TV Interview with Mark Graber and Sonia Millsom of Best Doctors

Mark Graber mark.graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
Sun Dec 7 16:11:12 UTC 2014

Sonia Millsom (Best Doctors) and I were guests this week on the “Larry Parks Show”, a NYC TV production, to talk about diagnostic errors and second opinion program offered by Best  Doctors.

The link to the 30 minute interview is here <>:           ( <>)

Larry’s main interests are in the area of economics, so we briefly discussed the current federal funding for dx error research.  We’re not exactly sure of the amount, but its probably less than $2M/year right now.  This is for a problem that accounts for an estimated 40,000 - 80,000 deaths per year in the US.  By way of comparison, breast cancer accounts for 40,000 deaths per year, and receives NIH research funding of $660,000,000.   

Best Doctors is a Founding Member of SIDM, and shares our vision to improve the reliability of diagnosis.  Best Doctors provides second opinions for patients, an extremely valuable service IMHO.  Fresh eyes on a case add perspective and can help catch mistakes.  I’d like to see more second opinions in medical practice.  How can we encourage these?  How can we identify the clinicians  most interested and most skilled in providing second opinions?  Seems like an admirable career path to me — so we could add to specialists and intensivists and hospitalists - “Second Opinionist”

Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, SIDM  

Moderator: David Meyers, Board Member, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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