Dr. Zubin Damania—aka ZDoggMD—is a hospitalist, off-white rapper, and founder of Turntable Health (http://turntablehealth.com
), an innovative primary care startup that’s part of an ambitious Las Vegas urban revitalization movement spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. ZDoggMD’s music videos educate patients and providers, while mercilessly satirizing a dysfunctional healthcare system. A self-proclaimed "man of mild to moderate mystery," he's an internationally acclaimed speaker on the subject of medical culture and healthcare innovation. For more information, visit his website, ZDoggMD.com
where you can watch video clips and link to his humorous Twitter feed. As he says, he's "slightly funnier than placebo!"
Here's one of ZDogg's riffs on being a doctor:
As docs, we often take “Physician, heal thyself” way too literally. It’s not that we’re cocky. . . it’s just that we know no other doctor is quite as awesome as we are. My own physician parents insisted on exclusively treating themselves and their children. Mononucleosis? “Here’s a Z-pack.” Fractured wrist? “Here’s a Z-pack.” I quickly learned never to complain of back pain, because Dad might break out the anal wink reflex testing...followed by a Z-pack. By the end, I had Child Protective Services on speed-dial.
Lesson learned. With my own family, I resolved to always seek outside care. And I’m pretty sure an Up To Date search constitutes “outside care.” Now I’m not bragging, but when I have self-treated, outcomes have been phenomenal. My wife once complained of some abdominal bloating, so I naturally did a quick bedside ultrasound and diagnosed a degenerating leiomyoma. Over the next eight months, that fibroid grew to an astonishing 7 pounds 4 ounces — we named her Nina.