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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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To Sign Out or Not to Sign Out? Part 1

| December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

That is the question. Every year. Around the holidays or three-day weekends. Normally biopsies or surgical specimens collected the day before are reviewed the next day. In a majority of cases, the case can be “signed out” meaning your opinion goes into a surgical pathology report and becomes part of the medical record. New malignancies, […]

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Christopher

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Chris, as he preferred to be called was from a wealthy suburb of Detroit. He went to one of the well-known private schools and excelled at basketball and baseball. His room was 2 doors down from mine and we had little in common but became quick friends. At 6’4” with an athletic build he was […]

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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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Jessica and a Weekend in California

| October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jessica is a 42-year old wife and mother of 2. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer just over seven years ago and doctors recently declared her with no evidence of disease. As a young woman with breast cancer, she became affiliated with the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and this year completed […]

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A Tweet by Any Other Name

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the past 9 years since I started blogging there have been from time to time occasional “duplicate” or “mirrored” or “syndicated” websites and feeds of content from tissuepathology.com. In nearly every case to date, including someone actually copying the entire site, there was little harm or foul. The links still refer to the original […]

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Pink Cleats Will Not Cure Cancer

| October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last Friday was the end of the month, end of the quarter, and for some companies and organizations, end of the fiscal year. October, as it used to be called, as in “Mr. October”, would strike at Midnight on Saturday as Pinktober for 31 days, ending in a holiday characterized by black and orange and […]

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Riding a Bike Versus The Hard Part

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

2 weeks ago I mentioned to a prominent cancer researcher at a prominent cancer center in the United States I would be completing 2 200-mile bike rides over the next few weeks with several hundred other folks to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer. He questioned why I would do such a thing – […]

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One of a Kind – Not So Much

| October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

My father had asked his father in-law many years prior for some money to buy gold. My grandfather apparently told him that was not a good idea and questioned how he was going to feed his kids and put clothes on their backs with gold. Ultimately, he lent my father the money and Nixon took […]

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