Can Doctors Become Agents of Social Change in Mexico?

April 9, 2018
A Mexican citizen's point of view on the systematic problem of prejudice and cruelty towards indigenous women within the Mexican public health system and his hope that Mexican doctors will again become leaders in the effort to heal Mexico’s citizenry of the rampant racism and classism that afflicts it.
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Understanding the Latino Patient with Cancer

March 6, 2015
To achieve a culturally competent treatment is to understand the Latino culture and demonstrate respect for their differentiating traits while they are in treatment.
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When Doctors Discriminate

February 26, 2015
It would also be illegal to refuse a patient based on race, religion or gender. Sadly, this is not the case for sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Protecting Transgender Students

December 4, 2014
Two nights ago, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4 to 2 in favor of a new policy designed to protect the rights and safety of transgender students.
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Fear and Loathing in Liberia

October 23, 2014
Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary decrying the current hysteria in the US over Ebola. It was ironic, I argued, that so many people were demanding the federal government take immediate steps to address the perceived threat of Ebola while simultaneously ignoring the real public health threats that we face.
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The Boys in the Ban

August 29, 2014
For over 30 years now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men. It is a lifetime ban. Currently, no man who has ever had sex with another man can donate blood in the US. The same is true for tissue donations. Just last year, for example, the FDA refused to accept for donation the eyes of an Iowan teen after learning that the boy was gay. When 16-year-old Alexander Betts committed suicide after months of bullying at the hands of classmates because of his sexual orientation, just a few months after he signed up as an organ donor, his family honored one of his last wishes by donating his organs and tissues. But while his heart, lungs, kidneys and liver were used to save the lives of six other people, the donation of his eyes was rejected because “tissue from gay men carries an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.”
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You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy

June 19, 2014
Reparative therapy is wrong and should be bannedbanned for everyone, not just for teenagers as California, New Jersey and (hopefully) New York have done.
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Sorry Kid, But Your Mom’s in Jail for Having You

April 15, 2014
The Tennessee legislature voted to approve a bill that criminalizes drug use in pregnancy. Mothers can now be charged with criminal assault if a child is born addicted, harmed or dies as a result of pre-natal use of narcotics.
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Would Marlise Munoz’s Fetus Have Survived? Should It Have?

January 27, 2014
It is not the case that a situation like the Munoz case (at least “like” it in terms of gestational age at onset of maternal brain death) has never resulted in the birth of a healthy child; nor is it the case that, had the hospital and the Munoz family only allowed Marlise’s body to remain hooked up to the ventilator for a few more weeks, all would necessarily have been well. We would do well to be more epistemically modest the next time such a case arises.
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In Sickness and In Health

July 11, 2013
One thing that supporters and opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage can agree on is this: the institution of marriage matters. The federal rights, benefits and privileges denied to same-sex couples until last month are important.
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Fight or Flight

May 2, 2013
The sequester is bad policy. A game of political chicken gone awry, it has had a negative impact on a variety of largely successful federal programs.
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