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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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