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The Pursuit of Health is a weekly podcast dedicated to a thorough exploration of the American Healthcare System at a critical time in our nation’s history. The podcast’s creator and host, Dr. Eric Fethke, is a pediatric cardiologist and educator trained at Columbia University, with over 25 years of experience practicing medicine. Students, professionals, and everyday people alike are invited to learn from guest experts who are pursuing groundbreaking work to improve America's health. Join us ...
 
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As we start 2022 we are honored to begin the second year of the Pursuit of Health Podcast with a very special guest - Dr.Tolu Bakare. She is an American Board Certified urologist with a special focus on Male Infertility. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern where she cares for patients, teaches students and does clinical resea…
 
On Episode 18 Part 2 we present the final episode of our first year at The Pursuit of Health Podcast, while looking forward to much more content as we begin 2022. We continue our important discussion on Domestic Violence with our guest, MacKenzie Bachar, the Advocacy & Education Director of Fearless! in New York's Hudson Valley. Ms. Bachar works on…
 
On Episode 18 Part 1 we proudly and humbly present the final episode of the first year of The Pursuit of Health Podcast as we take a bold step into the emotionally packed subject of Domestic Violence. Our special guest is MacKenzie Bachar, the Advocacy & Education Director of Fearless!, Hudson Valley, New York. Ms. Bachar works on the frontlines wi…
 
For our 28th broadcast and episode 17 of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, your host, Dr. Eric Fethke, introduces a new format - Case Studies from the Heart - where he takes the role of both host and commentator. In this format we ask our audience to share in the medical tradition of telling patient stories to learn and teach about illness. Dr. Fethke…
 
For Part 2 of Episode 16 on the Pursuit of Health Podcast, we now continue the engaging conversation with physician mentor, leader and pioneer - Dr. Tyree Winters. Dr. Winters now serves as the Residency Program and Medical Student Clerkship Director, General Pediatric Residency, as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead Physician (Dept. …
 
For this episode of the Pursuit of Health podcast we now return back to the U.S. shores from our prior journey to South Africa. We were fortunate to sit down with a wonderful physician mentor, leader and pioneer in his own right - Dr. Tyree Winters. Dr. Winters began his medical career with the foundation of a BA degree in Psychology at the Univers…
 
On the final installment of this three-part special episode of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, we conclude our first venture outside the US. Our host, Dr. Fethke, continues the discussion with Mr. Sagie Pillay from his home office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr Pillay has an extensive worldwide education in healthcare policy and administration. F…
 
On Part 2 of this three-part special episode of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, we continue our first foray outside the US. Our host, Dr. Fethke, continues the discussion with Mr. Sagie Pillay from Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Pillay has an extensive worldwide education in healthcare policy and administration. He has served South Africa and the A…
 
On this special episode of the Pursuit of Health Podcast we embark on our first venture outside the US. Our guest, Sagie Pillay, comes to us from the city of Johannesburg in the amazing country of South Africa. Mr. Pillay has an extensive worldwide education in healthcare policy and administration, and has studied on almost every major continent ar…
 
In our third Take A Step Back episode we take the opportunity to look back over Episodes 8 through 11. Our host, Dr. Eric Fethke, is joined by two guests - a third year medical student, Angela Ho, and an experienced practicing pediatrician, Dr. Jamee Goldstein. Together they reflect on the lessons gleaned from these four episodes including: Ep 8 (P…
 
On this episode we had the opportunity to continue our intense discussion about international healthcare with Dr. Ronald Israelski at the Chester, NY headquarters of Orthopedic Relief Services International (ORSI). Dr. Israelski has been an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU for well over 20 years, and a practicing orthopedist for over 30 years. H…
 
On this episode we had the opportunity to join Dr. Ronald Israelski at the headquarters of Orthopedic Relief Services International (ORSI) to discuss his work in international healthcare. Just 2 days before our session, on August 14, 2021, a large earthquake hit Haiti with a force even greater than that which devastated this already vulnerable coun…
 
On Part 2 of Episode 13 of the Pursuit of Health podcast, Dr. Fethke picks up the conversation with a very special guest, his own most influential mentor, Dr. Welton M. Gersony, a pioneer and world-class Pediatric Cardiologist to further expand on his words of wisdom regarding the importance of Patient-Physician Communication. Together the doctors …
 
On Episode 13 of the Pursuit of Health podcast, Dr. Fethke invites his own most influential mentor, Dr. Welton M. Gersony - a pioneer and world-class Pediatric Cardiologist - to remind us all of the importance of maintaining the fundamentals of Patient-Physician Communication. Over the past 5 decades Dr. Gersony has been one of the most influential…
 
On Episode 12 of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke invites a local colleague, Dr. Richard Hahn - an experienced Pediatric Psychiatrist - to address a very important and timely issue: the Mental Health of Children during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Hahn is a graduate of several prestigious institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute o…
 
On this 11th episode of the Pursuit of Health podcast, Dr. Fethke is honored and excited to invite a dear friend and colleague, Steven Tannenbaum, Esq., to debunk the notion that doctors and lawyers are necessarily always adversaries. Our guest is a seasoned attorney with over 40 years of experience and a senior partner in Tannenbaum, Bellantone & …
 
In our second Take A Step Back episode we take the opportunity to look back over and comment upon Episodes 4 through 7. Our host, Dr. Fethke, is joined by a fourth year medical student, Kevin Kriege, and an experienced pediatrician, Dr. Dominic Berlingieri. Together, they reflect on the lessons gleaned from these four episodes, including; Episode 4…
 
