Family physician Zorba Paster has a down-to-earth style and irrepressible enthusiasm that have made him a favorite with health and fitness-conscious public radio listeners for well over a decade.
A Chicago native, Dr. Paster has traveled and studied extensively in Asia and India, where he volunteered his medical expertise and services for the Tibetan refugee population in Northern India's Himalayas. He credits his mentor, the late patient advocate Dr. Robert Mendelsohn (author of "Diary of a Medical Heretic, MALEpractice: The Medical Abuse of Women" and "How to Raise a Healthy Child, in Spite of Your Doctor") with fostering his respect for the patients' rights.
These days, he mentors medical students as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, Dr. Paster maintains a busy clinical practice in Oregon, Wis.; chairs the Dean Medical Center Family Practice Department; is a member of the Institutional Review Board of St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis.; is active in clinical medical research; and presents workshops on using radio and TV for patient education.