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147 - Dr. Harvey Fineberg, Moore Foundation CEO, former Harvard Provost & IOM head, on Philanthropy, Swine Flu, American Medical Education & More

October 11th, 2021


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, …

146 - Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner, on Vaccine Mandates, Covid Vaccines for Kids, and His New Book “Uncontrolled Spread”

September 27th, 2021


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Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, serving from 2017 …

145 - Dr. Keith Churchwell, President of Yale New Haven Hospital, on Moving from Clinical Care to Executive Leadership, With an Eye Towards Equity

September 20th, 2021


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Dr. Keith Churchwell is the president of Yale New Haven Hospital. A strategic and innovative leader, …

144 - Dr. Kelly Arnold, Clinica Medicos Founder, on Creating a Comprehensive Medical Home for the Underserved and Uninsured

September 13th, 2021


Dr. Kelly Arnold is a pioneering physician who founded Clinica Medicos, a medical clinic designed to meet the unique needs of Chattanooga, …

143 - Jason Kelly, PhD, CEO & Co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, the $15 Billion Synthetic Biology Company That’s Starting the Next Industrial Revolution

September 6th, 2021


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 …

142 - John Doran, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana & Dr. Julie Kelso, Riverstone Health: Collaboratively Addressing Rural Mental Healthcare Shortages

August 30th, 2021


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 …

141 - Policy & Innovation in Price Transparency: Economist Larry Van Horn, Sidecar Health CEO Patrick Quigley, & MDSave CEO Paul Ketchel

August 25th, 2021


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 …

140 - Mike Uchrin, CEO & Co-Founder, Monogram Health – The Innovative Start-Up that’s Disrupting Kidney Care

August 16th, 2021


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 …

139 - CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH with the latest on Delta, the pandemic, and the future of the CDC

August 9th, 2021


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 …

138 - Dr. Shantanu Nundy, CMO of Accolade, Asks the Tough Questions About Our Healthcare System – and Shares How We Can Change

August 2nd, 2021


Dr. Shantanu Nundy is a primary care physician, technologist, and business leader who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Accolade, which helps over …

137 - Adam Boehler & Nick Loporcaro: Two Landmark Health CEOs Detail Successful Transition, Culture Change, and a Surprising Experience in Government

July 26th, 2021

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 …

136 - Jacob Sattelmair, Co-founder and CEO of Wellframe on using high-tech to deliver high-touch care solutions

July 19th, 2021


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 …

135 - Dr. William Schaffner, Medical Director, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: Learnings from 18 Months of Covid and the Future of Vaccine Science

July 12th, 2021


Dr. William Schaffner, a familiar and nationally recognized face and trusted voice on all matters COVID during the pandemic, is an infectious disease …

134 - A Conversation on Covid-19 and Re-opening Nashville, with Dr. James Hildreth & Dr. Alex Jahangir

July 9th, 2021


On June 30th, community health collaborative NashvilleHealth, the Metro Nashville Public Health Department and the Nashville Health Care Council …

133 - Andy Slavitt, Biden Covid-19 Advisor and former CMS head on “Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response

July 5th, 2021


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 …

132 - Medical Malpractice Litigation with Georgetown’s Dr. David Hyman & The Doctors Company CEO Dr. Richard Anderson

June 28th, 2021


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 …

131 - Adam Schechter, Chairman, President & CEO of Labcorp – Scaling from 3,000 tests per week to over 300,000 a day, only months into his role as CEO

June 21st, 2021


Adam Schechter is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Labcorp, a leading global life sciences company, with a presence in over 100 countries and …

130 - Dr. Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins Surgeon & NY Times Bestselling Author: What Broke American Healthcare, and How to Fix It

June 14th, 2021


Dr. Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author, Johns Hopkins gastrointestinal surgeon and Professor of Health Policy.  His newest book, The …

129 - Dr. Stephen Klasko, President & CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health on the Old Math vs. the New Math in Healthcare

June 7th, 2021


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 …

128 - Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy: How His Own Mental Health Journey Equipped Him to Positively Impact Mental Healthcare Today

May 31st, 2021


I’m really excited to have my friend and colleague, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy joining me today.

