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The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 2

| April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

In my previous post, The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 1 I wrote briefly about growing up outside of Chicago in a suburb called Cicero. For lack of a better word, Jimmy was perhaps as close a friend as anyone could have in that neighborhood. But one learned from an early age to be […]

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The Motley Fool: Google AI Just Beat Human Pathologists at Detecting Cancer

| April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Apparently it is official…pathologists have been replaced by Google. Just like those folding maps, the yellow pages, the white pages, newspapers, racing forms, microfiche, books and other annoying analog nuances of daily life. The original story is of course not “just”, unless “just” means news going back a month as shown on CNN: Google uses AI to help diagnose breast cancer. […]

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What Do Physicians Give Up for Lent?

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The GomerBlog, a self-proclaimed strictly “satirical and fake news blog site” published a tongue-and-cheek list of what doctors in each specialty have given up for Lent. While GomerBlog discloses “Our articles are not intended to be insensitive, or offensive, or to otherwise belittle those affected with any medical disease, condition, or illness.  We apologize if we have offended you, […]

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German Shepherds to Replace Mammograms

| March 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week a loyal reader sent me a link to an article on Yahoo! that headlined “Dogs detect breast cancer from bandage: researchers” from a French news agency. The article goes on to report that specially trained German Shepherds could successfully detect breast cancer 100% of the time, being able to “recognise cancerous rags from […]

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The Restaurateur Who Thought Like a Pathologist

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Again, the talk of not healthcare reform but rather healthcare payment reform and the interests of lawmakers, physicians, patients, payers and industry at stake with potential significant cost/reimbursement and research budget cuts proposed has led me to thinking, without politicizing, how bizarre it all really can be. My first year of medical school a friend and I […]

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A Conversation With a Clinician

| March 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

This was a phone conversation I had with a clinician many years ago.  There are several like it that every pathologist can relate to. This for some reason sticks out in my head more than most. Healthcare in 2014: Me: Pathology, Dr. Kaplan Dr. Opening: Hi Keith, it’s Mike. Mike Opening. Me: Hi Mike. Dr. […]

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The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 1

| January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

From the ages of 5 to 10 I lived in Cicero, Illinois with my family. Cicero is likely a place you have never been to or will ever go to. You may have only heard of it in context with Al Capone running his criminal empire from there when he couldn’t do so within the […]

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#SagerStrong

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

RIP Craig Sager – fellow Northwestern alum and once “Willie the Wildcat”. Will miss the questions, comments and the jackets!    

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Mr. Evans

| November 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mr. Evans lived alone, quietly, at the end of our street. It was the house all the kids were afraid of with the old man who would come out on occasion to hand mow his small lawn or pick weeds on occasion. We skipped his place on Halloween, despite the light on the porch being […]

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Next Year is This Year

| November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last November I wrote a post almost a year to the day entitled “The Chicago Cubs and Digital Pathology” and mentioned that 2016 would be different. For both the Chicago Cubs and digital pathology. But who knew it would come to this? In about 12 hours from the time of this post the Cubs will […]

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News of Our Patients Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated!

| October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dr. Karim Sirgi, MD, MBA, FCAP, Managing Partner and CEO, LambdaX3 International recently wrote the below post on LinkedIn. Karim has kindly agreed to allow me to repost it here to share outside LinkedIn – including our loyal patient following. I wanted to share it here because I think nearly every pathologist can empathize with […]

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Delivering Babies in Honolulu and Taking the Test in Chicago

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Northwestern Medical School prided itself in all its clinical departments, the strength of their faculty and teaching abilities, as well they should. A right for a Top 20 medical school in the rankings, for what they are worth. In particular, they were particularly proud of their Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics programs. Oddly, they were […]

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Pathology and Radiology Reports Recommend Correlation With Each Other, Endless Loop Ensues

| August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of the Gomer Blog, a satirical medical news website created by a bunch of wannabe stand up comedians who ended up in healthcare. They roast every medical speciality, perhaps as an appreciation of what all of us does in our particular areas but I find the pathology ones particularly accurate and therefore funny. Laughter is good medicine. BOSTON, […]

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Building 5 and The Gypsy King: The Den of Thieves – Part 2 – Epilogue 2016

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

I recently revisited a post from about my father’s jewelry store in The Mallers Building, having revisited it for the first time in many years while attending ASCO this year in Chicago. I mentioned how the place had changed, the characters had changed and even as I write this a month later, the smell of […]

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