We Must Stop Failing our Children

As we mourn the deaths of yet more American children following Colorado’s most recent school shooting (and even more adults after Friday’s tragedy in Virginia Beach), it is time to acknowledge a real, damning truth: As parents, pediatricians, and frankly as grown-up adult humans, we are fundamentally failing our children. According to the Naval Postgraduate …

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 ***2019 Update – Now an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book Tiny Medicine, available for pre-order now at Amazon or your favorite online bookseller!*** When I tell people …

I am NOT Steve Jobs.

Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. – Steve Jobs: Rolling Stone Magazine, 1994 This may come as a shock to you, but I am NOT Steve Jobs. I know… I’ll …

Our American Idea

On February 8th 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed a small crowd in the tidewater city of Greenville, North Carolina. In truth, he actually didn’t speak to the crowd that day in person – his remarks were pre-recorded and played for the dedication of a United States Information Agency radio transmitter, designed to broadcast the “Voice …

Thank You!

It took five months from the day I first posted at DrDeRienzo.com for the site to reach 1,000 views.  Late last year, the site’s most popular post – Bartlet’s Lessons – reached 1,000 views on its own in less than 3 weeks.  This month DrDeRienzo.com crossed the 10,000 view mark, and it seemed fitting to …

Facebook Live

I was honored to join Lianne Fagnant from the Mission NICU on a Facebook Live this week. It was a great opportunity to share some of the Mission NICU’s incredible stories, and help viewers really begin to appreciate just how Tiny the NICU’s tiny medicine *really* is. Tune in at the link below and see …

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, …

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