Learning Empathy from Monsters and Muppets

Today, I welcome Dr. Philip Stahel—orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Denver Health, the regional safety-net hospital and Level 1 trauma center in Colorado. Dr. Stahel is a dual US-Swiss citizen who grew up in Milan, Italy, and trained at Medical School of the University of Zurich, Switzerland before completing his postgraduate training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, and at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany. In addition to his works inside the operating room, Dr. Stahel is also author of Blood, Sweat, and Tears—Becoming a Better Surgeon, the founding editor of the peer-reviewed open-access journal Patient Safety in Surgery and editor of a medical textbook under the same title.

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Listen as Dr. Stahel and I discuss a range of topics, including:

  • His surgical safety initiatives at Denver General
  • The value of empathy 
  • How to feel for a person without agreeing with them
  • Why you learn more from your patients as a doctor than you do anyone else
  • How patient stories are the key to being a better healer
  • And much, much more…