Do Your Damn Job

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I met Ken Smith, in 2009, when I came to St. Louis Children’s Hospital to pursue training in pediatric emergency medicine. By that time he had already been working there as a nurse for 13 years, before the 13 years we worked together. Despite the amount of time I spent working with him, I was […]

Podcast #3 — Fireside Chat with Joe Sheehan


It’s been OVER a year since my last podcast/fireside chat, but this week I was fortunate enough to sit down and virtually interview baseball writer Joe Sheehan, who writes extensively about baseball.  He co-founded of Baseball Prospectus, and currently writes for a variety of sports outlets.  He publishes a subscription newsletter, the Joe Sheehan newsletter, […]

The Rainbow Transplant


For all the dads out there. When I heard from my 4 year old’s mother his best friend had been seriously injured by a dog, and asked if I could help, I felt strangely out of my element. As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, taking care of injured children is a routine part of my […]

Haircuts from Healthcare Heroes: Episode #2

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The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our lives in numerous ways. One of the most visually disturbing ways is our inability to go to the barber/stylist and be properly groomed. Thus I conceived the idea of a video series called Haircuts from Healthcare Heroes. I have asked co-workers to volunteer to cut my hair on camera. […]

Et tu, America?

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This essay was shared with me by its author with a request for it to be published anonymously. I have no professional affiliation with this individual. It has not been edited. Across the country, physicians and healthcare workers are being dubbed “heroes” and thrust into the limelight in unprecedented ways while simultaneously being stabbed in […]