BackTable / ENT / Podcast / Episode #143
The Future of Otolaryngology: A Collaborative Approach
with Dr. Gene Brown
In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Ashley Agan interviews Dr. Gene Brown, a private practice otolaryngologist in Charleston, South Carolina about collaboration in the Otolaryngology field. Dr. Brown is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO-HNS) and founded the Otolaryngology and Allergy Specialists Integrated Solutions (OASIS).
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2023, November 21). Ep. 143 – The Future of Otolaryngology: A Collaborative Approach [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Gene Brown
Dr. Gene Brown is a practicing ENT with Charleston ENT & Allergy, South Carolina.
Dr. Ashley Agan
Dr. Ashley Agan is a practicing ENT and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
First, Dr. Brown shares how he grew up in a family pharmacy business, which influenced his choice to join private practice out of residency. Dr. Brown discusses some of the challenges of being in private practice, including the impact from COVID, decreased reimbursements from insurance providers, and staffing challenges, which he calls the “commoditization” of healthcare.
Next, Dr. Brown discusses challenges in recruiting ENTs to rural areas out of residency, as many are looking for jobs in urban settings. He also notes the need for more general otolaryngologists among fellowship-trained subspecialists in ENT.
Finally, Dr. Agan and Dr. Brown delve into the importance of advocacy and its role in bringing attention to health-related issues and making an impact in patient’s lives. Dr. Brown discusses the reason why he created OASIS; he wanted to increase representation of otolaryngologists and fill the need for a strong, unified voice to their interests. Their conversation ends on the potential consequences if a significant portion of otolaryngologists remain unrepresented.
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