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Society Confidential: Cardiologist schools Joaquin Phoenix in doctor speak

Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News
From left, Travis Stork, Judy Ho, Joel Kahn, and Andrew Ordon on The Doctors TV show.

Well-known Michigan cardiologist Joel Kahn was in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago, off to film another episode on “The Doctors” TV show (“My 12th appearance,” adds Kahn) when he was suddenly recruited for another Hollywood job. Because of an NDA, details are a little sketchy, but we do know that the good doctor was asked to coach actor Joaquin Phoenix to talk like a doctor. Surely, it must be for an upcoming movie role, unless the "Joker” actor is out to impress someone with medical vernacular. Kahn did confirm that it is for a film and that he taught him doctor terms like, “Amp of bicarb” and “Getting ready to shock.” Kahn also showed him how to use a stethoscope. Kahn says, “Phoenix is very humble and very approachable. No pretense.” Kahn, who is a major vegan advocate (he owns GreenSpace Cafe, one of Metro Detroit’s most popular vegan restaurants) was particularly pleased to learn that Phoenix has been vegan since he was 3 years old. We don’t know when the documentary will be released, but you can catch Kahn’s multiple appearances on “The Doctors” by going to the website and typing Joel Kahn in the search engine.   

From left, Detroit Lions Jarrad Davis and Taylor Decker at Covenant House of Michigan.

Lions support Covenant House renovation

Detroit Lions Jarrad Davis and Taylor Decker showed their support Tuesday afternoon at the unveiling of the $675,000 renovation project on Covenant House Michigan’s Caritas Emergency Shelter. The two players, dressed in Lions jerseys, represented their whole team, who selected CHM for its Inspire Change Social Justice Initiative and donated $75,000 for new beds for every resident on campus, bedding, linens, storage containers and laundry hampers. Nearly 100 people came to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Mayor Mike Duggan. But the real stars of the show were members of the Cracchiolo family, whose generous gift of $600,000 funded the renovation. Caritas, Latin for charity and love of humankind, offers 45 beds for youth aged 18 to 24 who are homeless, experiencing abuse or neglect. Guests heard remarks from the major players, enjoyed refreshments and took a tour of the facility.

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