Game Changers in Medicine is a groundbreaking medical history podcast about the serendipitous events, chance encounters, and unlikely heroes and heroines behind some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries.
Through oral histories, memoirs, and other first-person accounts, we get to know the scientists whose curiosity, innovation, and dogged determination contributed to game-changing medical discoveries that almost didn’t happen—and which continue to define patient care today.
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Rubin Pillay boasts a thirty year career of impressive successes in healthcare as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur. A leading medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation, he is currently the Assistant Dean at the School of Medicine, and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has substantial international teaching and consulting experience and a global reputation as a healthcare innovation and innovation management specialist. He is widely published in the field of Strategic Health Leadership, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health, and author of Healthcare 3.0: How Technology Is Driving the Transition to Prosumers, Platforms and Outsurance
RUBIN PILLAY, MD, PH.D
Sharon Johnson, Game Changers in Medicine writer, joined the Dramatic Health team in March to develop Game Changers in Medicine. As a writer specializing in corporate thought pieces, feature articles, non-fiction books, and first-person essays, Sharon gets genuine pleasure from translating complex business and medical concepts into enjoyable reading for lay audiences. Her work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the McKinsey Quarterly, the Economist, Boston Globe Magazine, Wellesley Magazine, and VT Life. As a ghost writer, she assisted Dr. William Moloney in writing his groundbreaking book, which led her to his grandson, Sean Moloney, who co-founded Dramatic Health and created Game Changers in Medicine.
Sean Moloney, co-founder of Dramatic Health and creator of Game Changers in Medicine has a distinguished career telling other people’s stories, from doctors and patients to researchers, first responders, and his own story about recovering from cancer. His journey began after graduating from University of Massachusetts; with a diploma in hand, he and a friend founded The Valley Optimist, which became a leading Western Massachusetts culture biweekly. He then started a marketing company working alongside regional and national clients, before joining national pharmaceutical companies in their e-marketing development. Influenced by his grandfather, a leading Boston doctor, Sean created this new podcast series to honor the heroes and heroines in medicine who changed our lives for the better.
Rolando Nieves is the show-runner and editor of Game Changers in Medicine. He’s the post-production supervisor and head of multicultural productions at Dramatic Health, Inc. Rolando is an experienced documentary filmmakers whose films have been screened internationally at prestigious film festivals such as DOC NYC, Florida Film Festival, and the Sydney Underground Film Festival. He’s also the co-host of the podcast Remakes, Reboots & Revivals, which ranks in the top 50 of its category (Film History) each week. His proudest accomplishment is graduating at the top of his class with a MFA from New Jersey City University.
MARK G. AUERBACH
Mark G. Auerbach joined Game Changers in Medicine as the podcast’s publicist. After arts management positions in Washington, DC, Houston, and New England, he combined two careers, one as principal of Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations, which has handled campaigns for New England Public Radio, The Capitol Steps, The Rouse Company’s Art in the Marketplace, NPR’s “Says You”, and various artists and authors. In his other career, he’s a journalist specializing in media and the performing arts in print, radio, and television. He learned his craft at Northfield Mount Hermon, American University, and the Yale School of Drama.
Lauren Wiegand, producer of Game Changers in Medicine, joined the Dramatic Health team as Director of Health Video Strategy and Operations nine years ago. She is proudest of her innovative video series co-produced with top healthcare marketing partners and brands. Her road to Dramatic Health began after graduation from Boston University, where she was co-host of a local radio show. In between Boston and New York, she made a side trip to Los Angeles to work on Conan.
Tom Sliwakowski, Game Changers in Medicine producer, first joined Dramatic Health in 2009 as a “man on the streets” documentary filmmaker, where he produced hundreds of patient health stories that continue to educate and inspire to this day. His favorite times at Dramatic Health have been spent inside the operating rooms and laboratories of some of the most prestigious hospitals capturing surgical procedures and medical experiments. He’s most proud of his work on Dramatic Health's inspirational series on Metastatic Breast Cancer, where he met some amazing women and helped to preserve and share their powerful and courageous stories.
Dr. H. Franklin Bunn is a physician, hematologist, and biochemist at Harvard Medical School. He has many discoveries to his name, including the co-discovery of hemoglobin A1c. The hemoglobin A1C blood test measures blood sugar levels and is a common test used to diagnose diabetes. Dr. Bunn has received numerous awards, including the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology in 2009.
DR. H. FRANKLIN BUNN
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. David Rosenthal is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He served as medical director and then as president of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His many awards include the Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award for Mission in 2000.
DR. DAVID ROSENTHAL
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Paula Traktman, is a noted virologist and dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Hirschmann Endowed Professor, Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to her leadership role at MUSC, Dr. Traktman heads a research lab that is investigating vaccinia, a close relative of the smallpox virus. She has served on editorial boards of virology journals and on National Institutes of Health grant review panels. She also served as president of the American Society of Virology.
DR. PAULA TRAKTMAN
OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Dr. Paul Goepfert is board-certified in Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty in 1997. Dr. Goepfert has published numerous papers detailing HIV-specific CD8 and CD4 T cell immune responses in HIV-infected patients. His laboratory was one of the first to demonstrate the relative functional deficiencies of HIV-specific CD8 T cells and the importance of targeting the Gag protein. Recently he demonstrated that peptides, derived from antisense transcripts, are able to induce responses to HIV.
DR. PAUL GOEPFERT
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Dr. Ramya M. Rajagopalan is an assistant research scientist at the Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of California at San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed postdoctoral fellowships in sociology and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work uses ethnographic and archival methods to examine the social impacts of genome technologies and big data in biomedicine.
DR. RAMYA RAJAGOPALAN
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Dr. Michael S. Saag is a physician and prominent HIV/AIDS researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He holds the Jim Straley Chair in AIDS Research, is Director of the Division of Infectious Disease and of the William C. Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, and Director of the Center for AIDS Research. He is also the founder of the 1917 Clinic, a comprehensive AIDS treatment and research center at UAB. Dr. Saag was elected chairman of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2019, he began serving on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
DR. MICHAEL SAAG
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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