18 - Dr. Philippe Friedlich: Pediatric Surgery, Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia, Pre-Mature Births, and CHLA


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Dr. Phillipe Friedlich, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Co-Director of the Fetal and Neonatal Institute and Chief of the Division of Neonatology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shares his experiences of neonatal surgery, new developments in pediatric medicine, and more!

A complete science of its own, Bill, Dr. Taback, and Dr. Philippe Friedlich dive into the world of fetal care and neonatal medicine in this exciting episode. (2:19) Dr. Friedlich explains how the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles is handling COVID-19, and what sorts of procedures they have in place for quelling the spread of the virus as well as the fear that surrounds it. (4:41) Percentages and details surrounding premature births are discussed, as well as some of the complications that can result. (7:06) Dr. Friedlich dives into the fascinating technique of cooling a child’s brain in an MRI and why he would do such a thing. The doctors also discuss ECMO machines and how their usage varies from neonatal to adult care. (10:34) The microscopic non-invasive procedure of keyhole repairs is discussed and the miracle of repairing extremely fragile fetal organs with this new technology. (12:46) Dr. Friedlich discuses some of the significant advances that his team at CHLA has made for the whole medical world. (16:42) Communicating with parents about hard to swallow issues relating to their child, and the importance of touch and the presence of family around ailing children is discussed. (20:22) Following the break, Bill poses the question: “What sort of cases/cures can medicine not entirely explain?” (22:51) Dr. Taback and Dr. Friedlich discuss brain development in relation to the early nurturing stage for a child. (26:03) In this section, Dr. Friedlich goes into more detail about the logistical process that CHLA run’s in order to transport and operate on neonates getting transferred into the center. (27:54) Dr. Taback asks Dr. Friedlich if working in neonatology has influenced his view on a women’s right to choose vs pro-life. (31:02) Is autism a neonatal issue? What sort of things can contribute to developing child falling on the spectrum? (32:32) Dr. Friedlich finishes the podcast by discussing the achievements he is most proud of accomplishing at CHLA.

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Hosted by: Dr. Steven Taback & Bill Curtis

Guest: Dr. Philippe Friedlich

Produced and Edited by: Aj Moseley

Sound Engineering by: Michael Kennedy

Theme Music by: Cellest and Eric Dick

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