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MedStar Health DocTalk

MedStar Health Physicians

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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Join us for real conversations with physician experts from around the largest healthcare system in the Maryland-DC region.
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The “Let’s Get Physical (Therapy) Podcast,” hosted by MedStar Health Physical Therapy, is a new educational podcast series designed for rehabilitation professionals, students, new graduates, and those in related fields. Join us as we discuss treatment options, innovations, techniques, and more with a wide variety of medical professionals. Questions or podcast suggestions? Email us at PTpodcast@medstar.net.
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Out of Stigma’s Shadow

Jewish Community Services, Catholic Charities, Medstar Health, NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, and Behavioral Health System Baltimore

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This podcast is part of Out of Stigma’s Shadow, an initiative to combat barriers to seeking behavioral healthcare by raising awareness, increasing visibility, and ending stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders. Hear from young people talking openly and honestly about their struggles with mental health.
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Lit Health

Center for Healthcare Narratives

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Welcome to Lit Health – lighting a fire underneath the status quo of healthcare through interviews with authors, healthcare leaders, and policymakers who are working to create a healthcare environment that is equitable, transparent, and that welcomes the needs of every patient – especially our vulnerable populations including the mentally ill, people of color and women who feel they are at risk in our current system, and anyone who feels bias or the isms affect their health and quality of li ...
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we sit down with a Physical Therapist and an Occupational Therapist to discuss common climbing injuries and their impact on clients and athletes. We'll explore the most prevalent injuries climbers face and dive into effective treatment strategies used in clinics to help these athletes recover and get back to…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we dive into the world of rock-climbing medicine with Dr. Masquelin, a passionate climber and experienced sports physician. Dr. Masquelin shares her unique insights from both her personal climbing adventures and her extensive experience covering numerous climbing competitions. We explore the different styles…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we welcome orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mitchell, who discusses the devastating impact of ACL injuries. Discover who is most at risk and the physical and emotional challenges these patients face. Dr. Mitchell also shares the latest treatment advancements and techniques used to help patients recover and return to their activ…
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Send us a Text Message. Join us as we talk with Dr. Hinton, an expert in pediatric ACL injuries. In this episode, we explore the rising injury risks in youth sports, the intricacies of pediatric ACL surgery, and the critical role of physical therapy in recovery. Dr. Hinton shares essential advice for parents, coaches, and young athletes on reducing…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we sit down with a seasoned sports physical therapist to delve into the intricacies of ACL rehabilitation. We'll uncover the top ten essential tips for effectively working with patients and athletes post-ACL surgery, ensuring a successful recovery and optimal performance. Stay tuned for bonus tips that provi…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, Dr. Douoguih dives deep into the world of osteotomies, with a particular focus on high tibial opening wedge osteotomies. Dr. Douoguih shares his personal journey into the field and how he developed a passion for this specialized surgical procedure. Listeners will gain a comprehensive understanding of how hig…
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| Join us for an insightful episode with Dr. Kieran Dunleavy, an internationally recognized expert in lymphoma and blood cancers. Learn about the innovative treatments and clinical trials happening at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital that are transforming patient care. Discover how accurate diagnosis and cutting-edge therapies like CAR T cell…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we delve into the critical role of inpatient physical therapy for patients post total/uni knee replacements. We explore the evaluation process and exercises that ensure patients are safe and ready to return home. We also discuss the criteria that determine whether a patient can go home the same day as their …
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Unlock the mysteries of thyroid health with our special guest, Dr. Paul Sack from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. Ever wondered how a tiny gland in your neck can orchestrate the harmony of your body's systems? Dr. Sack reveals the critical role of the thyroid gland, its impact on overall health, and the complexities of diagnosing cond…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we continue with our mini series on Joint Replacements, specifically the knee. Kicking it off with us is PT George Poscover to discuss the ins and and outs of rehabilitation following a knee replacement. George has a unique role in this in that he treats patients in prehab, in the PACU immediately post op, then in the …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we begin our mini series on Knee Replacements! In this episode, we sit down with an experienced orthopedic surgeon to discuss total and unilateral knee replacements. From candidacy criteria to post-operative expectations and follow-up protocols, we uncover the intricacies of these procedures. Learn about the surgical t…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine from the largest healthcare system in the Maryland D.C. region: this is MedStar Health DocTalk. In our latest podcast episode, host Debra Schindler talks with thoracic surgeon Dr. Duane Monteith and gastroenterologist Dr. Dana Sloan for a comprehensive look into esophage…
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Send us a Text Message. Join us on Speech Language Pathologist Appreciation Day (it’s actually May 18th, but we’re celebrating with our SLPs early!) as we delve into the world of SLPs. Discover what Speech Language Pathologists do, the wide range of patients they help—from infants to the elderly—and the diverse settings where they work, including h…