Patrick has used his own personal experience …

127 - Assessing a New Era of Payer-Provider Partnerships with Vim CEO Oron Afek & OptumCare SVP Tim Kaja

May 24th, 2021


On May 11th, A Second Opinion joined with Vim, a technology company building digital infrastructure for improved healthcare performance, for a live …

126 - Paul Diaz, President & CEO of Myriad Genetics, on applying the power of data-driven genetic insights

May 17th, 2021


Paul Diaz is President & CEO of Myriad Genetics. Thirty years ago, Myriad Genetics played a pivotal role in one of the most important …

125 - Paul Kusserow, Chairman & CEO of Amedisys – Leading a turnaround, to stabilization, to record growth

May 10th, 2021


Paul Kusserow is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Amedisys, a publicly traded, leading provider of home health, hospice, …

124 - Dr. Mark Hyman on Food as Medicine & The Pegan Diet

May 3rd, 2021


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 …

123 - Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, on the Inextricable Link Between Environmental & Human Health

April 26th, 2021


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 …

122 - Princeton University’s Jessica Metcalf, Alan Blinder & Bill Dudley: “Covid-19, Fiscal Monetary and Health Policy Responses” – Part 4

April 22nd, 2021


On April 16th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and Princeton’s Center for Health …

121 - Stephen Ubl, President & CEO of PhRMA, on drug pricing, supply chains, and the industry’s miraculous Covid-19 response

April 19th, 2021


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 …

120 - Dr. Rich Besser, President & CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on Building a Culture of Health in America’s Communities

April 12th, 2021


Dr. Richard Besser is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to …

119 - Senator Frist on the Transformative Impact of Virtual Care on Health

April 5th, 2021


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 …

118 - David Dill, LifePoint Health President & CEO on Building the Leader in Community-Based Healthcare in 29 States

March 29th, 2021


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 …

117 - Dr. Patty Gabow, former CEO of Denver Health, on Why the Time is Now for More Women Leaders in Healthcare

March 22nd, 2021


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 …

116 - Jason Gorevic, CEO of Teladoc Health on the Virtual Care Revolution and Doing the Largest Digital Health Deal in a Pandemic

March 15th, 2021

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 …

115 - Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson Chairman & CEO on their new single-dose Covid vaccine and preparing for the next public health crisis

March 8th, 2021

Alex Gorsky is Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson – a 135-year-old company that is at the forefront of innovation in pharmaceuticals, medical …

114 - Dr. David Feinberg, the head of Google Health, shares how their technology can save lives & transform care

March 1st, 2021


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 …

113 - Bob Ortenzio, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Select Medical on Leading in the Post-Acute Care Space

February 22nd, 2021


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, …

112 - 2021 Health Policy Projections with Larry Levitt, Executive Vice President for Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

February 15th, 2021


Larry Levitt is the Executive Vice President for Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, overseeing KFF’s policy work on Medicare, Medicaid, …

111 - A Look at One State’s Vaccine Rollout: TN Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey and Dr. Alex Jahangir

February 12th, 2021


On February 3rd, community health collaborative NashvilleHealth and the Metro Nashville Public Health Department hosted a critically important …

110 - Susan DeVore, CEO of Premier on Transforming Our Healthcare Supply Chain

February 8th, 2021


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 …

109 - Bipartisan Policy Center Releases COVID-19 Recommendations to Accelerate Federal Pandemic Response

February 4th, 2021


Today we’re sharing with you a special bonus episode.  As the nation faces mounting COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccine delays and …

108 - Rod Hochman, MD, President & CEO of Providence: Preparing for Healthcare in 2025 and Beyond

February 1st, 2021


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 …

107 - Bill Novelli, former AARP & Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids head on “The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World”

January 25th, 2021


Today we’re sharing with you a special bonus episode.  Last week I virtually kicked off the American Telemedicine Association’s annual EDGE …

106 - Senator Frist Makes Six Recommendations to Harness the Future of Virtual Care – Keynote Address from the American Telemedicine Association EDGE Policy Conference

