JULY 10, 2016

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So much has been said about healthcare reform in America. Much of it is political. Anything as big and complex as our healthcare system is subject to our particular worldviews. 
But let’s set aside our worldviews for a moment.  Whether it’s our own experiences or those of a loved one, we’ve all been touched in some way by the healthcare system.

I sure have.  On one side, as an actively practicing physician on the frontline of our healthcare system.  And on the other, as the son of a mother who recently suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Through those roles, I’ve seen the best of what modern healthcare has to offer.  And the worst of what the vast flatland of unconscious healthcare delivers.
How about you?  During our discussion, I will invite you to share your own experiences with healthcare.  Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • How did you (or your loved one) relate to your doctors in the healthcare system?  How about your nurses?

  • Did you feel seen by the system?

  • Did your caregivers feel energized to see you?

  • Did the system address not only your acute illness, but your overall health?

  • Did it look after not just the exterior, but the interior of you?

  • Did the system engage you, and your doctor, as the irreducibly unique beings that we all are?

In this talk, I will discuss how the evolution of consciousness is propelling us to leave one era of medicine, “Health 1.0,” and enter another, “Health 2.0.” Health 2.0 comes with great promise.  But I’ll warn how it also comes with dangerous pitfalls.
I will then introduce “Health 3.0”: a re-imagining of healthcare that includes the benefits of both Health 1.0 and 2.0 while transcending them. The key to this integration is to embody Dr. Marc Gafni’s insight of the Unique Self: the uniquely personal essence of Spirit. It is through embracing the uniqueness of both the patient and the doctor, in the context of illness, that we can renew the sacred patient-doctor relationship. That relationship is at the heart of Unique Self Medicine. 

I think most of us feel that we have a healthcare crisis in America.  But we’ve been fooled.  We’ve been misled about what the crisis in medicine is.  We’ve been told it’s poor access to care, the lack of good quality measures, the heterogeneity in medical practice, or the lack of technology in health records.  These are important, yes.  But the real crisis in medicine isn’t any of these things. 

The real crisis in medicine is a crisis in love. 
To understand why, join me as I share my professional and personal journey into the core of medicine and healing.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Arrival and socializing at 5:30. Program at 6:00.

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Venu Julapalli, M.D.

Gastroenterologist, Author, "Unique Self and the Future of Medicine" 

Dr. Venu Julapalli is founder and president of Integral Gastroenterology Center, P.A., an active private practice in gastroenterology in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the works of Ken Wilber, he started his practice in 2005 with a passion to bring an “AQAL” approach to patient care. His mission, with his brother Dr. Vinay Julapalli, is to collaborate with others to re-imagine, renew, and evolve the practice of medicine. Together they have founded “Conscious Medicine” as an instrument to bring an awareness of health and well-being practices to the community at large.

Dr. Julapalli graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. with Distinction in Biological Sciences. He was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha. He underwent medical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he continues to serve as a volunteer clinical instructor. He practices in north Houston. 
Dr. Julapalli serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Integral Wisdom, an activist think-tank whose mission is to evolve the source code of humanity. Led by a team of spiritual luminaries, business leaders, authors, and activists, the Center for Integral Wisdom aims to advance the leading edge of spirituality, psychology, entrepreneurship, and the sciences around the world. 

Dr. Julapalli’s own spiritual stream has flowed from his mother’s traditional Hindu rituals to Ken Wilber’s writings, from Vipassana to Adyashanti, and now to Marc Gafni’s Unique Self insights. He believes the Unique Self holds the key for all stakeholders in healthcare to enjoy lives well lived. 
Venu and Vinay Julapalli have published a white paper on applying Unique Self to evolve the source code of medicine, which can be accessed here. 

Venu also enjoys reading, spending time with his wife and family, and following his beloved New Orleans Saints.