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Out of Patients with Matthew Zachary

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The definitive no-BS podcast about how to make healthcare suck less. Join award-winning host Matthew Zachary every Tuesday and Thursday where he and his guests put a humorous spin on breaking down the jargon, using fewer syllables, and speaking human about what's wrong and what we can all do to make… read more

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The Exact Science Behind Trying Not to Get Cancer

May 24th, 2022


Today's ad-free episode of Out Of Patients is made possible by our friends at Exact Sciences, changing lives together through earlier detection and smarter answers. You know, I always love being the dumbest guy in the …

Vax On: A Formula for Disaster

May 19th, 2022


Shortages of everything everywhere all at once!

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The Syllables Show with Vanessa Steil

May 17th, 2022


Today, I speak with board-certified patient advocate and thyroid cancer survivor Vanessa Steil. In 2014, Vanessa founded her company Living in Steil to help coach people through health crises and share what she learned …

[ICYMI] The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship

May 12th, 2022


Pardon me for interrupting today's regularly scheduled episode of VAX ON here on the Out of Patients podcast feed. I promise it's for a good reason, …

Welcome "Is It Serious?" to the OffScrip Podcast Network!

May 10th, 2022


Today I talk to Dr. Mark Lewis and Dr. Jean Luc Neptune, two brilliant physicians and hosts of the new Offscrip Health podcast, Is It Serious? Mark is also a patient living with a hereditary tumor syndrome and brings …

Vax On: SCOTUS Leaks and COVID Peaks!

May 5th, 2022


Testing kit murals, boosters, and PPE.

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Clare Matschullat Is the Cancer Sherpa (No Questions Asked)

May 3rd, 2022


Today, I speak with Clare Matschullat, a self-described cancer sherpa. As someone who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a young …

Vax On: A Very Philosophical Episode

April 28th, 2022


Pandemic storytelling, China's constant lockdowns, and traveling sans masks.

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Dr. Ashani Weeraratna on "Is Cancer Inevitable? "

April 26th, 2022


Today, I speak with Dr. Ashani Weeraratna. She’s a leading cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins. Ashani was recently appointed by President Biden to the National Cancer Advisory Board. She's also a researcher at the …

The Saga of Gail Zahtz: Cancer Jail, The Binghamton Crosbys, and Value-Based Care

April 21st, 2022


Gail Zahtz is many things. Quiet isn't one of them. A fellow alum of 1990s SUNY Binghamton, her early career started in traditional old-school print, …

Vitamins WTF? Frunutta Has Answers.

April 19th, 2022


Today, I talk to the brain trust behind Frunutta, a company that’s disrupting the vitamin market. Their dissolvable vitamins are ultra-absorbent and …

Vax On: No More Respiratory Backwash

April 14th, 2022


Dexellent, masks, and better ventilation...

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Eat Healthy, Exercise, and Don't Make an App

April 12th, 2022


Today I talk to Gene Gurkoff, the founder and CEO of Charity Miles. It’s a fitness app that helps people raise money for their favorite charities through corporate sponsorships. Gene started running marathons to raise …

Vax On: Off Broadway!

April 7th, 2022


Baby variants and Scottish plays.

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International Sleuth: Sehreen Noor Ali

April 5th, 2022


Today I talk to global citizen, digital diplomat, and health entrepreneur Sehreen Noor Ali. Sehreen left her job as a technology executive to become …

Well-deserved F-Bombs from Anne Marie Mercurio

March 29th, 2022


Today I speak with Anne Marie Mercurio, a firebrand patient research advocate. She comes to her line of work with lots of personal experience as both a patient and a patient caregiver. She survived her Stage-3 cancer …

Encore: Vax On With MS. Information and GMHC!

March 24th, 2022


In this special episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos talk with Ms. Information and Krishna Stone from Gay Men's Health Crisis, the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. They Discuss Ms. …

Once Upon a Gene with Effie Parks

March 22nd, 2022


Today on the show, I talk to Effie Parks, a fierce podcaster raising a child with a rare disease. After giving birth to her first child, Ford, Effie was dismissed by the medical community over concerns she had about her …

Vax On: A Breath of Fresh Air

March 17th, 2022


Obama has Covid, China has Covid, and school HVACs have Covid.

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[BONUS] Dr.Tania Small: GYN/ONC Cancer's Unmet Needs

March 16th, 2022


Dr. Tania Small is the Vice President and Global Medical Oncology Head at GSK. She started her career as a pediatric oncologist and realized that her …

Zach Fink: Expert on TTY texts and Modern Telehealth

March 15th, 2022


On the show today, I talk to Zach Fink, CEO and Co-Founder at VyTrac, a telehealth company. Zach started his career out as an EMT before using his emergency medical skills as a disaster relief worker. Deeply passionate …

Vax On: The Pants of Truth

March 10th, 2022


The return of Queen Elizabeth, the importance of curmudgeon filters, and our incredible shrinking brains.

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[BONUS]: The Heart of Healthcare with Mark Cuban

March 10th, 2022


Today we’re dropping a very special bonus episode. Out of Patients is just one of many shows on the OffScrip Health network – and we want to make sure all of our excellent podcasts are on your radar!

The Heart of …

Carly Flumer Takes No Prisoners

March 8th, 2022


Today I talk to Carly Flumer, two-time thyroid cancer survivor, Director of Medical Engagement at MMG, and Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer torch …

Frank Licciardi: A Geezer By Proxy

February 28th, 2022


Today I speak with Frank Licciardi, a cancer survivor and an award-winning healthcare advocate. Frank was diagnosed with metastatic gastric cancer in his early thirties and given a one percent probability of survival. …

Vax On: Do It Yourself

February 24th, 2022


England and Ikea have a lot in common...

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Mel Mann: Beating Leukemia’s Odds

February 22nd, 2022


On the show today I speak with Mel Mann, the longest living person who participated in the clinical trial for Gleevec. When Mel Mann was diagnosed …

Vax On: Thanks for Mutton

February 17th, 2022


Trudeau, the calming magic of stroking sheep, and Super Bowl lunacy.

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Alan Russell: Master of Serendipity

February 15th, 2022


On the show today, I speak with Alan Russell, Vice President of Research at Amgen. He’s got a long list of esteemed creds: He previously served as the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor in the Department of …

Grace Vinton Dishes on How the Sausage Gets Made

February 8th, 2022


Today I talk to patient advocate, digital health influencer, and podcasting maven Grace Vinton. She hosts HITeaWithGrace on the HIT Like a Girl podcast, which celebrates women leaders in healthcare and health IT. She’s …

[BONUS] Reacting to the New Biden Cancer Moonshot Announcement

February 4th, 2022


I talk to David and Robin Dubin, founders of the cancer advocacy organization AliveAndKickn, about Biden's new Cancer Moonshot initiative, which aims to reduce cancer deaths by half over the next 25 years.

