Service, Science and Storytelling

In this fifth installment of the podcast that brings you stories of the intersection and spirit of service with exclusive content, Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel and NAMI Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Sherman Gillums, Jr. host Dr. Mark Shapiro, host of Explore the Space Podcast.

Shapiro talks about the power of service in connecting communities and bridging divides. He discusses the differences in service and volunteerism and the importance of a service mindset.

Mark Shapiro Bio

Mark Shapiro is a practicing Hospitalist and Medical Director in Santa Rosa, CA. He grew up in Santa Rosa and from there went south to UCLA for his undergraduate education. While on the road to medical school, he got his degree in History with a focus on the American Civil War and worked as a sportswriter for the Daily Bruin. He is the host of Explore the Space Podcast: (

He completed his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and his Internal Medicine residency at UC-San Diego before spending 10 years as a Hospitalist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego. He served as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Sharp Memorial Hospital before moving back to his hometown. He currently works as a Hospitalist and Medical Director with St. Joseph Health Medical Group at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

When not working or podcasting, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and roasting coffee.

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