Dr. Louis M. Profeta is an Emergency Physician at St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis. He is clinical instructor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University and Marian University Schools of Medicine. He is a graduate of Indiana University and its school of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a dynamic and sought after public speaker and writer, frequent guest on TV and radio who has gained critical acclaim for his essays on topics such as his eye-opening look at our national preparedness for influenza pandemics in What Scares me More than Ebola. In 2015 and again in 2016 he was named LinkedIn Top Voice for readership in health care. The Society of Professional Journalism honored his scathingly sarcastic but passionate essay, Your Kid and My Kid Aren’t Playing in the Pros, as one of best articles on sports in 2014. His best selling book, The Patient in Room Nine Says He’s God, continues to earn critical acclaim as a poignant and passionate look at society, god and life through the eyes of an ER doctor. His essay, I Know You Love Me Now Let Me Die has been read more than five million times on LinkedIn, the Huffington Post and NPR and has sparked a whole new debate on end of life care. His 2017 essays When the Lion Kills Your Child and A Sunday Talk on Sex, Drugs, Drinking and Dying With the Frat Boys, are two of the most read and shared articles ever on LinkedIn, exposing the disastrous consequences of the opiate epidemic, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual assaults on college campuses. He is quickly becoming one of the most widely read opinion essayists in America.
January 28th Miami of Ohio University
February 5th Depauw University
My name is S... and I attended your talk with the WVU women's swim team this past Monday. I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you once again for your willingness to come speak with us. I, alongside many of my teammates, found your words to be incredibly powerful.
....As soon as I left the football stadium Monday night, I got in my car and called my dad. I tried explaining what I just sat and listened to but I could barely even understand myself, as I was quickly overwhelmed with tears. I apologized for every stupid thing I have done thus far in my life, (and that took a while) and told him I never wanted to put him through the pain of losing me so I would finally "make good decisions" like he has been telling me my whole life, or at least since the day he knew I was going to be a hellion.
I have a very close and special bond with my parents so I am able to share many of my experiences with them, sometimes leaving them a bit concerned. But after sharing a special phone conversation about your speech with my dad and later with my mom on Monday night, I believe we have reached a new level of respect, trust and understanding. And although they could not be there to hear your words for themselves, I know they have appreciation and give you great thanks for your time and message.
Again, thank you very much. We as individuals and a team needed this very much.