Advice to a New Class of Young Doctors

Match day has just passed and a new crop of medical students now know where they will be starting their clinical careers. One thing is for sure, these … [Read more...]

The Four Minute Smile: Why I Chose Direct Practice

September first was a big day for me. After over 25 years of practicing invasive cardiology, I sent an affidavit to CMS to indicate for the next two … [Read more...]

The Importance of Smaller Clinical Trials

It’s a common scenario. A new treatment is tested in a randomized study of, say, 8,000 people, and the results are overwhelmingly positive (so much so … [Read more...]

If Saturated Fat Is Back, We’ll Need More Cardiologists

While reading one of many recent articles declaring saturated fat is back, I practically choked on my oil-free hummus wrap and had to shake my head. … [Read more...]

What Executive Deaths Teach Us About Early Heart Disease Detection

We know that cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than those of any other system. The numbers are so large - hundreds of thousands a year in the … [Read more...]

A More Direct Way to Detect Heart Disease

Consider this: Patients turn 50 and they are asked to have a colonoscopy to look directly at the colon for masses. They are asked to have a mammogram … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Proactive about Millennials and Heart Health

Lately, I’ve been hearing an awful lot about millennials, and how they’re the up-and-coming sector of our economy. So I did some research: I … [Read more...]

Cath or Kale: My Journey from Cardiac Intervention to Prevention

Blame it on Dean Ornish. It was 1990 and I had just completed three years of cardiology training with a veritable dream list of mentors in Kansas … [Read more...]