The epidemic of the "I Know All" expert | Mikhail (Doctor Mike) Varshavski | TEDxMonteCarlo

  • Published on Dec 14, 2017
  • It is said that the more you learn, the less you know. However according to Mikhail Varshavski, also known as the social media star "Doctor Mike", we have too many people who believe they know it all -- also referred to as "I Know All" (IKA) experts. In his passionate talk, Doctor Mike asks us to celebrate doctors who are self-aware and say "I don't know". He also draws the importance on asking the right questions and being aware of medical research limitations and conclusions. Dr. Mikhail Varshavski D.O., is a New York-based doctor focusing on family and preventative medicine. Better known as "Doctor Mike", he is a social media entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a doctor with purpose, stressing the importance of preventative medicine by highlighting his experiences through his unique journey. Doctor Mike started documenting his medical journey through his popular social media platforms to motivate students to pursue their medical training. Doctor Mike graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 2014 with a B.S in Life Sciences and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine via an accelerated 7-year track. On June 30, 2017, he completed his 3-year Family Medicine Residency at the Atlantic Health System-Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Francis Dimaano
    Francis Dimaano 4 hours ago


  • Samantha Kerger
    Samantha Kerger 20 hours ago

    As a frequent patient with lots of weird little conditions, my favorite doctors are the ones that say, “I don’t know but I’ll look into it and get back to you” or “I don’t know but I think I know someone who does, let me reach out to my colleague and see what they have to say.” The doctors I cannot stand are the ones who guess. Or say they don’t know but never try to find out. I don’t know is a valid answer at all times from anyone.

  • Rosie
    Rosie 21 hour ago

    omg 😍😍

  • TechMantra
    TechMantra 21 hour ago

    Charisma turned up to 11. I have the charisma of a wet teabag :(

  • Saima Baig
    Saima Baig Day ago

    Family Medicine for the win!

  • Anusha V Kumar
    Anusha V Kumar Day ago

    It seems like he by hearted it, at least he tried his best to make it sound nonchalant

  • AmethystSoldier
    AmethystSoldier Day ago

    I always tell people I don't trust a medical professional (or anyone, really) who isn't willing to admit they don't know something. This is precisely why. I don't need another doctor with a God complex (which I've had), that are looking out for their ego more than my well-being.

  • Marianela Sanchez
    Marianela Sanchez 2 days ago

    8:35 THANK YOU!!! We say in philosophy that the aurgument of authority is the weakest argument. Often times, consciously or unconsciously, we hold the inverse, that because and expert i.e. a person says it then it must be true. Good on yo Dr. Mike!

    9:21 "Ask better question"... "to question is the life of the intelligence" Aristotle

  • Minhyun C
    Minhyun C 2 days ago

    "The more years they've spent studying on a subject, the more they don't know."
    yep that's me after years tried to figuring out about microanatomy and pathology cells of vital organs of animals and I still have no idea hshshshs

  • The Best Potato
    The Best Potato 2 days ago

    I wish I could send this to my doctors..

  • oscar alonso
    oscar alonso 3 days ago

    30 minutes. That's funny.

  • Mr.Monkeybone
    Mr.Monkeybone 3 days ago

    When is ted gonna y’all bro

  • D Ou
    D Ou 4 days ago +1

    I don’t think doctors are qualified to give nutrition advice unless they have a large amount of experience in that field. "Dr Mike" is just a doctor, he's not a nutritionist. It's sad that people are so incapable of distinguishing between reliable sources of information and media nonsense.

  • Joniyah Jay
    Joniyah Jay 5 days ago

    *Tom elis* vs *dr.mike*

  • Maxwell _SPB
    Maxwell _SPB 7 days ago +1

    I think he was making jokes and no one was laughing.

  • Haley G
    Haley G 7 days ago

    He is so intelligent, self aware, caring and just....ugh....

    His babies I want his babies that's what I'm really trying to say here....

  • IlianaBlue
    IlianaBlue 7 days ago

    his suit fits him so well and his speech is so good ❤️ well done 👏🏻

  • Maria 188
    Maria 188 7 days ago

    Lord I was just staring at him

  • 배 준서
    배 준서 8 days ago

    Damn, he's even hotter when he's in suit.

  • Excel
    Excel 8 days ago

    This guy can pull off any suit.

