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Beyond the Chart

Beyond the Chart is an off-the-record conversation with Baton Rouge General’s medical elite. Host, Brogan Taj, pulls back the curtain to give you an inside look on what’s happening behind the hospital walls. It’s more than just medicine. It’s real conversations with real people.

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Season 3

Episode 3: The Rise of Social Media Pregnancies with Dr. Lorene Wiley & Dr. Victoria Bourgeois - May 30, 2024

Ever wondered what a lotus birth is or why some people bury their placenta? With two OB/GYNs on the pod, it's only right we debunk some of misinformation you see on social media about pregnancy and birth! Dr. Lorene Wiley and Dr. Victoria Bourgeois fill us in on the newest podcast episode.

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Episode 2: Jessica Phillips' Heart Survivor Story - February 22, 2024

As part of our Heart of a Survivor series, Jessica Phillips shares her story to spread awareness after a life threatening pulmonary embolism.

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Episode1: Patton Brantley's Heart Attack Survivor Story - February 5, 2024

As part of our Heart of a Survivor series, Patton Brantley shares his story of being a 36-year-old heart attack survivor. For him, knowing his family history was everything.

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Season 2

Episode 28: Managing Holiday Stress with The Wellness Studio - November 29, 2023

Dr. Katie Fetzer and Dr. Mary Kathryn Gastinel from the Wellness Studio are redefining mental health. We have then on this episode of Beyond the Chart to talk about navigating holiday stress - from financials to family dynamics, they're here to help us make the holidays a little more jolly.

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Episode 27: Shaun Lacy Ward's Cancer Survivor Story - October 25, 2023

First came the support, then the hope. That was the prescription that worked for Shaun Lacy Ward during her cancer journey. Listen to her heartfelt cancer survivor story on this episode of Beyond the Chart.

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Episode 26: Diane Tate's Cancer Survivor Journey - October 1, 2023

When she looks back at her cancer journey, Diane Tate says it hits her that it absolutely could’ve gone another way, and she is grateful. “I was doing everything I was supposed to do, and cancer still happened, but at the end of the day, a mammogram is what’s going to save you.” Listen to Diane's story on this episode of Beyond the Chart!

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Episode 25: Breaking Bald - July 11, 2023

As a member of the bald community himself, Dr. Jake Wood tells us everything we need to know about hair loss - how it happens, how to avoid it and what to do once it's too late!

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Episode 24: Lauren Ritchey's Cancer Survivor Story - June 22, 2023

Lauren Ritchey is a Baton Rouge native, a mom and a breast cancer survivor. Her story is one of strength and focus, with an interesting twist.

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Episode 23: Using Food to Help Your Heart - February 10, 2023

When it comes to heart health, not all diets are created equal. We sat down with Dr. Satish Gadi, interventional cardiologist with the cardiovascular institute of the south to discuss what diets are rad and what diets are just a fad.

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Episode 22: Hernias, Reflux and Sweating - Oh My! - November 7, 2022

Dr. Keith Rhynes, a surgeon with the Advanced Robotics Institute, joins the podcast to talk about conditions we know a lot of people suffer from. We chat about hernias, acid reflux and even something called hyperhidrosis. When do these conditions lead to surgery? Find out!

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Episode 21: Things No One Tells You About Being Pregnant - September 7, 2022

Baton Rouge General's newest OB/GYN and soon-to-be mama herself, Dr. Victoria Bourgeois, sits down to give us all the pregnancy peaks and pits. Plus, some facts you may not know even if you've been pregnant yourself!

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Episode 20: Tales from Triathlon Training - June 15, 2022

By day, Savanna Burns is family nurse practitioner caring for patients at our Shenandoah Clinic. By night (and sometimes really early in the day), Savanna is busy training for her next triathlon. Check out her story!

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Episode 19: The ABCs of IBD - May 23, 2022

As a gastroenterologist and medical director of Baton Rouge General's Crohn's and Colitis Center, Dr. Casey Chapman spends his days digging deep into inflammatory bowel disease. From Crohn's disease to ulcerative colitis, Dr. Chapman breaks down everything you need to know about living with and treating IBD.

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Episode 18: More Than Just a Pain in the Neck - April 27, 2022

Do you know what cancers are classified as head and neck cancers? It's more than just cancers caused by smoking! Dr. William Varnado, a medical oncologist with Mary Bird Perkins, gives us the 4-1-1 on how to get aHEAD (get it?) of head and neck cancer.

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Episode 17: Nutrition in a Nutshell - April 6, 2022

Registered Dietitian Kristin West pops by to chat about all things nutrition. From diet culture to intermittent fasting and even cheat days - she's got it covered! As part of Baton Rouge General's Health and Wellness team, Kristin is passionate about helping others understand the relationship between food and all aspects of health.

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Episode 16: When Picky Eating Becomes a Problem - February 23, 2022

This one goes out to everyone out there dealing with picky eaters! Megan Dewberry is a speech language pathologist and certified lactation counselor with our Baton Rouge General Pediatric Rehab Program and she's got all the tips and tricks for dealing with picky eaters.

