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Join attorney, wealth manager, and well-known author David Mandell, JD, MBA for Wealth Planning for the Modern Physician, a podcast dedicated to improving a physician’s financial bottom line. The podcast focuses on the wealth planning concerns faced by today’s doctor, with the goal of helping physicians make better financial decisions.

David talks with doctors from every specialty and stage of career about their real-world lessons in financial matters, and interviews industry experts in all areas of wealth management. Look for new episodes every other Thursday. Subscribe and listen today!


Feb 9, 2023

In this episode, plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bartlett joins David to discuss his career, academic and private practice, financial decisions and more.

Richard begins with his background—where he grew up, what got him interested in medicine and surgery in particularand his lack of interest in finances as he went through medical and surgical training.  

Richard explains the process for choosing his first job, including the benefit of learning to “balance the books” even in an academic setting.

He and David then cover his 15 years as an academic surgeon, what he learned financially in creating a plastics foundation from scratch, as well as his decision to create a private practice and the value of “being a good citizen” in making that transition easier.

Richard then spends a few minutes relating the types of financial advice he gives to fellows at Harvard and the advice he would give to all doctors.

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