  • Dumbling
    Dumbling 8 days ago

    Batman wants to Know his Location

  • akasir 3
    akasir 3 8 days ago

    The clothing man and the fit .. masha alaah

  • akasir 3
    akasir 3 8 days ago +1

    Hey dactor mike

  • kevin yeung
    kevin yeung 8 days ago

    i admit im indecisive and i do say i dont know to decisions

  • Alex Ross
    Alex Ross 8 days ago

    "When your mind is stressed, your mind is very easily influenced."

  • Gabz87
    Gabz87 8 days ago

    Dr Mike is amazing!

  • Simon
    Simon 9 days ago

    Thunder thighs

  • John Denver
    John Denver 9 days ago

    Check out his RU-clip channel

  • SCRIMM102
    SCRIMM102 9 days ago

    Hey doc should I eat only salt
    Doc: I don’t know?

  • Victoria Shore
    Victoria Shore 10 days ago

    How is the crowd so silent? Is anyone even in there?

  • Aditya Jha
    Aditya Jha 10 days ago

    Dr.Mike inspires me to become a doctor and most importantly to reduce my tummy lol

  • Knell
    Knell 10 days ago

    dude your suit is way too tight

  • _____
    _____ 11 days ago

    Yeah but he didn’t need to flex his social media following like that

  • Lara Vasconcelos
    Lara Vasconcelos 11 days ago

    Que homem é esse, minha gente!!!!
    Perfeito, sem defeitos!

  • Ishwari Mallick
    Ishwari Mallick 12 days ago


  • hyperventilating gay
    hyperventilating gay 12 days ago

    *so he was warning us about jillian epperly*

  • Jodie baily
    Jodie baily 12 days ago

    he’s fit, smart, and amazing. wow😍

  • Justise Lasley
    Justise Lasley 12 days ago

    The theory’s I’ve read about the rise of Autism is really a rise in proper diagnosis. Instead of calling it something else as they did in the past, we all know the names they used, we’re properly diagnosing it now, so it makes it seem like there’s a rise.

  • Ferdie Adlwn
    Ferdie Adlwn 12 days ago

    From reviewing medical meme reviews to a TED Speaker. You nailed in Doc Mike.

  • Ferit s
    Ferit s 13 days ago

    Its ma boi mike

  • Shana Fife
    Shana Fife 13 days ago

    This should be viral.

  • JigSawPsycho
    JigSawPsycho 13 days ago +1


  • TheSgtTurkey
    TheSgtTurkey 13 days ago +1


  • SSVida
    SSVida 13 days ago +1

    Idk but this is a spicy boiiii

  • Life Progress - Health, Wealth, & Happiness Channel

    *_Who is here from Dr. Mike's channel?? 2019!_*

  • Kenzie Backstrom
    Kenzie Backstrom 13 days ago

    Go Doctor Mike!!!

  • MikaeruDaiTenshi
    MikaeruDaiTenshi 14 days ago

    I tend to say: Knowlegde is knowing where to find the answers.
    Nobody can know everything, but as long as you know where you could find the answers, you're just a step away of it.
    That of course doesn't count for those questions that actually don't have a solid answer yet.

  • SchizoKira
    SchizoKira 14 days ago

    Does anyone realize? He looks like Hrithik Roshan Bollywood Actors.

  • matilde ubeda
    matilde ubeda 14 days ago

    omg my boyfriend

  • Chantal Cisneros Blanco

    Chest compressions
    Chest compressions
    Chest compressions

  • Ella Lincoln
    Ella Lincoln 14 days ago

    He is so educated

  • LordADNsVlog
    LordADNsVlog 14 days ago +1

    I love men in suits... lol (random comment)

  • finn. the end
    finn. the end 14 days ago

    Dr Sandra Lee had more subs then him but he says he is the most followed

    • finn. the end
      finn. the end 11 days ago

      @Tsulo Koza you right

    • Tsulo Koza
      Tsulo Koza 11 days ago

      He is talking about Instagram not RU-clip .

