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From age six through high school, I played baseball. Playing baseball ended, rather abruptly it seemed, when I went to college, but the lure of the game has always remained. To my colleagues, it must seem that I can hardly understand the world without the comfort of baseball analogies. I was...
What does a healthy medicine and oncology “ecosystem” look like?
I always wonder whether we have our goals of care prioritized properly when we are caring for our cancer patients. I have many reasons to believe that we may not be doing enough to save every life that can be saved, starting with the work setting being named erroneously as a “Healthcare...
I was recently interviewed about breast cancer in young women, spurred by the recent disclosure that Giuliana Rancic, of E! Entertainment News, was diagnosed with breast cancer. It struck me as...
I am writing this blog while sitting in my favorite chair at Gate 44 in Reagan National Airport. Why, you might ask, would I have a favorite chair at an airport? Because after four years of service on various ASCO committees, I ride an intellectual and professional high after each meeting. I sit in...
When I try to explain clinical science to laboratory scientists I always start by asking them the following question: “Imagine that, in doing a controlled experiment, it took two years to get approval to run the experiment, that the control arm was highly variable in its genetic background, that...
National Physician Assistant Week occurs every year from October 6th through the 12th. One of the goals of this distinct week is to increase public awareness of the profession. Our profession is indeed young: the Duke University Physician Assistant Program took its first students, convened by Dr....
As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a breast oncologist, Breast Cancer Awareness Month for me is filled with fundraisers and meetings with philanthropists. Philanthropists are some of my favorite people in the world. In my experience, philanthropists who donate to the...
I had written about abandonment of care among children in the developing world as a grave concern for oncologists everywhere because of its implications for our failure to deliver the...
I am currently sitting with colleagues from across the country as we plan the 2012 Program, an honor and yet a daunting task! Searching pubmed, vetting potential speakers, and keeping abreast on office and business matters, I rely heavily on my laptop and web access, and dating back to 1986, I have...
It is with great anticipation that the Results of the ASCO Study of Collaborative Practice Arrangements has now been published in the JOP. Key findings in this important study include: Physician and nonphysician practitioner (NPP...
During the past year, I became an avid reader of the Journal of Oncology Practice. This was not to the detriment of either the JCO or any of the other scientific browsing I perform. It was, instead, recognition that being a good clinician now...
A commentary in the August issue of The Lancet Oncology should serve as a disconcerting “reality check” for any pediatrician or oncologist. Although we now can cure 80...
This past weekend, along with over 400 other health care providers, social scientists, technology entrepreneurs, and “e-patients,” I attended the fascinating and provocative Medicine 2.0...
I have followed with interest the exciting progress being made across oncology--progress in melanoma with the anti-CTLA agent iplimumab and the BRAF inhibitor,...
I was taking off from the airport in Indianapolis the other day, headed for Cleveland, and on the way I passed over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 race. It has a characteristic look from the air, familiar to all who fly in and out of the city regularly, with...
Some have argued that there is an innate conflict between faith and science. I am not sure that is so (at least for me)...Not only do the two seem to co-exist; but to my mind, they may even be synergistic.
One of the over-riding concerns in oncology and for the Society is setting the stage for the very best research and then moving advances into everyday practice in ways that better outcomes for our patients. This involves a number of time-intensive and intricately choreographed steps. The first step...

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