Episode 3

conversations with shem

Aired LIVE on November 22 at 6 PM EST, exclusively on SoMeDocs platforms.

about this series

conversations with shem

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.

it started with a chance encounter


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.

Dana Corriel, MD

Conversations with Shem: Putting the HUMAN Back into Medicine
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Meet the Talent

production Team

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.

series host
Samuel Shem, MD

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.

Books: The House of God, Man’s 4th Best Hospital

producer & creator
Dana Corriel, MD

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.

"Good connection is mutual connection" - Shem


The Guests

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. Jennifer Lincoln


Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is a board-certified generalist obstetrician/gynecologist and attending physician. She primarily works on labor and delivery as an OB Hospitalist and loves the excitement and pace this work brings. Dr. Lincoln is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Dr. Lincoln enjoys educating women about their bodies and their pregnancies, and is passionate about utilizing social media to provide evidence-based information. She has particular interests in adolescent medicine, breastfeeding advocacy, and supporting women in labor in an informed, relaxed manner. She is happily married to a pediatrician and has two sons, one in elementary school and the other a preschooler, who teach her more everyday than any textbook could. Her hobbies include hiking and reading for fun.

Jennifer Lincoln, MD
Dr. Sunny Smith

Dr. Sunny Smith


Dr. Sunny Smith is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Founder of Empowering Women Physicians podcast coaching and retreats. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards including Humanism in Medicine, Excellence in Teaching, and being an Outstanding Community Leader. She has been an outspoken advocate for medical student and physician wellness for years and now advocates for this work in her comprehensive and collaborative coaching program where she seeks to change the culture of medicine by normalizing and humanizing the experience of being a physician. She encourages us to finally enjoy this life we worked so hard to create and live life on our own terms.

Dr. Mike Natter


Dr. Mike Natter identifies as an artist, a patient, a humanist, and a doctor. He is a native of New York City to which he attributes much of his initial creative influence. Growing up blocks away from beacons of culture, such as Lincoln Center and the MoMA, exposed him to the arts early on as a child. A type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age 9, Mike always felt drawn to the medical field, however, was steered toward the arts, which came more naturally to him. He went on to study studio art and neuropsychology at Skidmore College where he first began to recognize the parallels between art and science and is also where he gained the academic curiosity to realize his dream of becoming a physician. Mike graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2017, and went on to complete his Internal Medicine Resident at NYU Langone Medical Center and is currently a first year endocrinology fellow at NYU. His goal is to help others who share his disease and infuse art into medical training, education, and practice. His work has been featured in media outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Annals of Internal Medicine, Medscape, Osmosis Blog, Buzzfeed, among others.

Book: Captain Langerhans

Dr. Jonathan Vitale

Dr. Jonathan Vitale



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.

special considerations

Thank you

Dr. Vandna Jerath is the Medical Director of Physician Wellness at Parker Adventist Hospital I empower physicians by helping them connect, communicate, collaborate, build community, and foster a culture of wellness.
Dr. Alar Sambandam is a locum tenens cardiologist who recently advocated for physicians at the 2020 American College of Cardiology Legislative Conference.
Dr. Irina Mihaescu is an adult psychiatrist in clinical practice with the Canadian Armed Forces specializing in trauma, physician health and well being and positive psychology.
Dr. Parastoo Jangouk is a board-certified gastroenterologist and life coach. She coaches patients on ultimate gut health, mindset and fitness.

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