Zubin Damania, M.D. is the founder of Turntable health and the director of healthcare development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. This project is investing $350 million in the revitalization of the urban core of Las Vegas, including small business development, residential housing, education, technology, and healthcare.
During his 10-year hospitalist career at Stanford, Dr. Damania received the Russell Lee Award for Clinical Teaching while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have amassed millions of views, focusing on educating patients and providers alike while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system.
In Las Vegas, Zubin has made the leap from satire to actionable change by developing Turntable Health, an innovative model of healthcare delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level. Zubin has been featured in Forbes as well as in the Morgan Spurlock Documentary, The Downtown Project, about the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.
To view his speaking videos, click the video tab above. For his music parody videos, visit his YouTube Channel here.
Zubin Damania delves into the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate health care in our severely dysfunctional medical system, while proposing collaborative ways to revitalize it. He examines, through humor and storytelling, the hope that the future of medicine is a bright one provided that all of us work together for the common goal.
“Dr. Damania was the highlight of our conference – everyone from frontline clinical staff to c-suite executives loved his session. He masterfully blended humor with a powerful message about health care transformation that everyone interested in improving the US health system should hear.”
“ZDogg (or Dr. Damania) is one of the finest, funniest, and informative speakers I’ve ever heard. Hands down the most entertaining doctor I have ever heard present. My body is still sore from the profound laughter he induced … and his message about medicine’s future and the importance of human touch can’t be emphasized enough.”
“What a pleasure it was to have ZDoggMD as our keynote speaker to kick-off the first-ever HealtheVoices conference! His humor and unique perspective on healthcare and social media was inspirational and really brought to life our mission to provide online health advocates the tools and resources to more effectively serve and grow their online communities … a huge thank you for sharing your personal journey to raise patient awareness – encouraging our attendees to use their voice to change the future of healthcare for the better! Bravo!”
“Comedy and pathos. Clinical insight and the heart of a physician. Zubin and Z-Dogg. You get it all when you bring Zubin Damania, MD, to your event. Not only was Zubin/Z a hit when he/they spoke at the general session of TexMed 2014, he busted his gluteus maximus ahead of time, helping us promote the event with a custom Z-Dogg video and lots of action on his social media networks. Zubin is a real health care revolutionary. Z-Dogg is an Internet sensation. You can’t go wrong bringing these two to your next event.”
“Dr. Damania knocked it out of the park – possibly the best conference speaker ever and I’ve been attending conferences for over 30 years.”
“Dr. Damania brought incredible energy, insight and candor to our annual event for physicians and other health care stakeholders. He kept the crowd engaged and laughing. Physicians are still talking about his message and are invigorated to influence a care delivery system that is healthy for both the professional team and our patients.”
“ZDogg was the perfect keynote for our inaugural users conference. He delivered the right mix of humor and healthcare thought leadership to both entertain and educate the medical professionals in attendance. In a word, he was ‘amaZing.”
“Dr. Zubin Damania has a unique ability as a speaker to entertain, move and inspire audiences. He combines his humanity, comedy and musical talents to communicate serious messages about health and his own unique model of healthcare.”
“My members absolutely loved ZDoggMD as a keynote; he was the perfect mix of entertainment and inspiration! His ability to provide thoughtful insight on changing the culture of medicine while getting belly laughs is a rare talent.”
“The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) was fortunate to have ZDoggMD speak at our Fall Convention in September 2013. He was one of the most entertaining and relevant keynote speakers we have ever received due to his training as a physician and his current work with Turntable Health in Las Vegas … The entire group thoroughly enjoyed his empowering talk about medicine as a science, art, business, and profession. We highly recommend ZDoggMD and hope for future collaborations!”
“This was the PERFECT opening session. For one thing, it is so important in advancement for us to put ourselves in the shoes of our donor prospects. I’m not sure it occurs to many of us that the doctors we try to get in front of may actually be miserable! Whatever our occupations may be, Zubin reminded us of the importance of embracing all of one’s natural gifts, in his case comedy, etc. as well as a love of medicine.”
“What a pleasure it was to have ZDoggMD [Zubin] as our keynote speaker to kick-off the first-ever HealtheVoices conference! His humor and unique perspective on healthcare and social media was inspirational and really brought to life our mission to provide online health advocates the tools and resources to more effectively serve and grow their online communities … a huge thank you for sharing your personal journey to raise patient awareness – encouraging our attendees to use their voice to change the future of healthcare for the better! Bravo!”
Book him! His MD credential gave him the credibility to speak to our attendees (who are from radiology practices) as a colleague who “gets it”. He also injected a healthy dose of humor. I’m certain our attendees will remember him many years from now.