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Mensch of Mensches: The One With Gil Bashe

February 1st, 2022


Gil Bashe, the Nostradamus of healthcare (says Matthew), predicted the rise of digital health in 2000 with his book Branding Health Services: Defining Yourself in the Marketplace. In addition to being an ordained rabbi …

Unraveled: When Science CAN Speak Human

January 25th, 2022


Today I talk to Michael Buller, the Senior Director of Content and Creative Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He’s a ten-year cancer …

Vax On: COVID vs. The Animal Kingdom

January 20th, 2022


Find out why you shouldn't kiss your chinchillas.

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The Urge: Our History of Addiction

January 18th, 2022


Today I talk to author and addiction physician Carl Erik Fisher. Carl is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, where …

Vax On: New Year, Aerosol Arguments, and Testing Shortages

January 13th, 2022


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss the Supreme Court’s COVID-19 precautions during Tuesday’s oral arguments. They also discuss a nationwide COVID-19 testing shortage and NYC Mayor Eric …

Kasey Altman: Diagnosed with Next-Level Badassery

January 11th, 2022


Today I talk to Kasey Altman, an intrepid 25-year-old living with late-stage cancer. Before her diagnosis, Kasey landed her dream job working as an …

Best Of 2021: The Medidata Show with Glen de Vries

January 5th, 2022


Today, we revisit one of our favorite episodes from 2021 featuring Glen DeVries, Co-CEO at Medidata, the most used platform for clinical trials worldwide. Tragically, Glen died in a plane crash in November. We remember …

Best Of 2021: Michele Rhee on Thyroid Cancer, a Heart Tumor, and Traversing All Seven Continents

January 4th, 2022


Today, we revisit one of our favorite episodes from 2021 featuring Michele Rhee, young adult cancer survivor of thyroid cancer, whose ordeal left her …

Holiday Tidings and Gratitude

December 30th, 2021


As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on important moments in patient advocacy, listenership growth, and new additions to our OffScrip family. Thank you for listening! We'll see you in 2022 with lots of new and exciting …

The Many Lives of Warrior Megsie

December 28th, 2021


Today I talk to writer, influencer, and breast cancer survivor extraordinaire, Megan-Claire Chase. When Megan-Claire got her cancer diagnosis in 2015, her life took a big left turn. Her health and her future were …

Vax On: An Omicron Christmas

December 23rd, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos get ready for another holiday season with Covid in everyone’s vision. They talk about …

The Cancer Mavericks EP7: Cancer Doesn't Suck Equally

December 21st, 2021


A cancer diagnosis sucks no matter what — but factors like income, education, racism, geography, housing, and access to health care, known as "social determinants of health," can worsen the burden. When researchers zoom …

Vax On: Faucc on a Couch, College vs. COVID, and Bill Gates' Pandemic Predictions

December 16th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On: Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss New York’s COVID-19 surge and how some schools are taking steps to reduce the …

A Show That's ACTUALLY Good for You

December 14th, 2021


Today I talk to Kara Goldin — health product entrepreneur, breast cancer advocate, and the Founder and CEO of HINT Inc. Kara calls herself an …

Vax On: Long-COVID, Omicron Madness, and Fun With Sniglets

December 9th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos talk COVID neologisms and reminisce about 80s TV. They also break down the latest travel …

Autobots: Transform Diabetes and Roll Out

December 7th, 2021


Today I talk to health marketing and digital health strategist Amy West. Amy is the Head of US Digital Transformation and Innovation at Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company that specializes in diabetes medications and …

Celebrating World AIDS Day 2021

December 1st, 2021


In celebration of World AIDS Day 2021, Matthew Zachary and guest co-host Elura Nanos welcome Krishna Stone, director of community relations for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Damon Jacobs, New York-based licensed …

Giving MS the Finger with Kathy Reagan Young

November 30th, 2021


Today I talk to multimedia guru and patient influencer Kathy Reagan Young. She’s been blogging since before that was a word. She’s a video producer. …

Vax On: Thanksgiving Is Back!

November 25th, 2021


In this episode, Matthew Zachary, Elura Nanos, and guest Amanda Ferraro discuss what they are thankful for, what they’ll be eating on Thanksgiving …

How to Survive a WTF Whirlwind And Live To Tell About It

November 23rd, 2021


Amanda Ferraro is the Iron Woman of cancer survivorship. She’s endured a WTF whirlwind — double pneumonia, seven brain surgeries to treat a cyst on her cerebellum, hydrocephalus, appendicitis, acute myeloid leukemia, …

Vax On: Big Bird Beef and Some Venison on the Side

November 18th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss an unexpected Twitter feud about the COVID-19 vaccine. They also discuss scientific evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has been spreading explosively among our …

Introducing "The Cycle," a Rockstar Podcast about Endometriosis

November 17th, 2021


Today I talk to Melissa Boudreau, endometriosis advocate and the latest podcasting rockstar to join OffScrip Health. It took years of suffering the debilitating effects of endometriosis and a battery of unrelated tests …

The Cancer Mavericks EP6: Cancer Mavericks Goes To Hollywood

November 16th, 2021


For decades, the portrayal of cancer in movies and television was grim. If a character was diagnosed with cancer, it was a near certainty they'd be …

Vax On: The beginning of the end of a Pandemic and New York is Back!

November 11th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Andrew MacDowell discuss scientists' predictions on the COVID-19 pandemic. They also talk about the …

RJ11 Patch Panels: The Ritesh Patel Show

November 9th, 2021


Ritesh Patel is Senior Partner, Global Digital Health at FINN Partners. He is a digital evangelist and has been evangelizing digital since the early days of the dot com boom in the late 1990s. As a young man, he joined …

Vax On: Kids Now Eligible for the Jab and China’s ‘Zero COVID’ Policy

November 4th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss the FDA’s authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 through 11. They also discuss some of China’s aggressive tactics used to eliminate COVID-19 …

Allison Rosen Takes to TikTok

November 2nd, 2021


Today I talk to Allison Rosen, a science nerd, a TikTok star, a dance fanatic, a Myam Bialik look alike, and a cancer survivor. Allison was diagnosed …

Vax On: The Gloves Are Off!

October 28th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos dive into vaccine rates by zodiac sign, breakthrough COVID-19 deaths, and an unsettling …

The Koby & Hannah Show: An Interview With My 11-Year-Old Twins

October 26th, 2021


Today Koby and Hannah Greenzweig, a pair of twins in their tweens, wax about adolescence in the age of Covid. Hannah loves to draw and play with Baby …

Vax On: Supply Chain Mayhem, Uncrustables, and Florida’s at It Yet Again

October 21st, 2021


In this episode, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss the most recent foods and goods that have been in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

Starting From Scratch: From Chemo to Cookie Dough

October 19th, 2021


Today I talk to baking businesswoman Loren Brill. While battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in her early twenties, Loren became interested in health foods. …

Vax On: Catching Z’s, Incoming Boosters, and Mandate Madness

October 14th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss pandemic-driven sleep deprivation, new booster shots, and a new Texas mandate that …

The Cancer Mavericks EP5: The Young Adult Cancer Movement

October 12th, 2021


Facing a diagnosis of cancer at any age is horrible. But for young adults, it’s just plain different. Not better. Not worse. Different. Those …

Vax On: Suppository Consequences, Processed Cheese, Boosters and More!

