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OFID Podcasts

Open Forum Infectious Diseases provides free podcast interviews with experts in the field, keeping you up to date with the latest research on your computer or on the go.

Podcast 13: An interview with Dr. Brad Spellberg 

In this thirteenth installment of the OFID podcast, Editor Paul Sax, MD, and Brad Spellberg, MD, discuss messaging and managing antibiotic stewardship. They delve into why it continues to be such a hot topic and how to convince hospital executives that the work is worthwhile, also well some of Dr. Spellberg’s all-time favorite misguided statements that people make on the subject.

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Podcast 12: An interview with Dr. James Cherry  

In this twelfth installment of the OFID podcast, Editor Paul Sax, MD, discusses pertussis epidemiology and prevention with James Cherry, MD. Dr. Cherry breaks down the evolution of pertussis vaccines over time, how to protect and prevent infection in those most at risk, and whether infections are truly on the rise.

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Podcast 11: An interview with Dr. Sherwood Gorbach

In the eleventh installment of the OFID podcast, Editor Paul Sax, MD, explores the ins-and-outs of manning the helm of one of the leading journals in ID – Clinical Infectious Diseases – with Sherwood Gorbach, MD. He will have held the Editor-in-Chief position for 17 years when he retires in December. Dr. Gorbach divulges the biggest challenges of the job, what it was like before electronic publishing, and how the journal has dealt with sticky subjects, such as conflicts of interest and retractions.

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Podcast 10: An interview with Drs. Wendy Armstrong and Michael Edmond

In the tenth installment of the OFID podcast, Editor Paul Sax, MD, interviews Wendy Armstrong, MD, and Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, to debate the root cause of the unsettling decline in infectious disease fellowship applicants. The trio explores how the lack of salary parity, less exposure to infectious diseases doctors during residency, and increasing educational debt burden are contributing to the problem.

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Podcast 9: An interview with Dr. Duane Gubler

In the ninth installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, explores the current Zika virus outbreak with Duane Gubler, ScD, MS, who specializes in vector-borne infectious diseases. Dr. Gubler walks through the epidemiology of Zika and postulates both how Zika made its way to Brazil from the South Pacific and how this disease could impact the United States.

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Podcast 8: An interview with Drs. Aaron Kesselheim and Joel Gallant

In the eighth installment of the OFID podcast, Editor Paul Sax, MD, delves into the headline-making pyrimethamine (Daraprim) saga where Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of the recently-acquired toxoplasmosis drug from $13 to $750 a pill. Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, and Joel Gallant, MD, MPH, join the discussion to shed light on what is unique about the generic drug market in the U.S. that makes these dramatic price increases possible and if there will be any resolution.

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Podcast 7: An interview with Dr. Angela Caliendo

In this seventh installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, interviews Angela Caliendo, MD, PhD, about the latest advances in the microbiology laboratory and where the future will lead as clinicians demand faster and more accurate pathogen diagnostics. The pair explores the implementation of MALDI-TOF mass spectometry in the U.S., the time it saves in the laboratory, and how it can help prevent the overuse of antibiotics.

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Podcast 6: An interview with Dr. Martin Blaser

In this sixth installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, speaks with Martin Blaser, MD, about the overuse of antibiotics in the United States and the consequential impact on the normal flora within the human body, known as the microbiota.

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Podcast 5: An interview with Seth Mnookin

In this fifth installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, engages with award-winning author and journalist Seth Mnookin about his critically-acclaimed “medical detective story,” The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy . Mnookin fields questions on lessons learned in the recent measles outbreak, how to bridge the disconnect between scientific research and public knowledge, and what fueled the misinformation fire in the vaccine-autism conundrum.

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Podcast 4: An interview with Dr. Paul Farmer

In this fourth installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, discusses the Ebola pandemic with Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD – an infectious diseases specialist who has spent most of his career focused on medical care of the underserved around the world. Partners in Health (PIH), an organization co-founded by Dr. Farmer, has been one of the first-responders to this latest Ebola outbreak.

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Podcast 3: An interview with Dr. Deborah Cotton

In this third installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, speaks with colleague Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, about the recent OFID article “A Glimpse of the Early Years of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic: A Fellow's Experience in 2014.” Drs. Sax and Cotton compare their experiences in Boston (at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston University Hospital, respectively) with those of the authors at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital, which still cares for a large number of patients with untreated HIV.

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Podcast 2: An interview with Dr. John Bartlett 

In the second Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, discusses the early days of HIV/AIDS with John Bartlett, MD – an HIV specialist and a leading infectious diseases (ID) physician. As an early responder to the epidemic in Baltimore, Dr. Bartlett reflects on the stigma and fear that rang through the medical community and society at large, and the heroes who emerged. Dr. Bartlett is a Stanhope Bayne Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University and served as chief of ID at the school for 26 years, stepping down in June of 2006.

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Podcast 1: An Interview with Dr. Samuel L. Katz 

In the first Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, interviews Samuel L. Katz, MD, a pediatrician and virologist who played an integral part in the development of the measles vaccine. Dr. Katz discusses the history of measles and gives his views on how to stop current outbreaks. He is currently the Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pediatrics at Duke University.

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