Conversations are taking place, with medical literature icon Samuel Shem of “The House of God” fame at their helm, as we search for answers on how to put the human back into healthcare.
Shem and I linked up in late 2020, in the midst of a pandemic. We were connected through a mutual contact, in that magical way social media has for bringing people together who would not have otherwise met. We instantaneously clicked, unified by the healthcare field we had dabbled in and our love of the arts. Yada, yada, yada, several vent sessions later, we had ourselves a plan. We would join forces on the project, and use each of our talents to spread the word.
That’s how Conversations with Shem was born.
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A lot of magic – time, energy, effort – goes on behind the scenes in order to create a project of this nature. Here are the humans behind this project. Contact SoMeDocs anytime to infuse magic into your own work.
Shem (our host’s title of preference) is a novelist, playwright and activist. Education: Harvard, Phi Beta Kappa; Rhodes Scholar at Oxford Ph.D.; Harvard MedicalSchool, M.D. with honors. He is Professor of Medicine in Medical Humanities at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. In 2020 he published his new novel, Man’s 4th Best Hospital, sequel to The House of God, which has sold 3 million copies.
Read more about him in his profile.
Dr. Dana Corriel is a board-certified internist who took drastic, and unusual, pivot from seeing patients in the office to building creative entrepreneurial ventures. She founded SoMeDocs in an effort to promote the autonomy of doctors, by empowering and showcasing them using her skills as fuel, and tools that she regularly builds to accomplish this. Dr. Corriel now regularly consults with both individuals and companies, produces series, and helps to build, shape, and market thought leaders. You can check her our inside her profile.
Each episode brings together an eclectic group of accomplished physicians. We simply bring them on, tell them the topic, and let personalities get to work. Our goal: an open-ended discussion on how to put the HUMAN back into healthcare.
Dr. Hafiza Khan is a Board Certified Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine and has trained at UCSF and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has been in practice for 20 years in the north Dallas area. When not at work she enjoys traveling with her husband of 32 years and her sons aged 24 and 21. She also micro blogs on Instagram as @heart.beat.doctor where she shares science based heart health and Cardiovascular information.
Dr. Kimberly Greene-Liebowitz is an Emergency and Urgent Care Physician with over a decade of clinical experience, and she also holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. Kim is a writer, editor, and beta reader who recently started a mentoring program for K-12 students. She is active on Twitter but seldom checks her Instagram account. Kim lives with her husband and two children in suburban New York, and in her spare time she is a gluten free/kosher “chef,” a nationally known celiac advocate, a voracious reader, an enthusiastic writing group participant, an occasional home educator, and a reluctant supporter of her family’s baseball habit.
Dr. Kaveh Hoda is a Physician, Musician and Podcast host in San Francisco. His expertise is in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and making fun of medical grifters. He co-hosts the humor-adjacent medical podcast: The House of Pod.
Dr. Jonthan Vitale is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at HappyHealth.
Jonathan is a Family Physician, wherein he treats a diverse patient-body on a daily basis. When Vitale isn’t promoting wellness or treating illness, he is also very active on Twitter as a vocal member of the Patient Advocacy and Primary Care Revolution communities.
Dr. Parastoo Jangouk is dual board certified in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and a life coach. She has particular interest in gut health, brain-gut interaction, gut microbiome, fitness, weight loss and mindset work. Dr Jangouk incorporates her coaching skills in promoting gut health, weight loss and treating patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders. She authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals. She is currently living in Austin, TX where she practices Gastroenterology.
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