“The Healthy Humorist®”—Brad Nieder, MD, CSP*—is a doctor, funny speaker and clean comedian. He’s not just another mildly amusing corporate humorist. He’s really funny. Described as “Jerry Seinfeld with an ‘M.D.,’” Dr. Brad was infected with the comedy bug while watching Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” monologues from the foot of his parents’ bed. When he got older and stayed up a bit later he discovered David Letterman’s “Late Night” antics. He taped and memorized George Carlin’s HBO specials. (Yes, even the dirty words. But he knows better than to repeat them on stage now. (Did we mention this healthcare comedian is clean?!)) He wrote funny articles for his Denver high school newspaper. He was a founding member of an improvisational troupe (The SImps) while an undergraduate student at Stanford University. And he performed standup comedy at comedy clubs throughout Denver while he was in medical school at the University of Colorado.
After completing his internship and getting his medical license, Dr. Brad realized there was a serious nationwide shortage of funny doctors. So he began his unconventional medical practice of delivering his unique brand of healthcare humor around the country to corporate audiences, convention crowds and conference attendees. Physicians, nurses, bankers, teachers—indeed people from all industries—have benefited from the doctor comedian’s medical humor.
Now 15 years into his career as a professional speaker, the comedian doctor earned the CSP* designation in 2011. He has not been published in the “New England Journal of Medicine.” (But he has co-authored the book “Humor Me,” and he has a great CD (“A House Call in San Francisco”) and DVD (“The Healthy Humorist in Orlando: Laughter is the Best Medicine”).) He’s not a celebrity speaker. He hasn’t been on “The Tonight Show.” He’s not an Amazon best-selling author. (Aren’t those claims usually just a scam anyway?) He’s simply one of the best funny speakers and clean comedians in the events industry today. (Just check out his testimonials! And don’t overlook the comments about Dr. Brad being easy to work with! Stressed-out meeting planners love him!) He’s one of the best values out there too! His medical comedy won’t break the budget for your event.
Dr. Brad lives in Colorado with his lovely wife and three wonderful kids. He tries to practice the “healthy” part of what he preaches by running and swimming in the Colorado sunshine. He also loves to ski and fly-fish in the Rocky Mountains. He loves to travel, too, though, mainly to indulge in “The Healthy Humorist’s Unhealthy Eating Adventure Across America” (THHUEAAA) in which he consumes such unhealthy fare as Italian beef in Chicago, BBQ in Austin and ice cream in Columbus. (Yes, it’s weird that central Ohio has such an abundance of great frozen treats!)
Dr. Brad’s entertaining signature keynote is called “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” It’s different every time he performs it, though, as he tailors it for every audience. Is your group stressed out? Are they dealing with change? Low morale? Burnout? Excessive regulations? New technology? Dr. Brad will customize the program for your crowd. But you can always expect the following:
First and foremost, it’s funny. The healthcare humor will tickle your funny bone and have you laughing. Dr. Brad has been known to skewer such topics as healthcare lingo, diet plans, pharmaceutical ads, medical marijuana and scrubs. He’s even been known to break into song!
Second, it’s uplifting. Dr. Brad is not a rah-rah motivational speaker like Tony Robbins (although he does have big teeth like Tony). He’s a funny doctor. Still, he’s inspiring. You may find yourself committing to lightening up and laughing more. Or to adopting a new healthy habit.
Third, it’s educational … but not in a boring way. This medical comedian will have you laughing as you learn why laughter really is good medicine … for combating stress, feeling better and living longer. And Dr. Brad always dispenses some wellness advice, too, in an entertaining manner unlike any other doctor you’ve encountered. (Oh, you can even get continuing education (CE) credits too!)
So that’s it in a nutshell: a funny doctor who delivers healthcare comedy, an uplifting message and valuable information. You’ll be feeling better in no time!
*CSP = Certified Speaking Professional (an earned designation from the Global Speakers Federation that essentially means Dr. Brad has been doing a great job on stage for a long time for many audiences!)
The healthcare system is ill, folks! The Quadruple Aim of healthcare—enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and increasing joy at work for those in the system—remains elusive. Healthcare professionals are dealing with monumental changes and incredible stress.
Doctors are overburdened; physician burnout is an epidemic. Administrators are dealing with increased regulations and shrinking budgets. Nurses are understaffed and overworked; compassion fatigue is rampant. Everyone is so busy trying to do more with less that staff members feel disengaged and dissatisfied rather than valued and appreciated.
Quality and safety measures are paramount, with Joint Commission surprise surveys and patient satisfaction scores—whether through Press Ganey, HCAHPS or even Yelp!—determining accreditation, policy and reimbursement. Everyone’s worried about HIPAA and CMS and ROI and EMR and … OMG! Nobody is LOLing anymore!
Dr. Brad can’t cure the dysfunctional healthcare system all by himself, but he can get treatment started with just one house call as a healthcare keynote speaker. With his humor and insight, the comedian doctor can help healthcare professionals rediscover happiness at work, even among the myriad frustrations. And a little more satisfaction at work goes a long way toward:
Nurses need some love! The true heroes of healthcare, they’re the ones who bear the brunt of the healthcare system’s problems. They’re understaffed, overworked and stressed! They’re suffering from low morale, compassion fatigue and burnout. And they have to work with doctors! Many report feeling disengaged, undervalued and unrecognized for the amazing work they do every single day!
