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Checking the Vitals
The heartbeat of healthcare is strong and ever-changing and we look forward to bringing you both the latest trends and the personal stories of those whose lives have been touched by healthcare professionals.
Oct 25, 2021
Checking The Vitals with Ed DeLaney and Dr. Derek Brinster
Joining me today is Ed DeLaney, the Director of Perfusion at Northwell Health, and Dr. Derek Brinster, a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon and Director of Aortic Surgery at Northwell Health. In this conversation, we discuss how perfusionists and surgeons work together to provide excellent patient care during heart surgery. We also examine how vital communication is in the operating room, how innovations happen, and how they are then shared with other surgery teams.
Oct 18, 2021
Checking The Vitals Dr. Ziad Hage
Joining me today is Dr. Ziad Hage from Novant Health in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Hage is a board-certified skull-based neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular and endovascular approaches. In this episode, we talk about how his family inspired him to enter the healthcare space, what exactly led him to the surgical space, his transition from Lebanon to the United States after medical school, and how a conversation with a friend made him change his surgical focus from plastics to neurosurgery.
Sep 27, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Artem Zhosan
Joining me today is Artem Zhosan. In this episode, we discuss how he transitioned from being a perfusionist in Ukraine to becoming an RN and ECMO Specialist in the United States. We also discuss what his day-to-day is like as an ECMO specialist, who exactly he works with everyday, and what he loves about his job.
Sep 20, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Fairfield Medical Center’s Sterile Processing Department
Today we are talking to Tina, Kristen, and Jeff from Fairfield Medical Center’s sterile processing department. In this episode, we discuss the interesting realm of SPD. We highlight what they handle on a daily basis, sterile processing’s impact on patients, and the subsequent achievement of surgeon satisfaction.
Sep 13, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Dr Michael Firstenberg on ECMO
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the realm of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO has become a very common support for COVID-19 patients, and Michael and I explore the reasoning behind that option. We discuss how ECMO should be administered, how doctors determine when to put patients on ECMO, and how it is impacting COVID-19 outcomes.
Sep 6, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Dr. John Dorman
In this episode we discuss how an early experience in a hospital led him to want to practice medicine, how reading a book about neurosurgery helped him decided that was the speciality for him and how his rural hospitals lack of navigation systems lead him to creating his own utilizing the computing power of his iPhone
Aug 9, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Kristina Young
Joining me today is Kristian Young (title) at SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss how her path in medical school led her to a career in intraoperative neuromonitoring, how she developed a passion for guiding new IONM clinicians, and how she does that in her role at SpecialtyCare. We also examine what a new hire in SpecialtyCare’s IONM program can expect out that experience.
Jun 21, 2021
Checking the Vitals: Medical Mission Endowment
Joining me today is Sam Weinstein, MD, MBA, CEO of SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss the SpecialtyCare Medical Mission trip endowment, how the endowment is helping perfusionists participate in medical missions, and how Dr. Weinstein’s life and career have been impacted by his participation in similar trips. Enjoy the conversation.
Jun 7, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring New Hires
Joining me today are Aaron, Irene, and Owen, surgical neurophysiologists that are currently in the Intraoperative Neuromonitoring New Hire program at SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss their individual motivations to enter the IONM field, what they were doing before IONM, and how they are handling the intensive training program at SpecialtyCare. Enjoy the conversation.
Apr 30, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Al Stammers
Today, Al and I discuss his path to perfusion. We examine how his career in perfusion research began, how it has changed over the years, and how it led him to winning the John H. Gibbon Jr. award. This prestigious award honors a candidate for making a significant contribution to the cardiopulmonary discipline interrelating with the field of extracorporeal circulation. Enjoy the conversation.
Apr 26, 2021
Checking The Vitals with Dr. Ray Chu
Today, Ray and I discuss the motivation behind his journey to become a neurosurgeon. We also examine why exactly someone might seek out his medical speciality and how his field is innovatively prioritizing patient care.
