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Final post

Sun, 2012-07-15 23:16
Dear readers, It has been a honor to share my thoughts on SFGate.  I deeply appreciated the feedback that I have received and the opportunity to interact with so many of you.  I hope you continue to follow my work as I write about health, fatherhood, health technology, and other adventures that come my way.  You can […]
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Dear Ms. Patient, Great Things are Happening

Fri, 2012-06-29 05:00
Dear Ms. Patient, I hope this letter finds you well. Let me begin by saying that it is such a privilege to care for your family. It has been a joy to watch your children grow and your family thrive. I’m sure you will agree that we have been through a lot together.
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My Visit to the White House

Mon, 2012-06-11 05:00
Last week I was honored to attend a discussion at the White House convened by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. It was one of those rare “clear my schedule immediately” invitations; I thank my patients and family for allowing me to take this last minute trip. Physician leaders from around the country were […]
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Lessons for my 5 year old, the tragedies at Oikos and Virginia Tech

Mon, 2012-04-16 05:30
Tomorrow my daughter turns five years old. And having endured the San Francisco Unified School District “lottery” she will begin kindergarten in the fall. So I have been thinking a lot about how to prepare her for the classroom environment and, in a way, life. The tragedy last week at Oikos University, though, brought to […]
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Health Reform Year Two: Tens of Millions Served

Fri, 2012-03-23 05:30
As we mark the second anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) now is a good time to have what in medical parlance is called a “time out” and reflect on how far we have come and where we need to go. Some states are challenging the legality of […]
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Startups: The Other Health Technology Revolution

Thu, 2012-02-02 05:00
These days my physician colleagues and I are up to our necks in a health technology revolution.  To be honest, its not as captivating asPinterest or socially-engaging as a Google Huddle but to be sure your life will depend on it.  The revolution ushered in by electronic health record (EHR) is less about the technology […]
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Under Addressing the Factors That Cause 70% of Disease

Wed, 2012-01-25 06:00
While in residency, I took care of a toddler who was hospitalized following an anaphylactic reaction.  During a diaper change at home the child suddenly developed lip swelling and severe difficulty breathing for no apparent reason. The child was urgently brought to the hospital by ambulance and initially treated in the emergency room. By the […]
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Finding the Truth in North Korea

Mon, 2011-12-19 06:00
In 2006, I traveled to North Korea. The “other half” of my ethnic heritage had been a long held fascination. The American media had presented images of laughable authoritarian figures, strange rituals, and helpless suffering. My parents had instilled a fear of “the other” that they were taught as children in South Korea. So I […]
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From Invisible to a Player: The Poor in the New Health Care System

Thu, 2011-07-21 06:50
37 years ago, at the very tail of the civil rights movement, my community health center (CHC) was established in Oakland to fill an unmet and urgent need. A growing population of immigrants were settling in downtown Oakland and had few choices for health care. Community surveys conducted by local leaders confirmed that residents received […]
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Medicaid Matters to All of Us

Wed, 2011-06-29 23:40
What if I were to tell you that Washington is trying to balance the budget by making cuts to a program that covers 70% of the nation’s nursing home costs and 43% of all births in California? Well they are. The rancorous debate over how to balance the federal budget includes drastic cuts to Medicaid. […]
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