A Simple Act of Kindness

An ER doctor is surprised by a simple intervention of caring and healing.

3 Steps to Turn Your Fears Inside Out

Three lessons on shame and fear: my "coming out" story.

What Does a Health Care Dystopia Look Like?

The healthcare dystopia in China is not just a reality for China—it is what the U.S. is on the fast track to becoming.

What Do People Want from Their Healthcare?

One year ago, I thought I was going on a book tour to teach patients how they can advocate for better care. Instead, people across the country taught me what they want from healthcare, and how medicine is missing the mark today. Here are 10 surprising findings from my "listening tour".

More on the Need for Doctors to be Transparent With Patients

Who's My Doctor, the new campaign calling for transparency in medicine, comes under fire. Join the conversation: Should doctors decide what information patients know about them—or should patients?

To the Doctors: Why We Need to Be Transparent With Patients

“Doctors need drug companies. We’re not influenced by them. They just pay for lunches, and I need to eat. Bedsides, it’s not my patients’ business what I do.” The new campaign for transparency in medicine, "Who’s My Doctor?", comes under fire from dome doctors who are not thrilled with being open with their patients. Here are some of my responses.

What Do You Know About Your Doctor?

To counter the epidemic of fear and lack of trust in medicine, I am launching a new campaign for doctors to be totally transparent with their patients. Who's Your Doctor: The Total Transparency Manifesto calls for doctors to disclose conflicts of interests and other influences that may impact patient care.

Goldilocks Medical Care: Not Too Little, Not Too Much….

Here are 5 tips for avoiding the traps of too much--and too little--medical care.

Are We Receiving Too Much Medical Care?

New evidence shows that too MUCH medical care causes harm. Here are 7 examples of overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

How Do You Choose a Hospital?

Let’s say that you’re told you need surgery to repair a torn ligament in your knee. How do you choose which hospital to go to?

The Trouble With Traditional Research: A Call to Action

In traditional medical research, patients are subjects, rather than active participants in their care. There is a new movement to have patients engage as equal partners in research—but what challenges does it face, and how can we work to build a system that is not only patient-centered for care, but also for research?

Should You Be a "Patient" or "Healthcare Consumer"?

While changing the terminology of "patient" to "healthcare consumer" might be tempting, it comes with certain dangers. A patient has the right to healthcare, but a healthcare consumer buys what he can.

12 Ways to Stay Safe in Hospitals

My last two articles addressed how medical errors affect one in three hospitalized patients, and the 10 types of errors that happen. Now, find out what you can to prevent medical error and to be safe and well during your hospital stay.

10 Medical Errors That Can Kill You in the Hospital

Hospitals can be dangerous places. Here are the 10 medical errors that can kill you in the hospital.

How Hospitals Can Kill Us

What kills more people than car accidents, diabetes, and pneumonia? What can save us, but also kill us? The answer: hospitals. Despite advances in science and medicine, hospitals are dangerous places. Read on to see how this affects you, and what you can do to stay safe.

Preserving the Humanity of Patients and Physicians

Staying attuned to patients and their stories will improve diagnosis, enhance patient care, and preserve the humanity of patients and providers.

4 Lessons From the Mother of a Chronically Ill Child

How a mother of a chronically ill child became a patient advocate--and the 4 lessons she wants to share with doctors, nurses, and health providers.

6 Lessons We Can Learn From Eastern Chinese Medicine

A Harvard emergency physician visits China and is astounded by what she learns about Eastern medicine--and the lessons it has for patient care in the U.S.

10 Things Not to Forget When You Next See Your Doctor

While you can't always predict when you'll need to go to the doctor, you usually have some warning. Make sure to bring the following 10 items with you to every doctor's visit; it could just save your life.

5 Steps to Forming a True Partnership With Your Doctor

You may be dissatisfied and frustrated by the way your medical care is today, but there is a way to make it better. Here are 5 steps to establishing a partnership with your doctor and transforming your health.

Physician, Seek Help

Doctors-in-training display unnecessary bravado, at great expense. What I did when my mother passed away during my training--and what I wish I could do differently now.

The Forgotten First Step to Shared Decision-Making

Shared decision-making is not just about figuring out your treatment: it begins with getting to your diagnosis.

From Doctor-Centered to Patient-Centered Care

As a medical student, the mystique of medicine was appealing. It all changed one day when my mother became a patient, and I saw not only how difficult it is to navigate the healthcare system, but also how scary and unwelcoming the hospital can be.

5 Medical Truths Your Doctor Wants You to Know

Today's healthcare consumer is constantly barraged with conflicting information. Here are 5 medical truths that your doctor wants you to know.