October 7th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss Merck’s new COVID-19 antiviral pill, the beginning of the booster shot, and one …

So LGBTQ People Get Cancer Too?

October 5th, 2021


Today I talk to LGBT cancer advocate Liz Margolies. For over 30 years, Liz has worked as a psychotherapist with a specialty in cancer, trauma, and …

Ms. Information and GMHC Get Their Vax On!

September 30th, 2021


In this very special episode of VAX ON, Matthew and Elura proudly welcome vaccine myth-buster Ms. Information and Krishna Stone (from Gay Men's Health Crisis) live in studio. These four powerhouse personalities get raw …

Dear Cancer: New Tests, New Treatments, and New Hope

September 28th, 2021


The presenting sponsor for today's episode is Elevation Oncology, elevating precision medicine to the forefront of every cancer treatment journey. On …

Vax On: The Kids Are Not Alright

September 23rd, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss some effects of the pandemic on kids, ranging from the sad to the hopeful to the …

Scott Slater: How The Stupid Cancer Sausage Was Made

September 21st, 2021


On the show today, my guest is Scott Slater, a longtime friend, a former colleague at Stupid Cancer, and one of the earliest activists who helped …

Vax On: Parental Consent to Poke and State Mandate Backlash

September 16th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss how teens are challenging misinformation and parental consent for the COVID-19 vaccine. They also discuss New York state’s latest vaccine mandate and …

Lynch Syndrome: Try To Not Get Cancer?

September 14th, 2021


Today on the show, we talk to powerhouse couple David and Robin Dubin, who founded Alive and Kickn to advocate for those with the Lynch gene. At age …

[REBROADCAST] Relentless: John Tesh on Music, Cancer, Grit, and Faith

September 9th, 2021


Six music Emmys, two Grammy nominations, four gold records, seven Public Television specials and 8 million records sold. After more than three …

Cancer and Nutrition: Who'd've thunk?

September 7th, 2021


On the show today, Susan Bratton is a legacy BFF of mine dating back to the LIVESTRONG days at the dawn of the young adult cancer movement. It was a …

Vax On: Horsin’ Around, 1-800-Vaccines-4-Kids, and New Mandates

September 2nd, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Elura Nanos and Andrew MacDowell discuss how people are lining up for prescriptions of the latest myth in COVID prevention. They also discuss Pfizer Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb's timeline for …

Origins: The Dawn of Digital Health

August 31st, 2021


On the show today, I am joined live in-studio by Alex Fair and Aaron Michael Buch, two innovators in the patient advocacy and digital health and innovation sector, each from different endpoints in time. Starting as …

[REBROADCAST] Cycle of Lives: Grief, Loss, Redemption, Opportunity, and Advocacy

August 26th, 2021


“What do you do with the mad that you feel?” — One of the more definitive quotes from the definitive Mr. Rogers. For my guest today, David Richman, the choice he made after losing his sister to cancer was to turn pain …

Mental Illness Advocate Johnny Crowder

August 24th, 2021


On the show today —> Johnny Crowder is the Founder of Cope Notes, host of the Cope Notes Podcast, and a rising star in the mental health and mental illness advocacy space. This guy is a highly vocal suicide/abuse …

Vax On: New Mandates, Live Music, and Even More Reasons to Get Vaxxed

August 19th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strict new COVID-19 mandate, and the return of major music festivals in the U.S. They also discuss some common reasons why …

The One With Lisa Simms Booth

August 17th, 2021


On the show today: Lisa Simms Booth is Executive Director at The Smith Center for the Healing Arts and former Senior Director for Patient and Public Engagement at The Biden Cancer Initiative. She is such an …

Vax On: Military Mandates, Cruise Drama Continued, and Our First Sermoment

August 12th, 2021


In this episode of Vax On, Matthew Zachary, Elura Nanos, and Andrew MacDowell discuss the Biden administration’s latest vaccination mandate for the U.S. Military, and how cruise companies may be on their way to a new …

The Cancer Mavericks EP3: The March on Washington

August 10th, 2021


Advocacy can take many forms in the cancer community — from advocating for yourself or a loved one to receive the best possible treatment to calling …

Don't Start A Podcast (with Matt and Andrew)

August 5th, 2021


On the show today, Matt and Andrew give you their professional advice: DON'T START A PODCAST! Just don’t. Yeah, we might make it look easy. But trust …

Dr. Rafael Fonseca Is The Hero We Need

August 3rd, 2021


On the show today: Dr. Rafael Fonseca is a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic who focuses on Multiple Myeloma with a sidebar hobby dabbling in …

Stupid Cancer: You Know What It Is

July 29th, 2021


On the show today, I'm so thrilled to welcome here live in-studio Alison Silberman, CEO at Stupid Cancer (my old job, as you may know), and Shannon …

This Little Diagnostic Went To Market...

July 27th, 2021


On the show today, I'm thrilled to welcome – LIVE IN STUDIO — Liz Cormier-May, CEO of Mammogen, and Marty Keiser, CEO at IV Bioholdings. It's hard to …

VAX ON: The Epsilon Variant Is But One Douchebag Away

July 22nd, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Andrew MacDowell discuss the first federal criminal fraud prosecution related to COVID-19 immunization. They also check-in on Canada’s growing vaccine rates and the latest …

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

July 20th, 2021


Today, LIVE here at OffScrip Media studios, I welcome my incomparably talented friend Rebecca Cherry. She and I met almost 20 years ago. We hit it …

VAX ON: The Devilsphere, Cautionary Tales of the Unvaxxed

July 15th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew and Elura go global and discuss Cuba's fallout in the wake of the pandemic as well as the latest updates on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. They also discuss some not-so-surprising stats that …

Not Your Father's Pharma Conference

July 13th, 2021


On the show today, it's a spotlight on NAMAPA (National Association of Medication Access & Patient Advocacy) with Co-Founders Elizabeth Johnson …

Introducing The Heart of Healthcare Podcast

July 12th, 2021


OffScrip Media is proud to announce a new addition to our growing network of groundbreaking and influential original podcasts. The Heart of Healthcare podcast expands upon the traditional lens of what we think of as …

VAX ON: Summer Camp Sadness, Phony Vaccines, and "Hey FDA, We Need Some Answers!"

