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Leading pediatrician and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Aaron Carroll has built a worldwide audience who turn to him for the latest information on health research and policy. The respected doctor separates fact from myth and politics on his highly read blog “The Incidental Economist” and award-winning YouTube channel, “Healthcare Triage.”

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with an MS from the University of Washington, Aaron’s research focuses primarily on improving health for children through innovating pediatrics through technology. He is also an authority on healthcare reform, credited with explaining policy changers better than any other speaker. Furthermore he makes a clear and compelling case for what actions need to be taken to make health care better for everyone involved.

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Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS is a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research Mentoring at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. He earned a BA in chemistry from Amherst College, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an MS in health services from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Aaron’s research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy including physician malpractice, the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship, and health care financing reform. He is also the co-author of Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked, and Don’t Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked, all published by St. Martin’s Press.

In addition to being a regular contributor to The Upshot at the New York Times, he has written for CNN.com, Bloomberg News, the JAMA Forum, and the Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, ABC News Now, and The Colbert Report. He’s a regular guest (usually on Monday at 9:30 AM) on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, which airs on Sirius/XM radio.

He also has a popular YouTube channel called Healthcare Triage, where he talks about health research and health policy.


Dr. Aaron Carroll Speaker Videos Back to top

Healthcare Triage Live


Dr. Aaron Carroll answers questions and clears away the confusion layering common health topics including policy, nutrition, and medical research. Responding to a viewer’s concern over a recently publicized study that tied peanut butter consumption to increased chances of developing liver cancer, Carroll carefully lays out what actually occurs in different medical studies and why they aren’t always reliable when applied to real life situations.

“I’m going to bet all the money in my pocket that that wasn’t a randomized controlled trial,” he states, clarifying that while he wouldn’t worry so much about the liver cancer connection, it’s a good idea in general to limit peanut butter to moderate amounts due to the calories.

Medical Myths and More


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Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Equipped with an incredible repertoire of knowledge, Dr. Aaron Carroll brings both humanity and depth to everyday health issues. He breaks down research and policy in easy-to-understand terms as he puts myths on Obama Care, nutrition, and common health issues to rest, entertainingly presenting the facts and research.

Dr. Carroll has an unrivaled talent for answering questions on the spot and a gift for connecting with audiences as demonstrated by his YouTube channel Healthcare Triage, one of the most popular sources of health news and information.

Emerging Technologies Drive the Future of Healthcare
In this keynote, Dr. Aaron Carroll addresses the specific impact that consumer-originated technologies will have in health care and further how the marketplace will be affected by, and can take advantage of, new technologies that originate and develop in the consumer space. For example:

  • How will mobile apps, DIY health care kits, physician extenders and the one-click millennials impact healthcare?

  • How will consumers use the quality measures regulators publish?

    Dr. Carroll co-owned one of the first companies to write medical software for Palm Pilots (and that really dates him). He will deliver his thoughts on mobile apps, Apple's Healthkit, physician extenders, minute clinics, personal health records, and more. His expertise has been published at his blog theincidentaleconomist.com, in the medical literature, and in the New York Times, to name a few. Bottom line, those who learn how to leverage and embrace emerging technologies to cater to consumer expectations will drive the future of health care for those who deliver, pay for or regulate it.

    Global Healthcare: What Can the US Health Care System Learn From Other Countries?
    As we in the US continue to fight about how to fix our health care system, many are starting to look globally to see what other systems can teach us about reform. Contrary to what many in the media often portray, there are many, many different kinds of health care systems all over the world. Some do better in terms of quality, some do better in terms of access, and almost all of them do better in terms of costs. There are trade-offs, though, to many of the approaches that other countries take, and merely focusing on one or a few aspects in particular fails to give the full understanding of the complexities involved in comparing other health care systems to our own.

    Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care policy, will walk audience members through the design of a number of countries' health care systems, explain how they differ from ours in terms of cost, quality, innovation, technology, wait times, coverage, and flexibility. He will explain how many of them made the choices they did, and what that has meant for their past and future. Finally, he will show how adopting some of the ideas behind them, while leading to inevitable tradeoffs, could make the US health care system much more successful.

    The ABC's of the ACA (Affordable Care Act)
    The Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, and Obamacare lives on. However, the future of healthcare is far from stable. The ruling made the Medicaid expansion "optional", making the future murky for the 17 million Americans who should become uninsured through Medicaid in the future. Moreover, the political landscape of health care reform is still shifting, making the upcoming election a pivotal turning point in how our health care system works.

