I am an experienced emergency physician with a long-standing interest in mind-body medicine, the brain, and consciousness. I am also interested in a wide variety of other topics including the history of science and ideas. I began podcasting in 2006 and I have discovered that it is a great way to share ideas with people from around the world.

In July 2014 I left emergency medicine to begin a Fellowship in Palliative Care at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB). I completed the fellowship in June 2015 and I now work at the VA Hospital in Birmingham, AL, where I split my time between Palliative Medicine and the Emergency Department. I produced my Brain Science Podcast through out the fellowship, but Books and Ideas has been less regular.

 On the Brain Science Podcast we explore how recent scientific discoveries are unraveling age-old mysteries, such as intelligence, emotions, personality, and memory. We also look at why the brain is much more complex than any computer yet devised. Since the podcast launched, I have had the opportunity to interview quite a few leading scientists and writers and the show has been ranked #1 on iTunes™. There are now 70+ episodes available and the Brain Science Podcast has enjoyed over 2 million downloads.

If you are curious about how the brain makes you who you are this is the podcast for you.  Subscribe in iTunes™.

 I started Books and Ideas in 2006 so I would have a place to share my thoughts about everything from science to philosophy. I have done every thing from Harry Potter to an interview with Nobel Prize winning physicist, Frank Wilczek. The show has evolved to have a focus on promoting science over pseudoscience, but it an outlet for my diverse interests.  Subscribe in iTunes™.

In 2008 I launched a group blog called SCIENCEPODCASTERS.ORG to encourage science podcasters to work together to increase awareness of our efforts. It is especially hard for independent podcasts to get noticed on iTunes™, but our site was open to podcasts of all sizes. Unfortunately I didn't really have the time to devote to this effort so I closed down it down in 2010.  I now encourage science podcasters to submit their content to Science 360 Radio, which is supported by the National Science Foundation.

I also have a passion for travel, sports, and dogs. I have two Goldern Retrievers named Greta and Rusty, plus a rescued German Shepherd named Jake.

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