July 8th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos debrief about international travel and the return of common illness! They also talk about a COVID-19 vaccine scam in Mumbai, summer camp gone wrong, and the …

The Cancer Mavericks EP2: The Alumni Association

July 6th, 2021


By the 1980s, cancer was no longer a death sentence. But the question of what surviving actually meant was unanswered. Cancer survivors had to navigate issues around employment, relationships, and the emotional and …

VAX ON: Mount Everest, No More NJ Online Learning, and Prison from Home

July 1st, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Elura Nanos and Andrew MacDowell discuss remote prisoners and COVID-19 hotspots on the world’s tallest mountain peak. They also discuss the New Jersey governor’s unexpected plan for the …

1990s Cancer: AOL or Bust with Steve Friedman

June 29th, 2021


On the show today, my brother from another mother — Steve Friedman, is the Senior Advisor of Operations for SEER at the National Cancer Institute. (We'll get into all the acronyms later in the show because I know you're …

VAX ON: New Delta, New Jobs, the Olympics, and a Luca Review

June 24th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary, Elura Nanos, and Andrew MacDowell discuss the new Delta variant, the U.S. economy post-pandemic, and the 2021 Japan Olympics. They also evaluate the risks of children and …

It's Not a Tumor: The Multitalented Grace Wethor

June 22nd, 2021


Today on the show, I welcome an extraordinary young woman —> Grace Wethor is a living unicorn of talent and intelligence. Guitarist. Pianist, Trapeze Artist, Figure Skater, Model, Author, TED Speaker — and 6-year …

VAX ON: Vaccine Latecomers. Prom Drama and Magnetic Side Effects

June 17th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary, Elura Nanos, and special drop-in-guest Andrew MacDowell discuss Novavax’s late entry into the COVID vaccine market, an update on the Johnson & Johnson manufacturing SNAFU, …

Brock Yetso and The Ulman Foundation

June 15th, 2021


Brock Yetso is the President & CEO at the Ulman Foundation, one of the original young adult cancer advocacy organizations. Borne in the late …

VAX ON: Falling Birth Rates, Expat Vaccinations, and Potential COVID Surges in the South

June 10th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos delve into reports of a falling U.S. birth rate, and a surprising COVID update from …

Introducing: The Cancer Mavericks

June 8th, 2021


Most people don’t know that you’re considered a cancer survivor at the moment of diagnosis. It wasn’t always this way. Sixty years ago, a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence. And if you did survive, you were left to …

VAX ON: Pandemic Puppies, Potential Patches, and the Pandemic's Origin

June 3rd, 2021


Join Elura and Matt as they take turns blowing each others’ minds with the latest COVID news. From an incredible new alternative to injections to pandemic puppy propaganda, they’ve got what you need to know. Plus, some …

Introducing: The Cancer Mavericks

June 1st, 2021


Most people don’t know that you’re considered a cancer survivor at the moment of diagnosis. It wasn’t always this way. Sixty years ago, a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence. And if you did survive, you were left to …

Hippocrates Shrugged: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients

May 27th, 2021


Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of Kaiser Permanente, host of the podcast, "Fixing Healthcare," and a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford. He joins me to talk about his new book, "Uncaring: How the …

Frenetic Genius with Double Dare Champion Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP

May 25th, 2021


Dr. Jamie Wells is many things, but boring is not one of them. Prepare yourself for some frenetic genius conversation with the newly-appointed

VAX ON: Pardon Me, Can We Go Back To Normal?

May 20th, 2021


In this episode of VAXON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss retailers’ plans for relaxed masking rules, Florida’s bizarre executive order, and …

What is a "Performance Psychologist"?

May 18th, 2021


Performance psychologist Dr. Benjamin Bernstein is a very well-respected doctor of applied psychology, public speaker, coach, lecturer, and author of …

VAX ON: No More Snow Days, Patents Pending, and Footloose

May 13th, 2021


In this episode of VAXON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss vaccine patents, Japan's 2021 Olympic games, and a movie-like lawsuit. They also …

Cockeyed Pessimism: Michael Millenson Is "Impatient"

May 11th, 2021


Michael Millenson is a health policy strategist, consultant, legacy agitator of the status quo, and President at Health Quality Advisors. I was happy …

VAX ON: Wedding Crashers, Oh Canada, and COVID-spiricies

May 6th, 2021


In this episode of VAXON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss safety protocols as postponed weddings approach their new wedding dates. They also …

Is Fertility Within Reach? Is It Really?

May 4th, 2021


On the show today, Davina Fankhauser, one of the single most progressive patient advocates and activists fighting for the fertility and reproductive rights of men and women across the nation for over 15 years. She is …

VAX ON: World Outside Your Window Edition, India in Crisis, Outdoor Masking, and the Return of J&J

April 29th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss the return of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, India’s COVID-19 crisis, and the Josh Fight. They also talk about their happy dance because of some new …

Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet?

April 27th, 2021


On the show today, returning champion Dr. Jean Luc-Neptune, Founder at Suntra Modern Recovery.  This is JL's third time on the program but what makes this appearance even more remarkable is that we taped the show in …

VAX ON: Joints for Jabs, Partisan Pandemics, & Otterbody Experiences

April 22nd, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss a creative way that marijuana might help vaccine initiatives, whether Bill Maher …

Broadly Speaking: The One with Dr. Corrie Painter

April 20th, 2021


Dr. Corrie Painter is an 11-year survivor of primary breast angiosarcoma, diagnosed initially at 36 while married and raising two very young children. As the Founder of the nonprofit Angiosarcoma Awareness and the …

VAX ON: Vaccinnin’ and Quarandreamin’

April 15th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss COVID nightmares, cruise line-CDC quarrels, and a new website that does vaccine appointment finding for you. They also break down the Johnson & …

The One with Craig Lipset

April 13th, 2021


On the show today —> The venerable Craig Lipset, a storied luminary in the annals of clinical trial innovation — and I mean innovation with a Capital I. (None of that lower case crap happening here on my watch) Craig …

VAX ON: Vaxcations, Passport Legality, Human Error, and COVID Test Nudging

April 8th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos relish in the wake of their own personal family "vaxcations," discuss a major "oopsie" in …

Hurts So Good: Stacy Hurt Takes No Prisoners

April 6th, 2021


On the show today —> Stacy Hurt, stage IV colon cancer survivor healthcare advocate, health/tech influencer, and caregiver to intellectually and …

VAX ON: Misinformation, Tourist Enticements, and ‘Impending Doom’

April 1st, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Karen Salt Marinelli (sitting in for Elura Nanos) discuss side effects with second vaccine doses, false claims of vaccine deaths, and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. …

[BONUS] "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant" Patient Data Is Valuable? Huh?

