1:2:1 Podcast : Patient Care

  • How would you like to die? Tell your doctor in a letter

    How would you like to die? To get these conversations started far and wide, VJ Periyakoil, MD, launched the Stanford Letter Project – a campaign to empower all adults to take the initiative to talk to their doctor about what matters most to them at life’s end. I…

  • A "Well Designed Life" with Kyra Bobinet

    In her new book,Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life, Kyra Bobinet, MD, lays the groundwork for anyone to design the changes they want to see in their life.

  • VJ Periyakoil on doctors and end-of-life directives

    A new study by VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of palliative care education and training at the Stanford School of Medicine, examined physicians' attitudes toward advance directives and found little has changed since the law's passage in 1990, with most saying they would continue to pursue aggressive treatment for terminally ill patients. In this podcast, Periyakoil discusses why doctors want one thing for themselves at the end of life and quite another for their patients.

  • "Sheri Fink on ""Five Days at Memorial"""

    For five days in August 2006, the hospital staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans struggled to care for their patients in a hospital crippled and isolated by Hurricane Katrina. What happened within the confines of the hospital’s walls is chronicled in the new book, Five Days at Memorial, by physician-author Sheri Fink, MD, PhD.

  • "Ann Weinacker, MD, on Stanford Medicine's emergency response to the Asiana plane crash"

    Following the July 6 crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, 55 patients were treated at Stanford Medicine. Ann Weinacker, MD, chief of staff at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, describes the emergency response to the plane crash.

  • Tim Engberg on the state of primary care in the U.S.

    The United States is currently facing a shortage of primary care physicians. In this podcast, Tim Engberg, vice president of ambulatory care at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, discusses primary care here in California and across the country.

  • The mystery and complexities of chronic pain

    Pain management has come a long way since the days when physicians mainly used anesthesiology techniques to reduce pain. In this podcast, Elliot Krane, MD, discusses the mystery and complexities of treating and managing chronic pain.

  • Doug Owens on universal HIV screening

    An estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, with nearly 50,000 new infections every year. To help contain the epidemic, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new draft recommendation that urges everyone in the country – adolescents and adults between 15 and 65 – to get an HIV test. In this podcast, Douglas Owens, MD, professor of medicine and a task force member, discusses how he believes the recommendation, if implemented, could have a substantial impact on the course of the epidemic in the United States.

  • Sully Sullenberger takes on patient safety

    Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III is best-known as the pilot who miraculously landed US Airways Flight #1549 in the Hudson River, after a flock of geese struck and disabled the plane’s engines. Sullenberger, who retired in 2010, is now using his expertise to focus on the safety of patients; he is among a group of patient-safety advocates calling for an independent agency modeled on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate and prevent cases of medical harm.

  • Oliver Sacks on The Mind's Eye

    Remember the movie, Awakenings? Featuring mega-stars Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, the film tells the story about some patients who, in a catatonic state for decades, come back to life. The drama is based on the same named memoir written by Dr. Oliver Sacks, who was instrumental in waking up those afflicted with this mental stupor. Dr. Sacks is not only a physician, but a multiple best-selling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. His most recent book, The Mind’s Eye, chronicles the stories of several people who have lost critical abilities and senses, like the capacity to speak, to read, or to recognize faces. Despite what seem like insurmountable setbacks, they find ways to thrive. Dr. Sacks is here with us today to discuss the discoveries he made while writing his book, and to share how he’s grappling with his ocular cancer, leaving him blind in one eye.

  • Amir Dan Rubin on the challenges of being a hospital CEO

    In January, Amir Dan Rubin took over as the chief executive officer of Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

  • Sheri Fink on "The Deadly Choices at Memorial"

    In this podcast, Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, discusses her story "The Deadly Choices at Memorial," which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting.

  • Sharon Perry on treating TB in N. Korea

    A team of Stanford specialists recently returned from North Korea, where they are working to develop the country's first diagnostic laboratory to test drug-resistant tuberculosis.

  • Andrew Schafer on the physician-scientist

    In this podcast, Andrew Schafer, MD, discusses his new book, The Vanishing Physician-Scientist? and explores the problem of the endangered physician-scientist, as well as some solutions to protect this vital role.

  • Samuel So on hepatitis B and C

    A study from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that hepatitis B and hepatitis C are not widely recognized as serious public health problems.

  • Stanford team on their experiences in Haiti

    A team of doctors and nurses from Stanford's emergency medicine division have returned to the Bay Area after spending two weeks in Haiti.