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I Stand with My Sisters in Surgery

We will not stand to be judged This morning I posted the following on my social media accounts.   So 3 male surgeons published an article about vascular surgeons and social media. They have the audacity to decide that it is inappropriate for women surgeons to...

Masks: Your Doctors Don’t Have Enough

I have an N-95 mask.  Because one of my partners had the foresight to buy a pack on amazon a few weeks ago.   The shortage of protection for doctors and nurses and people taking care of patients is real.  The DMHC maintains that patients may be offered...

Let it be said that we tried to do what is right

Physicians are on the front line of this pandemic crisis.  I am in a unique role as an orthopaedic surgeon. One of my friends said last week, “if anyone thinks that orthopaedic surgeons are going to be caring for patients with Corona virus, they are sadly mistaken.” ...

Ramona Quimby, FDR and My Daughter

Drive or fly?  Although there never seems to be a right answer when planning a trip from southern to northern California, the answer after the trip is always quite clear.  The answer is fly.  We drove.  Thanksgiving is the best holiday ever in our...

Physician or Surgeon, but Not “Provider”

with commentary from Past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. David Teuscher We are so much more than providers, and physicians are taking back language. I have the good fortune to call Dr. David Teuscher, past president of the AAOS, my...

When did “patient” become a dirty word?

As I spend more time interacting with the administrative leadership in healthcare in 2019, I find myself asking again and again, "Why can't we call them patients?" I am hearing words like customer, client, patron, and member are used in place of the word "patient"...

Camp Counselor to Orthopaedic Surgeon: Amazing Preparation

From the Tennis Court to the Operating Room, how my experience as a camp counselor prepared me to be an Orthopaedic Surgeon In 2019, women continue to make up less than 10% of practicing orthopaedic surgeons in the USA.  I made the decision to pursue a career in...

Coming Home and Losing the Veneer

I spent the past 48 hours with the society that I have come to understand is my professional home and happy place.  The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).  These are surgeons that have dedicated their lives to fixing children. ...

My sister and the beginning of her weight loss journey

My sister, Leah, is 6 and a half years younger than me.  She is my best friend.  She is brilliant.  And hilarious.  And engaging.  She is an author and a teacher.  She is a guru of mindfulness.  And for the past many years she has been losing a battle with her weight....

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