About

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Head Shot 2 croppedThank you for visiting my website and blog.  I’m a physician, writer, researcher, and healthcare advocate.

My writing generally focuses on the policy, politics, and history of health care, and my articles have appeared, either in print or online, in the Washington Post, Guardian, New Republic, Los Angeles Review of Books, USA Today, Salon, CNN.com,US News & World Report, Jacobin, and elsewhere.  My first book, To Heal Humankind: The Right to Health in History, was published by Routledge in 2017.

I am additionally an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an organization with a longstanding commitment to community health and the health of the underserved. I’m additionally pursuing health systems/public health research, and have had article published in the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, Chest, the European Respiratory Journal, and elsewhere.

Finally, I’m an advocate for universal health care,  and serve on the board of directors and as secretary of Physicians for a National Health Program.   If we believe in a “right to health” for all, then we need a universal single-payer health care system for all.

I attended college and medical school at New York University.  I did my residency in internal medicine residency at Columbia, where I spent a year as a chief-resident.  In 2016 I completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at what was previously called the Harvard Combined program, which included Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital.

Any opinions expressed here, in my writings, on social media, or in interviews are my own, and do not necessarily reflect that of my employer or any of my organizational or academic affiliations.