January 20th, 2021


Today we’re sharing with you a special bonus episode.  Last week I virtually kicked off the American Telemedicine Association’s annual EDGE …

105 - Daniel Nutkis, HITRUST Founder and CEO on Health Data Protection & Risk Management

January 18th, 2021


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 …

104 - NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD: the Research that Paved Way for 2020 Breakthroughs, and the Intersection of Faith & Science

January 11th, 2021


I’m honored today to be joined by my longtime friend, colleague, and brilliant physician-scientist Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National …

103 - Richard Ashworth, Tivity Health CEO & former Walgreens President on Leadership and Saying Yes

January 4th, 2021


Richard Ashworth is President and CEO of Tivity Health, a forward-thinking healthy lifestyle solutions company home to flagship brands …

102 - Niesha Foster, Pfizer and Dr. Joseph Cacchione, Ascension on Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities

December 28th, 2020


Earlier this month, the Nashville Health Care Council and community health collaborative NashvilleHealth co-hosted a virtual conversation on Health …

101- Nancy Brown, CEO of American Heart Association on the Future of Heart Health

December 21st, 2020


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 …

100 - Judy Faulkner, Founder and CEO of Epic Systems Shares How She Built One of the World’s Leading Healthcare Software Companies

December 14th, 2020


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 …

99 - Sean Slovenski, BioIQ CEO and former Walmart SVP on disrupting healthcare

December 7th, 2020


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 …

98 - Dr. James Hildreth, President and CEO of Meharry Medical College on the continuing COVID-19 Crisis

November 30th, 2020


Dr. James Hildreth is the 12th President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, the nation's largest private, historically black academic health …

97 - Radiology Partners CEO Rich Whitney on healthcare leadership and the rise of AI in imaging

November 23rd, 2020


Rich Whitney is Chairman and CEO of Radiology Partners, a nationwide company he co-founded in 2012 to transform the fragmented area of radiology. …

96 - Princeton University’s Jessica Metcalf, Alan Blinder & Bill Dudley: “COVID-19, Fiscal, Monetary and Health Policy Responses” – Part 3

November 20th, 2020


On November 13th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and Princeton’s Center for Health …

95 - Pat Geraghty President and CEO of GuideWell on Crisis Leadership

November 16th, 2020


Pat Geraghty is President and CEO of GuideWell, a $19 billion mutual insurance holding company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.  GuideWell is …

94 - Dr. Scott Gottlieb & Dr. Kavita Patel on Vaccines, Covid-19, and Our Nation’s Health a Year From Now

November 9th, 2020


I’m excited to be joined today by two friends who are both physicians and effective policymakers, Dr. Kavita Patel and Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

Kavita is …

93 - Andy Slavitt, former CMS Acting Administrator Weighs in on Post-Election Healthcare

November 5th, 2020


Andy Slavitt is founder and chairman of the United States of Care – a non-partisan non-profit focused on mobilizing a movement to achieve …

92 - Lisa Clarke, Leading a $5.6 billion, 20-year Transformation Plan for Mayo Clinic & Rochester, Minnesota

November 1st, 2020


Lisa Clarke is the Executive Director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency.  It’s is a $5.6 billion, public-private partnership designed to leverage the growth of Mayo Clinic and create …

91 - Senator Frist shares lessons learned from transplantation, politics, and the private sector

October 26th, 2020


Today’s episode is a little different. Last week I virtually joined the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group to share experiences and …

90 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams Talks Covid-19, Vaccines, Racial Health Disparities, and the Little Known Costs of the Flu

October 19th, 2020


On September 30th, the Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth co-hosted a virtual conversation on Health Equity with United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams.  We’re sharing this discussion with you today.

