Podcast

surgery podcast

Scrubs, Scalpels and Stories features candid discussions with surgeon scientists about things they care about, choices they have made, why it all matters to you.

Host David Korostyshevsky interviews surgeons, researchers and other medical professionals to explore how they are working to make people's lives better.

Black bears could help us get to Mars

Dec 20, 2018

Believe it or not, the black bear may hold the key to important medical breakthroughs, from protecting vulnerable transplant tissues, to improving ICU care, and even getting humans to Mars.

Dr. Paul Iaizzo is a physiologist in the Department of Surgery and Director of the Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota.

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Expectations for female surgeons

Oct 25, 2018

The #MeToo Movement continues to highlight persistent gender inequality across America. Women in the workplace often face higher expectations and are paid less than men.

How is this problem expressed in the medical profession? And, what can we do about it?

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Hope for 12-year-old diabetic with allergy to insulin

Oct 25, 2018

What would you do if the medication that kept your daughter alive also caused her unbearable pain?

12-year-old Emmy Reeves from Columbia, South Carolina had Type One diabetes, a condition shared by over 1 million Americans.  It is usually treatable with insulin medication. But Emmy had an extremely rare problem: ...

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Life as a doctor in the middle of nowhere

Oct 10, 2018

There is a major problem in the United States with rural access to healthcare - especially surgical procedures. Making matters worse, 60% of rural surgeons are expected to retire in the next decade. Anticipating this problem, the University of Minnesota is one of only ten states that supports a specialized residency...

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The bacteria that's good for you

Oct 10, 2018

There are hundreds of species of bacteria that live within your body right now, helping you digest your food and protect against infection by bacteria that cause disease. These bacteria and what they do is a growing area of scientific research about the body's microbiotic community.

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Why more physicians are committing suicide

Oct 10, 2018

400 physicians commit suicide in the United States every year. Why are more and more people in the medical field experiencing burnout... and even contemplating suicide? More importantly, what can be done about it? These are questions Dr. David Rothenberger has been trying to answer.

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