Charged: Stories from the Women Leading Health Care

Charged: Stories from the Women Leading Health Care

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Stories from the women leading health care


Homelessness & Dermatology: Promoting Better Wellness Through Skin Care with Dr. Jennifer Tan
Dec 4 • 33 min
Since 1990, the number of people in Massachusetts experiencing homelessness has more than doubled. One of the medical barriers to patients who experience homelessness is the lack of dermatological care. In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Tan discusses the…
Living Well Through Palliative Care with Dr. Vicki Jackson
Nov 27 • 42 min
The holidays can be stressful, not matter what. But if you or a loved one is facing a serious illness, this time of year can be even more difficult. Our team has been thinking a lot about an episode from our first season with Dr. Vicki Jackson, a…
Personalizing Diabetes Care for Pregnant Women with Dr. Camille Powe
Nov 13 • 31 min
Pregnant women have historically been excluded from clinical research due to an abundance of caution for the safety of them and their babies. But consequently, these women are often left out of medical advances. Endocrinologist Dr. Camille Powe is…
How Is Climate Change Related to the Human Brain? with Dr. Tina Duhaime
Oct 30 • 37 min
Human activity is changing the planet at a rate “unprecedented in human history.” For many of us, the massive scale of this problem makes finding solutions feel daunting—if not impossible. But for pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Tina Duhaime, it’s not hard to…
Improving Care for Rare Cancers with Dr. Cristina Ferrone
Oct 16 • 32 min
As a med student, the last thing Dr. Cristina Ferrone thought she would ever become was a surgeon, as the male-dominated specialty forced the few women in it to make hard lifestyle choices. But when she entered her surgical rotation, she was surprised to…
National Recovery Month: Changing the Face of Addiction Treatment with Dr. Sarah Wakeman
Sep 25 • 33 min
September is National Recovery Month. This month has two goals: to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. And to celebrate the people in recovery. In honor of the month, we are bringing back this episode from season…
Battling Burnout: Thriving in Modern Health Care
Jun 26 • 22 min
Physicians put in a tremendous amount of work into providing quality care for their patients, but sometimes the challenges that physicians face go unnoticed. Many physicians experience burnout, which leaves them feeling stress, exhaustion and less…
Supporting Patients through Gender-Affirming Care
Jun 12 • 31 min
For transgender people, finding health care providers knowledgeable about their needs can be challenging. One essential component of care for many is hormone replacement therapy which helps the body align more closely with their gender identity. Dr.…
From Sports Lover to Sports Medicine with Dr. Kelly McInnis
May 29 • 32 min
Kelly McInnis, DO, is a lifelong sports lover. After residency, the former Division 1 soccer player launched a new sports medicine training pathway that allowed her to spend time with orthopedic surgeons and non-operative sports specialists. At Mass…
Finding Solutions for Severe Depression with Dr. Cristina Cusin
May 15 • 26 min
Cristina Cusin, MD, has dedicated her career to working with patients with the most severe forms of depression. She is interested in ketamine, a drug traditionally used as an anesthetic that has shown promise for treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Cusin…
Nurses Are Natural Innovators with Hiyam Nadel
May 1 • 31 min
True innovation comes from seeing the world differently. In nursing, something as simple as using tape to modify equipment can drives innovation in patient care. Hiyam Nadel, MBA, RN, BSN, a mentor for nurse-entrepreneurs at Massachusetts General…
Breaking the Mold to Improve Multiple Myeloma Treatment with Noopur Raje
Apr 17 • 35 min
Dr. Noopur Raje came to the Mass General Cancer Center with the dream of starting a program for multiple myeloma research. Over the years, she has expanded understanding of multiple myeloma, is finding ways to target the bone marrow microenvironment that…
Increasing Diversity in the Security Industry with Bonnie Michelman
Apr 3 • 33 min
While completing her master’s in criminal justice at Northeastern University, Bonnie Michelman, MBA, CPP, CHPA, became fascinated by the security industry. Over the years, she has worked hard within the industry, earning her extensive leadership…
Living Well Through Palliative Care with Dr. Vicki Jackson
Mar 20 • 42 min
When Dr. Vicki Jackson was an internal medicine resident, one particular patient showed her the transformative role that empathy can play in a patient’s life and care. This experience sparked her interest in palliative care and providing specialized…
Bonus Episode: Charged Honors Women’s History Month
Mar 8 • 9 min
March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the month, we are celebrating the women behind the innovations in health care at Mass General. We recognize their success stories, their strength in overcoming adversity and what keeps them charged to achieve…
Making Surgery a More Sustainable Career for Women with Dr. Sareh Parangi
Mar 6 • 34 min
Dr. Sareh Parangi is one of the first women to become a full professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. However, she understands that a career in surgery can present many challenges to young women. In this episode of the Charged podcast, Dr. Parangi…
The Power of Discovery with Dr. Sylvie Breton
Feb 20 • 35 min
Biophysicist Dr. Sylvie Breton has dedicated her career to studying the kidneys and the male reproductive tract, and her discoveries have the potential to change medicine. She has identified a method for predicting the onset of acute kidney disorder,…
Solving the Problem of Gun Violence with Dr. Chana Sacks
Feb 6 • 38 min
Gun violence kills more than 35,000 Americans annually, yet funding for research is limited and most doctors are not taught how to approach the topic with patients. For Dr. Chana Sacks, gun violence became a personal reality when her cousin’s…
HIV—Treating a Changing Epidemic with Dr. Rochelle Walensky
Jan 23 • 38 min
