Dr. Michael Koren sits down with his middle school buddy, Mick LaSalle, a well-known film critic, to discuss changes in the direction of medicine & media. Their “Staten Island humor” is evident as they talk about how the media markets medicine from aspirin to covid, what the media says vs. what the medical data proves.
Dr. Michael Koren is a practicing cardiologist and CEO at ENCORE Research Group. He has been the principal investigator of 2000+ clinical trials while being published in the most prestigious medical journals. Dr. Koren received his medical degree cum laude at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine with a fellowship in cardiology at New York Hospital / Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/ Cornell Medical Center.
Mick LaSalle, film critic for The San Francisco Chronicle and former on-air film critic for the ABC-TV affiliate in San Francisco, KGO. He is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood (2000), Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man (2002); The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses (2012); and Dream State: California in the Movies (2021). With Leba Hertz, he hosted the Mick LaSalle podcast between 2005 and 2010. He wrote and co-produced the Complicated Women documentary for Turner Classic Movies, which Jane Fonda narrated. He has also written introductions to several books, including The Enduring Star, Peter Cowie’s biography of Joan Crawford (Rizzoli, 2009). He met Dr. Michael Koren in Middle School during the 1970s.