Get Better podcast art with logo and illustration of hosts, doctors Michelle Prickett, Khalilah Gates, Susan Russell
Get Better Logo with illustration of Khalilah L. Gates, MD, Michelle L. Prickett, MD, and Susan R. Russell, MD in white lab coats, and Northwestern Medicine along the bottom

Get Better

a podcast by Northwestern Medicine

Disclaimer: This podcast does not substitute for medical advice from a clinician.

About the Get Better Podcast

Living a healthier life is a journey with no final destination: You can always get better.

Susan Russell, MD, Khalilah Gates, MD, and Michelle Prickett, MD, are three pulmonologists at Northwestern Medicine who help people get better from critical illnesses. They are also lifelong friends and lifelong learners who want to get better from head to toe.

These three physicians will learn alongside you as they interview other Northwestern Medicine experts about health and medicine topics meant to help you achieve better health.

21 Episodes


December 27, 2023

When you are faced with a medical emergency, it can be hard to know what to do or where to go. More than 139 million people visit an emergency department (ED) every year in the United States. But where should you go when you are sick or hurt, especially after normal business hours? Northwestern Medicine Emergency Medicine Resident Physician Evelyn Huang, MD, talks with the hosts about how to get the right care at the right time.


18 MIN 27 SEC

October 02, 2023

Hot flashes, painful sex, weight gain: The symptoms of menopause can be life-altering. A Northwestern Medicine expert talks about how to overcome these symptoms and live a healthier, better life in this new chapter.

Guest: Traci A. Kurtzer, MD

Disclaimer: This podcast does not substitute for medical advice from a clinician.


22 MIN 53 SEC

June 23, 2023

As odd as it sounds, death is a part of life. In this episode, our hosts chat with a palliative care physician to learn about the difference between palliative care and end-of-life care. You’ll get tips on how to have important conversations with your loved ones about the type of care you or they may want at all stages of life.

Guest: Julia L. Vermylen, MD

Disclaimer: This podcast does not substitute for medical advice from a clinician.


20 MIN 59 SEC

June 07, 2023

Alcohol consumption drastically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. So did rates of alcohol-related liver disease. A Northwestern Medicine hepatologist (liver physician) discusses alcohol's impact on your liver and how to have healthy drinking habits.

June 01, 2023

Fertility specialists dedicate their lives to making it possible for people to bring babies into the world. Here’s the incredible story of how a Northwestern Medicine physician helped her best friend start a family.


20 MIN 49 SEC

March 09, 2023

Each year, pelvic floor disorders affect millions of people, and those people seek help for issues like bowel and bladder changes or pain during sex. But there are ways to treat these disorders. Northwestern Medicine physical therapist, Lesli Lo, PT, DPT, joins the podcast to break down pelvic floor therapy and what it can do for you.


22 MIN 24 SEC

February 23, 2023

Mothers are often seen as the primary parent. As such, mothers may face unrealistic pressures about parenthood and their roles as friends, romantic partners, employees and individuals. A Northwestern Medicine psychologist discusses how to break free from the sexist norms that impact all relationships and ensure that you are supported by your partners in your parenthood journey.

June 15, 2022

Our hosts wrap up the first season of the Get Better podcast by discussing what they learned about their health and each other and what they hope to learn in season two.


13 MIN 25 SEC

May 26, 2022

You may know the dangers of smoking, but still find it hard to quit. Our hosts are here to talk about what happens when you put anything other than air into your lungs and how to take steps to kick the habit for good.


22 MIN 28 SEC

May 11, 2022

It makes everyone tick, but keeping it healthy can often be easier said than done. A Northwestern Medicine cardiologist talks about what heart health means and why it matters.


23 MIN 18 SEC

May 04, 2022

In a recent survey, two out of three transgender adults said that they worry their health evaluations are affected by their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program aims to change that by providing inclusive and affirming care.


17 MIN 56 SEC

April 27, 2022

As female physicians, Khalilah Gates, MD, Michelle Prickett, MD, and Susan Russell, MD, face implicit bias every day. In this inspiring conversation, your podcast hosts discuss their experiences and how to recognize implicit bias.

As assistant dean of medical education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Gates leads the faculty and student council on racism, justice and equity for the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education (AWOME), reviews curriculum for bias, educates faculty members on best practices for discussing bias in education, and serves as a mentor for students from underrepresented groups. 


19 MIN 31 SEC

March 23, 2022

Children of the 1970s, it's your turn to get a colonoscopy. We talk to a Northwestern Medicine gastroenterologist about why this cancer screening method is so important (and why it's not as bad as you think).


20 MIN 35 SEC

March 16, 2022

When it comes to skin care, it's hard to know what will help and what is just hype. A Northwestern Medicine dermatologist shares skin care tips for everything from acne to dry skin, with special considerations for people of color.


21 MIN 40 SEC

March 02, 2022

Some COVID-19 survivors have chronic symptoms that last weeks, months or longer. Meet the Northwestern Medicine physicians helping them get better, and hear from a patient still recovering more than one year after clearing the virus from her system.


21 MIN 36 SEC