Tag Archives: patient care

The Ups and Downs of Swallowing Problems

As a doctor who specializes in dysphagia, I often see patients who get referred from other gastroenterologists and otolaryngologists because they have been unable to figure out or resolve the patients’ swallowing problems.  Sometimes there is a known, structural problem … Continue reading

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A Physician’s View about Medical Necessity

“Doc, do I really NEED this medication?” In my practice, I seem to hear this question (or something like it) on a daily basis.  The question is not always about a medication, maybe it’s about a lab test or a … Continue reading

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Would You Like Some Cyanide in Your Herbal Therapy?

Like most allopathic physicians, I have no formal training in herbal medicine.  Nonetheless I tend to think that I have an open mind to non-Western therapies.  I do not discount their effects in various conditions, but they are not the … Continue reading

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But I Have Reflux…

When I first started this blog, I promised topics about gastroenterology and esophageal problems.  So let me talk about one today.  I consider this the most fundamental issue I see in my office on a regular basis: the difference between … Continue reading

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Doctor as Teacher: A Life Lesson to Future Doctors

I do a lot of teaching.  Truth be told, it is what drew me to stay in academic medicine.  As a subspecialist, I am fortunate enough to have multiple opportunities to lecture, train, and educate in a number of venues.  … Continue reading

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