The Doctor Paradox

The Doctor Paradox Podcast explores why doctors the world over are increasingly dissatisfied in their jobs but more importantly analyzes the lives of doctors who have carved new and interesting paths to rediscover their passions. Additionally, we interview experts from around the world on topics that shed light on the challenges that are faced by doctors and how to best address them. Each episode tackles the issue of why doctors are unhappy in their work but more importantly, what can be done about it. It will provide you with a framework that you can apply to your own life which will ideally effect the change that is needed to find fulfillment in your work.
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Dec 28, 2015

Dr Ryan Gray is a Flight Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Physician who has also founded, which guides applicants through the often arduous process of applying to medical school. In this interview we deep dive into some of the ingredients to an excellent medical school application, what a Flight Surgeon really does and how to deal with adversity when unexpected things come your way. 

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Selected Show Notes:

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Better by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Facebook: Medical School HQ

Twitter: @MedicalSchoolHQ


Dec 21, 2015

Dr David Cox is the Chief Medical Officer of Headspace, one of the worlds leading providers of online meditation. Having begun his career as an Emergency Department physician, he soon realized that to implement the changes he felt were so needed at an institutional level in healthcare, would require a transition to his role as a healthcare executive and management consultant. After several years in an executive role, the opportunity to join Headspace came about through a fortuitous meeting with one of its cofounders. The rest as they say, is history. 

In this episode we deep dive into several key issues including the challenges of front line care, being a small piece in an enormous cog of a giant healthcare system and the best ways to think about career progression. 


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Selected show notes:


McKinsey Consulting 

Redefining Healthcare by Michael Porter

Twitter: @DrDavidTCox

Linkedin - Dr David Cox


Dec 13, 2015

Dr David Albert is a Cardiologist, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur who holds over 40 patents and has been the founder of multiple successful medtech startups. Currently he is the founder AliveCor, a personalized EKG device that is compatible with your smartphone which went viral after a famous 4 minute self made Youtube video. 

The medtech world is increasingly appealing to physicians but is fraught with challenges and pitfalls. Dr Albert has managed to navigate this world to immense success and shares his journey here. 

For anyone interested in the mechanics of Digital Medicine entrepreneurship, this episode is a must listen. 

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Selected Show Notes:


AliveCor EKG - Youtube Video

David Albert - TEDx Oklahoma 

Eric Topol - AliveCor Airline Dramas

AliveCor - Pubmed Publication List

Vinod Khosla - Technology will replace 80% of doctors.  

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol

The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol

David Albert Email:

Twitter: @DrDave01


Dec 6, 2015

Dr Pamela Wible is a Family Medicine physician in Eugene, Oregon who runs one of the most unique medial practices in the United States today. It is a healthcare center designed not by doctors, but by patients. She is the author of 'Pet Goats and Pap Smears' and founder of the site Having spoken at TEDMED and Tedx she is truly a unique and passionate voice for physicians who are struggling in todays healthcare infrastructure. 

This is an enlightening conversation on topics from why you shouldn't think of yourself as having 'burnout' and how to create your 'Ideal Clinic'. 

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Selected Show Notes:

Pamela Wible

Ideal Medical Care

Physician Retreats

Pet Goats and Pap Smears by Pamela Wible

TEDx Salem - How To Get Naked With Your Doctor by Dr Pamela Wible

Twitter: @PamelaWibleMD

Nov 29, 2015

Dr Ed Coats is a Specialist Registrar/Fellow in Reproductive Medicine in Nottingham, UK but is also an incredibly seasoned adventurer and explorer. As part of a 5 part TV Documentary series for the BBC entitled 'On Thin Ice' he raced to the South Pole with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle. Prior to this he represented Great Britain as a track and field decathlete and also embarked on an epic '30 at 30' challenge which saw him participate in a host of extreme athletic events over the course of a year.

Dr Coats has also appeared on the TV documentary 'North Pole Ice Airport' leading a ski expedition to the North Pole and has also led a series called 'Extreme Classroom' taking children with challenging behavior to engaging learning environments including walking in Africa as part of the 'Hottest Classroom On Earth' episode. 

On this episode we discuss what drives him to pursue such activities as a complement to his career in medicine and how to deal with adversity both in the hostile environments of the Antarctic and in day to day medical practice. 


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Selected Show Notes:


Dr Ed Coats - Personal Page 

Doctor In The House - TV Series.

Scott of The Antarctic - Movie 1948.

Mark Pollack - Northern Irish Adventurer.  

European Working Time Directive (EWTD)

The Extreme Classroom

The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton. 

Twitter: @EdCoats


Nov 22, 2015

Dr Zubin Damania AKA ZDoggMD is the Founder of Turntable Health, a novel healthcare delivery model in Downtown Las Vegas. Trained as an Internal Medicine physician at Stanford University he also spent time being a stand up comedian which ultimately transformed him into the satirical healthcare star he is today. Over several years he has enlightened and entertained the healthcare community with videos ranging from 'Manhood in the mirror' as a promotion for testicular cancer screening to 'EHR State of Mind' which describes with hysterical precision the frustrations that physicians have with electronic health records. Dr Damania is the comedic parody voice we all wish we could have in collectively voicing our thoughts on healthcare today.


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Selected show notes:

Turntable Health

Let Doctors Be Doctors

Dr Zubin Damania - Commencement Speech

ZDoggMD - 'Ain't the way to die'

ZDoggMD with 'ZDaddMD'

Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris

Headspace - Meditation App for those looking to start meditating.


ZDoggMD - 'EHR State Of Mind'.

