12 Best Medical & Healthcare Podcasts to Know During Turbulent Times

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Do you know what’s more fun than going to a doctor? No, the answer isn’t “Just about anything else,” but rather, listening to the best medical podcasts. Not only are they engaging and educational, but they may help to ease your mind about going to the doctor’s office. And with our top 12 medical podcasts, you’re sure to uncover lots of interesting episodes about surgery, medical devices, the business side of healthcare, and so much more.

#1 The Patient Will See You Now

The patient will see you now

Humans aren’t perfect, and as we age, our bodies may become more susceptible to various illnesses and diseases. While this may seem scary, The Patient Will See You Now aims to put your mind at ease about topics like depression, breast cancer, diabetes, and endometriosis. 

The Host: Robert Bednarz is a junior doctor who speaks in a friendly and authoritative tone of voice. He currently lives in Scotland and loves to help people become more aware of health and medicine.

The Guests: There are no guests on this podcast.

Why You Have to Listen: If you’re worried about stuff like HIV, retinal detachment, and celiac disease, fear not, for Dr. Bednarz is here to educate and inform you about these kinds of medical obstacles. Each episode is slightly over an hour-long, and you’ll walk away feeling more confident about your health and overall well-being.

Listen to The Patient Will See You Now

Must-Listen Episodes:

#11 – Living With: Retinal Detachment

#05 – Living With: Tumid Lupus Erythematosus

#2 Living With: Chron’s Disease

Rating: Teen+

#2 Outcomes Rocket

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The business side of healthcare is a mystery to those who don’t actually work in the field, but with the Outcomes Rocket podcast, listeners can get a glimpse of how the healthcare system is improving for our future. And don’t worry, you won’t need a medical license to understand episodes about stem cells or voice technologies.

The Host: Saul Marquez is the senior regional business manager of Medtronic, and has written articles about out-of-network healthcare, virtual reality for medical purposes, and holistic care.

The Guests: Past guests have included Jason Rose (the CEO of AdhereHealth), John Talaga (GM at Flywire), and Liz Diedrich (CEO of Diedrich RPM).

Why You Have to Listen: While there are quite a few episodes that cover the COVID-19 outbreak, you’ll find some interesting data on the healthcare supply chain, AI and machine learning, and medical cybersecurity. Most episodes also feature a doctor, director, or a CEO of a large healthcare company.

Listen to Outcomes Rocket

Must-Listen Episodes:

Reducing Misdiagnosis in Radiology and Beyond

AI and Machine Learning: Robotic Surgery – Is It the Future of Population Health?

Helping Underserved Patients Get the Quality Specialty Care They Need

Rating: Teen+

#3 Bedside Rounds

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You might have heard of storytelling podcasts, but how often do you hear of one that talks about the history of medicine? Probably next to nada, right? Well, don’t worry, because Adam Rodman from Bedside Rounds is here to talk about what healthcare was like a long, long time ago.

The Host: Adam Rodman received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, and also studied history and economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

The Guests: Most of the episodes don’t feature a guest, although one of the more recent ones was Dr. Shoshana Herzig.

Why You Have to Listen: So what’s the deal with the white plague of the 19th century? And where exactly did the disease pellagra come from? All will be answered in Bedside Rounds, as Adam uses his storytelling skills to talk about Sherlock Holmes, malariotherapy, and how physical exams were conducted way back when.

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Must-Listen Episodes:

Episode 48: Micrographia

Episode 45: The French Disease at 500

Episode 41: Animal Magnetism 

Rating: Teen+

#4 The Doctor Paradox

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The Doctor Paradox revolves around, you guessed it, doctors! But more specifically, Dr. Paddy Barrett explores the challenges that medical professionals face on a daily basis. Some of them face sadness or depression in their career while others are way too sleep-deprived. Whatever they’re going through, this podcast aims to bring patients and doctors closer together through awareness.

The Host: Dr. Barrett has been featured in numerous publications, and has won 8 prestigious awards, including the McArdle Prize in Surgery and the 40 Under 40 Irish Echo New York award. He specializes in cardiology and has studied in both New York and California.

The Guests: Most of the episodes feature a professor or a doctor, and some of the more recent ones are Dr. Peter Acker, Dr. Robin Youngson, and Dr. Anthony Montgomery. 

