Welcome to this episode of Physician’s Weekly Podcast. My name is Dr Rachel Giles, from Medicom Medical Publishers, in collaboration with Physician’s Weekly. This week’s episode has 2 in-depth interviews with top-line specialists that we are pretty certain you will enjoy.
Later in this episode, Physician’s Weekly speaks with Dr. Stephen Thomas, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity and from the Health Advocates in Reach and Research (HAIR) program about Building Trust, Styling Hair, Saving Lives. University of Maryland researchers and HAIR health advocates are part of a large and growing network of scientists, academics, barbers and other community advocates working to improve the health of vulnerable communities through the unique environments of Black barbershops and salons. Dr Thomas is an amazing storyteller and was so fascinating, that we gave him twice the amount of time we usually plan for our guests. I can almost guarantee this will be the best story you have heard today.
But first, Physician’s Weekly’s Senior Editor Martta Kelly interviews Dr Randall M Clark. Dr. Clark is professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado and a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also the current president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the nation’s largest organization of physician anesthesiologists. He talk about how a new (February 22, 2022) joint statement issued by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) points to data that all elective surgical procedures should be delayed at least 7 weeks after COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated patients. What is the appropriate length of time between recovery from COVID-19 and surgery/procedure with respect to minimizing postoperative complications?