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Charged is a podcast devoted to uncovering the stories of the relentless daily pursuit at Mass General to break boundaries and provide exceptional care.
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Episode 22: Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH: Living Well Through Palliative CareFeaturing Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine and co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
When Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, 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 support for people with serious illness. In this episode, she discusses her passion for the field and her experience helping patients navigate the uncertainty inherent in facing serious illness.
Bonus Episode: Charged Honors Women's History MonthFeaturing the women of Charged
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 their goals. In this special episode, we ask our guests from throughout the hospital to share stories about what drove them to pursue a career in medicine and what keeps them motivated to drive forward.
Episode 21: Sareh Parangi, MD: Making Surgery a More Sustainable Career for WomenFeaturing Sareh Parangi, MD, director of the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship and Thyroid Cancer Research Laboratory
When Sareh Parangi, MD, witnessed her first operation in medical school, she knew immediately that she wanted to become a surgeon. Now years later, Dr. Parangi is one of the first women to become a full professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. However, she recognizes the challenges that a career in surgery can present to young women. Dr. Parangi discusses the seriousness of gender disparities that come with a career in surgery and why she has become an advocate to help female surgeons overcome barriers to do what they love, while also raising a family.
Episode 20: Sylvie Breton, PhD, MSc: The Power of DiscoveryFeaturing Sylvie Breton, PhD, MSc, inaugural Richard Moerschner Endowed Chair in Men’s Health, Mass General Research Institute
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, which affects more than four million people yearly and is called the “silent killer.” She talks about why she enjoys research so much, and how each new discovery spurs her on to the next.
Episode 19: Chana Sacks, MD: Solving the Problem of Gun ViolenceFeaturing Chana Sacks, MD, internist and instructor, Department of Medicine
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 seven-year-old son Daniel was killed at Sandy Hook. This tragedy spurred Dr. Sacks to establish the Mass General Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. She discusses why she has become a vocal advocate for gun violence prevention research and why she views gun violence as a solvable problem.
Episode 18: Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH: HIV—Treating a Changing EpidemicFeaturing Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, chief, Infectious Diseases Division
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 persist. Dr. Walensky discusses how she works to expand access to care for HIV patients through research and a willingness to understand patients' struggles.
Episode 17: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA: Practicing Medicine as a Black WomanFeaturing Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, obesity medicine specialist, Mass General Weight Center
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 reminder of these biases when flight attendants questioned her credentials as a doctor as she provided care to a fellow passenger. Dr. Stanford discusses this experience and why she's speaking out against biases and promoting diversity in medicine.
Episode 16: Janet Wozniak, MD: Bipolar Disorder and the Paradigm Shift in Pediatric PsychiatryFeaturing Janet Wozniak, MD, director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service and director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Research Program
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 discusses her drive to help children struggling with bipolar disorder by intervening early to diagnose and find treatments.
Episode 15: Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN: Why We Need More Diversity in NursingFeaturing Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of the Institute for Patient Care at Mass General and director of the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research
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 make the hospital environment welcoming to everyone.
Episode 14: Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc: Driving Toward a Cure for ALSFeaturing Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, chief of the Department of Neurology
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 find effective treatments. By revolutionizing ALS clinical trials, she has inspired hope that we can find a cure.
Episode 13: Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH: Tackling Childhood ObesityFeaturing Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health
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 importance of supporting underserved families and making them aware of ways to establish healthy habits for children.
Episode 12: Ann Prestipino: Finding Variety in LongevityFeaturing Ann Prestipino, MPH, senior vice president
Ann L. Prestipino, MPH, began at Mass General as the assistant to the director of operations 38 years ago and has been here ever since. She's built a long, successful career with continued growth, all within the same institution.
Episode 11: Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD: Scientist, Mom, LeaderFeaturing Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director, Mass General Research Institute
Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, has spent her whole career at Mass General focused on understanding two rare diseases. She also tackled the challenges of building a thriving scientific career at the same time she was building her family. She is now working to change the culture of scientific research for the better.
Episode 10: Cathy E. Minehan, MBA: Why It Pays to Be BoldFeaturing Cathy Minehan, MBA, chair, Mass General Board of Trustees
Cathy E. Minehan, MBA, had a long career in the Federal Reserve Bank system that included many firsts. She discusses the importance of being your own advocate, how she broke gender barriers and how her success in banking led to a fulfilling career as a board member.
Episode 9: Allison Bryant, MD, MPH: Why Quality Care Means Equitable CareFeaturing Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, maternal-fetal medicine specialist; vice chair of quality, equity and safety, OB/GYN Department
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 it’s important for us all to examine our own biases.
Episode 8: Pamela Jones, MD, MS, MPH: Forging a Path to NeurosurgeryFeaturing Pamela Jones, MD, neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery
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.
Episode 7: Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH: Charting Your Own Path to SuccessFeaturing Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, deputy director, Disparities Solutions Center
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 path to success and leadership along the way.
Episode 6: Misty Hathaway, MIA: Finding Balance in TransitionFeaturing Misty Hathaway, MIA, chief marketing officer & senior director for international and specialized services
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 between your past and your future.
Episode 5: Valuing Your Own DiversityFeaturing Marcela del Carmen, MD, chief medical officer, Mass General Physicians Organization
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 career to reducing disparities in cancer care and promoting diversity in medicine.
Episode 4: Women and the HeartFeaturing Malissa Wood, MD, co-director, Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, Heart Center
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 come with being the mom of four.
Episode 3: Surgeon of BalanceFeaturing Denise Gee, MD, bariatric surgeon, Department of Surgery
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 surgeon.
Episode 2: Changing the Face of Addiction TreatmentFeaturing Sarah Wakeman, MD, medical director, Substance Use Disorders Initiative
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 addiction is understood by the public and how it is treated at Mass General.
Episode 1: Leading with EmpathyFeaturing Katrina Armstrong, MD, physician-in-chief, Department of Medicine
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 the Boston Marathon bombing. Hear what she learned that day and how that has helped her lead and teach at Mass General.
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