Apr 12, 2021
Checking The Vitals with Dr. Quincy Byrdsong
Today Quincy and I discuss The New School of Perfusion that will soon be opening its doors at Lipscomb university. In doing so we talk about what goes into opening a school of perfusion, how Lipscomb came to the decision to open such a school, And how a partnership with SpecialtyCare was vital in helping make that decision
Mar 29, 2021
Checking The Vitals with Dr. Jonathan Rasouli
Joining me today is Dr. Jonathan Rasouli, a Spinal Neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. In this conversation we discuss what it was that made him shift his collegiate path from engineer to Surgeon. We also discuss why he choose to focus on neurosurgery, how drastically the field of neurosurgery has changed in the 13 years since he started med school, and how he uses social media in a professionally responsible way to engage other thought leaders in his surgical space.
Mar 22, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Stephen Griffith
Joining me today is Dr. Stephen Griffith, a board certified neurosurgeon In this conversation, Dr. Griffith and I discuss how he achieved his childhood goal of become a doctor. We also discuss how he developed an interest movement disorders and how he goes about treating those disorders to great success. We also discuss his approach to dealing with physician burnout
Mar 1, 2021
Checking the Vitals with IONM Training Program Graduates
Today my guests are Jodi Jason and Rikta, who were all surgical neurophysiologists at SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss why they chose to go into intraoperative neuromonitoring as a career, how they found out about, and then subsequently joined the SpecialtyCare IONM training process, as well as how that training went and what they've done since graduated. Enjoy the conversation.
Feb 22, 2021
Checking the Vitals With Dr. Nathan Zwagerman
In this conversation, Nathan and I focus on how he decided to break the family tradition and become a surgeon rather than becoming a farmer. We also discuss what it was that drew him to neurosurgery as a specialty, reasons patients might come see him, and techniques he uses to deliver high quality patient outcomes. Enjoy the conversation.
Feb 8, 2021
Checking the Vitals with Kurt Strudwick
Joining us today is Kurt Strudwick, a clinical educator for ECMO services at Specialty Care. In today's episode we talked to Kurt about how a family tragedy in his youth led him to have a passion for working in healthcare, how we started working in extra corporeal membrane oxygenation which is what ECMO stands for, and how he has taken his vast experience at ECMO to help hospitals across America start their own ECMO programs. Enjoy the conversation.
Nov 16, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Jeff Allen
Today my guest is Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a bariatric and general surgeon at Norton Healthcare. In this conversation, Dr. Allen and I discuss what drove him to a career in healthcare and the mentors that help shaped his surgical and aviation interests. I think you will really enjoy the section where we discuss how minimally invasive surgical techniques are really improving patient outcomes.
Nov 9, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Cris Wedekind
In this conversation, Cris and I discuss what made him pursue a career in Perfusion, where that career has lead him, and how he perceptions about 3rd party healthcare companies have changed over the years. Enjoy the conversation.
Nov 2, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr Steven Hwang
In this conversation, Steven and I discuss how a great mentorship led him to a career in neurosurgery. We also discuss how pediatrics has its own specific challenges, both on the operating room table and in communicating with the patient.
Sep 24, 2020
Checking the Vitals with TJ Ricklefs
In our next Heart of the Operation series episode, we talk with TJ Ricklefs, an Area Clinical Manager on SpecialtyCare’s Appleton, Wisconsin perfusion team. We discuss what led him to pursue a career in perfusion, how the perfusion job market has changed since the late ‘90s, and how having perfusionists involved in the hospital's heart program initiatives leads to improved patient outcomes.
Sep 14, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Ryan Curtis
In our third episode of the Heart of the Operation series, we talk with Ryan Curtis an Area Clinical Manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. We discuss what made him decide to switch careers from a funeral director to perfusion. We also discuss the positives and negatives of attending a 12-month profusion program, and the differences between working for an in-house program or a third party program.
Sep 7, 2020
The History of Perfusion Schooling With Kirti Patel
In the second episode of our Heart of the Operation series, we talk to Kirti Patel, National Clinical Specialist, and Area Clinical Manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. We discuss the history of perfusion schooling from its early beginnings in the 1960s through today. We also explore what lead to a lot of perfusion schools shutting down and how Kirti started a perfusion school to help reverse that trend.
