SOPHi is a celebration of organizations across the eight counties of Western New York that focuses on Population Health. Through this award ceremony, we hope to educate the WNY community on all the great work being done around the region, and maybe even create some new collaborations!
Nominations are made by community members, with the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) Steering Team selecting the awardees. Nominate a project for SOPHi2016 and give them the recognition they deserve! They can join the ranks of first annual SOPHi winners! The last day to submit your nominations is August 31, 2016.
Seriously Though... There's This Guy Dr. Damania
You may have heard some chatter that ZDoggMD is coming to Buffalo to speak at this year's SOPHi Awards. ZDoggMD is known for his humorous YouTube videos satirizing healthcare topics. But there is more to this man than rapping videos and his name is Zubin Damania, MD.
Dr. Damania studied molecular biology and music at UC Berkeley and attended medical school at UCSF with his residency in internal medicine at Stanford. After a nearly decade-long career as a hospital doctor at Stanford University Medical Center, like many people in the healthcare field, Dr. Damania burned out. In 2011, he was approached by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to leave Stanford and move to Downtown Las Vegas and become part of the Downtown Project. In his TedMed Dr. Damania talks about the zombie doctor culture. With a strong presence on social media, he uses ZDoggMD to educate people.
The goal was to revitalize and transform Downtown Las Vegas into a place of innovation and upward mobility. Mr. Hsieh invested $350 million of his own cash to curate this experiment, and he asked Zubin to do nothing less than rethink entirely how a 2.8 trillion dollar industry — healthcare — might look if it were just done right from scratch.
With Turntable Health, that’s exactly the idea he’s pursuing. To get a better sense of all this, watch Zubin’s TEDMED talk. And if you’re really brave, check out his alter-ego, ZDoggMD.
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