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Episode 12 – The Accidental Humanitarian


Have you done enough for others? For yourself?

The gift comes from the giving.

This week, we have a ‘powerhouse accomplisher’, whose efforts have made a tremendous difference throughout the global healthcare community, as well as in his own life. Perhaps our guest’s most giving gift has been his efforts in humanitarian work, and in founding and leading The Center for Global Initiatives.

humanitarianDr. Chris Stout is changing lives and remains a hard-charger on his own terms. A Clinical Professor at the Univ. of Illinois’ College of Medicine, Dr. Chris Stout holds the distinction of being one of only 100 worldwide leaders appointed to the World Economic Forums Global Leaders of Tomorrow. He has been presented with five international humanitarian awards and four honorary doctorates. has published over 35 books and presented more than 300 papers in more than 20 countries.

He has also appeared as an expert on The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, and Oprah.


STEVE: “Just to the audience, I want to make mention of this. If you think you’re doing a lot in your life…….your not.


Chris, I have to say…I thought I was diverse. But you go through a lot of different sectors…just in healthcare, your interests include physical therapy, disability, workers comp, internet of things, evidence-based practice, global health, health policy, behavior medicine, mental health, ethics, and ACOs.

These are all areas that you’ve written on, you’ve put position papers out on, you’ve consulted on, you’ve been a sought-out leader on, and I’d like to know how you’ve stayed relevant and wide at the same time.”

DR. STOUT: “Well, thanks Steve…it takes one to know one. You have a wonderfully diverse pattern of work and accomplishments yourself. But to speak to some of your points…

I think a lot of the convergence and what might seem very broad or siloed in my head – I see it very much connected through a web. I grew up doing outcome studies – and that type of collaborative work led to evidence-based care. You take machine-learning and Dr. Watson to come up with better diagnostics, and better diagnostics leads to improved treatment plans, plus more appropriate therapeutics.

All that done in an efficient way, with less wear-and-tear on the patient and greater efficiency. This also ties into non-profit global health side of things, where you can take some of these things that have been proof-of-concepts in Western medicine, and look to apply them without the struggle of getting them to market – and use them in resource-poor areas.”

STEVE: “I would be remiss if I didn’t ask about the story of your 10-day stint in a Bolivian prison.”

DR. STOUT: “Oh, you had to bring that up…didn’t you?”


STEVE: “Jump right in…the water’s warm!”


DR. STOUT: “Flying doctors had developed a relationship with an NGO in Bolivia – as its very hard for American NGO to do this work in Bolivia, for whatever reasons. As our team met in the U.S. before we went south, I was meeting ObGyns and I was meeting pediatricians…and I was scratching my head.

What was the deal?

When I found out we were going to two men’s prisons and one woman’s prison, I understood the deal with the ObGyns…but why the pediatricians? 


 I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Steve Ambrose on a podcast that covered a range of topics in healthcare information technology. The podcast logistics – communications, interview questions, scheduling and production – were every well managed.
A great experience that I would do again in an instance.

Dr. John Glaser
SVP, Population Health at CERNER

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