About

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Thank you for visiting my website and blog.  I’m a physician, writer, researcher, and advocate.

My writing 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, the Nation, CNN.comUS News & World Report, Jacobin, and elsewhere.  My book, To Heal Humankind: The Right to Health in History, was published by Routledge in 2017.

I am an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an organization committed to the health of the underserved. I do healthcare research, and have had article published in the Lancet, the Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, Chest, the European Respiratory Journal, and elsewhere.

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Finally, I’m an advocate for universal health care,  and serve as president 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 received my bachelors and medical degree from New York University, and a masters in public health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  I did my residency in internal medicine residency at Columbia, where I spent a year as a chief-resident.  I trained in in pulmonary and critical care medicine at what was previously called the Harvard Combined fellowship 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.