Marathon update

20 miles in the books – 1 month to go! One of the benefits of long training runs has been exploring parts of the city I’ve never really seen before – especially on foot. In the past few weeks I’ve run over the 59th Street Bridge and the Triborough Bridge. I’ve run along the Hudson […]

Remembering

17 years ago. My wife was almost 3 months pregnant, we hadn’t told anyone yet. In my office when she called to tell me about the attack. Riding in a police car across NYC with a machine gun mounted vehicle at each intersection. To the medical staging area at Chelsea Piers. The line of ambulances […]

2015 – A time to reflect

2015 has been a year filled with change, and as I reflect back on all the events – both professional and personal – I thought I’d share some highlights and observations and maybe an insight or two. Highlights of 2015 January 2015 – Living and Working in Arizona March 2015 – My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah […]

Just an Internist

As I have been re-aquainting myself with NYC and meeting new people, one of the questions that invariably comes up is “What kind of doctor are you?”.  I answer, “An Internist”.  Usually that is followed by a question of what is an Internist, or if I specialize in anything.  After explaining what I do, I […]

Fighting the winter blues – a lighter look

The winter blues – now is the time they can set in – shorter, dark days, colder temps and holiday stresses all contribute.  Its also been a rough couple of weeks in the news – it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when terrible things happen.  However, if you look for it, there are ways to fight […]

Processed meats – cancer risk or hype

Bacon is perhaps the archetypical of processed meats – whether typical US or Canadian – it is one of the most identified foods by sight or smell.  Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified  processed meats as a cancer risk, equating it to smoking.  How did they come to this decision, and can we infer the […]

Back to School

It’s that time of year in NYC (I know other parts of the country already started) when buses are filled with children sporting back packs, tales of summer vacation are told and germs are spread. In my office, it is also the time of year in which adults get re-exposed to germs they haven’t seen […]

Reality Check – why an Internist is important

It was a typical Monday for an Internist – lots of phone calls, catching up on results that came in over the weekend, a full office schedule.  I was about to go see my next patient when my assistant said that Dr. X was on the phone about a patient, could I take the call. […]

E-cigarettes – deterrent or path to addiction

Recently, the CDC published its 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey – which looks at smoking in middle and high school students in the US.  As a physician, but more as a parent of a newly minted teenager, the results were of great interest – and concern.  While cigarette use declined in high school students, e-cigarettes and hookah use […]

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