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Why I Shout about Being a Cancer Doctor

Why I Shout about Being a Cancer Doctor

Nov 12, 2017
A prestigious oncology journal recently published an opinion piece titled, “Why I Keep Quiet about Being a Cancer Doctor.” I was depressed after reading it, because the author self-identified as ... continue
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
Moving the Needle on Health in Angelina County

Moving the Needle on Health in Angelina County

Aug 13, 2017
Back in January, I wrote about the abysmal county health rankings in Deep East Texas and the fact that Angelina County has been named the county with the highest obesity ... continue
The Crockett Hospital’s Painful Demise

The Crockett Hospital’s Painful Demise

Jul 09, 2017
June 30, 2017 was a sad day for Crockett, Texas, our neighbor just 47 miles to the west. Little River Healthcare ended its management affiliation with the Houston County Hospital ... continue
What I Learned in Medical School That Was Wrong

What I Learned in Medical School That Was Wrong

May 14, 2017
I recently attended my 30th medical school reunion at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. It was a grand time of reminiscing and reconnecting with war buddies from the ... continue
The Grass is Greener in Lufkin!

The Grass is Greener in Lufkin!

Apr 09, 2017
Sometimes our medical community gets a bad rap. In any community, there can be a tendency to think the grass is always greener somewhere else. This is true whether ... 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
Support Raising the Smoking Age to 21

Support Raising the Smoking Age to 21

Feb 27, 2017
The 85th Texas Legislative Session is in full swing. On Wednesday, February 15, a bill was filed in the House by Representative (and physician) John Zerwas (R) to raise ... continue
What I Would Like to See in Healthcare Reform (Part 1)

What I Would Like to See in Healthcare Reform (Part 1)

Feb 12, 2017
I often tell people that if all I had to do was take care of patients, life would be grand. It is the countless hours of dealing with the ... continue
Resolve to Improve the Health of our Region

Resolve to Improve the Health of our Region

Jan 03, 2017
January is a time of resolution, and often our New Year resolutions focus on diet and exercise. My friends, we need a city, county, and region resolution to lose weight ... continue
Add HPV Vaccination to Your Kids' Christmas List

Add HPV Vaccination to Your Kids' Christmas List

Dec 06, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refers to itself as the nation's health protection agency. Among other things, they monitor infectious disease outbreaks (such as Zika, influenza or ... 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
Empowered – and Inundated – by Pink

Empowered – and Inundated – by Pink

Oct 04, 2016
There is a minor malady that comes around every season. It is characterized by a drop in energy, glazed eyes, and a strong desire just to sit and do ... continue
Prostate Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Prostate Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Sep 06, 2016
Over the last 30 years, I have been witness to a remarkable change in how we diagnose and treat prostate cancer. Prior to the mid-1980s, prostate cancer was detected most ... continue
Colorectal Cancer Screening: 80% by 2018

Colorectal Cancer Screening: 80% by 2018

Aug 02, 2016
Katie Couric has raised awareness of colorectal cancer ever since her husband died of the disease in 1998. Yet colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death ... 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
Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

May 03, 2016
For more than 50 years now, we have known the dangers of smoking. That smoking causes heart disease, emphysema, and lung and other cancers is not in dispute. For ... continue
Cancer Brings Out a Range of Emotions

Cancer Brings Out a Range of Emotions

Mar 01, 2016
I hate cancer. Hate is a bad word, I know. My mother always got on to me when I said I hated something or someone. We raise our children ... 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
PineCrest has Far-reaching Economic Impact

PineCrest has Far-reaching Economic Impact

Nov 03, 2015
Mayor Bob Brown, City Manager Keith Wright, Chamber CEO Jim Johnson and other local government and business leaders recently launched a series titled Business is Everyone’s Business. The purpose ... continue
Jimmy Carter's Cancer Revelation

Jimmy Carter's Cancer Revelation

Sep 01, 2015
When a current or former President of the United States has a major health problem, it is international news. And when a former president has cancer, we all take ... 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
A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Mar 02, 2015
I don't think I'm unique in having a family that discusses medical issues at the dinner table. But in a family with a doctor, sometimes discussions – to the ... 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
What’s Coming in Healthcare Reform in 2014?

What’s Coming in Healthcare Reform in 2014?

Apr 02, 2014
My middle daughter is a graduate student in opera at Eastman School of Music. After October 1, if I go to hear her sing in an opera and get ... continue
What a Hospital Should Be

What a Hospital Should Be

Jan 07, 2014
Healthcare reform may be the most polarizing issue today. Depending on your point of view, you are either eagerly anticipating or just dreading the changes that are happening. Either ... continue
Shop Local, Get Well Local

Shop Local, Get Well Local

Aug 06, 2013
I have the privilege this year of serving as Chairman of the Board for the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, along with the City of Lufkin and ... continue

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