Neil Shulman, MD is Assoc. Professor in the Dept of Medicine at Emory University Medical School. His career has covered a wide spectrum of activities, including conducting clinical research in hypertension funded at a level of about $8 million for the National Institutes of Health and publishing in this discipline. He also co-founded the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks and helped launch the journal Ethnicity & Disease and the Heart to Heart Program which brought children from developing countries to the United States for life-saving heart surgery.
Another pursuit of Neil’s has been focused on improving access to health care in underserved communities in the U.S.A. He helped recruit doctors and nurses to rural areas, while developing rural community clinics. He also authored the book Doc Hollywood, which was developed into a film starring Michael J. Fox. The objective in associate producing this film was to encourage youth to consider seeking a career in rural underserved communities.
Neil has also attempted to contribute to improving medical literacy by writing books on medical and health topics for kids and adults. His book Your Body’s Red Light Warning Signals has been developed into a website so consumers can quickly access information relating to important symptoms. He also co-authored a book which has been used to teach the basics of the history and physical exam to over 8000 undergraduates at Emory so they can be better consumers of health care.
His children’s book What’s in a Doctor’s Bag? has resulted in the development and distribution of health related television spots on public television in the U.S.A. and Canada. Neil has also written articles on the value of humor in improving communication and health. His “live” performances focus on humor and medical literacy, and are targeted toward kids, adults, and seniors. He also enjoys volunteering in performing comedy for fundraisers for Free Clinics and other charitable ventures.