Episode 63: Closing the Gap: Breaking the Cycle: Tackling Poverty and Healthcare Equity Globally

Poverty and healthcare are deeply intertwined in Brazil, creating a vicious cycle of hospitalization, rehospitalization, and poor health outcomes. Without intentional intervention and innovative solutions that reach beyond the hospital setting, overall well-being will never improve.

Dr. Vera Cordeiro, Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Dara Institute is on a mission to spearhead the social change on a global scale necessary to enable equitable access to healthcare using perhaps the most powerful tool available: data.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Interconnectedness of poverty and healthcare (and how we can change both)
  • Social entrepreneurship for health equity
  • How data-driven decision-making vastly improves health outcomes

Episode 62: Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Disparities in Medicine

56% of women get turned away from emergency rooms when presenting with symptoms of an active heart attack. Across 700 different diseases, women get diagnosed later than men. These are just a few detrimental results of the existing gender gap in healthcare.

In this episode of Heroes of Healthcare, we speak with Valentina Milanova, Founder and CPO of Daye about the groundbreaking ways Daye has been ramping up the innovation in women’s healthcare that has been sorely lacking for far too long.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Addressing gender bias and advocating for women’s health
  • Innovation for improved gynecological diagnosis and treatment
  • Empowering patients with data-driven decision making

Episode 61: Revolutionizing Healthcare with Passion Driven Innovation

The passion that drives any real innovation is the passion to do something better.

When Dr. Toby Hamilton began his journey in medicine he noticed a disconnect in emergency care — by the time he saw a patient they were already upset with him. Instead of digging into treatment, staff had to focus on regaining patient trust. These inefficiencies and frustrations led Dr. Hamilton and several partners to develop their own systems and open a hospital with a promise to improve patient care and medical professional experience. Founder and Executive Director of Healthcare Innovators Professional Society (HIPS) and Board Member at Emerus Holdings, Inc, Dr. Hamilton joins us to share his journey.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare to drive positive change
  • Overcoming myriad challenges in scaling with resilience and determination
  • Collaboration and relationships as vital in accelerating positive change

Episode 60: Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare with Diversity and Compassion

We are ready to revolutionize healthcare — and the system needs it.

Through cultural changes and diversity, we can create an atmosphere for compassionate care that leads to improved mental health of providers and decreased provider burnout. Today we speak with Dr. Dhaval Desai, Director of Hospital Medicine, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Inc about how we can lead the driving change to shape the future of healthcare for patients and professionals.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Diversity and Culture Changes as a force to improve patient care
  • Prioritizing compassionate care for improved experience for providers and patients
  • Provider well-being at the center of healthcare efficacy

Episode 59: Revolutionizing Radiology with AI, but with Ethics in Mind

Radiology is one of the most technologically innovative medical specialties — it is in a constant state of change and evolution. As AI blazes through industries, upending how things are done and understood, radiology is not immune to AI’s sweeping impact.

But, as our guest Dr. Nina Kottler, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical AI at Radiology Partners, explains — radiology is utilizing AI in ethical ways to improve treatment, efficiency, patient outcomes and experience. But while AI will help revolutionize radiology, and arguably, the entire medical field, fear not — the need for humans will not dissipate any time soon.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The constantly evolving field of radiology
  • The benefits and ethical challenges of utilizing AI in radiology
  • Prerequisites for effective, ethical AI application in medicine

Episode 58: Gaps in Addiction Treatment, Magnified by the National Opioid Epidemic

We live in an age with ever-advancing psychiatric treatments for mental health and addiction, yet the opioid epidemic continues to rage unabated.

With all these modern tools at our disposal, why is our approach to addiction treatment still failing?

Our latest guest in our 3 part Opioid Crisis Series, Dr. Michael Genovese, Chief Medical Officer at Acadia Healthcare, joins the show to examine what’s missing from today’s addiction toolkit — and what can be done to fill the gaps.

We discuss:

  • The stigma of addiction and lack of doctors specializing in its treatment
  • The medical and law enforcement challenges in treating the opioid epidemic
  • The need for system-level policy changes to address the crisis

Episode 57: Heroes Are Still Human: A physician’s journey

Workers in neurocritical care have an incredibly demanding job, but — as the pandemic revealed — one that is absolutely vital in supporting societal wellbeing. But are we doing everything we can to support their wellbeing?

In this episode, Dr. Sasha Yakhkind, Neurocritical Care Physician at Tufts Medical Center, joins to discuss the ongoing burnout crisis and what can be done to prevent it.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The ways in which the pandemic showed the important role neurocritical care plays.
  • Why crossovers in clinical specialties matters more than ever.
  • Burnout, its dangers and how hospitals can take measures to prevent it.

Episode 56: Preventing Another Opioid Marketing Tsunami

The pharmaceutical industry is the least trusted by the public — and it’s not hard to see why. The rise of OxyContin and the ensuing opioid crisis is one of the greatest preventable tragedies of our times, touching almost everyone.

But if we failed to prevent bad incentives from reigning supreme in the marketing of OxyContin, how can we stop something similar from happening next time?

In this episode, Dr. William Soliman, Founder and CEO of Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA), takes a hard look at the issue — how we got here and how to prevent it from happening again.

We discuss:

  • The marketing malfeasance that fueled the opioid epidemic
  • Accreditation programs to curb these bad incentives
  • What the future holds for the pharmaceutical industry

Bonus Episode: Trends for Locum Tenens with Ted Weyn


Host Mike Sacopulos interviews Ted Weyn on the current landscape for locum tenens, from the perspective of the organization that is interested in using locums and the physicians who are looking at work-life alternatives.

Physician leaders and healthcare administrators are familiar with the staffing problems in medicine. The lack of physicians in certain geographic regions has become a chronic concern for healthcare systems and medical practice. 

This episode of SoundPractice covers:

  • Insights and tips for organizations in need of physicians and how locums should be a part of manpower planning.
  • Physicians who need a change – of career, setting, or for personal reasons – and how locums offer a path forward.
  • How locums impact a hospital’s profitability and ability to deliver patient care.
  • What a good relationship looks like between a staffing company and a healthcare organization.


Episode 55: Future Pharmacists: Leveraging AI To Be More Patient Focused

With a perpetuating labor shortage resulting in healthcare facilities reporting continued losses year-over-year, healthcare professionals are desperate for reprieve. While there is no impending wave of new professionals to hit the workforce any time soon, the world has begun to see a wild jump in the development of AI.

On this episode, we’re joined by Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy and Government Affairs at Omnicell — an organization at the heart of the future of pharmacy. With promising developments emerging, Ken offers a glimmer of hope for healthcare facilities and pharmacy techs worldwide.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Specific challenges caused by labor shortages
  • Use case for tech and AI in minimizing inefficiencies
  • How AI will enable pharmacists, not replace them