Since 2020, Andrew Wilner, MD, has hosted and produced a podcast exploring the art, business, and clinical aspects of the field of medicine for the public. Now, “The Art of Medicine with Dr. Wilner” will reach 100 episodes on December 10.
Episodes from Dr. Wilner’s podcast appear biweekly on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and all other major podcast streaming sites. Dr. Wilner’s podcast has also been recognized in the media, including ranking No. 5 on FeedSpot’s 25 Best Physicians Podcasts for 2023.
“When I started creating podcasts four years ago, I thought it would be fun to do, and I love interviewing people and learning from them,” Dr. Wilner said. “The podcast serves as a public service, but it’s actually more influential than I had anticipated, so that’s been really gratifying.”
Dr. Wilner serves as an associate professor in the Department of Neurology in the UTHSC College of Medicine and as the division director of Neurology at Regional One Health. He has over two decades of experience writing and conducting interviews as a freelance medical journalist. He has written four books covering topics on neurology, epilepsy, and clinical practice. Dr. Wilner also hosts podcasts for several medical platforms, including Medscape, ReachMD, and RadioMD.
Since 1982, he has practiced locum tenens part-time, serving in temporary physician positions in outpatient, inpatient, academic, and community settings. He was inspired to create his podcast after publishing his fourth book, “The Locum Life, A Physician’s Guide to Locum Tenens,” an inside guide for physicians practicing locum tenens. After hosting interviews with additional locum tenens experts, he decided to expand his reach and conduct interviews covering many areas of the practice of medicine.
“I think there are a lot of people doing very important things with their lives and contributing to society that do not make the front page of the news, and I wanted to interview them for my podcast,” Dr. Wilner said. “For example, I am a writer, and I’m very interested in other physicians who write. I thought this could be a platform for physicians to discuss books they’ve written, nonfiction or fiction books, as well as other writers who are writing about medical topics. So, that was one population I wanted to highlight.”
Now, his podcast has expanded. Previous guests have included physician nutritionists, physician authors, filmmakers, nurse practitioners, space medicine experts, wealth management advisors, and others. His podcast has also featured Paul Hill, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UTHSC, who discussed the impact of COVID-19 on mental health during the pandemic. Dr. Wilner looks forward to including other UTHSC faculty in future podcasts.
“The podcast is one way that I do public outreach. I have a wide audience, and I think it’s valuable information. There is a big desire for medical education among the public,” Dr. Wilner said. “I think UTHSC has been very supportive of my role as a public educator, and I appreciate it.”
In addition to his podcast, Dr. Wilner’s website also contains links to locum tenens articles, books by authors featured in his podcast, his articles and podcasts for external publications, and other resources. Dr. Wilner is also a certified divemaster through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. He produces videos for his second YouTube channel, “Underwater with Dr. Andrew,” which shares his underwater explorations in the Philippines and Indonesia.
As he approaches episode 100 of his podcast, Dr. Wilner said his future goals include reaching 200 episodes and more, continuing to grow the quality of his show, interviewing more writers, and writing his fifth book. To reach Dr. Wilner, visit his website www.andrewwilner.com.