What Doctors Need to Know About Fat

As physicians, many of us were trained to tell our patients that eating cholesterol and fat – especially saturated fat– causes heart attacks, and that … [Read more...]

On the Joy of Missing Out

As I type these words, a soft pale light envelopes my toasty curled up kittens and me, and sheets of a very fine but persistent snow dance past the … [Read more...]

Pulse Oximetry and the Real Importance of Thresholds

Pulse oximetry is an invaluable technology in surgical suites, post-anesthesia care units, and critical care units, where patients have a high risk … [Read more...]

Looking Back on 20 Years of HIV Prevention

In the early 1990s, I embarked on what would become a career focused on caring for patients living with HIV. At that time, AIDS had been destroying … [Read more...]

Three Things Doctors Can Do to Help Runners Stay Healthy

“Why am I experiencing knee pain?” Perhaps you’ve heard this question from your patients when seeing them after a running-related injury. This time of … [Read more...]

A Fast, Powerful Way to Help Patients Deal with Stress

Stress. It’s a powerful, nonspecific word for something that most patients have a lot of. And often they feel guilty for it. Many of my patients tell … [Read more...]

Why Delivering Bad News Shouldn’t Be Easy

Delivering bad news is part of my job – an important part. It is fashionable nowadays to speak of the doctor-patient relationship as a partnership. … [Read more...]

With Breast Density, a Gray Area for Screening Choices

The medical field, more so than many other professional arenas, is continuously struggling to balance the concepts of increasing quality metrics, … [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...]

Why Patient Autonomy Matters

Many of the patients that I treat have brain injuries. Whether caused by a stroke, car accident, fall, or drug overdose, their rehab course has taught … [Read more...]