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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.

Brain Science was launched in 2006 as the Brain Science Podcast. The goal is to 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 150+ episodes available and in November 2018 the show passed 10 million downloads.

If you are curious about how the brain makes you who you are this is the podcast for you.  Listen in Apple Podcasts™.

 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. When my husband died unexpectedly in 2015, it became difficult to keep both shows going, but I am planning to resume regular production of Books and Ideas in December, 2018.  Subscribe in iTunes™.

In November 2018 I launched a new podcast called Graying Rainbows: Coming Out LGBT+ Later in Life. Since I came out as gay at the age of 60 (about 6 months after my husband’s death) I have found it difficult to connect with the LGBT community. The goal of this podcast is to create a community for others who are coming out later in life. We share resources and stories and are currently encouraging listeners to join us on Facebook. Listen in Apple Podcasts.