March 31st, 2021


Today on "Noncompliant," Jennifer and Matthew discuss what happens when a bunch of hospitals realizes that patient data is valuable. Obviously, they form a company to band together and sell it! Sure there may be an …

From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement

March 30th, 2021


On the show today, Judith L. Pearson, triple-negative breast cancer survivor, patent advocate, and author of the new book, From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement. If you're a long-time …

VAX ON: Unvaxed Kids, Cruising Through COVID, and NO SCREAMING!

March 25th, 2021


On this week's episode of VAX ON, Elura and Matthew discuss the CDC’s updated COVID-19 guidelines for minors, and some unexpected state guidelines for California’s theme parks. They also discuss concerns about digital …

Thanks, Pandemic! (The Kids May Not Be Alright)

March 23rd, 2021


On the show today “Health/Technology Researcher” — and returning champion — Susannah Fox joins me along with Vicky Rideout, a researcher on children …

VAX ON: Reprogramming Our Minds, Unreported COVID-19 Deaths, and Yo-Yo Ma

March 18th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos talk about how living through a pandemic re-wires your memory. They also discuss unreported COVID-19 deaths and Yo-Yo Ma’s surprise cello concert at a …

[BONUS] "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant" I Want My Vaccine, Dammit!

March 17th, 2021


The vaccine is yet another classic case of patients who want to be compliant, but can’t because the system prevents it, or at least makes it extremely complicated and confusing. In this week’s episode, Jen shares her …

Dr. Kellie Stecher: Proud Band Geek and COVID-19 Burnout Hacker

March 16th, 2021


Dr. Kellie Stecher is OB/GYN at M Health Fairview Center for Women and the Co-Founder/President at Patient Care Heroes, a mental health service and community support platform for front-line medical professionals. A …

VAX ON: One-Year Quarantineaversary, Child Marriages, and How Sex-Related Businesses Got the COVID-19 Shaft

March 11th, 2021


In this episode of VAX ON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos reminisce during the 1 year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on child marriages, and how sex-related …

Scrambled Eggs: An Infertility Advocacy Rantfest with Alice Crisci

March 9th, 2021


Back on the show today in this special bonus episode of Out of Patients, a little segment we're calling "Scrambled Eggs." with returning champion guest Alice Crisci, cancer survivor, fertility activist, and Founder and …

The #BCSM Podcast, EP3: Ending Health Disparities

March 5th, 2021


In this series finale crossover episode, we meet Maimah Karmo, President, and CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation, and learn about her journey to end …

VAX ON: Matt & Elura Got Vaxxed, COVID Passports, and Marching Band Pods

March 4th, 2021


In this episode of VAXON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos debrief after receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine. They also discuss the CDC’s updated …

The #BCSM Podcast, EP2: Community of Communities

March 3rd, 2021


In this crossover episode, we meet breast cancer advocates and users of #BCSM, Liza Bernstein, Anne Marie Mercurio, Christine Hodgdon, and Julia …

The Art of Survivorship: David M. Bailey and Dr. Adam Dachman

March 2nd, 2021


This episode of Out of Patients features a new segment called The Art of Survivorship (AOS). Today, Matthew takes a trip down memory lane to highlight and recognize two fellow musicians affected by cancer. Prepare to be …

The #BCSM Podcast, EP1: Origin Story

March 1st, 2021


Welcome back to Out of Patients! For months here at OffScrip Media, we’ve been working with breast cancer patient advocate Alicia Staley on a narrative series about how breast cancer patients dared to be the change they …

VAX ON: Snowpocalypse, Fake Grannies, and Opening Schools Someday?

February 25th, 2021


In this first-ever episode of VAXON, Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos discuss a very inconvenient snowpocalypse, fake grandmas, Biden’s goal to open …

Don't Start A Charity: An Cautionary Origin Story

February 23rd, 2021


Elizabeth Woolfe is a veteran nonprofit consultant and unmatched sherpa guide in the business, management, and organizational culture of charity. …

VAX ON: A New Weekly Roundup of Healthcare News Fuckery

February 18th, 2021


Award-winning hosts and patient advocates Matthew Zachary and Elura Nanos react to the great vaccine rollout of 2021. They’ll sort through the week’s …

[BONUS] "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant" The Clinical Trial Quid-Pro-Quo

February 17th, 2021


On this bonus episode of "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant," Jen brings to Matthew Zachary's attention the idea that patients who enroll in clinical …

Dr. Mark Lewis Is the Twitter We're Looking For

February 16th, 2021


Dr. Mark Lewis is the Director of GI Oncology at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. He is also a young adult survivor of pancreatic cancer, …

Biomarkers: Where Are All the Patents At?

February 11th, 2021


On the show today, Bio Entrepreneur Marty Keiser, Founder of IV BioHoldings, LiquidLung, HepGene, and Mammogen. What is a biomarker? Hint - it's not …

The Alliance for Health Policy: Don't Mess With Us

February 9th, 2021


On the show today: President and CEO of the Alliance for Health Policy, Sarah Dash. AHP —or “The Alliance” — is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to …

CDC I Told You So: Debunking Stuff with Dr. Lisa Richardson

February 4th, 2021


HUGE show today with Dr. Lisa Richardson, Division Director, Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC. As the first guest I've ever had on the show …

The Cancer Support Community: A 101 with Linda Bohannon

February 2nd, 2021


Today on the show, I welcome Linda Bohannon, President of The Cancer Support Community, the largest nonprofit provider of social and emotional …

In Memoriam: Remembering Annie Goodman

January 28th, 2021


I've got a treat for you today because my buddy Steve Goodman here with live in-studio. He is sitting about nine feet away, chomping at the bit to chat about all the shared things we find aggrieved, inane, downright …

A Brief History of Young Adult Cancer Psychotherapy

January 26th, 2021


On the show today, the legendary Julie Larson, speaker, educator, psychotherapist, and luminary, legacy young adult cancer advocate. As one of the …

Stupid Endometriosis With Melissa Boudreau, Host of "the Cycle"

January 21st, 2021


Across the years running Stupid Cancer, I can’t tell you how many times I was approached by other young adult chronic disease patients and …

We're Not Worthy: The One and Only Dr. Julia Rowland

January 19th, 2021


Just when I thought I was the only 20-something with cancer adrift in the 1990s with nary a support group or a cancer buddy, along came an intro to …

Healthcare Optimism and the Marvelous Mrs. Halle Tecco

January 14th, 2021


On the show today, another epic DeLorean throwback to the past episode with Halle Tecco, an origin story convened during the heyday of LIVESTRONG and born of a shared desire to make cancer suck less. Aside from being …

Stupid Brain Cancer With Cancer Nerd and Google Scholar Liz Salmi

January 12th, 2021


I’ve never said the words “Cancer Nerd and Google Scholar” in succession before, but that only partially describes the epicness of my guest today, …

Cycle of Lives: Grief, Loss, Redemption, Opportunity, and Advocacy

January 7th, 2021


“What do you do with the mad that you feel?” — One of the more definitive quotes from the definitive Mr. Rogers. For my guest today, David Richman, the choice he made after losing his sister to cancer was to turn pain …

