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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

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

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

Lung cancer patients and providers live in a much more hopeful world than the one I entered as a physician/scientist at the turn of the century. Proof of that improved landscape can be seen in a recent annual report on cancer rates in the United States, which shows a 30 percent drop in lung cancer Read More

In 2010, a social media campaign called “It Gets Better” was launched to help support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world. The goal was to offer hope and encouragement and to empower youth to create and inspire the changes needed to make the world better for them and others. This was also Read More