Aug 31, 2020
The History of Perfusion With Tom Coley
In the first episode of our new “Heart of the Operation” series, we are covering the history of perfusion with none other than Tom Coley, President of Perfusion and ECMO services at SpecialtyCare. Many are not aware of perfusion’s unique history and Tom talks us through the first-use of perfusion in the 1950s and ends with how it’s used today. Enjoy the conversation.
Aug 10, 2020
Checking The Vitals with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring New Hires
On this episode, we talk to a cohort of intraoperative neuromonitoring new-hires. We discussed what led them to the field, what the interview process entailed, and how the formal training that SpecialtyCare provides surpasses others in the industry.
Aug 3, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Greg Lanford
In this conversation, Dr. Lanford and I discuss his career path to becoming a neurosurgeon and how he incorporates an entrepreneurial spirit into his medical practice. We also discuss the factors that led him to be an early adopter of new technologies.
Jul 27, 2020
Checking The Vitals with Dr Brian Lima
In our conversation, Dr. Lima and I discuss what led him to a career in healthcare, specifically heart transplantation surgery and how future plans include him authoring his own book. I think you'll find the part of the conversation about engaging a heart failure specialist early on in the heart disease process very eye opening, I know I did.
Jul 20, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr Mark Li
Today my guest is Dr. Mark Li, the Chief of Neurosurgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network. In this conversation, Dr. Li and I discuss how imaging has changed the way we look at and treat issues with the brain. I think you’ll particularly enjoy our discussion about the three different medical innovations that have revolutionized neurosurgery.
Jul 13, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Eric Tesdahl
In this conversation, Eric and I discuss the importance of and process of data collection at SpecialtyCare and how this information is analyzed and converted into peer-reviewed research papers
Jul 6, 2020
Checking the Vitals with dr. Zain Khalpey
Today our guest is Dr. Zain Khalpey, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Northwest Medical Center. In this conversation, we discuss why he gave up being a pilot to pursue medicine after his family experienced a medical emergency, how he developed ways of remodeling a damaged heart, and how he is using artificial intelligence (AI) to find new ways of preventing someone from having a heart attack.
Jun 29, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Tim Feyma
In our conversation Dr. Feyma and I discuss how he decided to focus on Neurology, what led to his interest treating complex pediatric issues, And we discuss the great community of families that has developed around Gillette Children’s hospital
Jun 22, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Richard Chua
Today our guest is Dr. Richard Chua, a neurosurgeon in Tucson, Arizona. In this conversation, we discuss how he bounced back after the director of the medical school admissions committee encouraged him to seek out another career, why he chose to focus on neurology, and how the past 20 years of surgical innovations have changed the way he practices medicine.
Jun 15, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr Michael Firstenberg
Today our guest is Dr. Michael Firstenberg, Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. In this conversation, we discuss how spending a gap year working at the Cleveland Clinic helped him decide to focus on cardiac surgery as a specialty, how research from early in his career laid the ground work for some incredible innovations, and how COVID-19 will impact healthcare innovations moving forward.
Jun 8, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Comparably
Today our guest is Mike Sheridan, COO of Comparably. In this conversation we discuss how healthcare recruiting has been impacted by COVID-19, why messaging is so important in the recruiting process, and how Comparably works with healthcare companies to present an authentic message that resonates with potential employees. If you enjoy the podcast please leave a rating and review. For more information visit: https://checkingthevitals.com/
Jun 1, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Barolat
Today our guest is Dr. Barolat, the Director of Barolat Neuroscience located in Denver, Colorado. In this conversation we discuss how he developed an interest in neurosurgery, why he chose to leave Italy to come practice in America, and what he is doing to help patients with chronic pain that do not respond to traditional means. If you enjoy the podcast please leave a rating and review. For more information visit: https://checkingthevitals.com/
May 25, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Charles Clark
Today our guest is Charles Clarke an entrepreneurial perfusionist in Ventura, California. In this conversation, we discuss why he changed careers from respiratory therapy to perfusion, how he turned that career into a business, and how his perception of SpecialtyCare changed as they partnered with his perfusion company. If you enjoy the podcast please leave a rating and review. For more information visit: https://checkingthevitals.com/
May 18, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Poelstra
Today our guest is Dr. Poelstra an Orthopaedic and Neurological Spine surgeon at OrthoNorCal. In this conversation we discuss how an early interest in mechanics lead to a life time of improving and advancing new technologies for orthopedic surgery, how he and others are working to improve robotic surgery, and what future innovation will be coming to orthopedic surgery in the future. Enjoy the conversation.
