Relay for Life 2017: Who is your superhero?

The following post is an edited transcript of my speech given on 7/8/17 at the Relay for Life 2017, Clatsop County, OR.  I am very excited by this year’s Relay for Life theme, “Who is your superhero?” I am excited because I get to work with real-life superheroes every day.  And this morning I get … Read moreRelay for Life 2017: Who is your superhero?

A sense of purpose in a broken world.

Recently I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot of my clinic,  unable to will myself to open the door.  I didn’t want to head in to the clinic that morning.  Instead I was filled with despair; overwhelmed with the events of the world. How can I do it? I thought.  How … Read moreA sense of purpose in a broken world.

20 things I am thankful to nurses for as an oncologist

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In recognition of National Nurses Week: Thank you to nurses for: staying behind in the room with patients and families after we deliver difficult news, not letting us shirk the tough questions, professionalism in the most difficult of circumstances, being partners in care, remembering what size gloves we wear, the phrase, “Doctor, I think you … Read more20 things I am thankful to nurses for as an oncologist

On meaningful use: the EMR versus the patient’s needs.

Mr. X. is a man in his 80s who was cured of his cancer, but at what cost.

The biologic therapy and radiation which eradicated the cancer left him with the inability to swallow and need for permanent PEG tube.  Due to overall frailty and multiple comorbidities, he never graduated from the SNF and continues to reside there today…

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