Since beginning her career in the mid-1990s, infectious disease chief Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky has witnessed the transformation of the landscape for HIV and AIDS. Though new drugs have improved the outlook, the challenges of accessing and maintaining care…
Practicing Medicine as a Black Woman with Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford
Jan 9 • 28 min
As an obesity medicine specialist, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford understands the implicit and explicit biases that her patients face. As a black female doctor, she’s also familiar with the biases she faces each day. But a recent Delta flight was a poignant…
Bipolar Disorder and the Paradigm Shift in Pediatric Psychiatry with Dr. Janet Wozniak
Dec 12, 2018 • 40 min
25 years ago, psychiatrists believed that bipolar disorder only affected adults, and it was controversial to suggest otherwise. However, thanks to the pioneer work of Janet Wozniak, MD, we now know that bipolar disorder affects children. Dr. Wozniak…
Why We Need More Diversity in Nursing with Dr. Gaurdia Banister
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, emphasizes the importance of increasing diversity in nursing. She believes that having more people of color in nursing will give voice to a diverse patient population and foster culturally sensitive care that will…
Driving Toward a Cure for ALS with Dr. Merit Cudkowicz
Nov 14, 2018 • 35 min
For years, ALS appeared to be an uncurable disease, but when others lost hope, Dr. Merit E. Cudkowicz saw the challenges of curing ALS as opportunities for scientific collaboration. She spends her days leading clinical trials and working with patients to…
Tackling Childhood Obesity with Dr. Elsie Taveras
Oct 30, 2018 • 36 min
Childhood obesity is on the rise among low-income racial and ethnic minorities. Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, is focused on preventing and treating childhood obesity along with reducing healthcare disparities that contribute to its rise. She discusses the…
Finding Variety in Longevity with Ann Prestipino
Oct 17, 2018 • 35 min
Ann L. Prestipino, MPH, has spent her whole career at Mass General, starting as the assistant to the director of operations 38 years ago. Today, Ann serves as one of 15 senior VPs. In this role, she manages a large portfolio of centers and departments.…
Scientist, Mom, Leader with Dr. Sue Slaugenhaupt
Oct 3, 2018 • 39 min
Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, is the inaugural scientific director of Mass General’s Research Institute. She began at Mass General in the early 1990s and has spent her whole career focused on understanding two rare diseases: familial dysautonomia (FD) and…
Why It Pays to Be Bold with Cathy Minehan
Sep 19, 2018 • 36 min
Cathy E. Minehan is chair of Mass General’s Board of Trustees. Her long career in at Federal Reserve Bank included many firsts—she was the first woman to become the 1st vice president of any reserve bank, the first woman to become president of the Boston…
Why Quality Care Means Equitable Care with Dr. Allison Bryant
Sep 5, 2018 • 37 min
Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, spends her days caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and advocating for not just safety and quality of care, but also the equity of care. Dr. Bryant explains how we might go about improving equity in health care and why…
Forging a Path to Neurosurgery with Dr. Pamela Jones
Aug 8, 2018 • 38 min
Before becoming a neurosurgeon, Pamela Jones, MD, trained as a writer, and spent her free time in ballet. You might be surprised by how training as a journalist and a ballerina has helped her become a better surgeon.
Charting Your Own Path to Success with Aswita Tan-McGrory
Jul 25, 2018 • 42 min
Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, is the deputy director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Mass General. Beginning with the Peace Corps after college, Aswita has devoted her career to lifting disenfranchised groups. Hear how she’s also charted her own…
Finding Balance in Transition with Misty Hathaway
Jul 11, 2018 • 29 min
Misty Hathaway, MIA, is Mass General’s chief marketing officer and senior director for international and specialized services and moved to Boston after 17 years at Mayo Clinic. Major transitions can be hard, but you’ll hear her advice on bridging the gap…
Valuing Your Own Diversity with Dr. Marcela del Carmen
Jun 27, 2018 • 34 min
Dr. Marcela del Carmen is the chief medical officer at Mass General. She is now a leader in gynecologic oncology, but she started in a very different place when she fled Nicaragua with her family at age 10. Hear how experience inspired her to dedicate her…
Changing the Face of Addiction Treatment with Dr. Sarah Wakeman
Jun 13, 2018 • 32 min
Dr. Sarah Wakeman is an addiction medicine specialist at Mass General and a national thought leader in treatment for substance use disorders. As the medical director for the hospital’s Substance Use Disorders Initiative, she is committed to changing how…
Leading with Empathy with Dr. Katrina Armstrong
Jun 13, 2018 • 38 min
Dr. Katrina Armstrong is Mass General’s physician-in-chief. In this role, she leads over 700 doctors, researchers and trainees in the Department of Medicine, one of the hospital’s largest divisions. Her first day on the job was April 13, 2013, the day of…
Women and the Heart with Dr. Malissa Wood
Jun 13, 2018 • 33 min
Cardiologist Dr. Malissa Wood is committed to improving women’s heart health. She helped found the hospital’s Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program and has devoted her career to make sure women get the care they need, all while balancing the demands that…
Surgeon of Balance with Dr. Denise Gee
Jun 13, 2018 • 37 min
Dr. Denise Gee is a surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery. As you might imagine, being a surgeon and teaching the future generation is an intense job. But as the mom of three, she’s become a master in work-life balance so she can be a hands-on mom and…
Introducing Charged
Jun 5, 2018 • 2 min
Charged is a new podcast series from Mass General about the relentless daily pursuit to break boundaries and provide exceptional care. To learn more about Charged, visit www.massgeneral.org/charged.