89 - Diane Seloff, MBA – Former Aspire Health COO on Building a Company from 6 Employees to 750

October 14th, 2020


Diane Seloff is an expert business strategist and operations leader.  We worked together in building Aspire Health, the nation’s leading non-hospice, community-based palliative care company that was acquired by Anthem …

88 - Senator Frist joins Larry King on PoliticKING – Election 2020, White House Pandemic Response, and the President’s COVID diagnosis

October 12th, 2020


Last week I joined my longtime friend, Emmy-award winning television host Larry King to talk Covid-19, the 2020 Presidential election, and the Administration’s successes and shortcomings in pandemic response. Our …

87 - Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

October 5th, 2020


Dr. Prabhjot Singh is Associate Professor of Medicine, Health System Design and Global Health at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, as well as …

86 - Avik Roy, National Policy Expert on What  Healthcare Reform Should Look Like

September 28th, 2020


Avik Roy is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity -- a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it.

Avik …

85 - Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, Zipongo’s CMO on Healthy Eating, Made Simple

September 21st, 2020


Dr. Dexter Shurney is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Zipongo​, the San Francisco-based based digital health and wellness company that focuses on enabling healthy eating. …

84 - Cara James, PhD and Andrea Willis, MD, MPH: Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities

September 14th, 2020


On August 18th, the Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth co-hosted a virtual conversation on Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities, part 1 of a 3-part series.  We’re sharing this discussion with …

83 - Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD, President, American Action Forum on Turning Academic Research into Effective Public Policy

September 7th, 2020


Douglas Holtz-Eakin is the President of the American Action Forum.  An accomplished academic turned influential policymaker, he has served as Chief …

82 - Dr. Jonathan Perlin, HCA’s President of Clinical Services on Creating a Learning Health System

August 31st, 2020


Dr. Jonathan Perlin is the President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at HCA Healthcare.  As one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, HCA is comprised of more than 180 hospitals and …

81 - Dr. Kavita Patel on How Healthcare Can Help Reopen Schools

August 24th, 2020

This episode is brought to you by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Shield companies are supporting health care partners on the frontline of this unprecedented fight. Ensuring patients don’t have to worry …

80 - Dr. Deb German, Founding Dean of UCF College of Medicine on Building Her Vision

August 17th, 2020


Dr. Deborah German is the Founding Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is …

79 - Dr. Tony Iton – Why Zip Code Says More About Your Health Than Genetic Code

August 10th, 2020


Anthony Iton is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, where he oversees the organization’s 10-Year, …

78 - Former VA Secretary Bob McDonald on Leading in Crisis

August 3rd, 2020


Robert McDonald served Procter & Gamble for 33 years with the last four as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Following his career …

77 - Dr. Sarah Chouinard spotlights rural health solutions and America’s other epidemic

July 27th, 2020

Dr. Sarah Chouinard is a rural health expert and Chief Medical Officer at Community Care of West Virginia, a federally qualified health center …

76 - Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld on LGBTQ Health

July 20th, 2020


Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld is a senior associate dean, tenured professor of anesthesiology and director of the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment” …

75 - Drs. Ruth Shim & David Williams: Racial Inequities in Health and the Science Behind How We Solve Them

July 13th, 2020


Our country is at a historic crossroads: the global coronavirus pandemic has laid bare our country’s racial disparities and inequities in health and healthcare, and the death of George Floyd and other events have …

74 - Bill Lucia, Chairman, President & CEO of HMS: It Starts with the Data

July 6th, 2020


Bill Lucia is the Chairman, President & CEO of HMS, which provides a broad range of payment accuracy and population health management solutions …

73 - Larry Van Horn, PhD on Price Transparency and the Economics of COVID-19

June 29th, 2020


Professor Larry Van Horn is a renowned expert and researcher on health care management and economics at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate …

72 - Ken Misch, MEDHOST President on his personal health journey and the future of rural healthcare

June 22nd, 2020


Ken Misch is the President and Chief Financial Officer of MEDHOST, a healthcare technology company focused on providing robust Electronic Health …

71 - Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger CEO on the hospital system of the future

June 18th, 2020


Dr. Jaewon Ryu is President and CEO of Geisinger, a health system that includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research …

70 - Martin VanTrieste, CEO of Civica Rx, on ending generic drug shortages

June 15th, 2020

Martin VanTrieste is the President and CEO of Civica Rx, a groundbreaking, non-profit pharmaceutical company that’s innovatively working to address our nation’s generic drug shortages.  For years, our domestic drug …

