New Podcast Tackles Hot-Button Public Health Issues

Posted on 01/12/16 by Allied Anesthesia

 Topics range from cancer and contraception to obesity and transgender transition on Allied Physician’s new podcast “Straight Talk MD”

Transgender youth. Cell phones and brain tumors. Economics of obesity.

No public health topic is too sensitive or too controversial for Dr. Frank Sweeny’s podcast, “Straight Talk MD”.

Sweeny, a physician with Allied Anesthesia Group in Orange, launched the weekly podcast in November to explore the science behind conventional and controversial medical issues that have considerable public health impact.

“The main thing I’m looking for is to deliver good, solid information that has value for our listeners,” Sweeny said.

A weekly lineup of world-class experts ensures authenticity and reliability on “Straight Talk MD”.  To date, guests have included:

  • Dr. John Cawley, Cornell University professor studying the economics of risky health behaviors, with a focus on obesity, speaking on “The Price of Obesity”
  • Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States, presenting “Transgender, Transition (Part 1)”
  • Dr. Leonard S. Sender, medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, speaking on “Leukemia and Other Cancers”

Response from the public, as measured in downloads, has been extremely positive.  Within one week, “Straight Talk MD” made it into the top 20 of  iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” list in Science and Medicine.

“Three times since then we have made number one in ‘New and Noteworthy,’ which is much better than we thought we would do,” Sweeny said.

The podcast can be accessed and downloaded from iTunes, Stitcher and on Sweeny’s website

Sweeny is grateful to the other members of Allied Anesthesia who have taken over some of his duties, allowing him time off during the week to work on the podcasts.

“It’s a lot work and, at this point, it’s a labor of love, but it’s worth every minute to me because it’s a rewarding pursuit,” Sweeny said. “Just the fact that I get to meet this people, talk to them and pick their brain for an hour or two a session is fascinating to me.”


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