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Listen in as Kris Ferguson MD interviews Doctors, patients, and health care professionals about health related topics. It's in depth, informative, and often personal. It's everything you ever wanted to know about your physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual well being.
70 Episodes
Acute pain is a symptom, chronic pain is a condition.  But what does that mean exactly?  How long does acute pain last and under what conditions can acute pain become chronic?  Dr. Ferguson interviews returning guest Dr. Jessica Stern as they discuss diagnosing and managing chronic pain.Living with pain can be a personal struggle that others may find difficult to understand. Increased visits to doctors and specialists can cause medical bills to pile up which in turn can cause anxiety and depression which can make the pain worse. Before you know it you're in a downward spiral. Good days can quickly turn for the worse.  This podcast is an insightful conversation between two pain specialists that is not to be missed!Dr. Stern is a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor at the  Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic and Psychiatry Associates at NYU Langone Health, in New York, NY.For more information, please consider following Dr. Stern on Twitter @DrJessicaBStern 
Hema and her sister Dr. Anu Kathiresan, MD, speak about the practicalities of freezing one's eggs.  What is the recommended age, how how much it costs, and what the procedure involves are all discussed in this episode of the Get Healthy 360 Podcast.    Hema decided to freeze her eggs recently and underwent the procedure.  She openly discusses her experience, while her sister Anu and Dr. Kris Ferguson, MD, add a medical context to the story.If you ever considered freezing your eggs, or know someone who is considering undergoing the procedure, this episode is a must listen!  Dr. Kathiresan is a repeat guest on the show, and her previous podcast also explored this topic.A native of Marietta, Georgia, Dr. Anu Kathiresan, MD, FACOG attended the Medical College of Georgia, did her residency at the University of Miami, and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Kathiresan currently practices in Texas.For more information, Dr. Kathiresan can be reached through:Instagram: @anukathiresanmdFacebook: @anu.kathiresanand her YouTube channel at
Joshua Wiedermann MD lives and practices in Mekelle, Ethiopia.   In this inspiring interview, Dr. Wiedermann tells Dr. Ferguson about the daily challenges and rewards of living and practicing medicine in Ethiopia.  Specializing in ear and neck surgery, Dr. Wiedermann runs an Otolaryngology residency program in Ethiopia.  What's it like to practice medicine in that part of the world?  Why would a doctor pass on a lucrative career in the United States?  What is so special about Ethiopian furniture?Listen to this episode of the Get Healthy 360 Podcast to find out!For more information about Dr. Wiedermann, follow his blog at www.headandnecksurgeryinmekele.comHow to Donate: @hnsethiopiaemail:
Finding out you or someone you love has cancer can be a confusing and traumatic experience.  Gastrointestinal oncologist Dr. Shikha Jain offers her thoughts on chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and treatment options.  What is the difference between chemotherapy and immunotherapy?  What are the types of cancer that immunotherapy has been shown to be effective against?Listen in to this episode of the Get Healthy Podcast to hear Dr. Jain and Dr. Ferguson discuss why getting a second opinion is very important.  Also, where you get a second opinion can also make a difference.  Dr. Jain recommends getting a second opinion at an academic institution.   Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle are also on offer, and hear what Dr. Jain does to keep her immune system strong and her own health in check.Shikha Jain, MD, FACP is a board-certified hematology and oncology physician on faculty at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy and the Physician Director of Media Relations for the Rush University Cancer Center. Dr. Jain's clinical focus is Gastrointestinal oncology and her research interests include neuroendocrine tumors, precision oncology, immunotherapy and hepatocellular carcinoma.  She has several papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests also include diversity and equity in medicine and the impact of social media on medicine.Dr. Jain is the founder and host of the podcast "The Rush Cast." She has written for several organizations including Doximity, KevinMD, ASCO Connection. She was selected as a thought leader by Doximity and completed a year as a Doximity writing fellow.  She has also been an invited speaker on these topics and will be speaking at the Harvard Women's Leadership course this fall.  She is the founder of the social media group Dual Physician Families, and she is the COO of SoMeDocs (Doctors on Social Media). Dr. Jain may be reached at the social media contacts below:Twitter: @ShikhaJainMDInstagram:  www.womeninmedicinesummit.orgFor more information, visit www.gethealthy360.comThank you for listening!
