Max discusses with Professor Jonathan Metzl, MD, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, where he directs the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. The conversation covers his broad scholarship, beginning with his book "Protest Psychosis," and factors that shape the overdiagnosing of Black men with schizophrenia, medicine's attempts at medicalizing racism. Then they dovetail into his book "Dying of Whiteness" in relation to major events in 2021, including...
Published 11/29/21
Published 11/29/21
In this episode, Max is joined by George Aumoithe, Ph.D., assistant professor of global health at Stony Brooke University, in the department of Africana Studies.  They discuss his work on the effect of anti-inflationary economic policy and colorblind legal ideology on public hospitals, as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely, hospital bed shortages and lack of access to critical care in disproportionately poor Black communities. They also take a look at what the future might hold with...
Published 08/02/21
Max is joined by Amy Moran-Thomas, PhD, associate professor of anthropology at MIT. They discuss current shortcomings in the FDA's medical devices approval process, with a sharp focus on pulse-oximeters, a device rendered particularly popular during the Pandemic. Studies have long shown that they do not detect low oxygen as accurately among people with darker skin, and yet, little has changed. Read more about Dr. Moran-Thomas' in-depth exploration of how pulse oximeters encode racial bias...
Published 07/16/21
Max is joined by Adia Benton, PhD, MPH, cultural anthropologist with interests in global health, associate professor of anthropology at Northwestern University. Given her previous work on the HIV and Ebola epidemics, she shares her insights on the U.S.' management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of vaccine passports, health security and ongoing global health concerns including trade, travel, and the more recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Published 06/02/21
Max is joined by Adia Benton, PhD, MPH, cultural anthropologist with interests in global health, associate professor of anthropology at Northwestern University. Given her previous work on the HIV and Ebola epidemics, she shares her insights on the U.S.' management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of vaccine passports, health security and ongoing global health concerns including trade, travel, and the more recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Published 05/31/21
Max is joined by Yale historian of medicine Naomi Rogers, PhD. In their discussion, they compare the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Polio pandemic, with regards to racial disparities during both pandemics, access to treatment and vaccines, and discuss implications for U.S. social and health policy making for the Biden administration.
Published 05/14/21
Max is joined by Jasmine Johnson, MD, Maternal & Fetal Medicine fellow, and obstetrician gynecologist at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. They discuss her work related to preterm birth disparities the toll it has on Black families and other issues related to Black maternal health.
Published 04/28/21
In this brief episode, Max is joined by Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, associate professor and endowed Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity in the division of health policy and management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Helth. Dr. Hardeman is a reproductive health equity researcher, but on this episode, they discuss her previous work focusing on healthcare workforce diversity and health, more specifically, racial and gender disparities in medical student mental...
Published 02/17/21
Max is joined by Luke Messac, MD, PhD, an emergency medicine resident at Brown University and historian of science and medicine. They discuss his recent book, “No More to Spend: Neglect Construction of Scarcity in Malawi’s History of Healthcare.” They cover the impact of colonization and neocolonialism on healthcare policy in Malawi, and draw parallels with U.S. neoliberal policies and lessons applicable is healthcare system. Listen to Flip the Script on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud or...
Published 02/09/21
Max is joined by Chemtai Mungo, MD, MPH, an OB/GYN and global health research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. They discuss her research which is focused on intervention to make cervical cancer screenings more accessible to women in rural Kenya, as well as ways to translate lessons from healthcare delivery in low resource settings towards addressing health disparities in the U.S. Listen to Flip the Script on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcast,...
Published 01/26/21
Max is joined by Adewole Adamson, MD, MPP, a dermatologist and assistant professor at UT Austin. They discuss the controversy around UV exposure and cutaneous melanoma in people with darker skin, disparities in access to care for skin cancer, and pitfalls in dermatological education regarding skin of color at different stages in training. Dr. Adamson recently published a systematic review on UV exposure and cutaneous melanoma in skin of color in JAMA dermatology. Listen to Flip the Script on...
Published 01/11/21
Max is joined by Jamila Michener, PhD, associate professor in the department of government at Cornell University, and health policy scholar (@povertyscholar on twitter). They discuss Americans' the affordable care act and government-sponsored health insurance, what's race, ethnicity and migration got to do with it, and the future of the ACA in light of a new Democratic administration set to assume office in January 2021. Follow us at @flipscriptpod on twitter, leave us reviews and tune in on...
