Don’t Believe the Hype

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I talked to Alex Jahangir, MD (@alexjahangir), Vice president for business development, vice-chair of orthopedic surgery, and director of the division of orthopedic trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, (@VanderbiltUP) as well as the executive medical director of the Vanderbilt Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery Patient Care Center. He is the author of Hot Spot: A Doctor’s Diary from the Pandemic.

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A Doctor’s Diary from the Pandemic

Alex’s background helped guide him to the point he found himself in Nashville at the height of the Pandemic as the chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Health and head of the city’s COVID-19 task force. Not something you might expect for an Orthopedic Trauma surgeon but actually something that as he describes he was well prepared for thanks to working in a Level 1 Trauma center.

We discuss Alex’s journey through the pandemic, the strain this put on him and his colleagues and family, and the uncertainty, alienation, criticism, and public pressure that he withstood on a daily basis. Thanks to his work as the leader of the Board of Health he was appointed by the mayor of Nashville to lead the city’s Metro Coronavirus Task Force.

Listen in to hear what he learned, what we all should learn, and importantly the lack of available insight from our scientific bodies and institutions that found him reaching out for more local help to steer the city through the worst of the pandemic.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.

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For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

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