MONDAY, MARCH 4,2019

The Science of Communicating Science: Dr. Susmita Pati on the Alan Alda Center's Work

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Susmita Pati, Chief Medical Program Advisor for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, founded by the legendary actor and PBS science show host who felt science and health professionals needed to learn better communication skills. The "Alda Method" applies traditional actors' training like improvisation and other speaking techniques to improve the ability of health care and science professionals to better disseminate their complex information.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Clear Health Costs Founder Jeanne Pinder Seeks to Unmask Healthcare's High Costs With Online Price Check Tool

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jeanne Pinder, Founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, which seeks to unmask the true cost Americans pay for health care. They discuss the online platform she created that compares prices for hospitalizations and procedures offering consumers real transparency in health pricing, utilizing crowd sourced patient payment data vetted by journalists around the country.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019

Flint Water Crisis Whistle Blower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on the Aftermath of the Poisoning of a City

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pediatrician and public health activist, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who exposed the Flint Water Crisis brought on by state and city officials who switched Flint's water supply. She discusses her book on the crisis, "What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City" which exposes government efforts to deny their role, and the ongoing community-wide effort to address the public health crisis.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018

Researching Medical Marijuana and PTSD: Dr. Sue Sisley on the Quest to Expand Research on the Medicinal Potential of Cannabis

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Sue Sisley, internist, psychiatrist and President of the Scottsdale Research Institute which is conducting the nation's only FDA-approved study on the efficacy of whole plant marijuana for treatment of PTSD. She discusses her ten-year quest to complete a randomized control trial on the use of cannabis as a potentially effective approach, and restrictions that pose a challenge to expansive scientific research.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018

National Access to Primary Care and Minister of Loneliness: Dr. Charles Alessi on the UK's Approach to Population Health and Dementia Prevention

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor for Dementia Prevention at Public Health England, the UK's equivalent of the CDC. Dr. Alessi talks about the prevention strategies being deployed across the UK to delay the onset of dementia, the lack of barriers to primary care services, and their recently announced Minister of Loneliness to confront this chronic health issue.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2018

"She Has Her Mother's Laugh" - New York Times Science Writer Carl Zimmer on Heredity and the Genomics Revolution

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with award-winning New York Times science writer and columnist Carl Zimmer on his critically acclaimed book, "She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potentials of Heredity" on the dramatic scientific discovery underway fueled by genomics. He discusses the genome's role in understanding heredity and how personalized medicine will be advanced once the science and medical communities master their knowledge of how genomics impact health and disease.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018

The Political Challenges in American Health Reform: Former CMS Administrator Don Berwick on the Need for Clinician Activism

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Don Berwick, President Emeritus of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former CMS Administrator who oversaw the launch of the Affordable Care Act. He talks about inherent political challenges in American health care, the need for providers to get active politically, and the promise of real innovations in the health system coming from outside the industry.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Transforming Care Delivery for Underserved Populations: Cityblock CEO Iyah Romm on Their Tech-Based Solutions

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Iyah Romm, CEO of Cityblock Health, a venture with Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs aimed at improving care and outcomes for underserved populations in urban areas by deploying tech-based solutions supporting patients and care teams. He talks about Cityblock's development of digital and telehealth tools that enable real time monitoring of patient data, and a network of interventions addressing social determinants of health.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

Walgreens' RX for Fixing Health Care: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Carroll on Health Services Growth in Pharmacy Setting

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Patrick Carroll, Chief Medical Officer at Walgreens Healthcare where he oversees the pharmacy chain's expanded primary care and prevention health services in nearly 10 thousand retail pharmacies. They discuss Walgreens' expansion of digital and telehealth interventions for behavioral health, medication compliance and chronic illness management, with expanded health services being offered in the pharmacy clinics.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018

Alexa and Telemedicine in Health Care: Harvard's Dr. John Halamka on Promising Health Tech Trends to Watch

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer for Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he has launched a new endeavor: the Health Technology Exploration Center. The lab is an incubator for studying emerging technologies in health care such as telemedicine, genomics, blockchain, wearables and smart speakers like Alexa that could potentially improve clinical workflow, data sharing and outcomes.

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

CRISPR, DNA and Genomics: Dr. Samuel Sternberg Examines This Game-Changing Technology

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Samuel H. Sternberg, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University and renowned expert on CRISPER-Cas9 gene editing technology. Dr. Sternberg co-authored "A Crack in Creation" with CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna, and talks about the limitless potential of this genetic engineering tool to transform how we treat and prevent disease in the future.

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018

Dr. Colleen Kraft, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, on Separating Immigrant Families at the Border and the Impact of Toxic Stress

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Colleen Kraft, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has vocally opposed the separation of immigrant families at the border. She talks about the long term impact of toxic stress in childhood, recommended breastfeeding and vaccination protocols, harm from gun violence, and too much screen time for kids.

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018

Stanford School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Lloyd Minor, on Apple Heart Study, Biomedical Revolution and Precision Health

This week we revisit our conversation with Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, on his strategic plan for advancing 21st century biomedicine. He discusses the transformation underway in health care using data, artificial intelligence and telehealth protocols to support health industry transformation, and how all of this will impact medical education in the future.

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

Health Disparities and the American Indian: Dr. Donald Warne on the Way Forward

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Donald Warne, Director of Indians Into Medicine (INMED) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He discusses the impact of cultural trauma on the American Indian population, strategies for addressing health disparities and the need to mentor Native youth in the health professions.

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018

Scandal in Silicon Valley: Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou on the Rise and Spectacular Fall of Theranos

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, author of "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," a riveting account of the scandal he uncovered at Theranos, a health tech startup that promised to revolutionize diagnostic testing. Mr. Carreyrou uncovered company founder Elizabeth Holmes' widespread deception that duped high level investors and put patients' lives at risk.

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018

Aetna President Karen Lynch on CVS Merger and Goals to Improve Population Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Karen Lynch, President of Aetna, who discusses the proposed merger between the nation's third largest insurer and CVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the country. Ms. Lynch discusses the potential for transforming the health care system by providing preventive care interventions at the neighborhood pharmacy, fostering more active consumer engagement for better health outcomes.

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

Protecting the Health of Our Nation's Active Duty Military and Families: Defense Health Agency Director Vice Admiral Raquel Bono

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Vice Admiral Dr. Raquel Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency, tasked with providing health services for some 9.4 million members and their families. She talks about the complex, integrated health system providing care from the home base to the battlefield, the implementation of an integrated electronic health records system, and the partnerships required to support the DHA's mission to deliver quality care to all members stationed around the globe.

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018

America's Gun Violence Epidemic: Leading Harvard Researcher Dr. David Hemenway Shares His Findings

This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has spent decades researching America's gun violence epidemic, its root causes, the casualties and public health and legal policies that would mitigate the problem.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018

On a Quest to Save 100 Million Lives, Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on His New Global Venture

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden on his new role as CEO of Resolve To Save Lives, committed to saving 100 million lives globally by focusing on cardiovascular disease and epidemics. This project, sponsored by Vital Strategies, seeks to improve prevention efforts around the world, and better track and monitor infectious disease outbreaks that can lead to deadly pandemics.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Where Will Healthcare be in 2020? Thomas Jefferson University's Dr. Steve Klasko Breaks Down His Vision of Healthcare Disruption

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, on his efforts to transform health care. Dr. Klasko made bold changes to the University and its hospitals by implementing a startup mentality and making innovation a priority among the academic and clinical departments. He also discusses how creativity and compassion are the keys to that innovation and breaks down the next steps needed to transform the industry.