Book ZDogg

Entertaining, But With A Mission

I’m Dr. Zubin Damania, MD, an internist and the founder of Turntable Health, an innovative healthcare startup that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by CEO Tony Hsieh. During a 10-year hospitalist career at Stanford, I somehow won clinical teaching awards while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. My videos and live Facebook shows, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have gone epidemically viral with a quarter of a billion views on YouTube and Facebook, educating patients and providers while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system.

In Las Vegas, we made the leap from satire to actionable change by implementing an innovative model of healthcare delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level. Turntable Health, a membership model team-based primary care ecosystem, was a ground-up effort to get healthcare right by restoring the primacy of the human relationship, a concept we call “Health 3.0“. My mission is to teach others what we’ve learned, while inspiring both personal and system-level transformation through storytelling, humor, and music.

Dr. Robbie Pearl, former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, had this to say. The Medical Group Management Association said, “His rap songs made them laugh, but his message brought his audience to their feet.”

Tampa General Hospital wrote a great piece on my performance there, with CEO John Couris stating: “ZDogg’s message about adjusting and changing the way care is delivered makes all the sense in the world,” he said. “A lot of our technology today does sit between the patient and the doctor, where we need to work on being more patient-centric and more caregiver-centric. The answer is that it can be more of a collaboration with administrators, doctors and nurses. Together we are stronger and can be more effective advocates for our patients.”

I’ve been featured as one of the top 100 graduation speeches of all time by NPR, and have been profiled in:

95% of my bookings are directly through me, so avoid speakers’ bureau fees of up to 30% by booking direct!

I tailor my performance and message to your audience. Topics include medical culture and burnout in healthcare, finding a voice in a dysfunctional system, technologic innovation in medicine, team-based collaborative care models (Health 3.0), and the innovative use of social media in healthcare. These concepts are fleshed out in an arc that tells my personal story: how I fell in love with my father’s brand of medicine (Health 1.0), found myself trapped in the current assembly-line model of medicine (Health 2.0), and ultimately reconnected with my passion and purpose in working with countless others to build the foundations of re-personalized medicine — Health 3.0.

I use humor, storytelling, video, and live musical performances in my keynotes to educate, inspire, and entertain. People REALLY love the experience, or so they tell me 😉

As a practicing physician on the front lines, I’ve been where many of your healthcare audience members have been. #StreetCred

My talks are funny, educational, engaging, entertaining, and emotionally inspiring with a deep message. At least that’s what my parole officer says. See endorsement quotes below (several organizations have had me speak more than 2 years in a row)!

I’ll hop on a call with you and customize a performance for your audience. Try THAT with Dr. Gawande (hahaha, just kidding Atul, please don’t have me killed).

I LOVE performing, and I’ve had a ton of experience as a healthcare speaker, doing medical keynotes and musical performances and concerts for dozens of prominent groups around the world. My talks are CME and CE certified.

You deal with me directly as the healthcare speaker, not with a bureau or an agent (unless you are already using one, in which case: my condolences…but I’ll still work with them seamlessly). I am happy to make a short video for your conference to help promote it; I have a Facebook and Twitter presence with considerable reach (half a million followers and growing daily).

*Note: Many folks wonder if I’m TOO edgy or “clown-ish” for their austere gathering. Get on a call with me and find out what I’m really like…you’ll be surprised. I’m deeply mission-driven and care a lot about the message and the movement we’re trying to spread.

Contact me using the booking form on this page to get an exact quote for your organization (or email me directly at zdoggmd at gmail dot com). I’m cheaper than super famous healthcare speakers with agents and prescription drug addictions, but I’m a lot more costly than Crabby The Healthcare Clown.

Generally, my wife doesn’t let me travel and leave her with the kids unless I’m being paid my standard speaking fees along with travel expenses and green M&Ms in the dressing room. If you are an organization or group with a very low budget, it probably can’t work unless you can round up a corporate sponsor (which has worked well in the past). Or if you promise me a SWIMMING POOL full of green M&M’s…along with an insulin pump. *NOTE: I’m kidding about the green M&Ms…PLEASE NO MORE GREEN M&Ms 😉 !!

I’m based in Las Vegas, so if your conference is here I’m zero travel expenses and somewhat less costly! VEGAS, BABY!

What do I do with your organization’s hard-earned money? I use it to fund the production of my daily Facebook live show/podcast, Incident Report, as well as our Sunday show Against Medical Advice. Please contact us using this form if you are interested in direct sponsorship opportunities for our shows, videos, and podcasts.

BOOK DIRECT! Don’t go through a speakers’ bureau unless you enjoy paying 30% more for no added benefit. 95% of my bookings are direct through me.