69 - COVID-19 Fiscal, Monetary & Health Policy Implications: Part 2 with Princeton University’s Jessica Metcalf, Alan Blinder & Bill Dudley

June 11th, 2020


On June 9th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and the Center for Health and …

68 - Dr. Dean Ornish, the Father of Lifestyle Medicine on Reversing Chronic Disease, Alzheimer’s

June 8th, 2020


Dr. Dean Ornish is considered the father of lifestyle medicine, pioneering programs that can reverse life-threatening illness with a combination of a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, meditation and therapy. Dean and …

67 - Dr. Julie Gerberding, former CDC Director on vaccines and preparing for the next pandemic

June 4th, 2020


Dr. Julie Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck.  She is a vaccine and infectious disease expert who served as …

66 - Dr. Sarah Homitsky on redefining women’s perinatal mental health care

June 1st, 2020

Dr. Sarah Homitsky is the medical director for the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Homitsky specializes in Pregnancy-Related Depression, and the …

65 - Dr. Judy Monroe, CDC Foundation CEO on how public-private partnerships eradicate disease

May 25th, 2020


Dr. Judy Monroe is the President and CEO of the CDC Foundation. There, she mobilizes philanthropic and private sector resources to support CDCs critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs across the …

64 - American Heart Association’s Dr. Eduardo Sanchez on Heart Health & COVID

May 21st, 2020


Dr. Eduardo Sanchez is the Chief Medical Officer for prevention at the American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary …

63 - Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids on our Nation’s Vaping Crisis and COVID

May 18th, 2020

Matthew Myers is president of the campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world. Matt and I worked together on …

62 - Spotlight on Lake Nona Medical City, FL – A Master-Planned Community Centered on Wellness

May 13th, 2020


For this episode we’re doing something a little different.  We’re taking you on the ground to Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida.  First proposed in 2005, the city was built from the ground up with a new …

61 - The Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad

May 11th, 2020

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. She is a loneliness and social isolation expert …

60 - COVID Update with Dr. Eric Topol, World-Renowned Physician-Scientist

May 7th, 2020


Senator Frist talks to Dr. Eric Topol, Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, on how COVID affects the heart, when we …

59 - Senator Frist joins Larry King on PoliticKING

May 5th, 2020


Last week I joined my longtime friend, Emmy-award winning television host Larry King to talk COVID, the 2020 Presidential election, and my pandemic prediction from 15 years ago. Our interview aired on his show, …

58 - Dr. Joe Coughlin, MIT AgeLab Director Explains Why “Old Age is Made Up”

May 4th, 2020


Today I’m joined by the innovative Dr. Joe Coughlin – the founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. Recognizing that …

57 - Susan Salka, AMN Healthcare CEO on growing $5mm company to $2bn

April 27th, 2020


Today I'm joined by Susan Salka, CEO AMN Healthcare Services. The largest healthcare staffing company in the nation. Susan joined AMN when it was just 18 employees. Rising through the ranks, she now runs this $2.5 …

56 - A Case for Public Health Infrastructure with Brian Castrucci, CEO of de Beaumont Foundation

April 22nd, 2020


Brian Castrucci is the President and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on improving health at the community …

55 - Alan Levine, CEO of Ballad Health on Reimagining Rural Healthcare

April 20th, 2020


Alan Levine is the President and CEO of Ballad health, the innovative integrated healthcare delivery system that serves 1.2 million people in 29 rural counties of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwestern …

54 - HHS’s Will Brady on Interoperability, Innovation, and Deregulation

April 17th, 2020


Today I’m by joined by Will Brady, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s a long title, but what it means is that Will is at …

53 - COVID-19 Update: Dr. Marty Makary, Public Health Expert on Testing, Treatments, & Restarting Elective Care

April 15th, 2020


You are about to hear a discussion I’m having on the COVID-19 pandemic with my good friend Dr. Marty Makary, New York Times bestselling author, John Hopkins surgeon and brilliant researcher; and Dr. Larry Van Horn, a …