  • Dan Black
    Dan Black 14 days ago

    To the people saying no ones reacting to his presentation:
    If the video only uses his ear piece mic input, you cut out tons of noise. Literally every element of audio in television usually requires its own microphones. Like fans at a football game. You’d have to place microphones around them and add it to your mix. Want to get the sound of players on the field? You mic that separately with a parabolic mic (the dome you may be used to seeing people hold on the sidelines). Point is, with every significant audio element on television being separated by tracks, if the video editor doesn’t want audience noise for the bulk of the presentation, they can just turn it down or mute it. Then they can bring it back at the end to capture the claps

  • Samantha Kilker
    Samantha Kilker 14 days ago

    The Cookie Diet? How are cookies with slightly changed ingredients gonna help someone lose weight?
    My Answer: I have no clue.
    IKA person's answer: By a bunch of bull that is supported by faulty evidence.

    If you want to lose weight but still eat cookies just do it in moderation and as long as that it isn't like 5 hand-sized cookies a day you'll be fine.

    Fun Fact: Things that claim to be 0 calories are just in real life a fraction of a calorie so to seem healthier instead of 0.09 (or something like that) calories they just say 0 calories.

  • charmaine684
    charmaine684 14 days ago +49

    Saying "I don't know" during the most difficult job interview I've ever had landed me the job.

    • Abdulmohsen Al-qurashi
      Abdulmohsen Al-qurashi 3 days ago +1

      @charmaine684 oh man. Ignorance IS a bless!

    • charmaine684
      charmaine684 3 days ago +3

      Abdulmohsen Al-qurashi yes, he told me he had problems in the past with people claiming to know things they didn’t OR feeling their knowledge made them hard to adapt to new things. He was looking for “teachable” people.

    • Abdulmohsen Al-qurashi
      Abdulmohsen Al-qurashi 3 days ago +1

      Are you sure because of that they gave you the job?.....

  • Marat Pirate
    Marat Pirate 15 days ago

    So, basically, dont get scammed? Did it take him 12 minutes to say that

  • Yovani Salazar
    Yovani Salazar 15 days ago +1

    I know that guy, he is the doctor that reacts to memes!!
    That’s how i knew him...

  • J W
    J W 15 days ago

    Glyphosate is the cause of the rise in autism. Compare the usage of glyphosate in food to the rate of autism in children. It’s the exact same.

  • Boom Addict
    Boom Addict 15 days ago

    Josh Peck? Or that just me

  • DanTheDanator 27
    DanTheDanator 27 15 days ago


  • Mike Hunt
    Mike Hunt 15 days ago

    I feel like he would have let me die of cancer because he "thinks I'm overreacting and don't know everything". I already had a doctor like him almost let me die because they didn't want to order a proper MRI.

  • Amelia D
    Amelia D 15 days ago

    Damn he can give a speach

  • Lebecc The Computer
    Lebecc The Computer 15 days ago

    The hottest ted talk speaker

  • Milk
    Milk 16 days ago

    jilly juice intensifies

    the crowd is so silent it creeps me out

  • Elsa Kindströmmer
    Elsa Kindströmmer 16 days ago

    Me trying to explain why I don't know the answer in class

  • Marwah Esam Goda
    Marwah Esam Goda 16 days ago

    So proud 😊🌻

  • Patryk Misiło
    Patryk Misiło 16 days ago

    I didn't know his surname was Warszawski!

  • Mike Martin
    Mike Martin 16 days ago

    I’ve always told my kids and my patients that “I don’t know “ is a great answer to a question.

  • Sreenidhi Shukla
    Sreenidhi Shukla 16 days ago




  • caleb williams
    caleb williams 16 days ago +1

    8:50 dunning-kruger effect. Look up the graph, it's a big deal that causes big problems.

  • Sugoi desuu
    Sugoi desuu 16 days ago

    5:05 nice tie my dude

  • Bails Dug
    Bails Dug 16 days ago

    Oh, hi daddy. 🤩

  • Let's talk about it!
    Let's talk about it! 16 days ago


  • eliza
    eliza 16 days ago +85

    i finally found the most thirsty comment section of tedx talks

    • Andrew Rice
      Andrew Rice 7 days ago

      Really? What's so attractive about him?
      Btw my notifications are off, I probably won't see any replies unless you were to comment on one of my vids, but feel free to reply anyway

    • _____
      _____ 11 days ago +5

      It’s completely ruined his youtube channel
      Also it isn’t just thirsty, it’s so creepy

  • Amy Moran
    Amy Moran 16 days ago

    This is one of the best TED Talks I've ever seen. While a lot of people use the spotlight to get attention or push an idea, Doctor Mike uses it to help people and humble himself. He has proven himself to be an intelligent and caring person time and time again.

