Episode 14: Dr. Allan Kirk

Dr. Allan Kirk of Duke University is the David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor of Surgery, chairman of the department of surgery, a professor of immunology and pediatrics, among many other accomplishments (including his former career as a tuba player). He joins Dr. Mezrich to discuss his history in transplant surgery, the first time he met his wife in sixth grade, how innovation itself has changed over time, and the future of transplant.

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Episode 13: Dr. Rana Awdish

At the end of her medical training, Dr. Rana Awdish suffered a sudden critical illness that nearly killed her. From this experience as a dying patient, Dr. Awdish’s perspective shifted and translated to her practice in crucial ways. She learned the importance of acknowledging the humanity of patients, of nuance in how doctors discuss pain, of relinquishing the pressure to be a “good patient,” and much more. She was able to implement these ideas and form the CLEAR (Connect, Listen, Empathize, Align, Respect) program, which teaches faculty and trainees relationship-based communication skills through workshops involving improvisational actors.

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Episode 12: Dr. Layton “Bing” Rikkers

Dr. Bing Rikkers was born in a small town in Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate career, and now holds a special place in the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery’s history as a prominent past chairman. Dr. Rikkers shares how he overcame his fear of blood, the pioneering days of heart transplant, his lengthy experience as a chairman, his insecurities, and serendipity.

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Episode 11: Dr. Gretchen Schwarze

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze is a vascular surgeon and medical ethicist here at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery. Dr. Schwarze has a deep background and interest in how surgeons communicate treatment decisions and recommendations to patients. Dr. Schwarze has made it her mission to better equip surgeons in their disclosure of treatment so that it most aligns with the values, preferences, and goals of their patients. In this episode, she discusses how her purpose of changing the world brought her to surgery, the life of a resident, and the many components of surgical ethics...oh yeah, and what it’s like to be married to Josh.

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Episode 8: Dr. Robert Montgomery

It is difficult to choose an accolade that best describes Dr. Robert Montgomery. Some might say he is the director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Some might point to his many awards, including being in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most kidney transplants performed in one day. Today, however, he sits down with Dr. Mezrich to discuss his own heart transplant, and his resilience in the face of familial dilated cardiomyopathy. Despite the hurdles of this rare disease, he has found a way to achieve his dreams by staying calm to avoid arrhythmias...which he has technically died from twice.

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Episode 4: Dr. John Alverdy

Dr. John Alverdy is a highly-acclaimed surgical scientist who currently serves as the executive vice chair for the University of Chicago Department of Surgery. His research in life-threatening infections after trauma and surgery is greatly improving preoperative testing. As Josh would argue, his most momentous achievement has been mentoring the host of this very funny and impressive podcast. John reminisces about his life, his research, his hilarious memories with Josh, and shares some advice for those looking to do research of their own.

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Episode 3: Garet Hil

One of the most notable names in transplant innovation is Garet Hil. After his daughter lost her kidney function, Garet was faced with a tough, turbulent journey in finding her a new one. With a background in entrepreneurship, Garet mobilized to create the National Kidney Registry to facilitate the pairing of those in need of a kidney and matching donors. In this episode, he joins Dr. Mezrich to discuss his path to this innovation, how it impacted the field, and his entrepreneurial spirit.

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Episode 48: Dr. Robert Redfield

Robert Redfield, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplantation in Department of Surgery here at U.W.—Madison, and holds the Endowed Chair, Berkman Family Transplantation Professorship. Dr. Redfield specializes in pancreatic and multi-organ transplants, along with autotransplantation. Dr. Kohler and Dr. Redfield discuss the rare disease, Loin Pain Hematuria and the treatment offered here at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Redfield gave an illuminating Grand Rounds talk, which can be found here.

Episode 47: Dr. Allan Kirk 

Allan Kirk, MD, specializes in organ transplantation and is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Dr. Kirk received his MD and PhD in Immunology from Duke University. He also received a fellowship from U.W.--Madison to study multi-organ transplantation. Dr. Kirk and Dr. Kohler discuss the simplicity and complexity of organ transplantation and what defines a surgeon.Dr. Kirk he gave a terrific Grand Rounds talk, which can be found here.

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