January 21, 2019

Understanding science

#37 – Zubin Damania, M.D.: Revolutionizing healthcare one hilariously inspiring video at a time

"The idea that you can optimize a particular regiment to the goals of that unique patient is the foundation of what we call Health 3.0." —Zubin Damania

Read Time 37 minutes

In this episode, Zubin Damania, a.k.a. Zdogg MD, a Stanford trained physician and founder of Turntable Health, discusses his evolution from disillusioned doctor suffering burnout to leading the charge for a radical shift in how we practice medicine. We also go down the rabbit hole on all sorts of juicy topics from meditation to nutrition to the nature of consciousness itself.


We discuss:

  • Med school antics [7:00];
  • Hierarchies in healthcare, physician burnout, and a broken system [20:15];
  • Why Zubin left medicine, and what lead to the ZdoggMD persona [31:30];
  • Peter’s tough decision to leave medicine [44:00];
  • Benefits and challenges of meditation [54:15];
  • Zdogg’s theory of consciousness [1:11:30];
  • Nutrition: Peter’s current strategy with patients [1:31:00];
  • The anti-vaccine dispute [1:38:15]
  • The common thread of all “diets”, the obesity epidemic, and Peter’s dream experiment [1:44:30];
  • Do we have free will? And how do we make better decisions and learn from our mistakes? [1:55:15];
  • Peter’s current obsessions: fasting and rapamycin, measuring autophagy, and becoming a kickass 100-year-old [2:03:15];
  • Reforming the healthcare payment model [2:14:45];
  • How to find doctors like Peter and Zubin in your area [2:28:15];
  • Zdogg’s amazing videos [2:31:15]; and
  • More.

Video: Peter and Zubin both recorded this interview. Here is Zubin’s video of the interview:




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Zubin Damania, M.D.

Zubin Damania, aka Zdogg MD, is a UCSF/Stanford trained internal medicine physician and founder of Turntable Health, an innovative primary care clinic and model for Health 3.0 that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement in Las Vegas spearheaded by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. During a decade-long career as a hospitalist at Stanford, Zubin led a shadow life performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide as a way to address his own burnout. His videos and live shows have since gone epidemically viral with nearly a half a billion views on Facebook and YouTube, educating patients and providers while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system. The goal of his movement is to rapidly catalyze transformation by leveraging the awesome power of passionate and engaged healthcare professionals. [zdoggmd.com]

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Twitter: @zdoggmd

Instagram: @zdoggmd

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