Podcast Episode

On the Shoulders of Giants, with Dr. Joseph Maroon (Mind Change Monday)

May 6, 2024

Dr. Joseph Maroon is a World-Renowned Neurosurgeon

He’s also my mentor, friend, and the primary reason I became a neurosurgeon.

Today, an incredible talk with one of the giants of my profession about legacy, hardship, mindset, faith, and more.

You should read Dr. Maroon’s excellent book, Square One:A Simple Guide To A Balanced Life

Official Bio:
Joe is clinical professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He received his education at Georgetown and Oxford Universities, the University of Vermont, and Indiana University in Bloomington, where he is a distinguished alumnus. He has authored over 280 peer-reviewed scientific papers and six previous books, including Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory and The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life. Joe is a sports medicine expert and has served as the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years. He is also a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and is the medical director for World Wrestling Entertainment. In the early 1990s, Joe co-developed the ImPACT concussion test, the only FDA-approved, worldwide standard tool to assess concussions. He is the senior vice president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; chairs the scientific advisory board of both Mylan and Stemedica; and is the scientific consultant for GNC. Joe is an inductee in both the National Fitness and the Lou Holtz Halls of Fame and remains a dedicated athlete, having completed eight Ironman triathlons-including five world championships in Kona, Hawaii-as well as over 70 other elite marathon and triathlon events.

To learn more about Dr. Maroon, visit http://www.josephmaroon.com

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  • (00:01) – Introduction to Dr. Joe Maroon
  • (08:24) – Visionary Microsurgery Techniques
  • (12:25) – Reconnecting with Dr. Maroon
  • (16:14) – Honoring the Opportunity to Train
  • (21:46) – Importance of Faith and Gratitude
  • (25:58) – Transformation Through Running and Triathlons
  • (29:59) – The Power of Preparation
  • (33:25) – The Influence of Early Connections
  • (37:49) – Understanding the Frontal Lobes
  • (40:46) – Benefiting from Past Innovations
  • (42:18) – Building on the Legacy of Pioneers
  • (46:32) – Navigating Major Adversity
  • (49:09) – Mindful Awareness and Stress Management
  • (53:31) – Gratitude and Mindset Shifts
  • (56:47) – Changing Your Mind, Changing Your Life

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