The Art of Human Care with Dr. Hassan Tetteh

Inspired by his near-death event and experience as a patient long before his training as a physician and transplant surgeon, our next guest shares his inspiring formula of delivering the right treatment, to the right patient, at the right time.

Dr. Hassan Tetteh, a heart and lung transplant surgeon, and the current Health Mission Chief for the Department of Defense, joins us to discuss the three pillars of his book, ‘The Art of Human Care’: purpose, personalization, and partnership. Additionally, Dr. Tetteh sheds light on why his formula is needed now more than ever during COVID-19, as burnout is reaching all-time highs.

While together, Dr. Tetteh also shared his deep passion for artificial intelligence, technology, and why innovation can fundamentally impact and improve the lives of the patients he serves and the industry overall.

It is my honor to share with you Dr. Tetteh’s story and passion for making the world a better place for so many of us working so hard to do the same. Because of leaders like Dr. Tetteh, I remain incredibly confident and inspired that we will positively move the healthcare industry forward for our nation, not only in the midst of the current global pandemic, but beyond.

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr. Hassan Tetteh’s book: The Art of Human Care
  • What is human care
  • The three pillars of human care
  • Human care during COVID-19
  • The impact of artificial intelligence in health care

About Our Guest:

Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh is a US Navy Captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 2012-13, assigned to the US Congress, Congressional Budget Office, (CBO), and recently served as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for the United States Navy. Currently, Tetteh serves as the Health Mission Chief for Warfighter Health at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) in the Department of Defense (DoD), and he is a Thoracic Surgeon for MedStar Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He leads a Specialized Thoracic Adapted Recovery (STAR) Team, in Washington, DC, and his research in thoracic transplantation aims to expand heart and lung recovery and save lives.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Tetteh received his BS from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, his MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and his MS in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence from the National War College. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Tetteh is a bestselling author of four books including: Gifts of the Heart, Star Patrol, The Art of Human Care, and Seven Pillars of Life. He has finished twenty marathons, and delivered the popular TEDx talk, From Death to Life, based on his work in transplant surgery. Tetteh is board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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