Pediatric Neurosurgeon and author Jay Wellons joins me to discuss his inspiring new book, All That Moves Us: A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, His Young Patients, and Their Stories of Grace and Resilience.

In All That Moves Us, Dr. Jay Wellons pulls back the curtain to reveal the profoundly moving triumphs, haunting complications, and harrowing close calls that characterize the life of a pediatric neurosurgeon, bringing the high-stakes drama of the operating room to life with astonishing candor and honest compassion. Reflecting on lessons learned over twenty-five years and thousands of operations completed on some of the most vulnerable and precious among us, Wellons recounts in gripping detail the moments that have shaped him as a doctor, as a parent, and as the only hope for countless patients whose young lives are in his hands.

Jay Wellons MD, MSPH, is a Professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, and Radiological Sciences at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He holds the Cal Turner, Jr. Chair and is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, Vice Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences, and directs the Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids, (SOCKs) which he co-founded.

He has over 250 published scientific and medical articles on all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery and is a recognized national lecturer and expert in fetal neurosurgery, the Chiari Malformations, brachial plexus surgery, surgical clinical outcomes research, and health care disparity. He has twice been a contributor to The New York Times Sunday Review. Many moons ago, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA in English. All That Moves Us is his first book. Dr. Wellons lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Melissa – also a physician, two teenage children Jack and Fair, and dog Watney.

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