Why Patients’ Questions Fuel Successful Treatment

In Bill's room was his doctor, a medical scribe, a physicians assistant, and a medical student. Not an imposing group, but in that moment each of them … [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...]

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...]

How Chronic Pain Affects Families

People suffering from chronic pain are often angry. They are trapped not only by an unpleasant sensation, but also by their limited treatment options. … [Read more...]

The Power of “I Don’t Know” in Medicine

Recently I read an interesting article on leadership published at Inc.com. Although most of the magazine is geared toward those in business, many of … [Read more...]

Learning to Translate: My Medical Lesson in Cultural Competence

The presence of strong, independent women has been a constant throughout my life. Friends, teachers, mentors, aunts, cousins, and grandmothers have … [Read more...]

Data-Driven Healthcare: Three Technologies I’d Like to See

The digital health and wellness space is growing a mile a minute, with thousands of new sensors, apps, trackers, and websites promising ultimate … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Your Patients about Herbal Medications

Herbal medicines make most doctors cringe, laugh, or want to put blinders on and pretend they don’t exist. This is understandable. While allopathic … [Read more...]

The Patient Has the Answers

As a medical student nearly two decades ago, I remember how excited I was to begin my rotations on the wards. After two intense years in the … [Read more...]

Where the Private Practice Model Still (Sort of) Makes the Most Sense

Since before medical school I have wanted to practice integrative medicine. “Integrative” means a lot of things to a lot of people, but in my case it … [Read more...]