Tag: Ethics

Palliative Care: Something We All Want

Palliative Care: Something We All Want

Oct 08, 2017
As a hospice physician – in addition to my role as a doctor who treats cancer – much of my focus is on comfort care. Part of my motivation to ... continue
What I Would Like to See in Healthcare Reform (Part 2)

What I Would Like to See in Healthcare Reform (Part 2)

Mar 12, 2017
Last month, I wrote about the bloated, incredibly inefficient federal bureaucracy that eats up hundreds of billions of dollars annually in administrative costs. I mentioned that Obamacare was not ... continue
History and Medicine in Angelina County

History and Medicine in Angelina County

Nov 01, 2016
I recently came into possession of Angelina County Medical Society meeting minutes dating back 80 years, from 1936 to 1954. These archives were kept by Dr. W. D. Thames ... continue
The Significance of an Ethical Foundation

The Significance of an Ethical Foundation

Jul 05, 2016
Last month, I wrote about the role of the hospital Ethics Committee and commented that open and honest communication between healthcare professionals, patients and family solves most ethical dilemmas ... continue
The Role of the Hospital Ethics Committee

The Role of the Hospital Ethics Committee

Jun 07, 2016
For most of my 25 years in medical practice, I have been involved in hospital ethics committees. You may not know that ethics committees exist, or that there are ... continue
Let's Not Get Trumped

Let's Not Get Trumped

Apr 05, 2016
I am ashamed. I wrote that phrase recently on a Facebook post of two Finnish friends who are looking across the ocean with a combination of disgust and disbelief ... continue
Doctors Must Reinstill Sense of Duty

Doctors Must Reinstill Sense of Duty

Feb 02, 2016
This article was originally published at Houston Chronicle http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Doctors-must-reinstill-sense-of-duty-6733668.php?t=d4a64f80cb&cmpid=email-premium and is reprinted here with permission from the author (me). I am a physician. Being a doctor defines me. Whether I ... continue
Doctors Are From Another Planet

Doctors Are From Another Planet

Jul 07, 2015
Jupiter and Venus aligned recently in what was called a Bethlehem Star event. The next time the two planets appear this close together will be in 2023. The rarity ... continue
Doing the Right Thing, One Day at a Time

Doing the Right Thing, One Day at a Time

Jun 02, 2015
As I write this column, it is Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. I have been at my office several hours working on patient charts and mapping out cancer treatment ... continue
Recognizing Stages of Grief

Recognizing Stages of Grief

Jan 06, 2015
My father recently passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 81. What a devastating disease! He lasted a mere two months. Thanks to attentive physicians and great hospice care ... continue
Tips for Success in Any Office Environment

Tips for Success in Any Office Environment

Nov 04, 2014
My wife, Catherine, starting working for St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church as Parish Administrator about four and a half years ago. We were close to empty nesting at the time, and ... continue
Being There for Those Who Suffer

Being There for Those Who Suffer

Sep 02, 2014
Two articles appeared recently in major newspapers discussing how we can be more helpful to those who are suffering. The New York Times article by David Brooks (The Art of ... continue
Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives

Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives

Jun 03, 2014
In my January column, I wrote that we have an ongoing obligation to provide non-profit care locally so that Memorial’s mission of compassion, established in 1949 by our community forefathers ... continue
The Profession of Medicine

The Profession of Medicine

May 06, 2014
Physicians today rarely encourage students to consider becoming a doctor. There are quicker ways to start earning a good living. (Petroleum Engineering and Investment Banking come to mind.) But ... continue

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