The doctor spent over an hour analyzing my baby's heart during the 31-week ultrasound.  This was our second child and I knew something was not right.  Turns out Abby had a congenital heart condition.   Nothing can prepare you for that bit of news.  Nothing.   Don't waste time thinking about the what ifs.  Save your energy for getting ready.  Decisions need to be made.   Which hospital to deliver at?  Which hospital would be best for Abby post-birth?  What level of care can its NICU provide?  Which OB should deliver?  My OB did not have admitting rights at the hospital of our choice.   So many decisions.  Don't think about the what ifs. I was afraid before the birth.  So many things can go wrong.  I knew they were going to take my baby from me.  Our three year old, our dog, our home all fell on my husband's shoulders.  He is the more rational one.   Just be strong and patient.Abby had an abnormality in her heart.  They had to stop Abby's heart before they could operate.  She looked "dead" just laying there. Nothing can prepare you for that. Her chest was kept open for 24 hours after the surgery.  Nothing can prepare you for that. Then you wait.  That's all you do in the hospital.  Just wait.  Waited for 56 days in the NICU.  I wasn't in control of anything.  I needed ownership of something.  I am her mother after all, but feedings and diaper changes were on the nurses' schedule.  The nurses' strength carried me through.  They were my rock.  They understood me as a person, and took the white coat out of it. She has had three major surgeries.  This surgeon has never nicked an artery before, but he nicked one during one of Abby's procedures.  She was losing blood as quickly as they were giving it to her.  They replaced her blood volume twice.  She made it.  She is a fighter. The stress and aggravation had to go somewhere.  Small things can lead to big arguments, but our marriage survived.  We promised to be at church every Sunday.  Every Sunday.  Over 50% of couples with seriously ill children don't make it.  That wasn't going to be us. Our story is documented on our Facebook pages.  One of our posts had over a million views.  We used that momentum to raise money and help the NICU get more sound machines.  Have a late term ultrasound.  That's our advice.  Just schedule it. Even if you don't think you need it.  It will buy you time to prepare if something is not right. Three operations and 10 months later Abby is fine. Abby should live a relatively long and healthy life.  We are fortunate. We were able to bring our baby home. The biggest resource is other parents who have gone through something similar.  Reach out to us. Here's our social media links: - Congenital Heart Dad - Praying for Abby's Heart - The Practical Heart Mom
Everyone experiences back pain now and then.  But are you aware of the latest procedures that are being used to treat back pain?Topics covered include:- What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, also known as LSS?- How can pain from LSS be treated?- Have you heard of the MILD procedure? (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression)- Do you find back pain relief when you are pushing a shopping cart?And much more!Neurosurgeon Steven Falowski MD sits down with Dr. Ferguson to talk all about back pain.  The symptoms, the different types, and the latest treatments.Don't miss this episode.  Back pain relief may be simpler than you think!Dr. Falowski received his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and practices at the Argires Marotti Neurosurgical Associates of Lancaster, located at 160 N Pointe Blvd Suite 200, Lancaster, PA 17601  Website: you for listening!
Ever wonder how human eggs and sperm are frozen?  Who is the ideal candidate for such a procedure?  What are its risks and benefits?Reproductive specialist and returning guest Anu Kathiresan, MD explains how the procedure is performed and why more and more people are deciding to undergo it.A native of Marietta, Georgia, Dr. Anu Kathiresan, MD, FACOG attended the Medical College of Georgia, did her residency at the University of Miami, and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Kathiresan currently practices in Texas.For more information, Dr. Kathiresan can be reached through:Instagram: @anukathiresanmdFacebook: @anu.kathiresanand her YouTube channel at
What mistakes do young professionals make when negotiating their first contract?  When do you bring up parental benefits during the contract negotiations?  Is full time considered 30 or 40 hours a week?  What are the red flags every employee should look out for in the contract?  What are ways medical professionals can supplement their income?  Dr. Patel offers some excellent advice on how to negotiate your first employment contract.  Although geared to medical professionals, there is advice here for everyone.Dr. Kumkum Sarkar Patel is a double-board certified gastroenterologist practicing in downtown Chicago, with special training in the treatment of functional bowel syndromes and upper and lower GI motility disorders.  Using her Instagram platform @dr.gut_motility, she is raising awareness for IBS and motility diseases and hoping to educate, empower, inspire, and mentor!Kumkum Sarkar Patel, M.D., MPHGastroenterology and HepatologyIllinois Center for Digestive and Liver Health@dr.gut_motility
Human trafficking is much closer to home than you may think.  Girls as young as twelve from small towns to large cities across the US are routinely manipulated into joining the sex trade.   Lisa Sennholz works with victims of human trafficking through her organization, the Damascus Road Project.  Lisa details how traffickers, gangs, and social predators lure children into the sex trade and then manipulate them into staying. Rescuing these girls is challenging as they are often scared into talking to the authorities, and many victims have severe trauma and PTSD.The stories are real, they are frightening, and are much more common than you may think.You don't want to miss this episode of the Get Healthy 360 Podcast.  For more information, The Damascus Road Project can be found may be reached at Thank you for listening!
Crystal Beal, MD is a practicing family physician who self identifies as queer.  Dr. Beal helps explain many of the terms, norms, and realities that affect the LGBTQQIAAP2S community in the context of healthcare.Dr. Beal shares stories of how healthcare service providers can often fail queer patients, and what changes to healthcare could make it more inclusive.  Dr. Beal also offers tips on how members of the queer community can find doctors and why she isn't a fan of online ratings.And what exactly does the acronym LGBTQQIAAP2S stand for?  Dr. Ferguson also looks up the term "gender unicorn" and if you would like to learn more about the gender spectrum, maybe you should look it up too!   (Gender Unicorn: )Dr. Beal owns and operates, which provides queer and gender focused healthcare online.  QueerDoc is an online doctor’s office for queer and gender affirming care for queer, trans, and gender diverse people run by a queer, non-binary doctor.For more information, Dr. Beal may be contacted through:queerdoc.comFacebook/Instagram: @queerdocTwitter: @DocQueerThank you for listening!
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