I went to Medical School at 46 and graduated at 50. However, the amount of previous "real world" experience I bring to medicine and health care is tremendously empowering, and not in the way that most people imagine. I have the insight, courage, and will to see and change the healthcare system in ways that others cannot. I combine the young physician's clarity of vision to see and call out injustice and inequality, and the older physician's courage and will to effect change. This of course makes me disruptive, yet hopefully in a productive, constructive way.
I'm a geek, and a little bit of a dork. But I am a grown up and have made peace with that and my own skin. I'm a horrible dancer, but that does not keep me from dancing. I wish I could sing, but really all I can do is sometimes harmonize with a good singer. I run marathons. I have some physical courage, I have piloted medevac helicopters, skydived, scuba dived, rock/ice climbed, and worked as a combat medic. I keep a journal. Everything and anything else, see my twitter feed. I am pretty transparent, and it stretches back almost 5 years.
Areas of Expertise
Global Health, Medical Education & Training, Quality Improvement in Medicine, Primay Care Medicine, Health Care Systems
An idea worth spreading
Transparency. Plain and simple. Making and keeping things transparent is the key to empowerment, and social justice in all forms (health, education, socioeconomic). The changes we see in media & politics are just the tip of this transparency we need to develop & cultivate if we are going to share our world peacefully...the world is just too small for injustice. It will destroy us.
I'm passionate about
Keeping all people healthy! My overriding passion is to enhance and support the health of all of humanity. When it comes to health, it is increasingly apparent that we're all in this together.
Talk to me about
How I can help you be more healthy, in mind, body and spirit. Oh, and James Joyce or David Foster Wallace. You can always talk to me about them.
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
Even though I'd been a TED fan since 2005, sititng at TEDGlobal in 2012 and watching John Wilbanks "Let's pool our medical data" (Here with the TED Blog post:
http://blog.ted.com/2012/10/16/5-steps-for-being-an-impatient-patient-from-john-wilbanks/) showed the power of TED to showcase an idea "whose time had come" and in particular it was an epiphany for me. One of my "notes to myself" that I wrote in my notes from TEDGlobal 2012 was "Among people of thought and goodwill, the world is a very small place." and this was a shining example. Making the choices and challenges of healthcare understandable to all is a key component of transforming health care, and John managed to say what I had been thinking from a physician point of view, from the patient's point of view. Breaking down those silos of thought is where the real solutions to our wicked problems lie.