52 - Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade: Rethinking Health Benefits Solutions

April 13th, 2020


Rajeev Singh is the CEO of Accolade, the market leading personalized advocacy and population health solution for employers health plans and health …

51 - COVID-19 Update: HCA CMO Dr. Jon Perlin

April 10th, 2020


You are about to hear a discussion I’m having on the COVID-19 pandemic with my good friend Dr. Jon Perlin, HCA Healthcare’s President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer; and Dr. Larry Van Horn, a healthcare …

50 - COVID-19 Update: Infectious Disease Expert Dr. William Schaffner

April 9th, 2020


You are about to hear a discussion I’m having on the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. William Schaffner, an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist and public health expert with Vanderbilt University Medical …

49 - Dean Kamen, Renowned Inventor & Engineer: Transforming Care by Doing the Impossible

April 6th, 2020


Dean Kamen, a friend with whom I've worked on global health issues for two decades, is a world renowned inventor and engineer, whose inventions have literally changed the way we live. In health, he invented the first …

48 - Princeton University’s Jessica Metcalf, Alan Blinder & Bill Dudley: “COVID-19: Fiscal, monetary and health policy responses"

April 3rd, 2020


On April 2nd, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and the Center for Health and …

47 - Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD: Founder of IDx on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

March 30th, 2020


Dr. Michael Abramoff is the founder and executive chairman of IDX Technologies, the artificial intelligence diagnostic company that became the very …

46 - Special Episode: Telehealth & COVID-19 with American Telemedicine Association CEO Ann Mond Johnson

March 24th, 2020


Today's episode focuses on telemedicine and telehealth. Today's pandemic with staying at home and sheltering in becoming the new norm across America …

45 - Victor Dzau, MD: National Academy of Medicine President on Addressing Clinician Burnout, Medical Errors, Opioids

March 23rd, 2020


Dr. Victor Dzau is the president of the National Academy of Medicine, the independent, congressionally chartered organization originally created to advise the federal government and advance the wellbeing of the US …

44 - Brent Shafer, Chairman and CEO of Cerner

March 16th, 2020


Brent Shafer is chairman and CEO of Cerner, the largest electronic health record company in the world. We discuss the phenomenal degree of change …

43 - Special Coronavirus Episode: Dr. Wenhong Zhang, lessons from Shanghai on containing COVID -19

March 13th, 2020


Today, on A Second Opinion, we bring you our fifth Special Episode on the coronavirus.  In times of crisis, it’s critical to learn from those with the most experience.  And in today’s episode, we do just that.  We bring …

42 - Special Coronavirus Episode: CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat

March 12th, 2020


Today on A Second Opinion, we bring you our third special episode in our continuing series of providing the most up to date coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus. This is important information you can use today …

41 - HCA’s Jon Perlin & Senator Frist: Making an Impact in the Changing Healthcare Environment

March 11th, 2020


Today I sit down with my good friend, Dr. Jon Perlin, President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer of HCA Healthcare.  For something a little different for us, Jon interviews me in a wide-ranging discussion …

40 - Seema Verma: CMS Administrator on EHRs, Price Transparency and Medicare for All

March 9th, 2020


Seema Verma is the Administrator for CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She oversees the federal agency that provides vital healthcare programs to over 100 million Americans. There, she is aggressively …

39 - Anand Parekh, M.D.: Why Prevention Should Be the Nation’s Priority

March 2nd, 2020


I'm excited to be joined by my good friend, Dr. Anand Parekh, who serves as chief medical advisor for the Bipartisan Policy Center. We've worked …

37 - Special Coronavirus (COVID-19) Episode - Dr. Tom Frieden

February 27th, 2020


Today, on A Second Opinion, we bring you our third special episode in our continuing series of providing up to date, real-time coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID19 – a global crisis that has come …

36 - Craig Garthwaite, Ph.D.: The Economics of Drug Pricing

February 24th, 2020


This our fourth and final episode of a special four part series where we share insights and predictions from our nation's leading healthcare economist. Today, I'm joined by Dr. Craig Garthwaite, an applied …

