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The goal is to have A Second Opinion be seen as the go to place for learning how to improve health and health care. Together we will have conversations with the health thought leaders, the entrepreneurs, the clinicians, the policy makers, the business leaders, and the consumers— to better understand how we all can improve health and well-being — of ourselves as individuals, of our families — and of our communities. We achieve this through education and engagement at the nexus of policy, medi ...
 
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On October 6th, the United Way of Greater Nashville hosted a timely and compelling discussion on “Healthcare Disparities in Our Own Backyard.” The panel was made possible by the United Way’s de Tocqueville Society, a now-global society that was founded in 1981 by my brother Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr., to deepen relationships between the United Way and co…
 
Dr. Harvey Fineberg is president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He previously served as president of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), as provost of Harvard University, and as dean of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Our wide-ranging discussion today hits on so many topics, including the role…
 
This episode is brought to you by MEDHOST, a Trusted EHR for Healthcare Facilities. To learn more, go to Medhost.com. Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, serving from 2017 through 2019. Today, he’s a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, serves on the board of Pfizer, and is one of the most knowle…
 
This episode is brought to you by MEDHOST, a Trusted EHR for Healthcare Facilities. To learn more, go to Medhost.com. Dr. Keith Churchwell is the president of Yale New Haven Hospital. A strategic and innovative leader, Dr. Churchwell is leading Yale New Haven into the new era of hospital care with an eye towards equity and diversity. With his roots…
 
Dr. Kelly Arnold is a pioneering physician who founded Clinica Medicos, a medical clinic designed to meet the unique needs of Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Latino community. Will an entirely bilingual medical staff and a commitment to address all patients needs in a culturally sensitive approach, the clinic is based on a principle that no one who walks …
 
Today we are doing a deep dive into the revolutionary new field of synthetic biology. I’m thrilled to be joined by Dr. Jason Kelly, the CEO and co-founder of the company that’s leading this revolution, Ginkgo Bioworks. Ginkgo is the largest designer of synthetic DNA in the world, and programs cells for customers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, foo…
 
This episode is brought to you by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are in every ZIP code in every state, working to improve health and expand access to care. Community by community. For the health of America. Today we’re focusing in on rural behavioral health, looking at Montana as an example for some of …
 
Today we’re having a compelling discussion about pricing in healthcare. I’m joined by three thought leaders who are disrupting the status quo in both the business and policy arenas. By popular demand, we’ve invited back my longtime friend and colleague, Professor Larry Van Horn. Larry is a renowned expert and researcher on health care management an…
 
Mike Uchrin is the CEO & Co-Founder of Monogram Health, an innovative, exciting new company that’s transforming one of the most complex and underserved areas of healthcare: managing chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Monogram partners with health plans to fill a systemic gap in kidney disease care wit…
 
Dr. Rochelle Walensky is the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to leading the CDC, she served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walensky was on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and conducted research o…
 
Dr. Shantanu Nundy is a primary care physician, technologist, and business leader who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Accolade, which helps over 2 million people navigate the health system. In addition, he practices primary care in the greater Washington, DC, area and serves as a senior advisor to the World Bank and a lecturer in health policy …
 
This past year has sparked a major care transition and greater awareness of the need for and value of home-based care. And that is our topic today – focusing on Landmark Health I have with me today two experts in the field: Adam Boehler, the founder and CEO of Landmark Health for its initial five years, and since then, former head of the Center for…
 
This episode is brought to you by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are in every ZIP code… in every state, working to improve health and expand access to care. Community by community. For the health of America. Jacob Sattelmair is Co-Founder and CEO of Wellframe, a digital health management company… provid…
 
Dr. William Schaffner, a familiar and nationally recognized face and trusted voice on all matters COVID during the pandemic, is an infectious disease colleague of mine … when I was doing heart and lung transplants at Vanderbilt University medical enter. Today he is the medical director and past president of the National Foundation for Infectious Di…
 
On June 30th, community health collaborative NashvilleHealth, the Metro Nashville Public Health Department and the Nashville Health Care Council hosted a timely discussion on Covid and re-opening Music City, USA – Nashville, Tennessee. We’re sharing this discussion with you as a close look at how one southern city is handling vaccine distribution, …
 
Today we’re sharing with you a special episode. I recently sat down with Andy Slavitt for Book TV’s After Words program, where we discussed in detail Andy’s new book: Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response. Andy Slavitt is uniquely qualified to tell this story. As the…
 