The One With Advocate Luminary Gwen Darien

December 29th, 2020


On the show today, a luminary in the annals of cancer advocacy, the one, and only Gwen Darien. While she may be the EVP for Patient Advocacy at the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Patient Advocate Foundation

A "So-Called" Normal Life: Erin Zammett Ruddy's Little Book of Life Skills

December 22nd, 2020


On the show today, I welcome one of my advocate heroes, Erin Zammett-Ruddy, a young adult cancer survivor I met during the LIVESTRONG days in the …

FemTech, Dad Bods, and the Mental Health of Aging Well

December 17th, 2020


On the show today, I welcome two very inspirational guests. Fard Johnmar is a digital health innovator I met in 2005 before “The Internet” was a thing. He was ahead of his time then, and he’s ahead of his time 15 years …

Financial Psychology and the Mental Health of Money During a Pandemic

December 15th, 2020


Today’s show is a little different. My guest, Michelle Begina, is a financial advisor, speaker, author, and — at least in my own opinion — is a money therapist. Certainly, one of the more hybrid experts I’ve had the …

What the Hell Is a Research Evangelist?

December 10th, 2020


On the show today, Dave Bjork, self-proclaimed Research Evangelist, young adult lung cancer survivor, and champion of the cause of …

Cancer Guidelines: Excuse Me While I Whip This Out

December 8th, 2020


Throughout the history of cancer advocacy, there the advocates who made us and the organizations who made us. And one such organization is the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is — for all intents and …

Mental Health, Relationship Alchemy and All the Things

December 3rd, 2020


Today’s a different kind of show. Not quite the “softer side of Sears,” but perhaps a more introspective look beneath the veil of mental health and all the things that piss us off, like cat posters. Seriously? Have we …

Michele Rhee: Thyroid Cancer, a Benign Heart Tumor, and Traversing All Seven Continents

December 1st, 2020


On the show today, I welcome Michelle Rhee, young adult cancer survivor of Thyroid Cancer (you know, “the good one” I’M KIDDING) whose ordeal left …

[BONUS] "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant" COVID-19 Vaccine Edition

November 30th, 2020


Today's episode of "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant" riffs off the news of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy data. Jen has a convo with Matthew Zachary that starts off about vaccines and quickly dives off the …

Is Our Healthcare System Working Exactly as Planned?

November 24th, 2020


Today’s show takes us in a different but related direction into the dumpster fire of health insurance pertaining to employer-based care. Joining me is David Contorno, Founder of E Powered Benefits, which itself sounds …

3-2-1 Contact: The Medidata Show with Glen de Vries

November 19th, 2020


On the show today, I welcome Glen DeVries, Co-CEO at Medidata, the most used platform for clinical trials worldwide. Not too shabby, I say. Among many other things, we dig into his new book, "The Patient Equation: The …

[BONUS] "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant" with Gabe Howard

November 18th, 2020


On today's episode of "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant," Jen talks with Gabe Howard, patient advocate, author of "Mental Illness is an Asshole," and …

Introducing the #BCSM Podcast

November 17th, 2020


Today, instead of my usual shenanigans, I’d like to treat you to something very special that we have been working on here at OffScrip Media.One of the privileges we have here besides creating and producing epic shows on …

[BONUS] COVID19: Kids/School/Parenting Dumpster Fire Edition

November 13th, 2020


Anyone remember the old Vince Guaraldi Trio song “Cast Your Fate To The Wind?” Look it up, kids, because it’s got almost nothing to do with this show …

Erika Gerdes: Being a People-Pleaser Doesn't Please People

November 12th, 2020


On the show today, Authenticity Advocate/Speaker/Coach/Writer Erika Gerdes. Lots of self-descriptors there, but rest assured listeners, you're in store for an organic, no-BS kitchen table conversation about worthiness, …

ACSCAN: Patient Advocacy and Lobbying Always Begin With a Story

November 10th, 2020


On the show today – Pam Traxel, Vice President For Alliance Development at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, known in acronym-land as ACSCAN. Hunkered down deep in Washington DC’s beltway, ACSCAN is the …

Hopelab: The Social Innovation Lab That Changed the World

November 5th, 2020


On the show today – The CD-ROM. What is it good for besides Microsoft Encarta (look it up, kids) and free AOL accounts in 2004? Well, for one uniquely intrepid and nonprofit founded by Pam Omidyar, the CD-ROM became the …

The De-Jargoning Episode with Dr. Joe Abdo

November 3rd, 2020


There are missed connections, and then there are missed connections. And this one’s a doozie. Like me, Dr. Joe Abdo was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996 and — somehow — 25 years later, is still here. Like me, Dr. Joe …

[BONUS] Introducing "Jen Horonjeff is Noncompliant"

November 2nd, 2020


Patients are labeled non-compliant because the system is not designed with them in mind, and Jen Horonjeff, Founder of Savvy Coop, is changing all that with "Noncompliant," a podcast segment on Out Of Patients with …

The One With Brian Loew

October 29th, 2020


Today, on the show, another fantastic “Wayback machine” episode with Brian Loew, CEO of Inspire. Brian is of the early adopter pioneers of what we now call digital health, which has spawned the current spate of myriad …

When Lessons From Children Make Navigating Healthcare Suck Less

October 27th, 2020


On the show today, another take on the big question “Can Science Speak Person” with the incredible Bridget Chapital, Founder and Director of — and I just LOVE this name — Hypothesis Haven Science Club. Just saying that …

The Mensch Show with Brian Friedman

October 22nd, 2020


On the show today, I had the opportunity to talk to one of my best friends of all time Brian Friedman, who I had met on his first day at SUNY Binghamton in the Summer of 1994 when he tried out for the Jazz Band as this …

GATTACA CHATTACA II: The Origin Story of Cure Magazine with Susan McClure

October 20th, 2020


Today on the show: A nod to my episode with Dawn Barry entitled GATTA CHATTACA, I hop in my Deloran's Wayback machine to welcome my dear friend and …

Maimah Karmo: Cancer Disparities in the Black Community

October 15th, 2020


Today on the show, another Wayback Machine throwback episode with my dear friend and fellow survivor advocate Maimah Karmo, Maimah an author, speaker, coach, podcaster, manifestor, convener, Founder/CEO of the Tigerlily …

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (and a Tribute to Ellen Stovall)

October 13th, 2020


Today on the show, I welcome Shelly Fuld Nasso, Chief Executive Officer at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. It's important to note …

The One With Matt Holt: Self-Proclaimed "Healthcare Curmudgeon"

October 8th, 2020


Today on the show, if there ever were a human Wikipedia sentinel of digital health history, it would be Matt Holt, Founder of The Healthcare Blog (ca …