    Unfortunately, listening to media coverage about the US health care system, it can seem impossible to get a real handle on what's going on. Understanding what the future holds for health care reform, and how it will affect people, businesses, and the country doesn't appear possible. Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care reform, uses publicly available data and unbiased research to cut through the rhetoric and clearly explain the issues with our current system. He explains how the Affordable Care Act will really work, details what it contains, and how it will likely be implemented over the next decade. At the conclusion, audience members truly gain an understanding of the complexity of the problem along with the trade-offs that are inevitable in trying to fix the $2.7 trillion US health care system.

    Myths, Lies and Misconceptions
    from the co-Author of such books as Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, and Don't Cross Your Eyes . . . They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked.

    We've all heard the one about a dog's mouth being cleaner than a human's. That's a myth, says Dr. Aaron Carroll. A dog's mouth isn't cleaner than a human's - humans don't use their tongues as toilet paper." People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe "facts" about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. Dr. Carroll takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Myth-busting is nothing new for Dr. Carroll who is not just a compelling speaker and extremely well-informed researcher and policy expert, but he has a great ability to spot the important issues and, to point out the disconnects, and the myths in health and wellness. In his keynote, Dr. Carroll highlights medical myths, how they get started, why they persist, and why they are important. He explains some of the truths behind myths he finds most interesting such as:

  • Turkey doesn't make you sleepy - regardless of what you've heard . . . about the tryptophan.
  • Sugar doesn't make kids hyper - there are at least 12 randomized controlled trials that say so.
  • You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years
  • You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it
  • If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it's safe to eat

    "People hearing my talk will learn about why many medical myths just aren't true -- (because) research says so. It will help them confront and think about other medical and health beliefs they are "sure" are true," says Dr. Carroll. The truth or good information, not myths and misinformation, are pertinent in today's turbulent health care environment. His information has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.



  • Dr. Aaron Carroll Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Aaron knocked it out of the park as evidenced by the fact that everyone I spoke with afterward was very impressed with the content and delivery. It exceeded our expectations and he was able to present a complex and potentially contentious topic in a non-biased, factual manner that engaged the audience and prompted numerous questions. And thank you (SOH) for all of your kind assistance."
    - Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

    "He was awesome!"
    - Crain's Cleveland Business

    "Dr. Carroll's content as well as his ability to respond to the Questions section at the end was truly fantastic. I was a big fan before, now I'm a huge fan."
    - Lexmark

    "Dr. Aaron Carroll was fresh, insightful and engaging. Dr. Carroll is a genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish. Our audience of healthcare professionals were taken behind the scenes of the crisis and condition of healthcare as it impacts nations around world, and were presented with staggering statistics and data as to where our nation ranks, and what we need to do collectively to improve the health and wellness of Americans. We walked away with a better understanding of what needs to be done from an IT and research perspective, how it needs to be done, and the steps medical professionals need to take to enhance the quality of care Americans receive. Dr. Carroll was top notch from start to finish."
    - NASCO (National Account Service Company)

    "Dr. Carroll was a huge success! His message was spot-on. Attendees said that they had seen a lot of presentations on ACA and Dr. Carroll's was the best in terms helping them understand the ACA and its implications."
    - Medical Library Association

    "Your presentation was one of the favorites on the program. Personally, I was very impressed with the content and organization of your presentation and I enjoyed your engaging presentation style. As you know, your presentation engendered a lot of discussion and I feel certain those present are a lot more knowledgeable now about the real impact of Obamacare."
    - VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas

    "There is simply no one more skilled at talking to audiences about health care reform and the future of health care in the United States than Aaron Carroll. Aaron became a weekly and sometimes bi weekly guest on my radio show throughout the last year. I've never seen him back down from a debate, and he is one of the rare experts who is skilled at taking unscreened calls. More than any other expert we had on, he changed the way people thought of and understood health care policy. If you are looking for an expert in the future of health care in the United States, someone who can explain the issues so that anyone can understand them, someone who can answer questions respectfully and objectively - and entertain while doing so - I guarantee you that Dr. Carroll is the best guy in the whole industry."

    - Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, Sirius/XM Radio; John King, USA on CNN

    "Dr. Carroll was part of a high powered panel of presenters and included the President of the American Psychological Association and a Vice-President of Anthem/Wellpoint. However, he stood out in this prestigious group as the best and most informative presenter. He was the most highly rated of the presenters by the audience with many requests to invite him to present again. He is articulate, clear, thoughtful and organized. He is just the sort of keynote speaker that every organization hopes to find for their meeting."
    - American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

    "Aaron was great - very engaging and informative. Nothing but rave reviews!"
    - Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL

    "Aaron Carroll possesses an incredible depth of knowledge about our healthcare policy, which he shares in a dynamic presentation that entertains and educates. I was particularly impressed by how he used data to bring the subject alive, engaging the audience and forcing them to rethink their perceptions about healthcare reform. Aaron's insights are right on target. He puts aside partisanship to take a straightforward, honest look at where we stand with healthcare reform and where we need to go. He 'WOWed' our audience with his grasp of the issues."
    - ASAE & The Center