Doctor Be Dancing

Iora Health


Nov 15, 2015

Dr Joe Smith is the Chief Medical & Science Officer at the West Health Institute and President of The West Health Policy Center. Originally trained in Medical Engineering and Physics he then pursued his MD training at Harvard. After 20 years as a practicing Electrophysiologist he became Chief Medical Officer for Guidant and Boston Scientific's Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Named as one of the "Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better' he also serves as faculty advisor to the University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins, Harvard & MIT and The Wellcome Trust. In this discussion we delve deep into the motivations to pursue a career in medicine, how the arc of your career can take many paths and the skills that physicians are valued most for in roles outside of traditional clinical care. 

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Selected Show Notes:


West Health Institute, La Jolla, California.

West Health Policy Institute, Washington DC. 

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. 

The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher by Lewis Thomas.

Twitter:  @JoeSmithMD

Nov 8, 2015

Dr Dan Siegal is Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he serves also as faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain and Development and is founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. In addition to being an Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute he has also published several books including the New York Times bestseller No-Drama Discipline. He regularly speaks to audiences across the globe on mindfulness. Although he completed his Medical training at Harvard he left medical school part way through his training to seek out the best way to become a salmon fisherman!


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Selected Show Notes:


Dr Dan Siegel

Mindsight Institute 

Midnight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Dan Siegel

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology by Dan Siegel

Dr Dan Siegel - Tedx Blue

Twitter: @DrDanSiegel

Nov 1, 2015

Dr Ravi Komatireddy is the Chief Medical Officer at Reflexion Health Inc, a med tech startup focused on using motion tracking technology to entirely redefine the field of home rehabilitation. Having completed his medical school training at Dartmouth University and Internal Medicine training at UCSD he went on to complete a Fellowship in Digital Medicine at The Scripps Translational Science Institute/West Health. An Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSD he has conducted research on the effects of microgravity on physiological monitoring systems with NASA and remains actively involved with continuing human suborbital flight research.

On this episode we get into how to innovate in medicine, how clinical training is critical for understanding the realities of how healthcare changes and how being a pilot made him a better doctor.



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Selected Show Notes:


Dr Ravi Komatireddy

Reflexion Health Inc

Wallace & Gromit - Laying Train Tracks

Dr Joseph Smith - West Health Inc

IDEO: A Design and Innovation Consulting Firm

The 10 Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathon Littman

The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathon Littman

Twitter: @RKomatireddy 

Oct 25, 2015

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is Cardiologist and the Director of Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York. His books 'Intern: A Doctors Initiation' and 'Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician' offer incredible insights into what underpins the causes of physician disillusionment. On this episode we delve into such issues as dealing with the confusion of early training to the existential crisis of our professional expectations and how they have changed.

Oct 18, 2015

Dr. Steve Steinhubl is Director of Medicine at The Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego California. He originally trained as an Interventional Cardiologist at The Cleveland Clinic where he ran several large scale multinational randomized controlled trials. Following this his experience in healthcare can only be described as a truly global one, having worked in Alaska, Switzerland, Sierra Leone and now California. On this episode we discuss the challenges of building out the future of Digital Medicine, how anyone with an interests in the area can get involved and how his wife was so key to his success over the years. If you like this episode please let me know by reaching out on Twitter (@Paradox_Doctor) or Facebook

Oct 12, 2015

Dr Deepak Chopra is the Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the author of more than 22 New York Times bestsellers and has trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He is best known for his alternative medicine practices and a global focus on well being. In addition to his work with The Chopra Foundation he is also an adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. In this episode we deep dive into the struggles Dr Chopra faced during the early 'melodramatic' days as a resident, how smoking was ok at Grand Rounds and that in order to address the dissatisfaction of physicians in healthcare there needs to be a much greater emphasis placed on making sure trainees feel appreciated and heard. This was a fascinating conversation with one of the most well known physician figures of our time. If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher. Additionally, if you have any questions or would like to share something with us, please do so by contacting us at Enjoy

Oct 5, 2015

Dr Daniel Kraft is a Founder of Exponential Medicine and the Medicine & Neuroscience Chair at the Singularity University, Palo Alto, California and is also the Co-Founder of the conference Exponential Medicine. His training was in hematology, oncology and pediatrics at both Harvard and Stanford. In addition to his clinical training Dr Kraft has invented several medical technologies including the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device of r harvesting bone marrow. In this episode we talk about maintaining your interests outside of medicine, putting yourself in the right environment and back seating fighter jets as a Flight Surgeon. This is an epic conversation with someone who is truly pushing the boundaries of medicine. If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher. I would really appreciate it. Additionally, if you want to get in touch at any time just reach out by email at Enjoy


Sep 26, 2015

Dr. Eric Topol is the Director of The Scripps Translational Science Institute and the Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. He has been described by GQ Magazine as one of the 'Rockstars of Science' and is one of the most cited researchers of all time. Previously he has served as the Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic where he was responsible for some of the most seminal trials in interventional cardiology. His interests now span a range of topics including Genomics, Digital Medicine and Patient Advocacy. He is the author of two books: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now. In this episode we delve into the challenges of a healthcare system in transition and the exciting future of medicine.

Sep 26, 2015

Prof Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He has published several best selling books including 'Why We Work' and 'The Paradox of Choice'. Currently he has 4 TED talks with his first, 'The Paradox of Choice' being downloaded almost 8 million times. Prof Schwartz is a world renowned expert on the psychology of work and what influences all the decisions we make in life.

On this episode we discuss a range of interesting topics including how standardization is influencing patient and physician satisfaction in healthcare, how always wanting the best may not be the right thing and how more often than not, good enough is good enough. 

If you are interested in how you make decisions in life and why our ability to predict what those decisions will make us feel like is ineffective, then I suggest you have a listen. There is lots of really great content here.