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Writing is the Least Squeaky Wheel

Christine Montross, MD, MFA is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the Director of Counseling Resources at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree and her MFA in poetry from

Scaling Healthcare Innovation

Sachin Jain, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer for the California-based Medicare healthcare company CareMore. Prior to this role, Dr. Jain was the Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at the global pharmaceutical company Merck, focused on leveraging digital health and data. He was also an attending

Think Like a Doctor, and a Journalist

Lisa Sanders, MD is a primary care physician at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and associate professor of internal medicine and education at Yale School of Medicine. In addition to her work as a physician and educator, she has written the popular Diagnosis column for the New

Chamomile and Canvas: Doctoring and Painting

Amrita Karve, MD is a fellow in cardiology at The Ohio State University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. She grew up in Okemos, Michigan, and attended college and medical school at George Washington University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her

Baltimore Health Commissioner and Patient Advocate

Leana Wen, MD, MSc is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner and an emergency physician, public health leader, and patient advocate. Since her appointment in January 2015, Dr. Wen has led implementation of the citywide opioid overdose prevention and response plan, and in the wake of

Surgery and Violin: Parallel Interests

Terry Buchmiller, MD is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a specialist in pediatric surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also a skilled violinist who plays in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra in its 28th year that is composed

Writing on Race and Medicine

Damon Tweedy, MD, JD is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. His first book, Black Man in a White Coat:

Writing to Improve Patient Safety

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and also Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center. In April, he released his sixth book, The Digital

Writing, Behind the Mask

Kathryn A. (Kathy) Hughes, MD is a general surgeon and blogger who has spent the majority of her career in private practice in community hospitals. She blogs at Behind The Mask, where she shares experiences from her surgical career and life. She is a Fellow of

Why write about a year you want to forget?

Matt McCarthy, MD is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and an assistant attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as a published author and journalist. Dr. McCarthy’s first book Odd Man Out was a memoir about his year (between

Majoring in Medicine, Minoring in Design

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is an emergency medicine physician and associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University. He teaches design thinking to medical students as a co-director of the design track at Jefferson’s medical school. This track, called “College within a College—Design,” launched this year with fifteen students.

Blogging and Tweeting as an Outlet

Kathy Nieder, MD began her career as a family medicine doctor in 1984. She became interested in social media as a tool for healthcare in 2011 and has been blogging at Family Practice 2.0 and actively using other sites, particularly Twitter, to stay abreast of

Doctors Shouldn’t Feel Alone

Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of, an innovative social network for physicians. Dr. Joe founded Medstro and its sister site MedTech Boston (a site

We Need Creative Approaches for Complex Issues

Akhilesh Pathipati is a second-year medical student at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is originally from Sacramento, California, and graduated from Harvard College in 2013. While in medical school, Akhilesh has published articles in the Sacramento Bee and the Stanford Scope Blog. Here, Akhilesh

William Osler’s Prescription for Physician Burnout

Internist William Osler (1849-1919), one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, is often considered a founding father of modern medical education due to his creation of the first clinical clerkship and residency programs for medical trainees. He is also one of the most quoted physicians. This article

Dr. Chekhov’s Side Business

“My memory has grown weak; there is a lack of sequence in my ideas, and when I put them on paper it always seems to me that I have lost the instinct for their organic connection; my construction is monotonous; my language is poor and