Dr. Brad can’t cure all nurses’ ailments by himself, but he can get treatment started with just one house call as a nursing conference speaker. With his humor and insights, the comedian doctor can help nurses rediscover happiness at work, even among the myriad frustrations. And a little more satisfaction at work goes a long way toward …
Call it what you will: burnout, compassion fatigue, abuse, moral injury … No matter how you label it, it has become all too common among healthcare professionals.
And it’s an epidemic among physicians. They’ve always been used to the “normal” stress of caring for others. But they have so many more stressors in this current era of healthcare. Most have lost their autonomy, with administrators of big healthcare bureaucracies determining policies, cutting costs and forcing everyone to do more with less. Docs are dealing with insurance company policy makers, too, dictating what tests can be ordered and what therapies can be prescribed. Let’s not forget the threat of malpractice lawsuits in today’s hostile, litigious legal environment.
And, of course, the government is involved, too, with regulations, mandates and a veritable alphabet soup from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program. And those acronyms bring to mind some others related to all the stressful tests doctors have to take throughout their lives: MCAT, USMLE, CME, ABMS MOC … And those are on top of the IV, EKG, MRI, CBC, KY and of course everyone’s favorite stress-inducing $%&#ing acronym: EMR!
No wonder doctors are not just stressed; they’re overstressed! They’re not just tired; they’re exhausted! They’re cynical, disengaged, negative. They’re complaining and misbehaving. They’ve lost the joy of practicing medicine. There’s no LOL.
You want to help them. First, it’s the morally responsible thing to do when so many are turning to drugs, alcohol and even suicide. Second, it’s also a money-saving smart business decision, as continued burnout among providers means more staff turnover, more medical errors and malpractice suits, lower quality of care, lower patient experience scores, an impaired institutional reputation and ultimately lower profits.
Yes, a return on your investment in your physicians’ wellness can result in better morale, higher physician retention rates, improved recruitment of doctors, better quality and safety scores, improved patient satisfaction and an improved bottom line! That’s quite an ROI!
It’s time to care for the caregivers, to heal the healers!
This damn new coronavirus has been a real @%^&*$%, causing illness and mortality around the world. And beyond those it has infected, millions more are suffering from anxiety, depression and loneliness. Chronic health conditions are going untreated due to fear. There has been an increase in domestic abuse. Economies have been devastated. Incomes reduced significantly. Jobs lost. Families going hungry. Kids out of school.
And, oh yeah, that conference you were planning has been canceled.
Maybe it was an annual event for your professional association. You intended to give your members a return on investment (ROI) in the form of education, networking and sharing of best practices. Or maybe it was an employee event for your company, meant to boost the bottom line by educating the team and boosting morale and camaraderie. You know your participants always look forward to these events. They enjoy the connection with their community of peers, networking, socializing, learning, laughing … But those events are going to have to wait a while. Damn COVID!
So, now the questions are: how to keep your group not only surviving but thriving in these strange, unprecedented times? How to keep your people healthy, happy, productive and engaged? How to motivate virtual employees? How to keep them resilient in the face of fear, stress and burnout? How to provide them with laughter and connection?
You do it by hosting a virtual conference and having Dr. Brad as a virtual keynote speaker. Call it what you will: a webinar, a fireside chat, a virtual Happy Hour. Regardless of the label, Dr. Brad will deliver your end goals with a customized, interactive program. You’ll get good, sound, reliable wellness advice … from an actual physician. And you’ll get good, clean humor guaranteed to elicit laughs. Yes, just as he is in person, Dr. Brad is entertaining, uplifting and informative as a virtual keynote speaker.
” Brad presented his delightful Medical Humor to a very overworked, tired and stressed Annual Medical Staff Dinner Meeting as a keynote speaker. He has a great message, is easy to work with and a delightful presenter. My Medical Staff responded very positively and everyone had an extremely enjoyable evening. A totally successful experiment!”
“Brad Nieder’s presentation was absolute perfection and was perfectly tailored for our group. There was truly nothing more he could have added. He was personable, interacted with the audience, taught us important points for living, and shared his wisdom. The laughs just kept coming. Jerry Seinfield would be jealous!!!”
“For two years in a row SwedishAmerican Hospital asked Dr. Nieder to speak at our Cardiology Millennium program. In 2011 Dr. Nieder spoke to health care workers from the Northern Illinois region on humor and health and in 2012 Dr. Nieder returned for the evening portion of our program where he shared his talk with the Rockford community. On both occasions he was very well received… Dr. Nieder’s ability to make the audience laugh contributed greatly to the success of both programs and helped serve for a most memorable conference. We enjoyed Dr. Nieder!”
“Thank you for a great job! We received many compliments on Dr. Nieder’s presentation.”
“I have had more positive feedback about Brad than anyone else ever! We have this event every year and it is always a challenge to find entertainment that is appealing to physicians and spouses. I am so glad his schedule allowed him to be with us.”
“Brad was fantastic, a big hit with our attendees. We went for something different and choosing a non-clinical keynote speaker for our first symposium was a risk. Brad’s performance validated our decision and it was a great start to our event.”
“Get ready to laugh and learn! Brad brings a seriously funny keynote filled with joviality and interactive frivolity. But don’t let the lightheartedness fool you, Brad gives earnest life advice that each person can weave into their everyday routines.”
“Dr. Nieder brought laughter and involved physicians. Encouraged laughter instead of burnout and recited a poem that gave everyone present some thing to think about.”
“Dr. Nieder was just what we were looking for. Someone uplifting and appropriately funny but with facts but with facts and interesting points to go with the humor. There wasn’t one person in the audience who wasn’t smiling or laughing out loud.”