Why You Have to Listen: Why are doctors so burnt out? And should the healthcare system fear the future of algorithms? Well in The Doctor Paradox, Dr. Barrett sits down with many different medical professionals to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the inner life of a doctor.

Listen to The Doctor Paradox

Must-Listen Episodes:

When a Helicopter is Your Emergency Room

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Being a Writer & a Doctor

Rating: Teen+

#5 Everyday Emergency

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If you love documentaries, then you’ll love the haunting and eye-opening experience that Everyday Emergency provides. Many of the episodes are told from the perspective of an aid worker as they take you on a journey through places like Yemen, South Sudan, and Dumfries.

The Host: Nick Owen refers to himself as a “medical guinea pig” and currently works as a digital communications manager in London. He’s also worked as a copywriter and a freelance journalist in the United Kingdom.

The Guests: Many of the episodes feature true accounts by the likes of Natalie, Ghassan, Bernard, Thierry, and Agnes, but other doctors and communication officers chime in on this podcast.

Why You Have to Listen: Unlike a long documentary, Everyday Emergency is quite short, as in, under 30 minutes in length. Though some of the episodes on war, healthcare, and violence are tough to stomach, they are necessary for the growth of humanity.

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Must-Listen Episodes:

S1 E5: “One Day, 52 Senseless Deaths”

S2 E8: The Hidden Costs of War 

Yemen: “A Devastating, Unjust Violence”

Rating: Teen+

#6 2 Docs Talk

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Medicine and healthcare have come a long way, but there are still new types of vaccines and technologies that are being developed every day. And in 2 Docs Talk, each episode gives an overview of the past, present, and future of various illnesses and their treatment counterparts.

The Hosts: This podcast is hosted by Kendall Britt, MD, and Amy Rogers, MD. While they both have a dog named Goose, Rogers has chosen the path of a medical writer, while Britt is a hospitalist.

The Guests: There are no guests on this podcast.

Why You Have to Listen: From colon cancer screenings to treating opioid addictions, 2 Docs Talk puts a fun and educational spin on various healthcare topics. Each episode is also pretty short, and the longest one seems to be around 19 minutes. 

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Must-Listen Episodes:

Episode 48: Medical Errors – Are Hospitals Really Killing Us?

Episode 47: Which Statistics Should You Trust?

Episode 33: Hepatitis C – The Solution is Here

Rating: Teen+

#7 Doctors Unbound

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The life of a doctor isn’t easy, but with the help of Doctors Unbound, medical professionals and patients alike can learn a thing or two about investing in real estate, dealing with burnout, and marketing a medical product idea. It’s kind of like a jack-of-all-trades podcast that touches on almost every aspect of being a physician.

The Host: David is an anesthesiologist who studied at USC in Southern California. He’s also worked with the Navy and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

The Guests: Past guests have included Dr. Andrew Tisser and Dr. Dominique Jean, among others.

Why You Have to Listen: Although many of the episodes are written to help doctors, Doctors Unbound is also great for those who are interested in what medical professionals do outside of the office. Think of it as a behind-the-scenes look at how they use their intellect and creativity to start side hustles and build brands for themselves.

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Must-Listen Episodes:

TheChefDoc on the Importance of Lifestyle and Culinary Medicine

How to Find Extra Streams of Income as a Physician

Living a Healthy Lifestyle as a Busy Physician

Rating: Teen+

#8 What2Know

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What2Know prides itself on being a “marketing and communications podcast” that explores topics like personalized healthcare experiences, artificial intelligence, and holistic approaches. Though some of their recent episodes have touched on the COVID-19 outbreak, the majority of them focus on the marketing and business side of the healthcare system.

The Host: Aaron Strout is the chief marketing officer for W2O, and his background includes online marketing and social media. He also writes for Marketingland.com and currently lives in Lafayette, California. 

The Guests: There have been many guests on this podcast, and a few of them have been Nikole Hannah Jones (from The New York Times Magazine), Ken Getz (from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development), and Rob Butcher (from Swim Across America).

Why You Have to Listen: Aside from notable guests, this podcast offers insightful information on topics like immunotherapy research, preventing terrorism, and some common myths surrounding science. Each episode is also under 30 minutes in length.

