MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Ending HIV Epidemic in a Decade: CDC Director Robert Redfield on Treatments, Prevention and Hope For Vaccine

This week, on the eve of World Aids Day, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter revisit their conversation with Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the quest to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in ten years. They discuss the CDC’s efforts to advance infection prevention in high risk groups through the use of PrEP, better treatment protocols for those already infected, and the ongoing quest to develop an AIDS vaccine.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

America's Growing Diabetes Threat: American Diabetes Association's Dr. Louis Philipson on Challenges and Breakthroughs for Nation's 30 Million Diabetics

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Louis Philipson, President of Medicine and Science at the American Diabetes Association and Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center at the University of Chicago who addresses the enormous public health threat of 30 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes as well as 70 million more with pre-diabetes. He examines the challenge of helping patients manage their conditions and talks about promising new research on genomics-based precision medicine approaches to treating certain types of diabetes.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019

Addressing Upstream Causes of Poor Health: UCSF's Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo on Embedding Social Determinants Into Healthcare

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California at San Francisco, who recently chaired a committee at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on the social determinants of health. She discusses their report on ways to incorporate social care into health care, shifting the American health system towards better management of upstream causes of poor health.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

Vaping and the Rise of Teen Nicotine Addiction: Warnings and Solutions from Matthew Myers, CEO of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Matthew Myers, co-founder and CEO of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading organization dedicated to reducing tobacco use and harm around the country and the world. He discusses the dramatic decline of teen tobacco use, until the recent rise in vaping and e-cigarettes among the nation's youth - leading to a dramatic increase in nicotine addiction. He discusses the best approach to addressing this public health crisis.

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019

Addressing War Crimes and Human Rights Violations: Susannah Sirkin of Physicians for Human Rights

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy at Physicians for Human Rights, an organization using the power of medicine and science to document human rights violations in conflict zones around the world. She discusses their recent report on Syria's attack on its own health care system, the banning of land mines and their work documenting trauma experienced by refugees and asylum seekers here and around the globe.

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019

Dr. David Nash, Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health on Primary Care, Leadership and Quality Improvement

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Nash, Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He talks about the need to advance population health through better compensation for primary care clinicians, improving quality training in the medical education setting, and advancing clinician leadership training.

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019

Patients At Risk: Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder on High Rate of Avoidable Deaths in America's Hospitals

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group, which is dedicated promoting patient safety through better transparency in hospital errors leading to avoidable deaths. She discusses the 161 thousand error-related hospital deaths last year, and the latest Hospital Safety Grade, which scores hospitals on their safety measure performance.

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019

Ending HIV/AIDS in America and Confronting the Resurgence of Measles: CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield on Public Health Solutions

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which is dedicated to eradicating the AIDS Virus as we know it in this country, dramatically reducing new infections within a decade. He also addresses the domestic and global spike of previously eradicated diseases like measles, resulting from a growing anti-vaccination movement.

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on "Chasing Life": CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Talks About His Search for Secrets to Longevity Around the World

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon at Emory Clinic and Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, on his new series, "Chasing Life" which explores areas around the world with exceptional longevity, happiness and wellbeing. He delves into the secrets to healthier lives in those places, and also examines the epidemic of stress in America and how it is leading to poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy.

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

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, MARCH 25,2019

Putting Healthcare Above Politics: United States of Care Co-Founder Emily Barson on Medicaid Buy-in and State Based Health Policy Solutions

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Emily Barson, Co-Founder along with former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt, of United States of Care, a non-profit, non-partisan organization seeking to advance access to affordable health care for all Americans,"putting health care above politics". She talks about their focus on state-based innovations that are improving health care access, and about their Medicaid Buy-In effort seeking to assist states in creatively expanding Medicaid to cover more of their residents.

MONDAY, MARCH 18,2019

Bad Blood 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", which figures prominently in the current HBO documentary on Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos. It's a riveting account of the scandal he uncovered at the health tech startup, which claimed it's technology would revolutionize diagnostic testing. He uncovered Holmes' widespread deception, detailing how she not only duped high level investors out of billions, but also put patients' lives at risk.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Continued Quest for Equity in Health: Thoughts from Morehouse School of Medicine Founder and former HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan

This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan, Founding Dean and President Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and former HHS Secretary under the first Bush Administration. Dr. Sullivan discusses his efforts to build diversity in the health professions through his organization, the Sullivan Alliance, and his contributions to building equity in health systems around the country and the world.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019

Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic: Writer Barry Meier Unveils OxyContin's Pivotal Role

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic," on Purdue Pharma, makers of the narcotic OxyContin, and the pivotal role they played in "the greatest public health crisis of the 21st Century."

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018

Microsoft's Voice and AI Evangelist Noelle LaCharite Talks About Transforming Healthcare With Applied AI Coding

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Noelle LaCharite Principal Program Manager for Applied AI and Cognitive Services at Microsoft, and one of the original voice 'skills' developers for Amazon's Alexa. She talks about the promise of applied AI, machine learning and voice technology systems which enable coders, developers or anyone to create their own applications and voice skills to enhance and advance the health care experience.

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 22, 2018

Mental Health Crisis in America: National Council for Behavioral Health CEO Linda Rosenberg on Causes and Solutions

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Linda Rosenberg, CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health on their recent report done with the Cohen Veterans Network confirming that America's mental health crisis is a result of lack of access to care. She discusses the need to remove barriers to behavioral care, the need to embed behavioral health in primary care and for much better mental health and addiction training for providers and social workers.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018

Climate Report's Dire Warnings: World Health Organization's Dr. Maria Neira on Impact of Pollution and Climate Change on Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter revisit their conversation with Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and the Environment at the World Health Organization who addresses the rising threat to human health from climate change and pollution - now the 4th leading cause of death worldwide. She discusses global strategies that are required to reduce the harm being done to populations around the world, especially those most vulnerable, in the wake of advancing climate change and unmitigated pollution.