Published 12/15/20
Max is Joined by Karen Scott, MD, MPH, an obstetrician-gynecologist at UCSF. They discuss her work as a reproductive justice-informed perinatal epidemiologist and obstetrician, the concept of participatory quality improvement, and her ongoing study "SACRED Birth" aimed at addressing obstetric racism faced by birthing Black people.
Published 12/03/20
Max is joined by Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, an obesity medicine physician for children and adults, and researcher at Harvard Medical School. They discuss her work which focuses on racial disparities in obesity as a chronic illness, to disparities in access to treatment, stigma, and patient experiences in clinical settings. You'll also hear about how obesity relates to COVID-19 morbidity, and pitfalls in medical education regarding obesity, and metabolic syndrome. Follow Dr. Stanford...
Published 11/03/20
For breast cancer awareness month, Max is joined by Erika Stallings, an attorney, writer and BRCA awareness advocate. Erika describes her experience testing positive for the BRCA2 mutation and undergoing a prophylactic double mastectomy, her journey dealing with this experience herself, racial disparities in access to genetic testing, and her advocacy work in this sphere. You may find her work at http://erikastallings.com/. Follow the podcast at @flipscriptpod on twitter, listen on iTunes,...
Published 10/26/20
Black women have a similar disease burden of endometrial cancer compared to White women, but markedly greater mortality rates. Max is joined by Kemi Doll, MD, MCSR, a gynecologic oncologist and health services researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. They discuss her research, focused on the experiences of Black women with endometrial cancer (also known as uterine cancer). They also discuss shortcomings of the current gynecologic care system, which fails many Black women at...
Published 09/08/20
Max is joined by Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. She shares her perspective as a researcher focused on the experience of people with reproductive potential, the importance of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations to solve problems and arrive to policy solutions, particularly relevant amid the Black maternal health crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the podcast on iTunes,...
Published 08/28/20
Max is joined by Utibe Essien, MD, MPH, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in general internal medicine. They discuss why he chose to pursue a research career and what helped him, as well as the need for more minority medical trainees to consider, and succeed in academic medicine. Subscribe and listen to Flip the Script on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Published 08/07/20
Today on Flip the Script, Max is Joined by Uche Blackstock, MD, physician and CEO of Advancing Health Equity. They discuss her experience as a Black physician in academic medicine, her health equity efforts since leaving academia, and her perspective as both a frontline healthcare worker during COVID-19 and a health justice advocate. Listen and subscribe to the Pod on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts.
Published 07/23/20
Max is joined by Brian Williams, MD, a trauma surgeon at the University of Chicago, and host of the podcast Race Violence & Medicine. They discuss police violence, the killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in July 2016, and the subsequent mass shooting against law enforcement in Dallas, where he was the on-call trauma surgeon. What his experience was like processing those events, fast forward to today, as the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining more traction, along with the...
Published 07/08/20
Max is joined by Amaka Eneanya, MD, MPH, nephrologist at the university of pennsylvania. They discuss the landscape of racial disparities in kidney health across the lifespan. What role does race correction play in kidney function calculations? Who gets what kind of dialysis? What does the end of life look like for people with end stage renal disease? Follow us on twitter at @FlipScriptPod and Subscribe to Flip the Script on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcast
Published 06/29/20
Max is joined by Myles Moody, PhD, incoming assistant professor in medical sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They discuss his work on second-hand or vicarious racism and its impact on Black people's mental health, especially in the context of constant exposure to viral videos of anti-Black violence, news coverage and even frequent experiences of revisiting traumas within work or educational settings.
Published 06/26/20
Max is joined by Whitney Pirtle, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California Merced. They discuss her recent writing on racial capitalism in the context of COVID-19, the corporate response to Anti Black racism, and her thoughts on the future of pre-health education.
Published 06/19/20
Max is joined today by Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, pediatrician, child and community health advocate from California. They discuss her review of the book "Dying of Whiteness" by Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, and implications related to the recent response to COVID-19, racial disparities related to COVID-19 and her thoughts on what to expect should there be a vaccine in the near future.
Published 06/19/20