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THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST 

SEASON 1, EPISODE 02

THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST talks to DR CHARLIE TEO

Dr Charlie Teo is not without notoriety or controversy. Whether or not you support the way he has navigated his path in life, there is no denying that Dr Charlie Teo saves lives. This podcast offers a fascinating insight into his life and work.

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Summary –

Andrew Purdie chats with Dr Charlie Teo, an Australian neurosurgeon, who has not gone without notoriety or controversy. Andrew explores Dr Charlie’s childhood and his journey into neurosurgery, which in fact was not his first choice as a career in life. His love for neurosurgery came from his love for kids and his love for surgery, which ultimately led him to pushing the boundaries in his field and performing surgeries which no one else would take on, giving him an infamous face locally and globally. Dr Charlie, however, did not allow that to stop him saving lives, leading Andrew and Dr Charlie to discuss the difficulties of tall poppy syndrome within Australia, and the journey into starting the Charlie Teo Foundation which has raised over $35 million that has been used to fund research scientists both in Australia and internationally. Dr Charlie gives insight into what it looks like running a foundation, the highs, the lows, and the inbetweens, and how listeners can get involved in supporting brain cancer research the Charlie Teo Foundation.

Key Topics & Chapter Markers –

  • The importance of philanthropy and generosity in society, childhood, becoming a neurosurgeon [01:51]
  • Charlie’s heart for neurosurgery, not emotionally detaching with each patient, making a change in the system [11:54]
  • Starting the Charlie Teo Foundation, philanthropy within the brain cancer topic, proudest moment in Charlie’s journey [22:18]

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