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Send us a Text Message. Join us for this awesome episode as we dive into the topic of Mental Health in support of May being Mental Health Awareness Month!!! We start with defining what “mental health” means, how as health care practitioners and care givers this can impact our mental health, as well as discussing resilience and burnout. We emphasize…
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Send us a Text Message. April is OT Month, and while it may be the last week of April, it doesn’t lessen our appreciation for all occupational therapists! Today, we’ve got one of our very own OTs, Dave Federline. Dave does an amazing job sharing about the profession of OT and all the various settings OTs practice in. Dave is clearly passionate abou…
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Send us a Text Message. MedStar Health has been medically volunteering at the Boston Marathon for a handful of years now. This year was no different, as we brought up a team full of MDs, PTs, and ATCs. On today’s podcast, we’re joined by an MD, 2 PTs, and an ATC to go over the 2024 Boston Marathon and the capacity with which our team helped the run…
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Send us a Text Message. Jason tells us all about the Center of Sports Science and Safety, the current research being conducted towards the mission and values of USA Lacrosse, and lastly about Lacrosse in the Olympics and metrics being explored to help athletes perform in this sport to the best of the ability. We get to dip our toes into the myriad …
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Send us a Text Message. Low back pain is a common condition experienced by lacrosse athletes of all levels. Today, Dr. Kalantar, professor and chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the MedStar Orthopedic Institute, teaches us all about low back pain in athletes in…
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Send us a Text Message. Jay has been a prominent name in the Lacrosse world for many, many years. We’re happy to host him on our podcast to gain the perspective from a strength and conditioning coach on how to best train lacrosse athletes, and truly any athlete, which we dive into in the episode. Jay shares his insight on the importance of relation…
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Send us a Text Message. Dr. Hinton covers a vast array of information on this podcast ranging from current healthcare challenges youth athletes are facing, all the way to specifics about helping treat ACL injuries in the pediatric population. Dr. Hinton takes us on the evolution of injuries common in men’s and women’s lacrosse games, and how they d…
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Send us a Text Message. Kellie Loehr, ATC, works in a unique role with MedStar Health and USA Lacrosse. Kellie takes us on the journey of what it takes to work your way up to covering professional sports teams, and the importance of building connections and trust locally with schools, athletes, and other healthcare providers. Kellie shares the back…
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Send us a Text Message. We’re grateful to host Physical Therapist, Corrine Etchison, on our podcast to kick of four Lacrosse Medicine series, especially because she played Division One lacrosse at Georgetown University. Corrine jumps into common injuries she sees in her lacrosse athletes, and how she helps her athletes navigate a longer recovery fr…
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Did you know that Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States in men and women combined? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. On this episode of our DocTalk podcast, we’re discussing colon cancer. Dr. Priyanka Kanth, the Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program at MedStar Georgetown U…
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Send us a Text Message. We’ve got FOUR physical therapists on the podcast today to recap their experiences on the APTA CSM 2024 conference that was held a couple weeks ago in Boston. Aurora, Jessie, Miriam and Becca share with you what they loved, what they’d changed, and what they learned during their time at CSM. If you went, what was your favori…
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Send us a Text Message. Dr. Grant teaches us the differentiation between cardiology and sports cardiology. He describes the types of patients he sees from ones with a cardiac history all the way to the other end of the spectrum for sports performance purposes, and everything in between. Dr. Grant educates us on the normal differences and adaptation…
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Send us a Text Message. Lauren Davis, OT, teaches us all about the rehabilitation side when a patient is status post a Total Shoulder Replacement. We discuss the importance of prehab, building rapport with your patients and communicating effectively with the referring physician. She takes us on the journey all the way from Prehab to Returning to Wo…
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In this heart-stirring episode of MedStar Health DocTalk, we delve into the alarming trend of heart attack fatalities among the young. With heart disease steadfastly holding its ground as the leading cause of death in the U.S., our host Debra Schindler sits down with cardiologists Dr. Barbara Srichai and Dr. Estelle Jean from the MedStar Heart and …
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Send us a Text Message. Dr. Murthi teaches us all about Total Shoulder Replacements/Arthroplasties and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacements. We learn who is a candidate for each, and what goes into the planning process for these surgeries all the way down to the material used in the components and sizing. Dr. Murthi discusses managing patient expect…
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Send us a Text Message. Dr. Wiesel joins us today to discuss conservative and surgical management of patients experiencing shoulder instability. He describes the spectrum of instability from your genetically lax patient to the one off dislocations. Dr. Wiesel describes a menu of surgical options on the table for individuals who fail conservative ma…
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Electrophysiologist Dr. Richard Jones, of the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute, talks about symptoms and treatment for the full spectrum of the most common form of cardiac arrythmia: atrial fibrillation. Are you feeling a flutter in your chest, or maybe your smartwatch is signaling an irregular heartbeat? It's time to tune in to your heart's he…
