I have a big week coming up.  First, the podcast will be officially launched on Tuesday - more on that later.  On Friday I am going to participate in an event at the National Press Club in Washington DC.  That's either very exciting or quite scary.  Probably both.

Here is the official announcement:


To join the event live, please contact john.briley@getbetterhealth.com Seating is limited…

Congressman Paul Ryan

Media Personality Rea Blakey


Giant inflatable Santa

Health Care Reform: Putting Patients First

Elected Officials Join America’s Top Medical Bloggers to Discuss the Real,

Clinical Impact of Health Care Reform


Friday, July 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


The National Press Club, Broadcast Operations Center 4th Floor, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC


Keynote: Representative Paul Ryan, (R-WI), House Budget Committee Ranking Member

Moderator: Rea Blakey, Emmy award-winning health reporter and news anchor, previously with ABC, CNN, and now with Discovery Health

Host: Val Jones, M.D., CEO and Founder of Better Health

Policy Expert: Robert GoldbergPh.D., co-founder and vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI)

Primary Care Panelists:

Kevin Pho, M.D., Internist and author of KevinMD

Rob Lamberts, M.D., Med/Peds specialist and author of Musings of a Distractible Mind

Alan Dappen, M.D., Family Physician and Better Health contributor

Valerie Tinley, N.P., Nurse Practitioner and Better Health contributor

Specialty Care Panelists:

Kim McAllister, R.N., Emergency Medicine nurse and author of Emergiblog

Westby Fisher, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiologist and author of Dr.Wes

Rich Fogoros, M.D., Cardiologist and author of Covert Rationing Blog And Fixing American Healthcare

Jim Herndon, M.D., past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Better Health contributor


For more information on Better Health, visit http://www.getbetterhealth.com.


OK, I added the Santa.