    "He did a fantastic job. We definitely plan on doing more work with him in the near future."
    - Abbott




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    "Aaron knocked it out of the park as evidenced by the fact that everyone I spoke with afterward was very impressed with the content and delivery. It exceeded our expectations and he was able to present a complex and potentially contentious topic in a non-biased, factual manner that engaged the audience and prompted numerous questions. And thank you (SOH) for all of your kind assistance."
    - Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

    "He was awesome!"
    - Crain's Cleveland Business

    "Dr. Carroll's content as well as his ability to respond to the Questions section at the end was truly fantastic. I was a big fan before, now I'm a huge fan."
    - Lexmark

    "Dr. Aaron Carroll was fresh, insightful and engaging. Dr. Carroll is a genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish. Our audience of healthcare professionals were taken behind the scenes of the crisis and condition of healthcare as it impacts nations around world, and were presented with staggering statistics and data as to where our nation ranks, and what we need to do collectively to improve the health and wellness of Americans. We walked away with a better understanding of what needs to be done from an IT and research perspective, how it needs to be done, and the steps medical professionals need to take to enhance the quality of care Americans receive. Dr. Carroll was top notch from start to finish."
    - NASCO (National Account Service Company)

    "Dr. Carroll was a huge success! His message was spot-on. Attendees said that they had seen a lot of presentations on ACA and Dr. Carroll's was the best in terms helping them understand the ACA and its implications."
    - Medical Library Association

    "Your presentation was one of the favorites on the program. Personally, I was very impressed with the content and organization of your presentation and I enjoyed your engaging presentation style. As you know, your presentation engendered a lot of discussion and I feel certain those present are a lot more knowledgeable now about the real impact of Obamacare."
    - VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas

    "There is simply no one more skilled at talking to audiences about health care reform and the future of health care in the United States than Aaron Carroll. Aaron became a weekly and sometimes bi weekly guest on my radio show throughout the last year. I've never seen him back down from a debate, and he is one of the rare experts who is skilled at taking unscreened calls. More than any other expert we had on, he changed the way people thought of and understood health care policy. If you are looking for an expert in the future of health care in the United States, someone who can explain the issues so that anyone can understand them, someone who can answer questions respectfully and objectively - and entertain while doing so - I guarantee you that Dr. Carroll is the best guy in the whole industry."

    - Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, Sirius/XM Radio; John King, USA on CNN

    "Dr. Carroll was part of a high powered panel of presenters and included the President of the American Psychological Association and a Vice-President of Anthem/Wellpoint. However, he stood out in this prestigious group as the best and most informative presenter. He was the most highly rated of the presenters by the audience with many requests to invite him to present again. He is articulate, clear, thoughtful and organized. He is just the sort of keynote speaker that every organization hopes to find for their meeting."
    - American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

    "Aaron was great - very engaging and informative. Nothing but rave reviews!"
    - Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL

    "Aaron Carroll possesses an incredible depth of knowledge about our healthcare policy, which he shares in a dynamic presentation that entertains and educates. I was particularly impressed by how he used data to bring the subject alive, engaging the audience and forcing them to rethink their perceptions about healthcare reform. Aaron's insights are right on target. He puts aside partisanship to take a straightforward, honest look at where we stand with healthcare reform and where we need to go. He 'WOWed' our audience with his grasp of the issues."
    - ASAE & The Center

    "He did a fantastic job. We definitely plan on doing more work with him in the near future."
    - Abbott


    Don’t Swallow Your Gum

    People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe "facts" about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. DON'T SWALLOW YOUR GUM! takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Entries dispel the following myths and more:

    - You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
    - Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years
    - You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it
    - If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it's safe to eat
    - Strangers have poisoned kids' Halloween candy

    With the perfect blend of authoritative research and a breezy, accessible tone, DON'T SWALLOW YOUR GUM is full of enlightening, practical, and quirky facts that will debunk some of the most perennial misconceptions we believe about our health and well-being.


    Don’t Put That in There!

    People have more access to medical information than ever before with an abundance of printed and online resources, and yet we still believe "facts" about our bodies and sexuality that are just plain wrong. Don't Put That in There! takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies, such as:

    •The average penis size is seven inches
    •Squeezing breasts is all fun and games
    •You shouldn't have sex before the big game
    •Anal sex will give you cancer
    •Two condoms are better protection than one
    •Pubic hair doesn't turn gray
    •Sex can give you a heart attack
    •Only men have wet dreams
    •You can't break your penis
    •You can run out of sperm

    With the perfect blend of authoritative research and a breezy, accessible tone, Don't Put That in There! is full of enlightening, practical, and quirky facts that will debunk some of the most perennial misconceptions we believe about sex and sexuality.

