Man to the Moon: 1969, Man to Mars: 2026, Man to the Doctor’s Office: ?
On the same day that two doctors took a Tesla S to launch a “Drive for Men’s Health” awareness campaign, Elon Musk announced the release of Tesla’s patents to anyone who wants to use the electric vehicle technology in good faith. As the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Musk is one of the most ambitious innovators today.
There was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. – Elon Musk
BMW and Nissan are already interested in collaborating, and it has been a busy week for Musk. He also announced:
We May Get Mankind to Mars, But Can We Get Men to the Doctor’s Office?
For all our technological advances, getting a man to see his doctor is still a big challenge. Men are 24% less likely to go to the doctor than women.
Many [adult] men go to the doctor for the first time in their 40s — on a stretcher with a heart attack,” – Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh.
Supercharging Men’s Health
Two creative urologists are using an interest in future tech and cool cars to fuel a greater interest in men’s health. The pair recently completed the first “Drive for Men’s Health”, and plan to grow awareness by making the drive an annual event.
On June 12, Dr. Sijo Parekattil and Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt took an electric Tesla S on an 1,100 mile road trip along the East Coast “supercharging” 11 communities from Clermont, Florida, to New York City with health information from leading medical experts in men’s health. Interviews with physicians from around the world were recorded with Google Glass and Hangouts, and were live streamed.
According to Dr. Brahmbhatt, many men’s health issues are preventable with lifestyle changes, and open communication,
Opening this conversation is why we drive!
Some facts according to the “Drive for Men’s Health“:
- “Macho man” culture means men are less likely to talk about physical and mental health.
- 100,000 live with chronic testicular pain each year.
- 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives.
- 230,000 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
- Men are 2 times as likely to die of melanoma than women.
- Men can get breast cancer. Roughly 2,000+ cases a year and 400 deaths.
- Men’s life expectancy is almost 5 years lower than women’s.
- 6 million men are diagnosed with depression each year. Millions more won’t talk about it.
- Men who sit 6+ hours a day have an 18% higher chance of dying from heart disease or diabetes.
Robotic surgery has really changed the way we operate. – Dr. Brahmbhatt
Urology is one specialty leading innovation in robotic surgery. Drs. Parekattil and Brahmbhatt run the PUR Clinic at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, which specializes in robotic assisted microsurgery. They treat male infertility, vasectomy reversal, and chronic testicular/groin pain. They believe they offer more compassionate, patient-centered care because they have been patients themselves.
We specialize in an area that many people don’t like to deal with. These are issues that are not only difficult for patients to talk about, but even other physicians. There’s so much that we don’t understand about infertility and groin pain that it makes it very frustrating for the patients and the physicians involved, and we wanted to change that. – Dr. Sijo Parekattil
The doctors say that a common misperception is that the robot is doing the surgery. The robot is just a tool that is an extension of the surgeon’s hands, but it does afford the surgeon a “third” arm the surgeon can toggle. “You can start to do things you just couldn’t do with two arms.” explains Dr. Parekattil.
Supporting the Next Generation of Innovators
Drs. Parekattil and Brahmbhatt also successfully executed an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in conjunction with the Drive for Men’s Health to support Florida Polytechnic University in their community. All proceeds will go to genetic research in men’s health conditions, and will support education scholarships for future innovators, engineers, doctors, and scientists at Florida Polytechnic University.
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