Episode 30: The Orphan Vaccine

Two hundred years ago, a few doctors, a matron, and 22 orphans set sail in a gutsy attempt to spread the new invention of vaccination across three continents in the world’s first attempt to eliminate smallpox. Learn about their epic journey, the Balmis-Salvany Expedition, as well as the medical context […]


Episode 29: Curse of the Ninth

Did the famous composer Gustav Mahler work his fatal heart murmur into his final ninth symphony? To try and answer this question, I’m joined by Dr. Kevin Nordstrom of the Great Composers Podcast. We’ll delve into Mahler’s diseases, a history of heart sounds, musical theory, his obsession with mortality, and […]


Episode 28: Smallpox Blankets

The story of smallpox blankets offered as gifts to indigenous peoples as a weapon of war is ubiquitous — but is it based in truth? And did our increased medical understanding of smallpox lead to its use as a biological weapon?  In this episode, we confront these questions and explore […]


Dispatch from Botswana: 2017 BIDMC Annual Report Video

  As part of the 2017 BIDMC Annual Report, I produced this video about my time as an attending and Clinical Fellow in Global Health at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana. If you’re curious about what I was up to in Botswana, give it a watch!