Brad Spellberg, MD

Dr. Spellberg is Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center.

Recent Media for Dr. Spellberg

Listen to Author Hour with Nikki Van Noy on Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying: How to Solve the Great American Healthcare Rip-Off

Watch the powerful documentary movie, Resistance, on Netflix or at

Watch PBS Frontline Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria and companion interview with Dr. Spellberg

September 22nd, 2020: The Business of Healthcare Podcast, Episode 70: Fee-For-Service — The Accidental Healthcare System

August 13th, 2020: ‘That’s The Job’: Military Medical Professionals Join County/USC Staff To Treat Surge Of COVID-19 Patients

August 8th, 2020: Victor Blackwell CNN COVID Report: Doctor explains why you don't want to be in his ICU bed

August 4th, 2020: NBC Nightly News: U.S. hospitals see growing wave of coronavirus patients

August 4th, 2020: NBC Today Show: Inside a busy LA hospital’s battle to save poorest patients from coronavirus

July 28, 2020: NPR/KCRW Steve Chiotakis: Air Force medics come to LA County’s biggest public hospitals to help with COVID-19

July 28, 2020: When Science Speaks Podcast with Mike Grandinetti and Mark Bayer: How to Cure the U.S. Health Care System with Brad Spellberg, MD

July 28, 2020: The Hollywood Doc Show with Dr. Rahman

July 17, 2020: NPR/KCRW Madeleine Brand Press Play: How one of the US' busiest trauma centers is handling 'daunting' COVID patients

July 7, 2020: Experts Warn Masks Can Give Some False Sense Of Security, Encourage People To Socially Distance

July 3, 2020: CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper: COVID-19 update for California


July 1, 2020: Dr. Travis Stork Podcast: COVID-19, Where Do We Go From Here (with Discussion of Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying)

May 14, 2020: Spectrum News 1: Angelenos Must Find Ways to Coexist with the Coronavirus

May 8, 2020: The Doctors: COVID-19 update (and introducing Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying)

April 24, 2020: NPR News: Why The Warning That Coronavirus Was On The Move In U.S. Cities Came So Late

April 10, 2020: How far has coronavirus spread? This test is a first step in trying to get back to normal life

March 23, 2020: Was coronavirus in LA in February? Researchers say probably yes

March 19, 2020: Coronavirus Solutions and Lessons with Dr. Brad Spellberg on The Doctors Podcast with Dr. Travis Stork

November 5, 2019: Annals On Call - Shorter-Duration Antibiotics for Community Acquired Pneumonia

October 11, 2019: Q&A: New model could improve antibiotic development

October 8, 2019: Papers highlight challenges, solutions in developing antibioticst

August 22, 2019: Nonprofit drug maker produces TB antibiotic after private companies wouldn’t

July 8, 2019: More Evidence That Shorter Pneumonia Tx Is Better

July 2, 2019: Nonprofit model for antibiotic development ‘overdue’

May 7, 2019: CBS News: LAPD Officers Contracted Staph Infection After Homeless Person Came Into Station

December 5, 2018: ‘Expected practice’ intervention reduces antibiotic prescriptions

November 8, 2018: The Fight Against Resistance: Shorter is Better

October 18, 2018: L.A. typhus outbreak adds fuel to the debates over homelessness and housing

July 19, 2018: Antibiotics Overused for Osteomyelitis in Sacral Pressure Ulcers

April 9, 2018: The Lean Antibiotic Mantra

August 2, 2017: The Common Wisdom on Antibiotics Is Wrong

March 21, 2017: Radio Health Journal interview

March 18, 2017: Check out wonderful new book by Mike Osterholm and Mark Olshaker--excerpt focusing on Abx resistance "Peer Into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance"

February 28, 2017: ATTN: Health: What You Need to Know About 'Superbugs' Right Now

February 28, 2017: Medscape.  Clinicians: Beware the Claim of Cost-Effectiveness

October 20, 2016: Medscape.  Antibiotics: 5 Myths Debunked

October 18, 2016: BBC The Inquiry: "How Did We Mess Up Antibiotics"

September 28, 2016: National Webinar: The Future of Antibiotics and Resistance

September 20, 2016: NPR To the Point, on Antibiotic Resistance

September 16, 2016: CIDRAP Podcast on Antibiotic Stewardship and Resistance

September 7, 2016: Scientific American article on antibiotic resistance

July 2, 2016: NPR Science Friday interview on antibiotic resistance

June 21, 2016: Medscape Stopping Antibiotic Overprescribing: What Works?

June 3, 2016: Interview on NPR Science Friday, Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

May 27, 2016: New York Times, Short Answers to Hard Questions About Antibiotic Resistance

March 14, 2016: Interview with The Guardian, How antibiotic resistance could wreak havoc on health, food and travel, by Alison Moodie

February 7, 2016: Interview in Newsweek, TO FIGHT SUPERBUGS, SCIENTISTS ARE TURNING TOWARD ANTIBODIES by Laura Colarusso

October 19, 2015: Interview in US News and World Report, The New War on Bugs: Crafting an Effective Antibiotic Stewardship Program, by Kimberly Leonard (photo of Dr. Spellberg with Dr. Srinivasan from CDC)

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