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Part 1: Private Equity: Savior or Existential Threat with Otolaryngologists Drs. William Blythe and Drew Locandro

Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

Release Date: 12/24/2021

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

Gopi Shah is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  She did her residency in otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and her fellowship in peds at UT Southwestern.  Her clinical interests are pediatric sinus and skull base. She loves teaching and is the fellowship director for pediatric otolaryngology. She is also a co-host for the BackTable ENT podcast. We talk a little about the podcast and then get into snotty, stuffy, noisy pediatric ENT problems, like what OTC medications she gives her kids...

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

Michael Foley is a comprehensive financial advisor who runs his practice out of Scottsdale, Arizona, under North Star Resource Group. Michael was trained at Duke University and holds his Certified Financial Planner designation alongside his Certified Student Loan Professional designation. Although Michael serves a diverse group of clients with their financial and student loan needs, with two physician parents, Michael has found a specialty in working with those in the healthcare space. He helps clarify what the heck is going on with PSLF and what this waiver is all about, as well as other...

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Zwade Marshall, MD, MBA is a co- founder/managing partner of Doc2DocLending and is principally involved with investor relations and business development. He is a Harvard-trained, double board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist. He also serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Regenerative Spine and Pain in Atlanta, GA.   Dr. Marshall got his MD/MBA from Emory and while there was awarded Emory’s Humanitarian of the Year Prize for his work with Pipeline, a longitudinal inner-city high school mentoring program.    Dr. Marshall is the managing...

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On today’s episode, we discuss the characteristics that predict an individual’s propensity to build wealth, why physicians have a bad reputation in this department and what we can do to improve, with industrial psychologist, Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw.  Dr. Fallaw is the author of The Next Millionaire Next Door and the founder of DataPoints LLC, a research and technology company that provides advisors and individuals with behavioral science tools to achieve financial success. DataPoints created the industry's first assessment of individual propensity to build wealth based...

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Alison Escalante, MD is a practicing pediatrician who has developed a way of thinking and breathing through what she calls, “The Shouldstorm.”  As physicians, we face similar storms with our patients, colleagues, administrators, and ourselves.  She walks us through the ideas she presented in a TEDx talk and applies it to doctoring.     She can be found at    And her TEDx talk can be found at     She did her undergrad at Princeton, studying Medieval Renaissance History, went to med school at Rutgers University-Robert Wood...

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In many situations, when private equity comes calling, the owners of the practice are close to retirement and they are offered more money than they’d ever get from another physician buying into the practice. My practice has been approached by private equity twice. I’m in my early 40s, so the decision to sell is a lot more complicated. We didn’t ultimately sell, but while negotiations were taking place, I was concerned, but wasn’t sure if my concerns were valid or if I was even considering the issues I should be concerned about.
 
Private equity was recently a topic of discussion on ENT Connect, the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s chatroom, so I invited two of physicians who had given eloquent, concise arguments for and against selling onto the show to discuss their reasoning. It made for a very informative conversation. 
 
William R. Blythe, MD, is a General Otolaryngologist practicing at East Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat in Auburn/Opelika, Alabama.  He’s been in the same practice with the same partners since finishing residency in 1997.  He was the past Chief of Staff of East Alabama Health, where he served in almost every medical staff leadership position over the past 24 years. He served as President of the Alabama Society of Otolaryngology for ten years, and continued in his role as Annual Meeting Coordinator.  He continues to serve on multiple committees for AAO-HNS, including CPT, AMPC, Reg-ENT Executive Committee, and is currently the Senior Director for Private Practice, Board of Directors and BOD Executive Committee.
 
Drew Locandro, MD, is a practicing general otolaryngologist with Northwest ENT and Allergy - Marietta, Georgia. He joined a group practice there after residency in Albany NY and has practiced there since. He is president of his 6-physician group with 5 office locations and an ASC. He’s served as chairman of the department of surgery at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital as well as chair of the hospital quality assurance committee for several years. He’s also been a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Outcomes Research and Evidence Based Medicine Committees.
 
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