Leading M.D. addresses adverse childhood experiences on ‘Top Docs Radio’

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and “systemic empathy” – which is designed to integrate empathy into our health care experience/system to improve patient outcomes. It features Stan Sonu, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of internal medicine, pediatrics, and preventative medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and an associate program director for Emory’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Sonu discusses…

– How ACEs are related to health and behavioral outcomes
– A Kaiser Permanente/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ACEs study
– Types of adversity that children experience that weren’t addressed by the study
– The links between ACEs and disease and morbidity
– Ways for physicians to care for patients who have experienced ACEs
– “Trauma-informed care”
– “Systemic empathy”

Dr. Sonu has a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, he completed his residency in combined internal medicine/pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, he did a fellowship at the Cook County (Illinois) Preventive Medicine and Public Health Program, and he has a master of public health degree from Northwestern University. His research interests include addressing and preventing adverse childhood experiences and integrating trauma-informed care into clinical practice.

Between downloads and live listeners, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show has now reached more than 500,000 listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

The ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotify, and Stitcher.

Watch ‘Top Docs Radio’ show on ACEs/systemic empathy


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‘Ted Talks’ with Stan Sonu, M.D. (systemic empathy)

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Paper Tigers’ documentary

ACEs Connection

Center for Youth Wellness