35 - Special Episode: Bipartisan Rx for America's Health Care

February 21st, 2020


I’m here today broadcasting from the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, where we are releasing a major report that has been three years in …

34 - Special Episode: Solving the Rural Healthcare Puzzle

February 19th, 2020


Today, we are bringing you a special episode focused on rural health. We're broadcasting from Nashville with a live taping entitled solving the rural …

33 - David Cutler, Ph.D.: Designing a Health System for America

February 17th, 2020


Today, I'm excited to be joined by the brilliant Doctor David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics …

32 - Special Episode: Coronavirus Q&A with CDC’s Dr. Jay Butler

February 12th, 2020


Today on A Second Opinion, we bring you our second special episode in our continuing series of providing up to date coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus.  On February 7th I spoke with Dr. Jay Butler, the Deputy …

31 - Special Episode: Coronavirus Update from Senator Frist

February 11th, 2020


Today, on A Second Opinion, we bring you a special episode outside of our regular Monday show schedule to provide up to date coverage on the 2019 …

30 - Sherry Glied, Ph.D.: The Economics of Mental Health Policy

February 10th, 2020


Today I'm joined by my friend, Dr. Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Sherry has had a …

29 - Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D.: The Economics of American Health Care

February 3rd, 2020


Dr. Pauly has made significant contributions to the fields of medical economics and health insurance. His classic study on the economics of moral …

28 - Paul Fipps & Gyre Renwick: Google, Alexa, and Voice-Activated Care

January 27th, 2020


I was recently joined by Paul Fipps, the Chief Digital Officer of Under Armour and Gyre Renwick, Vice President of Lyft Business.  We sat down before …

27 - James Capretta: Free Enterprise in Health Policy

January 20th, 2020


I'm joined by my good friend James Capretta, a healthcare entitlement and physical policy expert who currently holds the Milton Freedman chair at the …

26 - Matt Eyles: President of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)

January 13th, 2020


In today's episode I'm excited to have Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance plans, known as AHIP, the national trade association of health insurance providers. Matt has more than two decades of …

25 - Mary Grealy: President of the Healthcare Leadership Council

January 6th, 2020


As president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, Mary's organization serves as the exclusive forum for the nation's most influential healthcare …

24 - Margaret Hamburg, M.D.: Former FDA Head on a Life in Health and Healing

December 30th, 2019


In today's episode we have with us my good friend and colleague, Doctor Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized physician and public health …

23 - Mayor Shirley Franklin: The Purpose-Built Community

December 23rd, 2019


I'm excited to be joined by Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta and the executive chairman of the board of directors of Purpose Built Communities. Shirley Franklin, executive chairman of Purpose Built …

22 - Anne Schuchat, M.D.: CDC’s Principal Deputy Director on the Vaping Crisis

December 16th, 2019


I'm excited to have Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention with us. For over four years Anne Schuchat has served as a …

21 - A Focus on Medicine from Season One

December 9th, 2019


In A Second Opinion we believe that Medicine is one of the keys to advancing American Health. In this episode guest host Dr. Kavita Patel guides us through her favorite Medical focused moments from season one.

 Visit A …

20 - A Focus on Policy from Season One

December 1st, 2019


In A Second Opinion we believe that Policy is one of the keys to advancing American Health. In this episode guest host Dr. Kavita Patel guides us …

19 - A Focus on Innovation from Season One

November 25th, 2019


In A Second Opinion we believe that innovation is the key to advancing American Health. In this episode guest host Dr. Kavita Patel guides us through her favorite innovation focused moments from season one.