May 13, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Tysharra Belfon (Special COVID-19 Episode)
Today, on another special COVID-19 episode, our guest is Tysharra Belfon, a PICC nurse on SpecialtyCare’s Surgical Services team. In this episode, we discuss the role of a PICC nurse, how COVID-19 impacts this specialty, and what precautions are being taken at her hospital to keep front-line workers safe. if you enjoy the podcast please leave a rating and review. For more information visit: https://checkingthevitals.com/
May 11, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Schwoerer
Today our guest is Dr. Andrea Schwoerer who is a bariatric surgery specialist in Bridgeton, MO. In this conversation we discuss how working in a lab in college helped her decide to practice medicine. She also shares why she chose to focus on minimally invasive surgeries, and how robotic technology is changing the way these surgeries are done.
May 4, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Paonessa
Today our guest is Dr. Paonessa, an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Orthopedic Partners in Connecticut. In this conversation, we discuss how a meeting with some of his high school mentors led him to enroll in medical school, how orthopedic surgery has changed over the course of his 30-year career, and we also discuss the mission work that he is doing in Africa, Jamaica and the Philippines. Enjoy the conversation
Apr 29, 2020
Special COVID-19 Episode with Gregg Agoston and Marcy Konja
In this episode, we talk to Gregg Agoston and Marcy Konja, two experts in the field of sterile processing. We discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Sterile Processing Departments in hospitals around the country and how some can start preparing for the influx of elective surgeries as the shelter-in-place orders begin to ease up. Enjoy the conversation.
Apr 27, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Raab
Today our guest is Dr. Raj Raab, a board-certified neurosurgeon at the Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics. In this conversation we discuss his path to neurosurgery, how the changing healthcare landscape led to him creating the Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics, and what he sees as the future of health insurance and why it is vital that that system fundamentally change.
Apr 20, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Singha
Today our guest is Dr. Jeeten Singha, an orthopedic surgeon at Connecticut Orthopaedic. In this conversation, we discuss why he chose to go into orthopedic surgery, what the benefits are for working for and seeking treatment at a private practice, and what advice he gives potential medical students that shadow him at his practice.
Apr 15, 2020
Special COVID-19 Episode with Traveling Clinical Technicians
In this episode, we talk to Denise Wetsch, Keaira Howard, and Arizbe Sanchez, clinical technicians in our Minimally Invasive Surgical Support service line, who purchased one-way tickets to Everett, Washington. We discuss why they made the decision stay and assist throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, how they are staying connected to their loved ones during this time, and how the community is helping support their clinicians. Enjoy the conversation.
Apr 13, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Wagner
Today our guest is Dr. Peter Wagner, an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Partners in Niantic, CT. In this conversation, we discuss why he chose to go into orthopedic surgery, what the residency process is really like, and how that process and the graduated autonomy it provides helped him prepare for orthopedic surgery.
Apr 6, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Khaled
Today my guest is Dr.Khaled, a neurosurgeon at Hartford HealthCare. In this conversation, we discuss his path to becoming a doctor that literally took him around the globe. We also discuss deep brain stimulation, exactly how it works, and some of the amazing innovations that are coming to that space. Enjoy the conversation.
Mar 31, 2020
Special COVID-19 Episode with Peter Illig
Today our guest is Peter Illig, the CEO and general counsel for NCCAP, the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. In this episode, we discuss how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the aging population, the importance of activity and engagement in that aging population, and how the activity directors in these in-home facilities are using some ingenious ways of still interacting with their aging residents all to protect that population that seems to be most susceptible to this COVID-19 crisis.
