Friday, September 3, 2010

Dragon*Con profile: Ginger Campbell, E.R. physician and brain science expert

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 8:41 AM

SKULL SESSION: Dr. Ginger Campbell talks brain science
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  • SKULL SESSION: Dr. Ginger Campbell talks brain science
Every year, Dragon*Con’s celebrity guest list includes more than TV/movie actors with cult followings.Culture Surfing counts down to the Labor Day fantasy convention with a series of short profiles of Dragon*Con guests who specialize in more surprising disciplines.

What is your title, and where do you live?

I am an emergency physician (MD) and I live in Pelham, AL, which is a suburb of Birmingham. I work in a small rural ER in north Alabama.

What do you do in your job?

As an emergency physician I see people from all walks of life with a wide range of problems. Of course people come to the ER for medical emergencies like heart attacks and accidents, but people without insurance often rely on us as their only source of care. That's where my training as a family physician really comes in handy.

How did you get interested in this vocation?
I think I was inspired by the character of Hawkeye on “MASH.” When I was growing up there weren't many women doctors, so I don't remember ever having one as a role model. I wanted a profession that would be both challenging and rewarding, but that would allow me to make a difference to others.

Have you been to Dragon*Con before, and what will you be doing this year as an official guest?
I started coming to DragonCon in 2007 so this is my 4th Con. I got involved in Dragon*Con because of my interest in podcasting. I enjoy the opportunity to record my podcasts in front of a live audience.
This year I will be participating in several tracks: Podcasting, Skeptrack, and Apocalypse Rising. I am especially looking forward to interviewing Dr. Scott Lillienfeld from Emory on Friday morning at 11:30 (Hilton 204). He is the co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. Also, Sunday evening I will be interviewing Skyler White author of And Falling, Fly, which is a very different take on the vampire myth. This will be Skyler's first Dragon*Con and I am looking forward to introducing her work to my fans.
Dr. Lillienfeld's interview will appear in an upcoming episode of the Brain Science Podcast while Skyler White will appear with Christiana Ellis in a live episode of my other show Books and Ideas.

Do you have a message about your vocation that you’d like spectators to come away with? Can you sum it up in a sentence?
Medicine should be about helping people, not making money.

Is there an aspect of genre fandom or Dragon*Con events that appeals to you from outside your professional field? Are you a fan, too?
I enjoy the classics like Star Wars and Star Trek, but I am also a huge Joss Whedon fan. The most fun I have ever had at DragonCon was in 2008 when I was part of a live performance of Dr. Horrible's Sing-along-Blog.

What’s your web site?

My website is http://virginiacampbellmd.com, which is a portal to all my other websites.

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