Lessons

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since our family’s longtime friend and canine companion Bartlet passed away. This is a post I wrote at drderienzo.com last year to celebrate his life and share the lessons we learned from a pound puppy with a white shock of fur, an inexplicable fear of water bowls,…

Tiny Medicine

Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small! – Horton, from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss When I tell people I’m a neonatologist, they usually nod and smile in the way people do when they have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.  I’ve learned…

Getting There

Here’s a new Chapter excerpt called Getting There – happy summer everyone! We are standing on the threshold of both heaven and hell, dancing nervously between the gates of one and the ante room of the other. -Yuval Harari, Sapiens The nausea was so overwhelming it nearly sent me to the ground.  I’d spent 31…

Alpha and Omega

“After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of…

Would you read this book?

I’ve been playing with a book idea for a few months, writing and re-writing the introduction and toying with different ways to shape the chapters.  It’s still not fully baked, but the concept at least is formed enough to see if it would resonate… So, in the spirit of leveraging all the 21st century has…

Elementary School, Insurance, and the Free Market

As part an “Insight Council” survey I was recently asked: “If you had a magic wand and could change *only one thing* about health payment reform what would it be?” Now let’s be clear – picking just one thing to fix about how America pays for healthcare is like trying to find and fix only the…

Uncertainty

Leaders prove their worth during times of great uncertainty. We live in uncertain times.  Multiple fundamental aspects of American life all face a crossroads… and healthcare is at the top of the list. With this in mind, I had the great fortune today to share my thoughts on navigating the enormous change in healthcare with…