Episode #43 - Author of medical-based thriller fiction, an expert on healthcare for an aging population, and former deputy minister of health in long-term care in Ontario, Dr. Bob Bell shares his Story from the Green Bench with Erin Davis and Doug Robinson.
During his years at McGill University, Bob crossed paths with our episode #29 guest, Dr. Rea Brown through sports and medical school. Stumbled into medicine after a knee injury playing football as a linebacker at McGill- this injury got him interested in bones.
Bob's hero is Terry Fox, who suffered osteogenic sarcoma. Terry’s example inspired Bob to pursue a career in orthopedic oncology (bone cancer). Fun Fact: Terry & Bob share the same birthday July 28.
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Author of medical based thriller fiction
1. Hip: A Novel About the benefits and risks of medical innovations, when a brilliant but unscrupulous scientist uncovers a breakthrough in hip replacement by coating it in a special substance.
2. New Doc in Maple Ridge The doctor is injured and returns to America from Afghanistan and has to start over. He chooses Maple Ridge Arkansas, to start a practice.
All proceeds from these books support medical research at University Health Network and at Princess Margaret hospital. Books are available at https://drbobbell.com/
Our aging population is increasing (over 75 years old) by 4% and higher annually as baby boomers reach their golden years. How will we care for them, how will we afford it, and will that crowd out other spending?
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"We can be proud of the way our health system responded to the pandemic." - Dr. Bob Bell
What is your hope for the future of healthcare in Canada?
"Where have you seen a fax machine except in a doctors office in the past 10 years?" - Dr. Bob Bell
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