When Pink Doesn't Cut It: The Entrepreneur Survivor

October 6th, 2020


Today, on the show, friend, colleague, and fellow young adult cancer survivor/advocate Rebecca Batterman. But let's not let that last label define …

The Chutzpah Show with Sarah Cotenoff

October 1st, 2020


On the show today, live in person here at OffScrip Media Studios in downtown Manhattan, Sarah Cotenoff, Co-Founder of Podsights — and, more importantly — former intern at The Stupid Cancer Show. Losing your father to …

Dr. Guy Maytal: "Being Ill" vs "Having an Illness"

September 29th, 2020


Today on the show, a peek into the fascinating world of psychiatric oncology with my friend Dr. Guy Maytal, Chief of Integrated Care and Assistant …

Lenox Hill, Part Two

September 24th, 2020


Welcome to Part Two my conversation with Dr. David Langer, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, Co-Founder of Playback Health, and star of the critically acclaimed Netflix series, Lenox …

Lenox Hill, Part One

September 22nd, 2020


Some of you may have heard about the acclaimed Netflix series, Lenox Hill. If you haven’t, you’ve to to check it out. Four doctors at New York's storied Lenox Hill Hospital balance their personal lives and their …

[BONUS] Lifehacking COVID-19: Back-to-School Insanity Edition

September 18th, 2020


Today, a frenetic BONUS episode with my dear friend of 30+ years, the always eclectic, impossibly talented Half-Greek/Half-Italian spitfire no BS unicorn that is Elura Nanos. As two exasperated Gen-X parents of young …

They're Real and They're Spectacular: Board-Certified Patient Advocates

September 17th, 2020


Get ready to learn a lot on today’s show. For example, did you know there are Board Certified Patient Advocates? You heard that. And it’s not what you think. It’s better. Joining me to discuss this — and OH SO MUCH MORE …

Kara McGuirk-Allison: A Not-So-Hidden Brain

September 15th, 2020


Today on the show, what happens when a legacy, award-winning NPR radio producer/young adult cancer survivor is interviewed by a gracefully aging, …


September 10th, 2020


On the show today, DNA Science Superhero Dawn Barry, President and CEO at LUNA, a public benefit corporation that is restoring power to the people by …

Dr Saralyn Mark: You Can Be a Winner at the Game of COVID-19 Whack-A-Mole

September 8th, 2020


On the show today, another stellar returning champion, Dr. Saralyn Mark, Former Senior Medical and Policy Advisor to The White House, NASA, and the …

Tricia Brouk: So you want to be a speaker? You want to tell your story?

September 3rd, 2020


So you want to be a speaker? You want to tell your story? Spoiler alert, it’s not so easy, and I think you might know why. Anyone can tell their story, but that doeth not maketh them a storyteller. There is a definitive …

What Happens When The Health Coach Gets Cancer?

September 1st, 2020


Today on the show, I welcome Andrea Ottaiano, recovering agency, Pharma, and media veteran, research junkie, health coach, Founder of Silver Lining …

Staying Angry: Michael Millenson is "Demanding Medical Excellence"

August 27th, 2020


Author and journalist Michael Millenson is one of the original agitators of the status quo of healthcare. He is a friend, mentor, and someone I have …

Come again? Confronting Infertility with Barb Collura

August 25th, 2020


Today’s show about fertility and family planing is very personal to millions of people. Because, while you may want to be a biological mom or dad one …

Telehealth with Dr. Joe Mikhael: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

August 20th, 2020


Today on the show, returning champion Dr. Joseph Mikhael, Professor of Applied Cancer Research at the TGen institute for City of Hope AND the Chief Medical Officer of the International Myeloma Foundation. We are talking …

The One With Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

August 18th, 2020


Today's show is not a "very special episode" of Different Strokes, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Webster, or Blossom, BUT it is a "very special episode" nonetheless. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has been a friend, a teacher, a …

The Forgivably Canadian Dr. Joe Mikhael, Myeloma, and Justin Trudeau Clickbait

August 13th, 2020


On today’s show, Dr. Joseph Mikhael, Professor of Applied Cancer Research at the TGen institute for City of Hope AND the Chief Medical Officer of the International Myeloma Foundation, an incredible nonprofit advocacy …

COVID-19 Facts? Dr. Jean-Luc Neptune Don't Need No Stinkin' Facts!

August 11th, 2020


On today’s show, returning champion Dr. Jean-Luc Neptune, physician, entrepreneur, innovator, technologist, digital health guru, and Founder at …

Can Science Speak "Person"?: A Quandary for Dr. Catharine Young

August 6th, 2020


On today’s show, returning champion Dr. Catharine Young, former Senior Director of Science Policy at the Biden Cancer Initiative, and current …

Stop Innovating and Do Something: TJ Sharpe

August 4th, 2020


On today's show, friend, colleague, fellow young adult cancer survivor, advocate, speaker, blogger, and Stage IV melanoma bald guy, TJ Sharpe. He …

John Gorman: Medicare 101 and Racial Disparities in Healthcare

July 30th, 2020


On today’s show, John Gorman, Founder of the Gorman Health Group, member of the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Health System’s Health Alliance Plan, and the Chairman at Nightingale Partners LLC which — to paraphrase — …

The Accidental Patient Radvocate: Christine Hodgdon

July 28th, 2020


Christine Hodgdon is a globe-trotting, human Fodor conservation biologist turned patient “radvocate” (that would be my neologism for radical …

Find Your Pack: Trevor Maxwell on Creating Man Up to Cancer

July 23rd, 2020


On today's show, we welcome Trevor Maxwell. Trevor is a husband, a writer, and a father to two teenage daughters. Two years ago, he was diagnosed …

You’ll Pay for This: Julie Croner on the Value of the Patient Experience

July 21st, 2020


On today's show, we welcome Julie Croner, Vice President of the Patient Leader Network at WEGO Health. Julie is a rare disease activist who has been …

Advocates Are Not Born. They Are Made: Lilly Stairs and the "Donut Hole of Patient Access"

July 16th, 2020


Lilly Stairs is the Founder of Patient Authentic, which is exactly as it sounds: a bully pulpit that takes (1) the chocolate that is the health tech …

"Such a Beautiful Thing": Susannah Fox on How 21st Century Patients Find Their Tribes

July 14th, 2020


On today's show, my good friend, long-time partner-in-crime advocate, and Princess Leia Jedi Master of Health Tech, Susannah Fox, who I consider to …

Overhead: Dan Pallotta on How Great Nonprofits Actually Work

July 7th, 2020


On today's show, we welcome one of the most influential human beings of my career: Dan Pallotta, champion of charity and the entire nonprofit …

Fertility Questions? Alice Crisci Has FertilityAnswers

June 30th, 2020


Alice Crisci is a cancer survivor, entrepreneur and activist. She founded MedAnswers to speed consumer access to specialty medicine. Her company's first app product, FertilityAnswers, is the only social network for …