 Visit A …

18 - Special Announcement: A Preview of Season 2

November 18th, 2019


I want to thank you for listening to the first season of “A Second Opinion.” Whether you’ve listened to all or some of the episodes, or if you’re tuning in for the first time - I sincerely appreciate your ongoing …

17 - Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D.: A Futurist Views Health Care

November 11th, 2019


Jeff Goldsmith is President of Health Futures, Inc and National Advisor to Navigant Healthcare. For over a decade, Jeff was a lecturer in the …

16 - McArthur VanOsdale: Entrepreneurship in Health IT and Home Health

November 4th, 2019


McArthur VanOsdale started myNEXUS, a technology-driven, care and benefit management service that enables individuals to live healthier lives in …

15 - Aaron Gani: Virtual Reality for Behavioral Health

October 28th, 2019


Aaron Gani is the founder and CEO of BehaVR, LLC, which creates digital therapeutics for behavioral health through the unmatched psychological power …

14 - Justin Lanning: Pregnancy in the Opioid Crisis

October 21st, 2019


Justin Lanning is a social entrepreneur dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the national opioid crisis. He started and serves as CEO of 180 …

13 - Paul Ketchel: MDsave CEO on Creating a Platform for Price Comparison

October 14th, 2019


I've known Paul Ketchel for over two decades when he first began to work with me as a technology wizard in my US Senate office in Washington. Paul …

12 - Sam Quinones: America’s Opiate Addiction

October 7th, 2019


Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, and author of the enthralling book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of …

11 - Emily Evans: How Policy Affects Price

September 30th, 2019


Emily Evans is the Managing Director of Health Policy for Hedgeye Potomac Research, serving as a “translator and tour guide” for investors seeking to …

10 - Jeffrey Patton, M.D.: The Evolution of Cancer Care

September 23rd, 2019


Dr. Jeffrey Patton is the president of physician services at OneOncology, a rapidly growing, nationwide partnership of independent community …

9 - Josh Umbehr, M.D.: Atlas MD Founder on Direct Primary Care

September 16th, 2019


Dr. Josh Umbehr is the founder of Atlas MD, which he considers a blue collar concierge medical service that nearly any American can afford. For $50 a …

8 - Cara James, Ph.D.: CMS’s Director of the Office of Minority Health on Policies to Care for the Underserved

September 9th, 2019


Dr. Cara James is the director of the Office of Minority Health at CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she is also co-chair of the Rural Health Council. She's a nationally recognized expert in …

7 - Marty Makary, M.D.: Surgeon, Bestselling Author & Public Health Expert on How to Reduce Unnecessary Care

September 2nd, 2019


Dr. Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author, Johns Hopkins gastrointestinal surgeon and Professor of Health Policy. His newest book, The …

6 - Darin Gordon: Leading a State’s Medicaid Program

August 26th, 2019


Today we’re joined by Darin Gordon, one of the preeminent experts on the Medicaid program, having served as the nation’s longest-serving director of a state Medicaid agency.  For 10 years, Darin ran Tennessee’s Medicaid …

5 - Rushika Fernandopulle, M.D.: Iora Health CEO on a New Model for Primary Care

August 19th, 2019


I’m excited to be joined by Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, Co-Founder and CEO of Iora Health.  If you haven’t heard of Rushika or Iora Health yet, you …

4 - Freddy Abnousi. M.D.: Facebook’s Head of Health Technology

August 5th, 2019


We often hear about how the tech companies of Silicon Valley are looking to solve our health and healthcare challenges, and we are lucky to have with …

3 - Aneesh Chopra: Former U.S. CTO on Technology for a Healthier America

July 29th, 2019


Aneesh Chopra is best known as our nation’s first U.S. Chief Technology Officer.  During his time in the White House, President Obama said “Aneesh …

2 - Senator Lamar Alexander: Legislating American Healthcare

July 22nd, 2019


Senator Lamar Alexander is a two-term Governor of Tennessee, a former U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush, and today Chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  He is an enigma in today’s …

1 - Toby Cosgrove, M.D.: From Surgeon to Cleveland Clinic CEO

July 22nd, 2019


Dr. Toby Cosgrove is an acclaimed cardiothoracic surgeon by training, but later in his career took on the daunting challenge of running the Cleveland Clinic, one of our nation’s preeminent centers of healthcare.  His …

Welcome to A Second Opinion with Senator Frist, M.D.

July 8th, 2019


Senator Bill Frist is no stranger to American health and healthcare. He is an accomplished heart and lung transplant surgeon, as well as a two-term United States Senator representing Tennessee. Now he is using his …

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