The Opioid Crisis has become one of our nation’s biggest healthcare challenges in history. More than two million Americans have become dependent on prescription pain pills and other opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. Drug overdoses are now the leading Read More My Twisted View of Our Nation’s Opioid Crisis
Late last night, I was in the office discussing with a patient how she could get her much-needed high blood pressure medication since the price was $225 a month and her insurance company hadn’t approved it. We had a very Read More Is YOUR Doctor Worth a Coke?
A Friday during my fellowship training, I was asked by my instructor to go place a dialysis catheter in someone in the ICU. He needed fluid removed because his lungs were becoming congested to the point he couldn’t breathe. I Read More Is There Ever a “Right Time” to Die? A Physician Speaks Out.
As a doctor, some of my most transformative experiences are when patients walk through the door and share with me the tragedies in their lives—their children who die before them; their spouses who desert them for a younger woman; their Read More Why Would a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Cry?
“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.” Norman Cousins. Hope matters. As a middle aged doctor, some say I am a bit young to have learned this the hard Read More Why Hope Matters: A Physician Speaks Out
One of the most difficult and sensitive roles of a physician is dealing with a grieving patient. The way in which you respond can have a profound effect on patients. Their psychological well being and the quality of their ongoing Read More 5 Things Doctors Should Never Say to a Grieving Patient