Today we’re sharing with you a discussion we had on June 22nd with the Cato Institute on medical malpractice litigation, legislation, and the future of reform. I’m joined by Professor David Hyman, a physician, the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Health Law & Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He…
 
Adam Schechter is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Labcorp, a leading global life sciences company, with a presence in over 100 countries and annual revenue of $14 billion. LabCorp has become a household name during the global pandemic, and Adam was only a few months into his role as CEO when Covid-19 hit. He has a fascinating story of pivoting …
 
Dr. Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author, Johns Hopkins gastrointestinal surgeon and Professor of Health Policy. His newest book, The Price We Pay, is just out now in paperback with new Covid-19 updates, and has been called the “The Big Short” of American Medicine. Marty’s research has led to actionable solutions that reduce waste an…
 
Today’s episode is one of the most fun, insightful, thought-provoking discussions I’ve had on the show. Our guest is the only physician executive I know who started as a disc jockey, and went on to become one of the most transformational thought leaders in the healthcare space today. Dr. Stephen Klasko is the President & CEO of Thomas Jefferson Uni…
 
I’m really excited to have my friend and colleague, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy joining me today. Patrick has used his own personal experience with mental health and addiction to become one of the nation’s most influential advocates to reduce the stigma around mental illness, and to make real change to increase affordable access to care. He’…
 
On May 11th, A Second Opinion joined with Vim, a technology company building digital infrastructure for improved healthcare performance, for a live virtual discussion on “Assessing a New Era of Payer-Provider Partnerships.” For our conversation, I’m joined by: • Oron Afek, Co-Founder & CEO of Vim; he’s a serial entrepreneur who was previously part …
 
Paul Diaz is President & CEO of Myriad Genetics. Thirty years ago, Myriad Genetics played a pivotal role in one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of healthcare: discovering the precise location and sequence of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase the risk of breast cancer. This led to the emergence of genetic testing as a tool…
 
Paul Kusserow is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Amedisys, a publicly traded, leading provider of home health, hospice, palliative and personal care services with over 22,000 employees in 39 states and Washington, DC, making over 12.3 million patient visits per year. Under his leadership, the company has grown its value 9-t…
 
Dr. Mark Hyman is the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic for Functional Medicine, a fourteen-time New York Times bestselling author, founder and director of the Ultra Wellness Center, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman's latest book—if you pick it up you will read it co…
 
Jennifer Morris is Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization working with partners around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Jennifer leads nearly 4,000 global staff who are dedicated to creating a world where people and nature thrive together. Better than anyone, Jennif…
 
On April 16th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing for Part 4 in a series, on the fiscal, monetary and health policy response implications of Covid-19. You can hear Parts 1, 2 & 3 of this series in our podcast episodes numbers 48, 69 and 96…
 
Stephen Ubl is the president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA, which represents America's leading biopharmaceutical research companies. The U.S. biopharmaceutical sector directly employs more than 800,000 Americans and invests more than $100 billion in research and development annually -- more than…
 
Dr. Richard Besser is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to improving the nation’s health. A practicing pediatrician, Dr. Besser is also the former acting director for CDC, and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor. Dr. Besser is a leading voice on the imp…
 
Today we’re doing something a little different. For the next 15 minutes I’ll be sharing my thoughts – as a provider with a 60-year history with telehealth – on the virtual care revolution we are living through now that will forever change healthcare as we know it. I shared a version of this talk at a recent National Academy of Medicine event, where…
 
David Dill is President & CEO of LifePoint Health, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based health system with 88 hospital campuses across 29 states. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its footprint, with revenue growing from $3 billion in 2009 to more than $8 billion in 2018, and enhanced its focus on quality and patient safety. David shares with …
 
Dr. Patty Gabow is a nationally known leader in delivery system innovation who served for 20 years as CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, an integrated safety net health care system. Dr. Gabow has a background as a physician-scientist specializing in nephrology, focusing on polycystic kidney disease. She served as a founding member of the …
 
This episode is brought to you by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are helping more people access health care by expanding telehealth and virtual care. Rising to meet the challenge, for the Health of America. Jason Gorevic is CEO of the global virtual healthcare leader, Teladoc Health. 2020 was a monument…
 
Alex Gorsky is Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson – a 135-year-old company that is at the forefront of innovation in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer health products. It’s perhaps the only American business that has played a leading role responding to both the 1918 Spanish flu and today’s Covid-19 pandemic – and today is the larges…
 
