The Healthy Humorist”

23. Bertalan Mesko, M.D., PhD
Specialty: Genomics
Location: Hungary
Talents: Public Speaking, Blogging, YouTube Videos, Writing (The Guide to Future of Medicine, My Health: Upgraded), Social Media
Special Interests: Digital Health, Medical Technology Consulting, Personalized Medicine, Healthcare Consulting, Philanthropy, Pharmaceutical Consulting, Government Consulting
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Bertalan Mesko

24. Siddharta “Sid” Mukerjee, M.D., DPhil
Specialty: Oncology
Location: New York, New York, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing (The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, The Laws of Medicine, The Gene), Medical Video Documentaries, Public Speaking, Social Media
Special Interests: Cancer research, Genetics, Mental Illness, Medical Education
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Sid Mukherjee

25. David Draghinas, M.D.
Specialty: Anesthesiology
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, Podcasting (Doctors Unbound Podcast), Social Media
Special Interests: Patient Education on Anesthesiology Myths, Physician Networking
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. David Draghinas
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. David Draghinas

26. Ed McDonald, M.D.
Specialty: Gastroenterology
Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Talents: Gourmet Cooking, Blogging, Social Media, Music Video production, Nutrition Education, Television Chef
Special Interests: Community Health, Culinary Nutrition, Digestive diseases, Public Health, Weight Loss, Social Determinants of Health
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Ed McDonald

27. Wendy Goodall McDonald, M.D., a.k.a “Dr. Every Woman”
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Talents: Blogging, Singing, Music Videos, Writer, Medical Humor
Special Interests: Women’s Health, Children’s Mental Health, Head Wraps, Crocheting, Knitting
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald

28. David Hindin, M.D, M.S.
Specialty: General Surgery
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Talents: Public Speaking, Medical Apps, YouTube Videos, Vlogging, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Education, Medical Innovation, Digital Health, Medical Technology
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. David Hindin

29. Patricia Salber, M.D., M.B.A.
Specialty: Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine
Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Talents: Blogging, Social Media
Special Interests: Digital Health, Healthcare Policy Commentary, Medical Innovation, Global Non-profit philanthropy, Public Health
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Patricia Salber

30. Mike Farrell, M.D.
Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Location: Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Talents: Vlogging, YouTube Videos, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Education, Musculoskeletal Health, Neurological Health, Physician Entrepreneurship (Ability Science)
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Mike Farrell, M.D.
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Mike Farrell, M.D.

31. Adeel Yang, M.D.
Specialty: Medical Education, Medical Education Technology
Location: Arizona, U.S.A.
Talents: Artistry, Tri-Athlete
Special Interests: Pictorial representation of knowledge (Picmonic Co-founder) for medical education, Venture Capitalism, Biotechnology, Medical Devices
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Adeel Yang

32. Jeremy Draper, M.D.
Specialty: Family Medicine, Functional Medicine
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, Physician Entrepreneurship
Special Interests: Exercise, Cross Fitness
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Jeremy Draper

33. Amy Faith Ho, M.D.
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location: Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Public Speaking, Writing, Website Content, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Education, Emergency Physician Wellness
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Amy Faith Ho

34. Dustyn Williams, M.D.
Specialty: Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, YouTube Medical Education Videos, Social Media
Special Interests: Medical Education
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Dustyn Williams

35. Venu Junapalli, M.D.
Specialty: Gastroenterology
Location: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing, Web Content, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Entrepreneurship, Conscious Medicine, Philosophy, Reading, Health 3.0, Healthcare Commentary, Medical Innovation, Physician Wellness, Medical Educaiton
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Venu & Vinay Junapalli

36. Vinay Junapalli, M.D.
Specialty: Interventional Cardiology
Location: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Entrepreneurship, Micro-practice, Conscious Medicine, Philosophy, Reading, Health 3.0, Healthcare Commentary, Medical Innovation, Physician Wellness
The Podcast Episode with Dr. Venu & Vinay Junapalli

37. Kristina Dakis, M.D.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Talents: Musician, Writing, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Mental Health, Test taking anxiety, Maternal/Child Health, Reproductive Medicine, Family Medicine, Medical Education
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Kristina Dakis

37. Kevin Pho, M.D.
Speciality: Internal Medicine
Location: Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.A
Talents: Writing, Public Speaking, Website Content, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Wellness, Digital Health, Patient Advocacy, Healthcare Policy Commentary
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Kevin Pho – Part 1 & 2

38. Dianne Evans, D.O.
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Location: U.S.A. (varies)
Talents: Corvettes, Low-speed Car Racing, Public Speaking
Special Interests: Locum Tenens OBGYN (CompHealth), OBGYN Board Prep (Passing Your OBGYN Boards), Medical Education, Working Vacations
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Dianne Evans Part 1 & Part 2

39. David Buxton, M.D.
Specialty: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult & Pediatric Palliative Care
Location: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
Talents: Public Speaking, Writing, Blogging, Social Media, Local TV Health Commentary
Special Interests: Mental Health, Digital Health, Healthcare Innovation, Healthcare Commentary
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. David Buxton

