What Ironman Louisville Taught Me About Gratitude

This post has been a long time coming.  Back in 2003, I volunteered as a first year medical student at the Blue Devil Ironman.  As exhausted and elated triathletes crossed the finish line, I worked the medical tent and escorted those who were dehydrated, hyponatremic, or obviously suffering from altered mental status into the tent…

A Big Announcement…

About a year ago, I floated the idea of writing a book across my social media communities.  You responded in ways I could never have imagined, nearly universally encouraging me and spurring me on. There were of course also a handful of trolls.  Like this one: Ignoring the trolls and buoyed by your support, I…

What Books Changed Your Life?

This summer I’ve been fortunate to read some great books. Among others, I read Jon Meacham’s The Soul of America on the beach, flown cross-country while audio-booking Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and indulged a (wishful-thinking) Teddy Roosevelt kick by powering through both River of Doubt by Candice Millard and The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns…

Weaponized Fear and Our Health

On a warm June day in 1950, 53-year-old Senator Margaret Chase Smith stepped to the rostrum in the chamber of the United States Senate. With a steady, measured tone, she delivered her “Declaration of Conscience” warning America and her Senate colleagues of the dangers of riding “to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny—fear, ignorance,…

Ten Years in Medicine

On May 9, 2018, just after 8PM, I marked the end of my first decade as a doctor. Without question, the past ten years have challenged both my technical and diagnostic skills… for what either are worth.  I’ve had to irreparably bend a pair of iris forceps to cannulate an impossibly small infant’s impossibly small…

Technology and Humanity in Medicine

A few more thoughts on the intersection of #technology and #humanity in #medicine – we need to amp the volume on this conversation to turn the corner and reach the transformative potential of #analytics and #AI in #healthcare!

Modern Healthcare Commentary

Excited to share my thoughts this week with Modern Healthcare on the intersection of analytics, technology, and humanity in healthcare: When we strip away everything in healthcare that humans do not absolutely have to do, all that remains is the raw humanity ingrained in person-to-person interactions. Better technology CAN thus both enable and expand our…