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Must-Listen Episodes:

Lowering Drug Costs to Create Better Healthcare Outcomes

Harnessing AI to Better Healthcare 

Leading with the Digital Experience in Healthcare

Rating: Teen+

#9 HealthSounds

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Hosted by Melanie Matthews, HealthSounds is a podcast by the Healthcare Intelligence Network that provides insight into underrated topics like population health management, accountable care models, and drug therapy management.

The Host: Melanie speaks with a serious and straightforward tone of voice, but she’s very educated on the inner workings of healthcare organizations. 

The Guests: Past guests have included project directors, health directors, and experts on population health.

Why You Have to Listen: For those who love super short podcasts, this one’s for you. Each episode is less than 5 minutes in length and covers some of the more complex topics in the healthcare world (like care transition management).

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Must-Listen Episodes:

Social Determinants of Health: Scenarios to Encourage the Sharing of Sensitive Information

For Success in Accountable Care Models, Educate Providers on the Ground

4 Foundational Behaviors Forge Framework for UnityPoint Health Patient Experience Improvement Plan

Rating: Teen+

#10 Behind The Knife

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Quick: how many surgery-based podcasts can you name off the top of your head? We’re going to guess that number is a big fat 0. Well, let’s turn that 0 into a 1 with Behind the Knife, which covers topics like spinal cord injuries, transfusion medicine, and neck trauma.

The Host: Patrick Georgoff, MD, studied surgery at the University of Michigan and specializes in both general and trauma surgery.

The Guests: Some of the more notable guests were Teddy Puzio, MD, Jason Brill, MD, and Dr. Matthew Martin.

Why You Have to Listen: Don’t worry, there’s nothing scary about surgery in this podcast because Patrick calmly walks you through the process of various surgical methods. It’s interesting, insightful, and will leave you feeling more relaxed about your overall health.

Listen to Behind The Knife

Must-Listen Episodes:

#173: Dr. Thomas White on Rib Fixation

#17: The Mattox Maneuver and Much More with Dr. Kenneth Mattox

#28: Lessons From The Modern Battlefield with Dr. Matthew Martin

Rating: Teen+

#11 Pediheart 

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There aren’t too many podcasts that specifically cover pediatric cardiology, but luckily, Dr. Pass is here to educate us on this topic. Pediheart covers all sorts of stuff, like cardiomyopathy, repairing scoliosis, and echocardiography with esteemed medical doctors and authors.

The Host: Robert H. Pass, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist who taught pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He’s also a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, among several others.

The Guests: Past guests have included Dr. Przybylski, Dr. Joseph Mahgerefteh, and Mark Rodefeld.

Why You Have to Listen: Not only is this a unique podcast to dive into, it’s also easy to follow and listen to. Each episode averages around 30 minutes in length, which is perfect for those who like short n’ sweet medical podcasts.

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Must-Listen Episodes:

The Genetics of LV Non-Compaction

Impact of Sleep Apnea and Obesity On Blood Pressure In The Young

Early Results of the Heartmate 3 VAD in the Young

Rating: Teen+

#12 Sawbones

sawbones

If you’re unafraid of weird or gross medical stuff, then Sawbones is the perfect cup of tea for you. Hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy, this podcast takes a dive into the mysterious territories of cabin fever, bidets, heliotherapy, and elderberries.

The Hosts: The McElroy couple is hilarious and engaging as they discuss garlic, vaping, and essential oils. They also give each other some sass once in a while, so you can definitely tell they’re married.

The Guests: There are no guests on this podcast.

Why You Have to Listen: Sawbones covers things that you won’t find in other podcasts, like auto-brewery syndrome and taint tanning. The hosts are also fun to listen to, so think of this as an energetic and upbeat medical podcast.

Listen to Sawbones

Must-Listen Episodes:

Laudable Pus

The Most Dangerous Parade

Revenge of the Weird Medical Questions

Rating: Teen+

COVID-19 and pandemic podcasts are all the rage right now, but if you’re looking for a little break into other aspects of the healthcare world, then our top 12 medical podcasts are sure to keep you educated and informed about the future of modern medicine.

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