Sarcoma: Sara's Cure and the Race Against Time, Pt 2

June 25th, 2020


In 2016, Sara Woods was diagnosed with Clear Cell Sarcoma, a very rare form of Sarcoma, which is in itself a rare form of cancer. Today in 2020, Sara …

Sarcoma: Sara's Cure and the Race Against Time, Pt 1

June 23rd, 2020


In 2016, Sara Woods was diagnosed with Clear Cell Sarcoma, a very rare form of Sarcoma, which is in itself a rare form of cancer. Today in 2020, Sara …

COVID-19 and Corporate Leadership: Bruce Cozadd, CEO of Jazz Pharmaceuticals

June 16th, 2020


On today’s show, you’re going to hear from my friend and colleague Bruce Cozadd, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Jazz Pharmaceuticals. And NO — this …

COVID-19 Explainer: Telehealth vs. Infectious Diseases

June 11th, 2020


Dr. Bob Bollinger is the Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, and he holds …

The Magic Bullet: Dr. Saralyn Mark on COVID-19, Women's Health, and the Immune System

June 9th, 2020


Dr. Saralyn Mark, first and foremost, is a Leader of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). She served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the …

COVID-19 Explainer: Epidemiologist Dr. Matt Lamb Returns

June 4th, 2020


Matthew Lamb, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor or Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He focuses on infectious disease prevention, …

Stupid Hemophilia: Cancer, Rare Disease, and Steve Guttenberg?

June 2nd, 2020


Andrew and I had the pleasure to welcome in-studio Patrick James Lynch, a true renaissance man of many hats who was born of his condition — for a …

Physician Burnout Explainer: Author Greg Hammer MD on Mindfulness in a Crisis

May 26th, 2020


Dr. Greg Hammer is pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist and author of the new book “GAIN Without Pain The Happiness …

COVID-19 and Lung Cancer: Stigma, Advocacy, and the Latest Research

May 21st, 2020


Matthew and Andrew welcome cancer survivors Nina Beaty, Creator, The EmPat Cancer Project, and Katie Brown, Vice President of Support and Survivorship Programs at The LUNGevity Foundation, to opine on the current status …

This Is Only A Test, Part Two: The Glamorous and Exotic World of Clinical Trials

May 19th, 2020


Peter MacDowell is the Clinical Director of Rochester Dermatologic Surgery and former Co-Director of Clinical Trials Office at the Wilmot Cancer …

This Is Only A Test, Part One: The Glamorous and Exotic World of Clinical Trials

May 12th, 2020


How does one "Schoolhouse Rock" the interesting world of Clinical Trials? On the show, Matthew and his Co-Founder/COO Andrew MacDowell are joined by

Relentless: John Tesh on Music, Cancer, Grit, and Faith

May 5th, 2020


Six music Emmys, two Grammy nominations, four gold records, seven Public Television specials and 8 million records sold. After more than three …

Dry Mouth Sucks: Matt and Friends Gather to Endorse Moisyn (Sponsored Content)

May 1st, 2020


In this sponsored episode, Matthew sits down with his friends to talk all about the glamorous issue of Xerostomia, otherwise known as "Dry Mouth."

This is a problem for millions of Americans, but no one talks about it. …

Pay the Patients: It's Time to Compen$ate Patients for Their Experience

April 28th, 2020


Too often, patients are blatantly taken advantage of by Industry who profit off of our stories and our experience dealing with a disease we didn't ask to have. If our experience is so critical to Industry's bottom line, …

COVID-19 Explainer: Dr. Jean-Luc Neptune Tells His Own Story of Surviving the Virus

April 23rd, 2020


Jean-Luc Neptune, MD MBA, or JL as he is known, is a serial entrepreneur and a digital health pioneer. He’s a licensed physician in New York State, founder of Suntra Modern Recovery, serves as Entrepreneur-In-Residence …

Resilience: Craig DeLarge on Digital Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19

April 21st, 2020


Craig DeLarge is a Digital Health Strategist and Educator at the Digital Mental Health Project, a project aimed at effectively using digital …

The Immunotherapy Series, Part Three: Policy and the FDA

April 16th, 2020


Immunotherapy and Policy. How can the FDA evolve to help advance and support novel approaches to medicine? How does the field of immune-driven …

The Immunotherapy Series, Part Two: Beyond Immunotherapy

April 15th, 2020


Beyond Immunotherapy. The present and future of immune-driven medicine; toward an understanding of the immune system as the driver of solutions for …

The Immunotherapy Series, Part One: A Brief History

April 14th, 2020


A Brief History of Immunotherapy. CAR-T, t-cell augmentation, and immunotherapy in general over the past decade. We will talk about why is this approach so compelling, and what its limitations have been to date.

Special …

Out of Patients: Jen Horonjeff on Giving Patients Ownership in What They Help Create

April 1st, 2020


Jen Horonjeff is a chronic illness patient by birth, a PhD by training, and an entrepreneur by necessity. She was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018 for her work as Founder and CEO …

Brave New Weed: Joe Dolce on Cannabis and Wellness

March 30th, 2020


Joe Dolce is the host of the Brave New Weed podcast and author of Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis, which was hailed …

COVID-19 Explainer: An Epidemiologist Looks Ahead

March 27th, 2020


Matthew Lamb, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor or Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He focuses on infectious disease prevention, …

Cancer Moonshots: Dr. Catharine Young on the Biden Cancer Initiative and Beyond

March 26th, 2020


Dr. Catharine Young has always been drawn to tackling big problems. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Shepherd Foundation, …

COVID-19 Explainer: Lung Cancer and the Pandemic

March 24th, 2020


On today's show, Matthew discusses COVID-19 and its impact on the cancer community with Michael Parisi (CEO at Guidemark), Andrea Ferris (President and Chairman of Lungevity) and Andrew MacDowell (OffScrip Media …

It Begins: Matthew Zachary on the Origins of OffScrip Media

March 19th, 2020


On today's show, in a role reversal, Matthew is interviewed by his two colleagues, Andrew MacDowell (OffScrip Media Co-Founder/COO) and Jen Horonjeff

GenX Therapy: Staten Island, The Universe, and Everything

March 19th, 2020


On today's show Matthew welcomes three of his legacy best friends from high school, Salvatore Diana, Elura Nanos, and Karen Marinelli. A bit of an …

Jonny Imerman Lives

March 19th, 2020


On today's episode, the one and only Johnny Imerman joins Matthew to kickoff this podcast with style. As one of the defining founders of the young …

Welcome to Out of Patients with Matthew Zachary (Teaser)

February 5th, 2020


Matthew Zachary is a 24-year brain cancer survivor, the Founder of Stupid Cancer, and an internet radio pioneer with the launch of The Stupid Cancer Show in May of 2007, which boasts over 450 episodes, 2,000 interviews, …

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