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To put it simply, I’m scared by news headlines and conversations about the climbing rates of maternal mortality among Black women. I’m not surprised, however. As an internist, I regularly marvel at the advances that have been made in Western medicine, yet I pause and wonder why, in our profession, we continually get this mortality Read More

Division of Substance Abuse Doctor and Patient

EDITORS’ NOTE: On Tuesday, a daylong conference, “On the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic: 50 Years of Leadership and Innovation at Montefiore-Einstein,” will be held at Einstein and Montefiore. The event will feature guests as well as Einstein and Montefiore staff and faculty members and patients sharing insights about the opioid epidemic. In connection Read More

What does writing have to do with medicine? This is a question I posed to the members of the Einstein Class of 2023 in Riklis Auditorium during their orientation a few weeks ago. They were about to spend a morning devoted to reflective writing—first hearing my talk and then attending a small-group session where, under Read More

I’m often asked, “How do you cure stuttering?” This question is charged with judgment. It renders stuttering a black-and-white issue, ignoring the condition’s many complexities. It is a view that polarizes the matter completely: stuttering = bad; fluency = good. This dichotomy is missing a glaring piece―the individual. So let’s view stuttering in a more Read More

Editors’ note: The transition from college to medical school has been described as being akin to the difference between drinking water from a garden hose and drinking from a fire hose. There’s an overwhelming amount of new information, surroundings, concepts, and emotions to grapple with. During Orientation week, Einstein faculty and associates shared their thoughts Read More

In 1902, a smallpox outbreak infected thousands of people across the northeastern United States. That year, in Massachusetts alone, 2,314 people were infected, and 284 died. This was not unusual for early-twentieth-century Massachusetts: The smallpox vaccine had been invented more than a century earlier and had markedly reduced the incidence of the disease, but the Read More