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Diversity of the patients we serve is no secret at Montefiore in the Bronx, where I practice. You see it in their faces, clothing, languages, and accents. The people present an extraordinary array of ancestries, making the borough a microcosm of the world. As a healthcare provider, you may wonder about your treatments; maybe one Read More

Female doctor talking to teen girl sitting on exam table

Every Monday during my first year of medical school I joined a team of psychiatrists for Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)—a course focused on developing patient-communication skills. While similar courses abound across the country, I found myself initially doubting the possibility that a class could make someone a better communicator. Wasn’t this an innate skill Read More

About three years ago, I was chatting about pain with a friend at a social function, and she told me she was taking a prescribed opioid for her chronic pain. I quickly got the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach that comes from discussing and prescribing opioids in clinical practice. I responded with my concerns, based Read More

Farmer Spraying Pesticide

A recent article published by The American Heart Association (AHA) featured the headline, “Pesticide exposure may increase heart disease and stroke risk.” That headline and the study which followed resonated in the press, leading to several articles based on it, said epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., in a recent post at the Genetic Literacy Project. His Read More

EDITORS’ NOTE: This piece first appeared on NBCNEWS.com/THINK The health challenge recently faced by Sen. Bernie Sanders has brought two issues to the forefront of the 2020 presidential election. Should there be a disqualifying upper age limit to become president, and should an existing health issue preclude a candidate from running for president? As scientists Read More

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