Columns for The Lufkin News

Faith and Medicine – a Graceful Dance

Nov 12, 2022
How does your faith affect your approach to healthcare and the sick around you? Last month, I wrote a column for a special section of the Lufkin Daily News on ... continue

Faith and Medicine – a Graceful Dance

Nov 12, 2022
How does your faith affect your approach to healthcare and the sick around you? Last month, I wrote a column for a special section of the Lufkin Daily News on ... continue

Ten Steps when Diagnosed with Cancer

Oct 29, 2022
I get curbside consults about cancer all the time. I don’t mind one bit! If someone calls me about a specific cancer diagnosis or questions about a particular treatment, our ... continue

What Disease Do You Fear Most?

Oct 08, 2022
When we think of health, the top concerns – if we are talking about death – include heart disease, cancer, COVID-19 (thankfully on the decline), accidents, stroke, and lung diseases.[1] ... continue

Medical Billing Odds Are Against You

Sep 10, 2022
I have been a physician for35 years. The vast majority of my practice has been in the non-profit setting, where I have had the privilege of treating patients regardless of ... continue

Compassion After Roe v. Wade

Aug 13, 2022
When I write about a contentious subject, it is invariably to educate myself, not to stir up controversy. I may have preconceived ideas about what I think. More often ... continue

Father of the Bride Jitters

Jul 09, 2022
At a time when congressional hearings and Supreme Court rulings are all anyone can talk about – much less the latest COVID-19 surge – I can’t focus on anything but ... continue

Do Something... But What?

Jun 11, 2022
I recently consulted with the family of a terminal cancer patient. From a cancer treatment standpoint, there was nothing I or anyone else could offer that would change the unrelenting ... continue

The Power of Community

May 14, 2022
I admit, I’ve been somewhat depressed lately. I find myself glued to the news and social media, obsessed with national and international politics and events, unable to understand the level ... continue

Barn Raisers and Old Coots

Apr 09, 2022
I love springtime. Early mornings when I walk my two German shepherds – Zeus and Zoë – the air is still crisp and the sun is just starting to creep ... continue

Where Does Truth Come From?

Mar 12, 2022
As a physician and Christian, I have been frustrated over the last 2 years with the alarming anti-science response to the pandemic. Two years ago, I shared worst-case predictions of ... continue

Scarlet Letters and Healthcare

Feb 12, 2022
When I was in high school in the 1970s, one of our reading assignments was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.[1] Though subtitled “A Romance”, I doubt any high school ... continue

Practicing Grace in 2022

Jan 08, 2022
A year ago, we tried to say goodbye to 2020. We envisioned a relatively quick end to COVID-19. The Holy Grail of 2020 – a vaccine against COVID-19 – ... continue

Health Literacy, a Pandemic, and the Church

Dec 11, 2021
One year ago, a winter wave of COVID-19 cases was starting to surge. The United States had already seen over 250,000 deaths.[1] The hope of a vaccine was just around ... continue

The Miracles of Music and Medicine

Nov 13, 2021
I grew up in the Friday Night Lights of West Texas in the 60s and 70s, where sports – especially Midland Lee and Odessa Permian football – were king. A ... continue

Happily Ever After

Oct 09, 2021
I love fairy tale endings. I am a sucker for the 1997 television version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella featuring Brandy, Whitney Houston, and the incomparable Bernadette Peters. My daughters ... continue

The Deception of Religious Exemptions

Sep 11, 2021
On August 23, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older.[1] This was supposed to be a time of celebration ... continue

Anger in the Time of Coronavirus

Aug 14, 2021
What an emotional roller coaster the last year and a half has been! The pandemic and the election have been a double whammy on our mental health. Religious leaders are ... continue

Cognitive Dissonance, Trust, and COVID-19

Jul 10, 2021
Most of us have had our lives disrupted in some way as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As difficult as job loss and economic upheaval have been, it is ... continue

Vaccine Passports Are Coming

Jun 12, 2021
Like it or not, vaccination passports are coming.[1] Before we go too far, let’s be clear: the federal government has no plan – and really no ability, at this point ... continue

Rosie the Riveter and Dolly Parton

May 08, 2021
The time was the early 1940s. America was at war. The aircraft and munitions industries heavily recruited women to take up important jobs in support of the war effort. In ... continue

OpenNotes Mandate: A Box of Chocolates

Apr 10, 2021
Sometimes cans get kicked so far down the road that we forget about them. Such is the case with a 2016 federal Health Information Technology mandate known as the 21st ... continue

Vaccine Website Up and Running

Mar 13, 2021
As of Monday, March 8, 2021, the new online COVID vaccine registration portal is up and running at www.etxcovidvaccine.com. A result of the efforts of a volunteer group known ... continue

Bruised Arms and Bruised Egos – They Will Heal

Feb 13, 2021
I have never seen people so grateful to feel flu-like before! Those who have been able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations are happy people. They are proud of their bruised ... continue

2020, We Are Giving You the Boot

Jan 09, 2021
Are you as relieved as I that 2020 is over? Like the uninvited guest that overstayed a visit, 2020 deserves to be booted out and have the door slammed shut ... continue

All I Want for Christmas

Dec 12, 2020
“All I want for Christmas is a new vaccine…” It has a nice, catchy ring to it, don’t you agree? Though several COVID-19 vaccine successes have been announced, thanks to ... continue

Changing our Focus after the Election

Nov 07, 2020
The 2020 election is over. We’ve made our choice for the top of the ticket and any number of other down ballot races. It may be we still don’t know ... continue

2020 and Coronavirus Fatigue

Oct 10, 2020
I’m tired. I’m tired of 2020 and COVID-19. 2020 has certainly been full of meme-worthy events, but the pandemic has loomed over them all. I vacillate between exasperation and calling ... continue

Will a Coronavirus Vaccine Be the Answer?

Sep 12, 2020
The novel coronavirus has changed our lives. Just about everything we do is affected by mask-wearing and social distancing. The economy has been reeling, although you wouldn’t know it by ... continue

Coronavirus Information and Misinformation

Aug 08, 2020
As a physician, I have been fascinated by the rapid acquisition of knowledge about the novel coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes, COVID-19. True, that knowledge may not be ... continue
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Dr. Sid Roberts is an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Rice University, and he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and radiation oncology residency. He is board certified in both Radiation Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has practiced in Lufkin, Texas at the Temple Cancer Center at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial since 1992. He is also a long time medical director for Hospice in the Pines.

He served on the board of Memorial Health System of East Texas (now called CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin), chaired the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce board, was President of the Angelina Arts Alliance board, was President of the St. Cyprian’s School Board, served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and was President of the Texas Radiological Society. He served many years on the High Plains Division board of the American Cancer Society and is currently on the board of Angelina College. He is active in Lufkin's First Baptist Church, where he can often be found at the keyboards. He has written a monthly column for the Lufkin News since 2013.