Fritz Kahn, Das Leben des Menschen (Man as Industrial Palace)
Stuttgart, 1926. National Library of Medicine.

The physician Fritz Kahn saw the respiratory and digestive systems as chemical factories.

Healthcare Reform, Physician Burnout, and the Renewal of Medicine

How can we improve the practice of medicine? Efforts like quality improvement, the adoption of electronic health records, evidence-based medicine, and the medical humanities have all fallen short in various ways. Dr. Nussbaum has written about the renewal of medicine in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Health Affairs Blog. He speaks often on how we can shift from reforming healthcare to renewing the practice of medicine, offering practical ways to reduce the burnout and alienation experienced by practitioners and patients alike, while pursuing health equity.


Healthcare factories or temples of healing: what do we say hospitals are for? BayCare Health System. St Petersburg, Florida

Listening to noise: outcomes, quality measures, and what we are missing in the physician-patient relationship. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Nashville, TN

Mistaking the map for the territory: how we got lost in the practitioner-patient relationship. University of Utah School of Medicine. Salt Lake City, UT

Moving from healthcare reform to the renewal of medicine. St Norbert’s College. De Pere, WI

The reading cure for physician resiliency. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Columbus, OH

Seeing wisely: pursuing the renewal of medicine instead of the reform of healthcare. UPMC Susquehanna Health. Williamsport, PA

Psychiatric Interviewing: The DSM-5™ and the Diagnostic Exam

What does it mean to diagnose a person as having a mental illness? How can a practitioner establish a relationship with his or her patients while identifying their specific diagnosis? Dr. Nussbaum believes the therapeutic alliance is essential both to effective patient care and the renewal of medical practice. He teaches frequently on these subjects to interprofessional groups, using the most current diagnostic systems while modeling a person-centered approach.


Checklists and dance lessons: how psychiatry can move healthcare from reform to renewal. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. San Antonio, TX

Diagnostic interviewing using DSM-5. American Psychiatric Association. New York, NY

DSM-5: Hands-on tools for its incorporation into clinical care and research. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Phoenix, AZ

From IV to 5: what psychiatrists need to know about DSM-5. Alberta Psychiatric Association. Banff, AB

Talk like a shrink. University of Colorado Physician Burnout Conference. Beaver Creek, CO

Medical Marijuana

How does the legalization of marijuana alter the relationship between practitioners and patients? In Colorado, we are discussing edibles, shatter, wax, and sativa strains in our clinics and hospitals, an experiment which is altering the physician-patient relationship in surprising ways, while birthing a new industry.


Evidence-based practice for the post-fact era: what Colorado’s medical marijuana experiment teaches. Rocky Mountain Interprofessional Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium. Greenwood Village, CO

Mile high mints and red cards: lessons from the first decade of Colorado’s medical marijuana experiment. Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, CT

Must everyone get stoned?: debating medical marijuana. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Phoenix, AZ

Pot shops or pill mills?: ethical question about medical marijuana from the Colorado experience. Ohio State University Center for Bioethics. Columbus, OH

Medicine & Religion

What role should religious communities play in the care of the physically and mentally ill? Historically, religious communities provided much of the care for the ill, especially the indigent ill. Dr. Nussbaum completed a master’s degree at Duke Divinity School, where he examined historical examples of faith-based medical care and the lessons they can offer for contemporary care. He frequently speaks on the intersections between what we believe and how we care for the ill.


Conscientious objection in medicine.  Ohio State University. Columbus, OH

Factory or poorhouse: what do we say hospitals are for? Yale University Program on Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion. New Haven, CT

Far from disadvantage: encountering persons with mental illness.  Saint Louis University. Saint Louis, MO

The Mennonite mental health movement: discipleship, nonresistance, and the communal care of people with mental illness in late twentieth-century America.  Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship. Estes Park, CO

Working in God’s hotel or serving slow food?: Victoria Sweet, Hildegard of Bingen, and the physician as gardener. Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine. Durham, NC

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