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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 it less horrible. Matthew Zachary is a 25+ year cancer survivor and the CEO and Co-Founder of OffScrip Health. He also founded Stupid Cancer and created the first health podcast called The Stupid ...
 
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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 room because it bodes well that our discussions will be of the highest caliber of authenticity, trust, and the occasional 80s refere…
 
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 during her experience with thyroid cancer at age 26. She also shares her perspective as a caregiver to someone living with cancer. …
 
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, namely, a rebroadcast — for those who may have missed it — of Episode One of The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship, our acclaimed 8-part narrative history series from 2021. Over 300,000 liste…
 
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 his unique point of view from both sides of the exam table. JL is an entrepreneur and practices addiction medicine at his own company…
 
Today, I speak with Clare Matschullat, a self-described cancer sherpa. As someone who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a young person, Clare knows the emotional rollercoaster and logistical nightmares that come with a cancer diagnosis. That’s why she started her own business — Clare the Cancer Sherpa — to help guide patients throu…
 
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 National Cancer Institute AND the author of a new book called Is Cancer Inevitable? Her book takes us inside her research lab and reveal…
 
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, radio, and TV journalism. Basically, all things pre-Internet. And life went on its merry way for years, as it should, until a multi-year comedy of terrors befell her with a much-delayed diagnosis of S…
 
Today, I talk to the brain trust behind Frunutta, a company that’s disrupting the vitamin market. Their dissolvable vitamins are ultra-absorbent and get nutrients into your bloodstream more efficiently than vitamins that go through your digestive system. Plus, Frunutta is made from simple, all-natural ingredients, so you aren’t consuming any bad st…
 
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 funds for Parkinson’s research after his grandfather was diagnosed with the disease, and he helped to found the Fox Foundation with …
 
Today I talk to global citizen, digital diplomat, and health entrepreneur Sehreen Noor Ali. Sehreen left her job as a technology executive to become a caretaker for her daughter, who was diagnosed with a serious pediatric illness. Seeing the pitfalls of healthcare up close, Sehreen was compelled to launch Sleuth, a database that crowdsources the ex…
 
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 diagnosis, but she watched both of her parents die from the disease. And that’s why Anne is so committed to making sure patients come…
 
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. Information's unique approach to busting myths and how the LGBTQ community has been affected by COVID-19. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.c…
 
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 son's health. Almost a year later, Ford was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called CTNNB1 syndrome, which impairs speech an…
 
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 passion for helping patients would drastically accelerate by transitioning to the R&D side of healthcare. She did just that, as you'll hear in this episode when she describes how it felt to see her fi…
 
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 about healthcare access, he founded VyTrac to use remote technology to bring medical services to underserved populations. Zach is A…
 
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 Healthcare is a show that explores the social determinants of health, including our food system, housing, climate change, and more. It’s …
 
Today I talk to Carly Flumer, two-time thyroid cancer survivor, Director of Medical Engagement at MMG, and Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer torch bearer. Carly was diagnosed with stage I, metastatic papillary thyroid cancer in January 2017 at the age of 27. She went through treatment, got her masters degree in health communication, and has been bl…
 
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. Not only did he beat the odds, but he’s 12 years cancer-free. Since then, Frank left his job in finance to serve as Chair Emeritus o…
 
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 with chronic myeloid leukemia at age 37 in 1995, he was told he had three years to live. But he’s here some 26 years later and still going strong. Mel served as a major in the U.S. Army. He kickstarted b…
 
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 Chemical Engineering and Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Founding Director…
 
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 the smartest person in the room at any given time and she’s here to let us in on how the sausage gets made in the medical tech worl…
 
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. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
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 and former combat medic, Gil is a patient advocate, a champion of health innovation, and a promoter of human compassion. He current…
 
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 survivor, a SUNY alum, writer, editor, and media producer. And Michael oversees Dana Farber’s amazing new podcast Unraveled about the mysteries of the science of cancer. He talks about the show and the importa…
 
Today I talk to author and addiction physician Carl Erik Fisher. Carl is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, where he works in the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry. He also maintains a private psychiatry practice focusing on complementary and integrative approaches to treating addiction. He is the author of …
 
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 Adams’ questionable remarks about the city’s workforce. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice…
 
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 Account Executive for Google. She crisscrossed the country. She was an athlete with an active fitstagram. Then in October 2020, at age 24, Kasey was diagnosed with a rare cancer - stage IV pediatric sof…
 
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 him for his great work, including his book, "The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19." Glen …
 
Today, we revisit one of our favorite episodes from 2021 featuring Michele Rhee, young adult cancer survivor of thyroid cancer, whose ordeal left her having over a dozen major surgeries, including open-heart surgery for a related underlying rare disease. Michele received both her MBA and MPH in three years and, because she’s such an underachiever, …
 
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 content. Excelsior! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-n…
 
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 suddenly thrown off course. But Megan-Claire also learned new things about herself. She discovered her knack for writing when she began d…
 
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 school woes, cruise ship outbreaks, and toxic influencers. They also discuss the latest Sermo poll! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privac…
 
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 out from individual experiences and survey cancer survivors, they see patterns called social determinants of health. Individual ci…
 
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 number of cases among students and staff. They also walk through what society has learned from the second year of a global pandemic. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy N…
 
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