Mar 30, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Reznik
Today our guest is Dr. Reznick, an amazing orthopedic surgeon out of the Orthopedic Group in Connecticut. In this conversation we touch on his strange path to orthopedic surgery, how approaching situations with an inventor's mind led to his many patents for medical devices and both the different types of AI and how it is changing the industry
Mar 28, 2020
Special COVID-19 Episode with Kirti Patel
Today, our guest is Kirti Patel, the National Clinical Specialist for Perfusion at SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the Houston area, where Kirti is located. We also discuss in detail, what ECMO is, why a patient might need to be placed on ECMO, and how it is the last line of defense in someone's fight against COVID-19. We also discuss some uplifting things that are happening in the Houston community to help these front line employees at the hospitals feel supported as they fight this COVID-19 outbreak.
Mar 26, 2020
Special COVID-19 Episode with Courtney Petersen
In this special episode, we focus on the COVID-19 outbreak that is currently happening in the United States and around the world. We speak to Courtney Petersen, a clinical manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. She shares with us what is going on, on the front lines at the hospitals in Denver where she is located, and some of the challenges that frontline clinicians face day to day with this new COVID-19 reality.
Mar 23, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Gregg Agoston
I feel very lucky to have caught up with Gregg at a convention recently so that we could discuss the silent epidemic that is currently taking place at hospitals across America. What exactly is causing those issues and what can be done to resolve them? I think you'll also be very interested to hear what he has to say about the rate of surgical site infections and how a sterile processing department, when utilized correctly, can really mitigate those issues.
Mar 16, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Bharat Datt
Today my guest is Bharat Datt, Director of Perfusion at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. In this conversation, we discuss the beginning of his perfusion career in India, his transition to North America, and his passion for continued learning. I think you’ll be very interested to hear what he has to say about bloodless perfusion and his goal of using the technique in pediatric cases. Enjoy the conversation.
Feb 17, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Sinkov
Today my guest is Dr. Vladimir Sinkov, an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this conversation, we discuss how he followed in the footsteps of his parents, who were both internal medicine doctors, and why he ventured into orthopedic surgery. We also discuss the evolution and future of spine surgery. Enjoy the conversation. Learn more about the show and the people that make it at: https://checkingthevitals.com/
Feb 10, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr Yuan
Today my guest is Dr Yuan, an orthopedic Spine Specialist at Memorial Orthopedic. In this conversation, we discuss why he chose to pursue a career in medicine, why he decided to focus on Spine Surgery, and how robotics are innovating the minimally invasive surgical space. Enjoy the conversation. Learn more about the show and the people that make it at: https://checkingthevitals.com/
Feb 10, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Laudito
Today my guest is Dr. Laudito, the Medical Director of The Heart Institute at Palmetto General Hospital. In this conversation, we discuss why he chose to pursue a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery. We also really dive deep into the double mammary heart bypass surgery technique, both what is it and it’s benefits for younger bypass patients. Enjoy the conversation Learn more about the show and the people that make it at: https://checkingthevitals.com/
Feb 10, 2020
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Paul Saphier
Today my guest is Dr Saphier, a neurosurgeon at Atlanta NeuroSurgical Specialists. In this conversation, we discuss why he chose to pursue a career in neurosurgery and how quickly the field has been innovating over the past 5 years. We also talk about techniques that soon could be providing options to stroke victims and their families like mine. Enjoy the conversation. Learn more about the show and the people that make it at: https://checkingthevitals.com/
Feb 3, 2020
Checking the Vitals Episode Zero
In this podcast we will dive deep into the healthcare space, from the people that dedicate their lives to patient care to the companies improving patient outcomes through innovation. From well-respected surgeons and thought leaders to those on the front lines of healthcare, we’ll bring you conversations with those making a difference both in the OR and beyond. Through in-depth interviews with nurses, sterile processing technicians, clinical managers, and even healthcare technology companies and startups, we’ll discuss what’s on the horizon in the industry in regards to careers, technology, and innovation. The heartbeat of healthcare is strong and ever-changing and we look forward to bringing you both the latest trends and the personal stories of those whose lives have been touched by healthcare professionals. Learn more about the show and the people that make it at: https://checkingthevitals.com/