episode #340

Lessons from the Pandemic from an ICU doctor with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng


Dr. Kwadwo is not only a dedicated healthcare professional but also a passionate researcher committed to optimizing ICU resources and improving access to palliative care without compromising quality. He founded the Resource Optimization Network, a groundbreaking research group dedicated to reducing healthcare spending while maintaining exceptional care standards.

Join Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Kwadwo as they engage in a therapeutic and enlightening conversation about healthcare policy, with a particular focus on the COVID pandemic. They explore what went wrong, what went right, and the valuable lessons we can learn from this global health crisis. Together, they delve into the policies implemented in Canada and the United States, sharing their experiences as Ontario residents, discussing travel restrictions, vaccine passports, and mandates.

This episode also addresses the history of vaccines in marginalized communities and touches on the intersection of healthcare and politics. Dr. Kwadwo’s latest book, “Unapologetic Leader: How We Find the Moral Courage to Do the Right Thing,” forms the backdrop for a conversation about leadership during the pandemic and the importance of ensuring history does not repeat itself.

Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion on how we can heal and improve healthcare delivery both in North America and around the world, especially in regions where vaccine policies have been coercive rather than individualized. Don’t miss this insightful episode with two passionate healthcare professionals who share their vision for a better, more compassionate future.


Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng is a critical care and palliative care physician at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Kyeremanteng cares for the sickest of the sick patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). As a researcher, he is interested in using ICU resources more efficiently and improving access to palliative care in the ICU. To help do this, he founded the Resource Optimization Network, a multidisciplinary research group working to reduce health spending in this area without compromising care. In September 2019 Dr. Kyeremanteng launched his ever-growing podcast “Solving Healthcare with Kwadwo Kyeremanteng.” These podcasts feature interviews and discussions on the topic of improving healthcare delivery in Canada. Underpinned by the values of cost-effectiveness, dignity, and justice, these podcasts will challenge the status quo, leaving no stone unturned as we explore gaps, assumptions, and different perspectives in the pursuit of finding solutions to problems in Canada’s healthcare system.


Book: Unapologetic Leadership: Finding The Moral Courage To Do The Right Thing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwadwo777
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kwadwo-kyeremanteng/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwadcast/?hl=en
Podcast: https://kwadcast.substack.com/podcast
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@kwadcastsolvinghealthcare1948/about


0:00:00 Intro
0:01:13 Introducing Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng and His Work in Healthcare
0:06:11 Ignored Health Factors in COVID-19 Outbreak
0:08:41 Leadership Based on Polling, Not Unapologetic Values
0:12:12 Holistic Approach in Leadership, Considering All Aspects for Success
0:15:37 Core Values: Excellence, Zest for Life, Gratitude, and Courage
0:18:35 Impacts of COVID Closures on Children’s Mental Health
0:29:10 Challenging the Black and White Thinking in Vaccinations
0:29:59 Media’s Failure to Acknowledge Metabolic Disease Risk Factor
0:33:05 Pursuit of Truth in Medicine and Science
0:34:43 Struggles and Tragedies of Dealing with COVID at Work
0:37:14 The Consequences of Coercion and Lack of Understanding
0:40:14 Considering the Patient’s Perspective and Cultural Influence
0:43:44 Personalizing Health Interventions for Individual Patients
0:47:08 Leaders Showing Humility and Connecting with the People
0:50:01 The Effects of Learned Helplessness on Children’s Future Leadership
0:53:36 Ways to Become an Unapologetic Leader: Leaning on Action, Embracing Failure, and Delegating
0:58:16 Reflecting on Failure and Learning from It
1:02:38 Meaningful Conversation on Healing and Facilitating Change



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