    Emerging Technologies Drive the Future of Healthcare
    In this keynote, Dr. Aaron Carroll addresses the specific impact that consumer-originated technologies will have in health care and further how the marketplace will be affected by, and can take advantage of, new technologies that originate and develop in the consumer space. For example:

  • How will mobile apps, DIY health care kits, physician extenders and the one-click millennials impact healthcare?

  • How will consumers use the quality measures regulators publish?

    Dr. Carroll co-owned one of the first companies to write medical software for Palm Pilots (and that really dates him). He will deliver his thoughts on mobile apps, Apple's Healthkit, physician extenders, minute clinics, personal health records, and more. His expertise has been published at his blog theincidentaleconomist.com, in the medical literature, and in the New York Times, to name a few. Bottom line, those who learn how to leverage and embrace emerging technologies to cater to consumer expectations will drive the future of health care for those who deliver, pay for or regulate it.

    Global Healthcare: What Can the US Health Care System Learn From Other Countries?
    As we in the US continue to fight about how to fix our health care system, many are starting to look globally to see what other systems can teach us about reform. Contrary to what many in the media often portray, there are many, many different kinds of health care systems all over the world. Some do better in terms of quality, some do better in terms of access, and almost all of them do better in terms of costs. There are trade-offs, though, to many of the approaches that other countries take, and merely focusing on one or a few aspects in particular fails to give the full understanding of the complexities involved in comparing other health care systems to our own.

    Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care policy, will walk audience members through the design of a number of countries' health care systems, explain how they differ from ours in terms of cost, quality, innovation, technology, wait times, coverage, and flexibility. He will explain how many of them made the choices they did, and what that has meant for their past and future. Finally, he will show how adopting some of the ideas behind them, while leading to inevitable tradeoffs, could make the US health care system much more successful.

    The ABC's of the ACA (Affordable Care Act)
    The Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, and Obamacare lives on. However, the future of healthcare is far from stable. The ruling made the Medicaid expansion "optional", making the future murky for the 17 million Americans who should become uninsured through Medicaid in the future. Moreover, the political landscape of health care reform is still shifting, making the upcoming election a pivotal turning point in how our health care system works.

    Unfortunately, listening to media coverage about the US health care system, it can seem impossible to get a real handle on what's going on. Understanding what the future holds for health care reform, and how it will affect people, businesses, and the country doesn't appear possible. Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care reform, uses publicly available data and unbiased research to cut through the rhetoric and clearly explain the issues with our current system. He explains how the Affordable Care Act will really work, details what it contains, and how it will likely be implemented over the next decade. At the conclusion, audience members truly gain an understanding of the complexity of the problem along with the trade-offs that are inevitable in trying to fix the $2.7 trillion US health care system.

    Myths, Lies and Misconceptions
    from the co-Author of such books as Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, and Don't Cross Your Eyes . . . They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked.

    We've all heard the one about a dog's mouth being cleaner than a human's. That's a myth, says Dr. Aaron Carroll. A dog's mouth isn't cleaner than a human's - humans don't use their tongues as toilet paper." People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe "facts" about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. Dr. Carroll takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Myth-busting is nothing new for Dr. Carroll who is not just a compelling speaker and extremely well-informed researcher and policy expert, but he has a great ability to spot the important issues and, to point out the disconnects, and the myths in health and wellness. In his keynote, Dr. Carroll highlights medical myths, how they get started, why they persist, and why they are important. He explains some of the truths behind myths he finds most interesting such as:

  • Turkey doesn't make you sleepy - regardless of what you've heard . . . about the tryptophan.
  • Sugar doesn't make kids hyper - there are at least 12 randomized controlled trials that say so.
  • You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years
  • You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it
  • If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it's safe to eat

    "People hearing my talk will learn about why many medical myths just aren't true -- (because) research says so. It will help them confront and think about other medical and health beliefs they are "sure" are true," says Dr. Carroll. The truth or good information, not myths and misinformation, are pertinent in today's turbulent health care environment. His information has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.


  • Healthcare Triage Live


    Dr. Aaron Carroll answers questions and clears away the confusion layering common health topics including policy, nutrition, and medical research. Responding to a viewer’s concern over a recently publicized study that tied peanut butter consumption to increased chances of developing liver cancer, Carroll carefully lays out what actually occurs in different medical studies and why they aren’t always reliable when applied to real life situations.

    “I’m going to bet all the money in my pocket that that wasn’t a randomized controlled trial,” he states, clarifying that while he wouldn’t worry so much about the liver cancer connection, it’s a good idea in general to limit peanut butter to moderate amounts due to the calories.

    Medical Myths and More


    Keynote Speech