  • Andreh. S
    Andreh. S 16 days ago

    Parents are against you 😂

  • D Heuzen
    D Heuzen 16 days ago

    Evidence based practice!

  • Infamous potato \ nisha
    Infamous potato \ nisha 16 days ago +2

    Where's the "beewoop"

  • suresh kumar sharma
    suresh kumar sharma 17 days ago

    The three points to take from this video is - 1) Do not google up stuff and come to conclusion
    2) Look at the better researches and evidence based practices that has been done and put in the the bracket of meta analysis research
    3) those who don’t get their child vaccinated and claim vaccinations cause autism . Please look up the evidence based practices that has been done on different vaccinations over period. People that claimed that vaccinations causes autism are those type of people who falls into “ I know all community” please don’t trust those people do your own research.

  • Hannah Schaffer
    Hannah Schaffer 17 days ago

    Scientists don’t want vaccines to cause autism so they did the research which fit their narrative and kicked away doctors who didn’t so they could keep getting 400$ to vaccinate each kid by the age of 2

  • Hannah Schaffer
    Hannah Schaffer 17 days ago

    Nah seeing a doctor makes me more anxious
    It isn’t that they don’t know to some of what he said but that they wish to push away anything that COULD get them knowing but they don’t want to hear it

  • Raxius
    Raxius 17 days ago

    That MLK reference tho

  • Fosmin Clorin
    Fosmin Clorin 17 days ago

    This was uploaded on my birthday 😊

  • teammcdonnell
    teammcdonnell 17 days ago +196

    Dr Mike works hard, but his blazer button works harder.

  • ZmistergamesZ 231
    ZmistergamesZ 231 17 days ago +1


  • mu116688
    mu116688 17 days ago

    Honestly, the very same ideas are applicable to global climate researches. Yet many problems need to be addressed in such field, but the community of researchers are convinced by meta-analysis results that our climate is changing in a way which we may not like the outcome. Climate change is not a lie. It's just a statistical analysis conclusion that the atmosphere of our planet is very likely to be affected by those chemicals. Similarly it takes hard work to solve such problems while bunch of IKA experts are trying to spread malicious misconceptions just to earn themselves power and wealth. :c

  • Just A PasserBi
    Just A PasserBi 17 days ago +103

    I’m a simple person, I see Dr. Mike, I click.

  • Halfofmyheart
    Halfofmyheart 17 days ago

    We love you Dr. Mike!! Excellent talk 😊

  • Flow Em
    Flow Em 17 days ago

    Dr mike is young and has a new way of thinking just like autism, autism is not an illness, it’s a new type of thinking, communication.

  • Erik Odegaard
    Erik Odegaard 18 days ago

    I thought this was gonna be a bash on dr mike knowing too much

  • Laura Misiara Lincheta

    Did he put on glasses to look smarter? 😂

    • Vesa Her
      Vesa Her 17 days ago +1

      😂 He uses glasses, but not all the time. Although, appearance is important too.

  • Meghan Dunning
    Meghan Dunning 18 days ago

    Omg, I'm used to watching Dr. Mike on his own channel.

    COMTE DE MONTECRISTO 18 days ago +2

    Clever, IKA, Meta Analysis good job doc.

  • Black Rock Shooter
    Black Rock Shooter 18 days ago

    As a person in medicine... I respect this speech so much.....

  • zztop3000
    zztop3000 18 days ago

    6:01 Wrong, if that person has evidence of a possible terror attack, I can assure you, many people will listen. There are preventive anti terrorist measures in place now, every suspect is investigated just to make sure.

  • Sub to me idk why
    Sub to me idk why 18 days ago +1

    I thought it was impossible to be perfect...

  • Jay Cab
    Jay Cab 18 days ago

    Woo! Doctor Mike!!! 😆

  • Johanaperezx3 Bebe
    Johanaperezx3 Bebe 19 days ago +5

    So handsome 🥰❤️ and perfect
    His smart , cute , carry and funny💕.
    GodBless him ❤️.