Dr. David Feinberg is the head of Google Health. He is a visionary leader in healthcare, having previously run Geisinger and the UCLA health system. A triple-board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Feinberg is a champion for improving mental healthcare and making healthcare compassionate. Our discussion today covers so much exciting ground – from the bre…
 
Bob Ortenzio co-founded Select Medical in 1997, serving as its CEO for nearly 13 years, and now serves as its Executive Chairman. Select is one of the largest operators of critical illness recovery hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, physical therapists, and outpatient rehab clinics in the United States. In today’s discussion, we discuss the evolu…
 
Larry Levitt is the Executive Vice President for Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, overseeing KFF’s policy work on Medicare, Medicaid, the health care marketplace, the Affordable Care Act, women’s health, and global health. Prior to joining KFF, he served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Clinton White House and Department of He…
 
On February 3rd, community health collaborative NashvilleHealth and the Metro Nashville Public Health Department hosted a critically important discussion on the vaccine rollout in Nashville-Davidson County and the state of Tennessee. We’re sharing this discussion with you today, where I’m joined by experts spearheading the Volunteer State’s vaccine…
 
Susan DeVore is the CEO of Premier. Serving as its CEO since 2009, Susan is an industry-leading thinker who has consistently been named to Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People and Top 25 Women in Healthcare lists. In the past year under Susan’s leadership, Premier has taken an active role in responding to the pandemic – from securing PPE…
 
Today we’re sharing with you a special bonus episode. As the nation faces mounting COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccine delays and shortages, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Future of Health Care Initiative released a new report with a set of urgent actions for the administration and Congress that would bolster the federal response …
 
Dr. Rod Hochman is the President and CEO of Providence, a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system with 51 hospitals, employing nearly 120,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states: Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In addition to running the third-largest health system in the United States,…
 
Today we’re sharing with you a special bonus episode. Last week I virtually kicked off the American Telemedicine Association’s annual EDGE telehealth policy conference, sharing my thoughts – as a provider with a 60-year history with telehealth – on the virtual care revolution we are living through now. I consider how far we’ve come, and outline wha…
 
Today we’re sharing with you a special bonus episode. Last week I virtually kicked off the American Telemedicine Association’s annual EDGE telehealth policy conference, sharing my thoughts – as a provider with a 60-year history with telehealth – on the virtual care revolution we are living through now. I consider how far we’ve come, and outline wha…
 
Daniel Nutkis is founder and CEO of HITRUST, a Texas-based company that works to safeguard sensitive information and manage information risk for global organizations across all industries and throughout the third-party supply chain. Dan has placed a heavy focus on establishing HITRUST programs as the standard for healthcare organizations seeking se…
 
I’m honored today to be joined by my longtime friend, colleague, and brilliant physician-scientist Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins has served as the NIH Director since 2009, first appointed by President Obama and reappointed in 2017 by President Trump. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted f…
 
Richard Ashworth is President and CEO of Tivity Health, a forward-thinking healthy lifestyle solutions company home to flagship brands SilverSneakers, Prime Fitness, WholeHealth Living and Wisely Well. Prior to joining Tivity in June 2020, Richard facilitated the growth of Walgreens for nearly 30 years, transforming the company into a global leader…
 
Earlier this month, the Nashville Health Care Council and community health collaborative NashvilleHealth co-hosted a virtual conversation on Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities, part 3 of a 3-part series. We’re sharing this discussion with you today, where I’m joined by leading experts in the field: Joe Cacchione, Executive Vice Presi…
 
The heart has been a central part of my life – growing up with a cardiologist father and a heart surgeon brother – and later becoming as a heart transplant surgeon myself. That’s why I’m excited about today’s conversation. I’m joined by Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association – an organization that has been on the forefront of advancing …
 
Judy Faulkner is the founder and CEO of Epic Systems. Judy started Epic in 1979 in a basement in Madison, Wisconsin, and 41 years later more than 250 million patients have a current electronic record in Epic. Her company’s enormous success led Forbes to name Judy the most successful female technology company founder. One of the few self-made women …
 
Today our topic is healthcare service innovation and disruption. Sean Slovenski is an exceptional healthcare industry innovator with a 30-year history of success after success. Sean started his career by helping to build and then lead one of the nation’s first large-scale wellness efforts for Fortune 500 clientele. Most recently Sean served as pres…
 
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