Have you been on an airplane when a flight attendant asked whether a physician was on board to help with a medical emergency?
Dr. Gregory Eastwood has seven times. Each time, he responded to help, even though as an administrator (he was president of Upstate Medical University from 1993 to 2006, and interim president from 2013 to 2016) he was decades removed from patient care.
He decided to write about the legal and moral duty to act and how it applies to physicians on an aircraft for the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this interview, he explains the challenges of providing care in the air, and he offers a way for medical professionals to decide whether they should render assistance if asked.
Also on the show his week: surgery in the era of personalized medicine, and the new volume of "The Healing Muse" literary journal.
Tune in this Sunday, October 15 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on WRVO.