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Bryan Vartabedian
Works at Baylor College of Medicine
Attended Baylor College of Medicine
Lives in The Woodlands, TX
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I’m good at connecting faces to stories. When I see a mother’s face and she begins to talk, I can begin to tell her child’s story. I have the capacity to remember the most unusual details in the right context.
How the loss of the chart on the door changed one doctor's process. For the better.
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There’s no better palate for intentional, clinical thinking than the quiet, constrained 6-inch space between you and an exam room door.

http://33charts.com/2016/08/exam-room-door.html
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People are messy. Sick people are messier. And there is no button.
Everyone's looking for the Uber of healthcare. The ideal is a button that makes everything right. Most aspiring health care Ubers amount to a convenience for the worried well positioned as brilliant disruption.
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Over the past few months I’ve been writing on Ulysses, a plain-text writing platform built for Apple that delivers a minimalistic writing experience with bunch of powerful backend features. It started as a personal experiment but has evolved as a serious shift in how I write.
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I’ve been watching doctors on public networks for about 10 years. Here are some of the mistakes I’ve seen. More importantly, they’re some I’ve made myself:
A growing list of the mistakes doctors make in the online space. Online presence is evolving as a new area of professional responsibility.
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We might move toward understanding experience as it happens closer to real-time and in ways that we know matter to our specific patient populations. We might incentivize quality initiatives that disrupt the traditional encounter in creative ways...
A brief list of creative ways to use patient experience data.
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Our digital and IRL existences are merging. Or, more importantly, social dialog is now just part of our fabric.
A brief description of how the Twitter backchannel is slowly becoming the front channel.
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Diagnostic testing is doing more of what I used to do with my eyes and ears. So the question I need to ask myself is, what can I do that the next test can’t?
Select thoughts on diagnostic testing.
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You can add the secret ingredient - empathy and caring...that's the key for conversations in shared decision-making...
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When value exceeds the barrier to entry and perceived risk, doctors stand a chance of looking out. Until then it’s business as usual.
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It used to be that ideas weren’t released until they were done. Traditional publishing was about the finished product. Publication was a hard stop.

http://33charts.com/2016/08/publishing-before-idea-is-done.html
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When I build ideas and concepts in public the right people find me. And when the right people find me things happen. That’s the real benefit of public thinking.
Sometimes the best writing happens when no one is watching.
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Should doctors share their political views on social media?

http://33charts.com/2016/08/doctors-share-political-views.html
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Occupation
Public physician, pediatric gastroenterologist
Skills
Communicating big ideas in small spaces
Employment
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    pediatrician, 2004 - present
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Currently
The Woodlands, TX
Previously
Westwood, MA
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Public physician
Introduction

I teach at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where I cultivate programs in digital literacy.  I like to think of myself as preparing the next generation of physician for a very different future.  I’m most passionate about how doctors engage and communicate in public spaces.  Since 2005 I've been an active witness to the social health revolution and its impact on doctors and patients.  

Most of my public thinking is centered at 33 charts.  It’s where I explore the weird edges of medicine/technology and narrate the experience of the post-analog physician.  33 charts is my test kitchen for thinking.  33 charts was recently selected to be archived for future generations in the National Library of Medicine.  

Communication is at my core.  Before the Internet I cut my teeth on pulp doing freelance work for magazines such as Parenting and American Baby.  I am the author of Colic Solved - The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-to-Soothe Baby (Ballantine/Random House, 2007) and First Foods (St. Martin's Press, 2001). I've done a bunch of other cool stuff that I've forgotten at this point.

When I'm not writing or thinking, I read obsessively.

I have an Australian Labradoodle that speaks English.

I like to work really early in the morning.

Bragging rights
I once rode the elevator with Mark Zuckerberg
Education
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Pediatric GI/nutrition fellowship, 1994 - 1997
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Pediatrics residency, 1991 - 1994
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Medicine, 1987 - 1991
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