40. Marteney Jacobs, a.k.a. “MissMedDiva”
Specialty: Medical Education Marketing
Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Blogging, Social Media, Motivating Medical Students
Special Interests: Medical Education (OnlineMedEd), Marketing, Digital Health
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Marteney Jacobs and Dr. Jamie Fitch

41. Jamie Fitch, M.D.
Specialty: Epidemiology, Public Health
Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, Social Media, Videos
Special Interests: Global Health, Medical Education, Digital Health, Data Information, Physician Entrepreneurship
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Marteney Jacobs and Dr. Jamie Fitch

42. Mark Leeds, D.O.
Specialty: Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
Talents: Programming, Health Technology, Marketing, Blogging, Social Media, Physician Entrepreneurship
Special Interests: Digital Health, Computer Programming
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Mark Leeds

43. Yami Lancaster, D.O., MPH, MS, CHWS, FAAP
Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Yakima, Washington, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Entrepreneurship, Micro-practice, Comprehensive Wellness Care, Medical Education
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Yami Lancaster

44. Michael Sass Jr., D.O.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location: Middletown, New York, U.S.A.
Talents: Social Media, Weight Lifting, Rowing Exercises, Stationery Air Bike. Exercise Science & Physiology
Special Interests: Physician Wellness, Physical Fitness, Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health, Palliative Care
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Michael Sass

45. Lisa Splitstoesser, M.D.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location: Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Talents: Integrated & Comprehensive Wellness Care
Special Interests: Physician Entrepreneurship, Integrated
Healthcare, Lifestyle Based Medicine
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Lisa Splitstoesser

46. Ashley Maltz, D.O.
Specialty: Internal Medicine, Integrative Physician
Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Talents: Website Content, Social Media, Integrated & Comprehensive Care
Special Interests: Physician Entrepreneurship, Holistic Medicine
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Ashley Maltz

47. Alex King, D.O.
Specialty: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neuro-musculoskeletal medicine
Talents: Abstract Artistry, Illustrative Art, Creative Arts, Creative Thinking, Medical Innovation, Writing, Website Content, Social Media
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Special Interests: Artistry, Osteopathic Manipulation, Neuro-musculoskeletal Medicine, Comprehensive Health Care, Mindfulness, Meditation
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Alex King

48. Nathalie Martinek, PhD
Specialty: Healthcare Wellness, Medical Professional Self Care, Burnout Prevention
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Talents: Blogging, Podcasting, Website Content, YouTube Videos, Social Media, Mentorship, Spiritual Retreats
Special Interests: Meditation, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Healthcare Mentorship, Healthcare Professional Retreats, Developmental Biology, Cancer Research, Joy & Creativity in Healthcare, Healthcare Innovation, Medical Education
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Nathalie Martinek

49. Alex Iacono, MS3
Specialty: TBD (planning Psychiatry)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Talents: Audio Technician for The Happy Doc Podcast, Social Media
Special Interests: Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Medical Student/Physician Wellness, Medical Education, Medical Student Mentorship, Medical Student Advocacy, Dogs, Video Gaming, Nature, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Reading, Time with Friends.
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Alex Iacono

50. Jude Miller Burke, PhD
Specialty: Human and Organizational Development
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Talents: Public Speaking, Writing, Healthcare Consulting, Career Coaching, Blogging, Website Content, YouTube Videos, TV Health Commentary, Social Media
Special Interests: Personal Development, Career Coaching, Executive Coaching.
The Happy Doc Podcast Episode with Dr. Jude Miller Burke

51. Marika Lindholm, PhD
Specialty: Sociology
Location: Illinois, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing, Website Content, Social Media
Special Interests: Mindfulness, Solo Mom Support/Advocacy (ESME – Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere Online Community), Self-Care, Mindfulness.
The Happy Doc Episode with Dr. Marika Lindholm

52. Charles D’Angelo
Specialty: Weight Loss/Life Coaching
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing, Speaking, Motivation, Weight Loss Expert, Website Content, Blogging, Videos, Social Media
Special Interests: Weight Loss Coaching, Life Coaching, Physical Fitness, Mental Fitness
The Happy Doc Episode with Charles D’Angelo

53. Mark Shapiro, M.D.
Specialty: Hospital Medicine
Location: San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Talents: Podcasting (Explore the Space Podcast), Social Media
Special Interests: Physician Wellness, Healthcare Commentary
The Happy Doc Medical Influencer Dr. Mark Shapiro

54. Taylor Brana, D.O.
Specialty: Psychiatry
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Talents: Writing, Speaking, Podcasting, Blogging, YouTube Videos, Gymnastics, Music, Singing, Computer Programming, Website Content
Special Interests: Medical Education, Physician Entrepreneurship, Physician Wellness, Mental Health, Medical Student/Physician Advocacy, Healthcare Innovation, Digital Health
The Happy Doc Episode with Dr. Taylor Brana’s Lessons Learned So Far as an Intern

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