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Episode 15: Breaking through Burnout - February 2, 2022

Everyone gets burned out, whether it's from work or just life's stresses. On this episode of Beyond the Chart, we chat with family medicine physician and strong mental health advocate, Dr. Rachael Kermis about burnout and how to cope.

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Episode 14: Making Tik Toks and Saving Lives - January 19, 2022

We know Dr. Sanjay Juneja as our Chief of Oncology here at Baton Rouge General, but y’all may know him as @TheOncDoc on Tik Tok! We dive into what it’s like to be a medical content creator with half a million followers, how he got into the world of oncology, and much more!

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Season 1

Episode 13: Plant-based Eating in a Fast-Paced World - December 15, 2021

Plant-based eating, the potato diet and even fitting in alcohol - Dr. Gunjan Raina explains how going plant-based is not only great for your overall health, but easier than you may think!

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Episode 13: It's a Bones Day - November 22, 2021

On this episode of Beyond the Chart we sat down with Angela Roy, a physician assistant and head of our new Bone Health Center. Not only is she an expert in diagnosing and treating osteoporosis, you may also find her anecdotes pretty humerus!

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Episode 12: Rear Problems, Real Solutions - October 20, 2021

Dr. Scott Daugherty takes us on a journey through the colon in the latest episode of Beyond the Chart! Dr. Daugherty specializes in treating all kinds of colorectal diseases and isn't afraid to talk about them.

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Episode 11: Protecting Your Pumpkins - October 5, 2021

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there's no one better to join us than Dr. Everett Bonner. Find out what led Dr. Bonner down the path of surgical breast oncology, how his life has been touched by breast cancer, and much more!

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Episode 10: More Than Just a Flesh Wound - September 22, 2021

What do hyperbaric chambers and maggots have in common? They're both used to treat wounds! On this episode Dr. Shaun Carpenter, a leader in the world of wound medicine and hyperbarics, explains everything you've ever wanted to know about treating wounds - from the simplest to the gnarliest.

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Episode 9: Get Your Taste and Smell Back - September 9, 2021

If you're experiencing long-term loss of taste and smell after having COVID, this is the episode for you! We’ve got Dr. Henry Barham back on the podcast and he’s got the insider information about how to regain (and retrain) those senses.

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Episode 8: Weighing the Risks: COVID-19 and the COVID Vaccine - August 19, 2021

This special edition of Beyond the Chart is a panel discussion about the risks associated with COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine. Our expert panel answered questions from Baton Rouge General employees and now we want to share the discussion with you! Panelists include critical care physicians, Dr. Stephen Brierre and Dr. Ryan Richard, Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Candee Moore, Chief of Staff Dr. Louis Minsky and our Director of Pharmacy Dr. Raneesha Ford.

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Episode 7: Not Your Father's Heart Surgery - August 4, 2021

Dr. Antoine Keller is a Cardio Surgeon here at Baton Rouge General. When he's not busy opening up people's chests in new and exciting ways, he gives great red wine recommendations!

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Episode 6: This is How We Dude It - July 14, 2021

We're chatting with Dr. Vincent Shaw about all things men's health - from old injuries to screenings and even a little sports talk! He's here to tell you why weekends are NOT for the warriors. Dr. Shaw is the program director of both the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program and the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

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Episode 5: Skincare Secrets - June 29, 2021

Questions about sunscreen? Anti-aging products? Wondering about that itchy, red spot? Baton Rouge General Dermatologist, Dr. Azeen Sadeghian, has a passion for rashes and is here to give us the skinny on all things skin-related in this episode of Beyond the Chart.

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Episode 4: Taste of the Town - June 2, 2021

What does licking a strip of paper and showing symptoms of COVID-19 have in common? Dr. Henry Barham is here to tell us! Dr. Barham is a Rhinologist who pioneered a simple taste test that can predict how vulnerable you might be to COVID-19. (Spoiler alert: it has to do with your genes!)

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Episode 3: Let’s Talk About Sex - May 4, 2021

Hey ladies - wanna know if pineapple really makes everything "down there" smell better? This ones for the girls (and the guys who want to learn a thing or two!) We sat down with our chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Candee Moore, to get the facts about women's sexual health, sexual desire as you age and much more!

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Episode 2: The One Where We Talk About Robots - April 8, 2021

Not only is Dr. John Tabor the head of the Baton Rouge General Advanced Robotics Institute and a leader in the region for robotic-assisted surgery, but he's also pretty famous in the fishing community. We got the inside scoop on all of it!

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Episode 1: One Year into the Pandemic - March 12, 2021

Dr. Stephen Brierre is the Chairman of Critical Care at Baton Rouge General and was tasked with running the hospital’s ICU and COVID units back in March 2020. We sat down to reflect on what a journey it's been working through the pandemic for a whole year.

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