Selected Writing

The Hill

Biden-Harris COVID-19 advisory board should be met with cautious optimism

I intently studied the names of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 advisory board, and it was hard not to be impressed: a former FDA head and Surgeon General, infectious disease specialists, ethicists, epidemiologists, and a front-line ICU physician. Good, I thought, I can exhale.

But what should be the public’s expectation of these 13 highly qualified men and women — nine of whom parenthetically are members of underrepresented minorities, a group hit especially hard by the pandemic?

Medium

The Mob’s Disturbing Response to Trump’s COVID Diagnosis

The nasty tweets. The unkind comments from the microphone. The far-fetched conspiracy theories.

No, I am not describing President Trump’s behavior — I am characterizing some of his opponents’ rhetoric that flooded out soon after the President revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: How politics and muddled CDC messaging helped doom U.S. efforts to fight coronavirus

Like most physicians, I considered March the starting line of a race, a race to learn as much as we could as quickly as we could about the novel coronavirus. The more we understood, I figured, the more lives would be saved. But we lost the race, falling behind nearly every other country in whatever metric used to measure success in fighting this virus.

Medium

Collateral Damage: Transplantation Amid COVID-19

The headlines are all too familiar, harkening back to earlier in the year when the coronavirus first hit. COVID infections are rising at an alarming rate in states across the country like Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. Nationwide, the seven day average of new cases has been nearly 70,000 per day. Florida alone has consistently reported around 10,000 new infections per day. Hospital bed availability in Miami has dwindled with over 2,000 hospitalizations reported recently in Miami-Dade county.

The Washington Post

Burnout made me quit my transplant practice. Front-line workers need help, too.

The story caught my eye — although it was the photograph that really drew me in.

The woman smiling back at me from the newspaper was a seemingly happy doctor in a crisply starched white coat, the armor that she — and all of us doctors — wear as a symbol of virtue, hope and goodness.

But the headline was grim: “Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated Virus Patients Dies by Suicide.”

Newsweek

Ventilators Don’t Cure COVID-19. What Happens When People Come Off Them? | Opinion

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds in sections, it appears that the question of whether there will be enough ventilators available for everyone that needs one has been answered.

Chicago Tribune

Science on the fly: Resist the urge to jump on every new COVID-19 theory

Each morning during these most unusual of times, I find an inbox filled with messages from both my medical colleagues and well-informed laypeople attaching articles or links to webpages referencing the latest “breakthroughs” in the fight against the coronavirus.

salon.com

In health care access, doctor privelege is real. This is how it works

COVID-19 has made me ask myself if I would “make the call” to get a loved one treatment. I’ve considered it before

The Wall Street Journal

Supply Isn’t the Problem With Organ Transplants

There are plenty of donors to meet the need, but the system is so inefficient that available organs often don’t reach desperate patients.

Stat News

As the Need for Organ Transplants Grows, the Number of Transplant Physicians Dwindles

During the 25 years I’ve been a transplant doctor, I’ve cared for hundreds of patients who received lung transplants.

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