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Leslie’s Story & Efforts for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Last October I wrote about “Riding a Bike Versus the Hard Part” after riding in a 3-day event where I met many patients, their friends and family and the challenges they face every day. Leading up to both of these rides on the East and West coast last Fall I met Leslie through social media […]

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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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A.I. Versus M.D. – Either Way – Pathologists Do Not Diagnose Cancer – Part 1

| April 3, 2017 | 3 Comments

A loyal reader tipped me off to a recent article in The New Yorker entitled “A.I. Versus M.D.” The article is written by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, a well known oncologist and author of The Emperor of all Maladies. This article, the book and the documentary are all worth reading/viewing if you are not familiar with […]

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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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“Academic” Tweeting – Is it “Academic” and Will it Be Recognized as Such?

| March 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

Dr. Bruce Friedman over at Lab Soft News has an interesting post today on “The “Why” and “How” of Academic Tweeting”. Many of you know that Bruce is widely considered the grandfather of pathology informatics, coining the term decades ago, envisioning organizations, societies, fellowships before many. He and Mike Becich are two people I would […]

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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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ASC Tribute to Brian T. Collins, MD

| March 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Several of his friends, coworkers and colleagues shared their thoughts for a shared article in the March ASC Bulletin for ASC Members. Reprinted here to remember Brian with permission from the American Society of Cytopathology. On December 23, 2016, the profession of cytopathology lost a highly respected colleague, mentor, teacher, leader and friend. Dr. Brian T. Collins completed his […]

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Watches, Wallets and The Wall

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few months before finishing my residency, I had an opportunity to spend a few days at the Dover Air Force Base Mortuary in Delaware. It was an opportunity our residency had to witness how to handle mass casualties as part of our training.  Doing so required of course a mass casualty to see first […]

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My Visit to Huron Digital Pathology

| February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Growing up in Chicago, Canada was a place that my father told me provided “virgin” lakes for fishing we would visit before anyone else (supposedly). Canada also supplied the United States with hockey players and acid rain while we provided them baseball players and a lot of people fishing in virgin lakes buying their Canadian […]

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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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Lisa

| January 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lisa was a 29-year old patient from the northern suburbs of Chicago who was admitted downtown following a massive stroke after she gave birth to a daughter the previous day. I had decided to do a neurology rotation to see if this was of interest to me for a potential specialty choice. It was early […]

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To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 2: The Fax Machine

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

I received a lot of feedback offline about Part 1 of this post (see: “To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 1” ) from a number of pathologists echoing my sentiments on the issue of turnaround time in general and needs/expectations from clinicians and patients about getting their results in a timely manner. […]

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Cytopathology Loses a Giant

| December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last December I wrote a post called “Notice of Death”. I spoke about finding out about people who had passed on my Facebook stream. This week there were more notices of people younger than I who had passed from metastatic cancer. Their walls were full of updates of the last weeks and days. Then a […]

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