Use the form at the top of this webpage or email me directly: zdoggmd at gmail dot com.

A Few Past Performances:

  • SXSW
  • Doctors Without Borders, London
  • Texas Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • American Ambulance Association
  • Davita Medical Group
  • Dignity Health
  • Genentech
  • Novartis
  • Aetna
  • World Healthcare Congress
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • Athenahealth
  • Modernizing Medicine
  • Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  • HIMSS Europe
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPN & HPNA)
  • SSM Healthcare
  • America’s Essential Hospitals
  • National Patient Safety Foundation & Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Mad Love:

“ZDogg (or Dr. Damania) is one of the finest, funniest, and informative speakers I’ve ever heard. Hands down the most entertaining doctor I have ever heard present. My body is still sore from the profound laughter he induced…and his message about medicine’s future and the importance of human touch can’t be emphasized enough.” — Dr. Eric Topol, Scripps Institute for Translational Medicine

Dr. Zubin Damania was fantastic as our opening keynote speaker. He set the tone for an open, honest and engaging conference. His message of meeting patients where they are at and fostering trusting relationships that promote improved self-care through a re-mixed primary care and wellness team approach hit home with the health professionals in the room. Attendees were drawn in and inspired by Dr. Damania’s humor and satire along with an entertaining multimedia presentation. Thank you ZDogg for sharing your innovative vision!” — Kris Fortman, CEO Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

“Dr. Damania brought incredible energy, insight and candor to our annual event for physicians and other health care stakeholders. He kept the crowd engaged and laughing. Physicians are still talking about his message and are invigorated to influence a care delivery system that is healthy for both the professional team and our patients.” — Donn Dexter, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Wisconsin Medical Society

“What a pleasure it was to have ZDoggMD as our keynote speaker to kick-off the first-ever HealtheVoices conference! His humor and unique perspective on healthcare and social media was inspirational and really brought to life our mission to provide online health advocates the tools and resources to more effectively serve and grow their online communities. On behalf of Janssen, I want to extend a huge thank you for joining us and sharing your personal journey to raise patient awareness – encouraging our attendees to use their voice to change the future of healthcare for the better! Bravo!” — Caroline Pavis, Director, Strategic Communications, Janssen

“Dr. Damania knocked it out of the park – possibly the best conference speaker ever and I’ve been attending conferences for over 30 years.” — Richard Walter, ProAssurance Corporation

“Comedy and pathos. Clinical insight and the heart of a physician. Zubin and Z-Dogg. You get it all when you bring Zubin Damania, MD, to your event. Not only was Zubin/Z a hit when he/they spoke at the general session of TexMed 2014, he busted his gluteus maximus ahead of time, helping us promote the event with a custom Z-Dogg video and lots of action on his social media networks. Zubin is a real health care revolutionary. Z-Dogg is an Internet sensation. You can’t go wrong bringing these two to your next event. And you save on expenses, because they share a hotel room.” — Steve Levine, Texas Medical Association

“ZDogg was the perfect keynote for our inaugural users conference. He delivered the right mix of humor and healthcare thought leadership to both entertain and educate the medical professionals in attendance. In a word, he was ‘amaZing.’” — Dan Cane, CEO Modernizing Medicine

“Dr. Damania was the highlight of our conference – everyone from frontline clinical staff to c-suite executives loved his session. He masterfully blended humor with a powerful message about health care transformation that everyone interested in improving the US health system should hear.” — Michael R. Panicola, PhD, SSM Healthcare

“This was the PERFECT opening session. For one thing, it is so important in advancement for us to put ourselves in the shoes of our donor prospects. I’m not sure it occurs to many of us that the doctors we try to get in front of may actually be miserable! Whatever our occupations may be, Zubin reminded us of the importance of embracing all of one’s natural gifts, in his case comedy, etc. as well as a love of medicine.” — AAMC National Professional Development Conference for Institutional Advancement

“The hip hop hospitalist is a joy to watch, listen to and learn from. His energy, sense of humor and playfulness dramatically support the deep knowledge he is able to convey to an audience. A standing ovation from over 550 medical professionals and guests says it all!” — Dr. Bernadette Loftus, Mid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Group

“As a meeting planner, I have the difficult task of finding speakers who can appeal to my conservative physician audience – ZDogg did just that. He brought humor with a message that resonated with people across age groups, political ideologies, and training levels. I can’t recommend him enough!” — Mandy Rubinstein, Minnesota Medical Association

“I can attest, the best healthcare speaker I have ever heard/seen present in 15 years…” — David Curtis, Residential Home Health

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