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Spotlights one article worth thinking about each week and includes Doug's take on it.

Keynote Speeches on Hope, Character, and Innovation

"I got sick at 21 and spent the next 11 years confined to a hospital bed in my living room... until I developed the surgery that fixed me."  

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Personal Medical Consultant Service

"I help people trapped in the medical system get better treatment, better care, and better health."

The TEDx Talk

Doug Lindsay's TEDx talk, which garnered a standing ovation in St. Louis' historic Sheldon Theater.

Video/Audio Testimonials

KMOV Anchor Steve Savard on Doug Lindsay at Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Kickoff

Senior Director of Population Health at SCL Hospitals Colorado


"EVERY entrepreneur and innovator would benefit from hearing his story... one of the highest Net Promoter Scores in the history of our Connect At events...  you won’t be disappointed!"  Andrew Smith, VP for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the St. Louis Regional Chamber 

2017 Stanford Medicine X

2017 De Smet Jesuit Commencement Speech


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"Must-watch-talk -- I am RIVETED. What a talented scientist and storyteller!"

Susannah Fox Former Chief Technology Officer for US Dept. of HHS, Consultant, Change Agent

“One of the most amazing e-patient stories ever, and sharp: gave the first important new advice I’ve seen in years for activists and change agents.” 

e-Patient Dave Author, Speaker, Healthcare Reformer Dave deBronkart

"We all need Doug to get published.  What an amazing story!  More people need to hear it."

Burt Rosen Chief Marketing Officer for Healthsparq

"I leaned over to [the assistant principal] during your speech and said you must be in the top ten graduation speeches nationally this year. Amazing."

Trevor Bonat Principal, De Smet Jesuit

“I go to A LOT of conferences, never been to one where the speaker gets a standing ovation.  Doug Lindsay just did!  Well deserved.” 

Nick Adkins Founder Pink Socks, Start ups & Acquisitions

“Were y’all as blown away by Doug Lindsay’ incredible story as I was?  By the standing ovation I saw, yes!” 

Maggie Crane Director of Communications for BioSTL

"An amazing success story! Doug inspired the room. I've already booked him for another event!"

Mark Steinlage President, MO ACAC & Assoc. Dean of Admissions, St. Louis University

"Not a dry eye in the room."  "Not a dry eye at home either."  "Simply brilliant."  "We wanted to clap from our office.  What an inspiring account of bravery and tenacity." "That's the kind of nurse I want to be."

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"Navigating the modern health care "maze" can be challenging, especially if the providers are not hearing your concerns. Doug Lindsay's message is a powerful cure for that lament. He has mastered the communications challenge for those who want to be heard. His story is a worthy guidepost."

Dr. Keith Marton The Health Management Academy; Stanford

Audiences and Topics

Businesses and Organizations
  • Bet on Hope: Innovation Through the Lens of Hope.
  • Lessons on Trust and Teams from Leading Doctors, Dogs, Models and Movie Stars
  • Custom Workshops
  • For Students: Passion, Trying, and the Science Fail
  • For Admissions: Hope Lives Here; 7 Necessary Sources of Hope
  • Custom Workshops
Science And Medicine
  • Innovating in a Trust-Based Environment
  • Transcending Noncompliance Through Shared Mission
  • Tension Between Science and Medicine
  • Custom Workshops



Rockhurst University Magazine

The Stanford University School of Medicine "Scope"

#WTFix - What's the Fix? (healthcare reform conference)

Radio Interviews

Doug Lindsay on KMOX with Charlie Brennan (2017)

Doug Lindsay on Bill Martinez Live (2017)

Transformational Thought Leader

I’m a Transformational Thought Leader.

What is that?

I transform the way your organization's leaders tackle problems so they can create breakthroughs that solve the challenges you face.

How do you do that?

I deliver speaking programs and workshops that train your leaders how to tap into hope -- so they can use it to live out their mission and to tackle their daily work.  I combine that with practical training on the skills it takes to make unlikely things happen.

So you help people shift their thinking in specific ways to tackle the challenges they face, and you teach them specific skills and strategies that go along with that?


And you learned to do all of this how?

I learned all of this as a rare disease patient who spent 11 years homebound, leading the research into my own rare autonomic-adrenal condition.  During that time, I developed new uses for five existing prescription drugs, worked with 35 senior faculty at 28 different medical institutions, and developed the innovative adrenal surgery that fixed me.  

Bio and Description

Doug Lindsay is a keynote speaker and transformational thought leader who speaks and builds workshops on hope, character, and innovation. 

As a speaker, Doug’s speaking programs go beyond inspiration, pairing his amazing personal story of perseverance and triumph with practical lessons you can live out each day.

In his workshops, Doug uses experiential learning – pulling ideas from improv, gameshows, folk tales, storytelling, and original material – to teach your organization’s leaders the skills it takes to make unlikely things happen.

Doug’s TEDx talk “Operation: Adrenal Gland” got a standing ovation from the 700 plus person audience.  His Commencement Address entitled “Your Grandma Lied to You” to De Smet Jesuit in the 3500-seat Peabody Opera House was called “one of the ten best nationally” of the year.  And after his mainstage presentation at Stanford’s renowned Medicine X medical innovation conference, Doug, who was part of Medicine X’s Emerging Healthcare Leaders Program, was called “an inspirational example of the immense power of patient research” and also one firm’s “favorite patient story.”  

But all of that is a long way from where Doug’s journey started when, at 21, he got sick with a mysterious and debilitating illness and spent the next 11 years homebound and bed bound. 

At only 21, Doug Lindsay faced an almost impossible challenge when he was forced to drop out of college after developing a mysterious, debilitating illness. The doctors were stumped. His heart would race; the room would spin; his muscles would cramp and ache – all this if he’d stand for longer than a commercial break or walk further than 50 feet. Time passed and he didn’t get better. Doug spent 22 hours a day stuck in a hospital bed in his living room for the next 11 years… until he figured out what was wrong, developed novel treatments to keep it at bay, and then developed the surgery that fixed him!

Without a college degree or even the health to leave his house, Doug Lindsay built and led an interdisciplinary team of medical experts from across the nation and world in his effort to translate a long forgotten animal surgery into a modern human surgery. He persevered, taught himself to become a world authority on aspects of his condition and treatment, developed new uses for five prescription drugs, and built relationships with senior faculty at more than two dozen institutions – all in an unprecedented, 21st century effort to innovate his way back to health. He earned the right to bet his life on the operating table for the surgery he’d rescued from the past… and it paid off!

Once recovered, Doug went back to school and finished his biology degree in May 2016.  Now he builds inspiring, breakthrough speaking programs and workshops to help organizations tap into the power of hope in innovation and in daily life.  And he uses the hard-won, practical lessons that made him a successful health, science, and communications innovator to teach leaders how to get breakthroughs, lead engaged teams, and make unlikely things happen.

Through his speeches and training, let Doug show you hope’s true role in innovation, trust’s importance in success, and how viewing failure like a scientist can let your team persevere and win!