Michael Wilkes

Michael Wilkes

Host, Second Opinion

Michael Wilkes is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He recently stepped down as Vice Dean at the School of Medicine and is now Director of Global Health. For most of Wilkes' career as a doctor he lived and worked in Los Angeles.

At UCLA he was a founder of UCLA's innovative Doctoring Curriculum which now serves as a model for UC Davis School of Medicine and many other medical schools domestically and internationally. Dr.Wilkes works frequently with medical schools and public health systems in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

He is also an active education and health services researcher working in the area of medical education, technology assisted learning, clinical genetics, doctor-patient communication, end of life care, and conflicts of interest in medicine.

Wilkes is trained in internal medicine and has had additional training in adolescent medicine and public health.

He is an award winning journalist having worked for the New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, and The Los Angeles Times, and of course his more than 20 years in public radio!

Michael Wilkes on KCRW

When people feel sick from minor illnesses, an ambulance and a trip to the ED is not in their best interest nor is it in the best interest of the public.

An ambulance is not a medical taxi

When people feel sick from minor illnesses, an ambulance and a trip to the ED is not in their best interest nor is it in the best interest of the public.

from Second Opinion

Know how much a medical service costs could be important in making medical decisions.  But, new regulations that require this information be provided to the public have created…

Hospital Price Transparency

Know how much a medical service costs could be important in making medical decisions.  But, new regulations that require this information be provided to the public have created…

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When sick and needing surgery do patients want to make decisions themselves or have an expert make the decision?

Shared Decision Making

When sick and needing surgery do patients want to make decisions themselves or have an expert make the decision?

from Second Opinion

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