Category Archives: Surgery

Op-ed piece on “Quantity- versus quality-of-life for stage IV cancer patients: What my younger brother learned first-hand and later taught me.”

The News: A new, provocative study published in March in the journal Cancer sheds some light on the relationship between patients’ belief about their likely curability and the trade-offs they are prepared… Read more »

Physician burnout taking center stage; what patients should know as burnout percentage soars.

The News: Nearly half of medical residents report burnout during their second year of residency, and 1 in 7 report regretting their career choice, according to a prospective study published online last… Read more »

Study says art courses turn med students into better doctors. Hey lawyers, listen up; engineers, maybe not.

The News: Students who took a course in art observation significantly improved clinical observation and professional development skills, researchers found. Interest in integrating the arts and humanities into medical education… Read more »

Physician burnout, suicide take a toll on everyone, and it’s getting worse. What’s the answer?

The News: Nearly two-thirds of US doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both–and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. “One in… Read more »

Study finds recent shift from mechanical heart valves to biologic version proves wrong. My personal take on this sudden, stunning revelation.

The News: New research suggests surgically implanted mechanical valves may offer better long-term survival than biologic prostheses. “We were very surprised to find the benefit of mechanical valves really outlasted… Read more »