Equal Topless Rights for All

Cleaning off my desk this evening, I came across a flyer that’s been hiding since August under big piles of “things-to-do-or-file.” I happened to be on a beach in Florida on the Sunday closest to August 26.  International go-topless day, I learned as a gaggle of golden chested men and saggy breasted (let’s be honest)…

How to take on health inequality in America

How to take on health inequality in America The co-leaders of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America published an op/ed in the Chicago Tribune January 13, to coincide with a release of a report from their commission. They encourage doctors to look for health outside of medicine–addressing social inequalities to…

Chi-Raq: My Op/Ed in the Chicago Sun-Times

Last summer, I learned about the epidemic of violence in Chicago through the eyes of high schoolers through my work with the University of Chicago Medicine’s Summer Service Partnership. All three neighborhood teams chose to address violence for their community health service-learning projects. You can read what I learned here, in an op/ed I published in…

“Right Size” hospitals as care transforms

“Where have all the inpatients gone?” ask Robert York, Kenneth Kaufman and Mark Grube in this fascinating blog on the Health Affairs website examining shifts in inpatient admissions at Chicago hospitals. “Where have all the inpatients gone? A regional study with national implications” includes data from the fee-for-value Advocate system, where I am officially credentialed, affiliated…

Chi-Beria: Where Celsius Meets Fahrenheit

It’s official: it’s too cold to be outside safely in Chicago.  Negative 15 degrees, fahrenheit. Negative 40 degrees with windchill. Chicago Public Schools are closed. University of Chicago cancelled classes. Non-essential personnel, of which I am one, can stay home. Chicago Family Health Center is closed for today. Depending on weather conditions, Tuesday may be another stay-in-my-pajamas…