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Meghna Dassani, a pioneer dentist in Houston, Texas who is committed to addressing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) through a comprehensive approach which includes educating others about the prevalence and implications of this unrecognized and dangerous disturbance of sleep. She shares the personal journey during …
 
On Part 2 of this episode, we continue the discussion with our special guest, Dr. Maya Shetreat, M.D., a thought leader in Medicine and a pioneer who has helped redefine how we think about health. After her conventional training as a Pediatric Neurologist she continued to grow intellectually and philosophically and is now also an herbalist and urba…
 
On this episode, our special guest is Dr. Maya Shetreat, M.D., a thought leader in Medicine and a pioneer who has helped redefine how we think about health. After her conventional training as a Pediatric Neurologist, she continued to grow intellectually and philosophically and is now also an herbalist and urban farmer. She is the author of the grou…
 
In Part 2 of this episode of The Pursuit of Health Podcast - in a co-branded session with Parent Heart Watch, the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and the Dominic Murray 21 Memorial Foundation - Dr. Fethke continues his discussion with three thought leaders and pioneers who have spent the past two decades addressing the recognition and prevent…
 
In Part 1 of this episode of The Pursuit of Health Podcast - in a co-branded session with Parent Heart Watch, the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and the Dominic Murray 21 Memorial Foundation - Dr. Fethke sits down with three thought leaders and pioneers who have spent the past two decades addressing the recognition and prevention of Sudden C…
 
On Episode 6 Part 2 we continue to explore the concept of Implicit Bias in Healthcare with the help of two brave and remarkable healthcare professionals, Dr. David M. Loeb, M.D., PhD, who is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Marrow and Blood Cell Transplantation at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; and Denise Vela…
 
On Episode 6 Part 1 we begin to explore the concept of Implicit Bias in Healthcare with the help of two brave and remarkable healthcare professionals: Dr. David M. Loeb, M.D., PhD, who is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Marrow and Blood Cell Transplantation at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; and Denise Velazqu…
 
On Part 2 of this episode, Dr. Fethke continues his dialogue with Ernesto Chan on the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on our nation’s elderly. Mr. Chan is a Director of Nursing at a Longterm Care facility in New Jersey. Mr. Chan shares his experiences and the broader implications they provide to all of us who may be caring for our vulnerable paren…
 
On this episode of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke was honored and excited to invite a dear friend and colleague, Ernesto Chan, to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on our nation’s elderly. Mr. Chan is a Director of Nursing at a Longterm Care facility in New Jersey, which we have intentionally kept anonymous in order to not bia…
 
On this episode of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke continues his discussion with colleagues and neighbors - Dr. Philip Wilken and Dr. Avi Silber - who also happen to be practicing pediatric physicians and administrators in the Greater Hudson Valley of New York State. In this virtual fireside chat, they expand upon the role of finances in …
 
After a week-long break, The Pursuit of Health Podcast is back with another exciting episode. Dr. Fethke sits down with colleagues and neighbors - Dr. Philip Wilken and Dr Avi Silber - who also happen to be practicing pediatric physicians and administrators in the Greater Hudson Valley of New York State. In this virtual fireside chat they delve int…
 
In our first Take A Step Back episode, we take the opportunity to look back over and comment on Episodes 1 through 4. Our host, Dr. Fethke, is joined by a first year medical student, Alyssa Shannon, and an experienced practicing pediatrician, Dr. Emily Brown. Together, they reflect on the lessons learned from the first four episodes, including: Epi…
 
On this episode of The Pursuit of Health Podcast, we continue our visit with Dr. Elizabeth Sassi, a Nurse Practitioner on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic in a large public school system just outside New York City. As a nurse with 38 years of experience, including 20 years in critical care and a background in Epidemiology, she brings a uniq…
 
On today's episode of The Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Sassi, a Nurse Practitioner on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in a large public school system just outside New York City. As a nurse with over 38 years of experience - including 20 years in critical care and a background in Epidemiology - she brin…
 
On today’s episode of the Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke sits down with Dr. Theresa Hamlin, the Associate Executive Director at The Center For Discovery in Harris, New York. This residential facility provides for over 300 adults and children with complex developmental disabilities, including autism. The Center is a school, a day-care center,…
 
On today’s episode of The Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke continues his conversation with Meghan Kelly, the Director of the Child Life Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. On our last episode, we introduced Meghan and her work in the field of Child Life. On this episode, we review Child Life as a field still fighting to claim its…
 
On today’s episode of The Pursuit of Health Podcast, Dr. Fethke sits down with Meghan Kelly, the Director of the Child Life Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. They discuss her work in the unique healthcare specialty of Child Life and its implications for our greater U.S. health system. Ms. Kelly invites us into her world and teaches …
 
Dr. Eric Fethke continues his discussion of our current healthcare system from Part 1 of this first episode. With the history behind the American healthcare system explained, he now reviews the current status of our health system and explores the returns on our investment - what we are getting for our money. This episode makes an often daunting and…
 
Dr. Eric Fethke begins this first episode with an introduction to the mission and philosophy of The Pursuit of Health. As our host, he invites us to recognize the role that our healthcare system plays in promoting the value of every individual’s life, so that we as a people may rediscover the revolutionary principles of our founding fathers. After …
 
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