On My Mind

I cannot remember the last time that national politics and medicine have been on such a collision course. Americans have becomes accustomed to the groundbreaking but imperfect medical coverage of the Affordable Care Act. And poll after poll shows that people are concerned about losing their coverage if GOP Senators are able to repeal Obamacare […]

HPV – The Cancer Prevention Vaccine

I am unapologetic about my belief in the overall importance, efficacy, and safety of vaccinations.   I believe that vaccinations were the greatest scientific breakthrough of the past century, even surpassing the role of antibiotics. And while most of us think of vaccinations for preventing infections like measles, polio, and influenza, they are increasingly playing roles […]

From Physician to Healer

Every doctor goes through a transformation from physician to healer. In medical school, we memorize and regurgitate information; as interns and residents, we strain to learn every new procedure. As young doctors, we keep patients at arm’s length and try simply to cure them. We can’t know then what we will come to realize later […]

Skin Cancer and Early Detection

Two technologies — MelaFind and dermatoscopy — use light waves and sophisticated data analysis to diagnose suspicious lesions. In a 2011 study, MelaFind was able to detect 98 percent of melanomas, compared with 78 percent by a dermatologist’s examination alone. Because melanoma can be difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable, […]