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Send us a Text Message. Kelsey is a dual credentialed clinician, PT and ATC, who often treats patients and athletes with shoulder instability. We dive into how someone may present to PT with this issue, and how we evaluate these patients to create an appropriate plan of care. Kelsey takes us through the progression of treatment of someone with shou…
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Send us a Text Message. We’re joined by Director of Clinical Operations at Ekso Bionics, Michael Glover, and end user, Vicky Garrison on the podcast today to learn all about the Ekso Indego device and its ability to transform the life of someone with a SCI below T3. This device is incredibly impactful to allow indicated patients with SCI the abilit…
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Send us a Text Message. Cristen Gordon does an eloquent job verbalizing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to treating patients with neurological conditions. She tells us all her favorite parts of working with this patient population, but also the challenges she faces and tools she uses to overcome these obstacles. If you’re a PT stude…
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Today, Raj Ratwani, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at the MedStar Health Research Institute, Director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, and an associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, joins Tracy Granzyk to explore the intersection of patient safety and data in our U…
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Send us a Text Message. Maria enthusiastically teaches us about the Stress First Aid continuum and how to best utilize it to optimize our wellbeing in the workplace. She describes the green, yellow, orange, red system and ways to implement this strategy in our clinics. Maria also goes into a new way to look at burnout and how we can best advocate f…
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In our latest podcast episode, Debra sits down with Dr. Aubrey Grant, a sports and performance cardiologist at Medstar Health, who offers a deep dive into sports cardiology, the athlete's heart, and its capacity to remodel itself. Dr. Grant, a graduate of the only sports cardiology fellowship in the country, shares his unique insights into the phys…
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Board certified neurologist Dr. Tamar Harel discusses the complex autoimmune disorder, multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is triggered by the immune system attacking the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibers, known as myelin, as something foreign. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of coordination, pain, and memory and vision loss. For details…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to Season Two of our podcast!!! We’re excited to kick off this year with Mental Health Coach Angel Clark Brown to discuss how to start 2024 off well with proper goal setting and why we spoke on goal setting versus resolutions. The New Year can be a daunting time to figure out what you want to happen and how to achiev…
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Send us a Text Message. Strength and Conditioning Coach, Alex Milton, joins us for our FINAL episode of the year!!! He takes us on a journey of what it’s like to be a strength and conditioning coach for youth athletes up to the professional level. We discuss various treatment modalities and the challenges and rewards that come with working in vario…
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Send us a Text Message. Speech Therapist, Leigh Root, takes us on the journey inside the brain to describe what happens when someone sustains a concussion to better help us understand her role in managing these patients. Leigh shares some tangible treatment ideas like the “Goal, plan, do!”, brain dump, and how the energy tank comes into play when t…
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Send us a Text Message. Athletic Trainer, Katie Brodka, wears many hats within our system, one of which includes sideline coverage and helping athletes post concussion. Katie does a deep dive into the ATC’s role when someone sustains a concussion, and the importance of education to athletes, parents, coaches to best help athletes return to play saf…
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Send us a Text Message. Dr. Clark joins us today to talk all things Neuropsychology in the treatment of concussions, but first explains with a Neuropsychologist is and the journey to become one. Dr. Clark reviewed her process of evaluation and treatments for patients post concussion and provides us some tips and tricks to better help this patient p…
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Send us a Text Message. Dr. Delasobera takes us on a crash course about all things Concussion! She covers what she’s clinically looks for when someone presents with a concussion and other management techniques and processes, she uses with this patient population. Dr. Delasobera expresses the importance of the collaborative efforts between providers…
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Send us a Text Message. Physical Therapist, Artie Miguel, takes us through how a Physical Therapist is involved in the treatment of an athlete or patient post-concussion. He talks about the evaluation process from day one all the way to returning to play after sustaining a concussion and who is involved in the team to help the athlete or patient re…
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Send us a Text Message. Registered Dietitian, Nick Fischer, joins us to share his top 5 Health Holiday Eating Tips!!! Here’s a little teaser, but be sure to listen in to here him elaborate on all these helpful hints: Do not mess with Grandma’s recipes. Keep in mind that if you already have a well-balanced diet a holiday meal will not undo this. Don…
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Send us a Text Message. Are you interested in running but you’re not sure where to begin? This is your Episode! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we want to make sure you’re prepared for a successful Turkey Trot 5K with your family and friends. Chris and Becca go back and forth with LOTS of tips and tricks to get you on the road/trails and…
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According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 66,000 new cases of uterine cancer are currently diagnosed each year. Unlike most cancers in the Unites States, endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer, has been increasing in both incidence and death rates and there is no way to effectively screen for it. That’s why it’s im…
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