Dr. Lisa Sanders

The Medical "Sherlock Holmes"

Millions of viewers around the world know Dr. Lisa Sanders’ from her hit Netflix show, Diagnosis, helping people with mysterious medical mysteries figure out their, well, diagnoses. Lisa also pens a popular New York Times Magazine column and a new book by the same title. She was the inspiration and Technical Director of the hit TV series House M.D., starring Hugh Laurie. 

Lisa is dedicated and passionate about inspiring global audiences to look beyond the obvious and set aside distractions to solve today’s most complex problems and come to the solution, or as she calls it, the diagnosis. After a decade-long career in journalism, at the age of 36, Lisa Sanders went from asking questions to get to the bottom of a story to asking questions that save people’s lives. Similar to the medical field, in the corporate world, leaders need to understand how to ask a question as much as which questions to ask. They must learn to overcome their assumptions to filter through what is relevant, set aside what is not, and make a clear diagnosis to avoid wasting people, time, and resources. Only then can a leader effectively communicate the company’s goal with a clear path to achieve success. Dr. Lisa Sanders speaks to groups in the medical and corporate settings while sharing her unique insight to solving the most complex problems through actionable exercises and fascinating stories. She is very much “outside of the box”.

“Raising the Line”, with Shiv Gaglani and Dr. Rishi Desai, is about strengthening our global healthcare systems. To do this, we need to accomplish many things including training more healthcare professionals, and helping them stay in their professions longer. However, there's so much more we can accomplish together.
PODCAST: The Limitations of Medical Knowledge - Dr. Lisa Sanders
In 2004, David Shore and Paul Attanasio, pitched the series to Fox as a CSI-style medical detective program, a hospital whodunit in which the doctors investigated symptoms and their causes. Attanasio was inspired by The New York Times Magazine column "Diagnosis", written by physician Lisa Sanders.
Inspiration for the hit TV Series, "House".
Dr. Lisa Sanders crowdsources diagnoses for mysterious and rare medical conditions in a documentary series based on her New York Times Magazine column.
Netflix series: Diagnosis
A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders.
Every Patient Tells a Story
Diagnosis - Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries

Sample Talks

Today, 30 million Americans suffer from rare diseases, and it takes an average of 6 years to unlock these diagnoses. But Diagnosis Detective, Lisa Sanders, suggests that it’s not just rare diseases that we diagnose incorrectly. Diagnostic error is a large scale problem that costs numerous lives each year. So what do we do about it? Lisa shares that increased training, feedback, and specialization in medicine are the keys to improving diagnostic accuracy. She also looks to Sherlock Holmes for a new approach, suggesting that doctors should look at each new case through a detective’s lens – with all evidence in front of them – rather than making a decision based on familiarity. In doing so, we can improve diagnoses, provide accurate treatments, and save lives.

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Why we need medical diagnosis detectives

Dr. Lisa Sanders at TEDMed

Mayo Clinic Transform - Lisa Sanders, M.D.

Lisa Sanders, M.D., Clinician-Educator and Writer

The Rachel Ray Show

with Dr. Lisa Sanders