I believe the role of a physician is to understand a patient’s health goals, educate him or her on treatment options and guide him or her to the best decision. Ultimately, clinical decisions should be made in partnership between the patient and doctor.
I am a strong proponent of evidence based medicine, i.e. looking to the research to inform decision-making. In fact, I recently authored the book 50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know. I also recognize that there is not always a right or wrong answer in medicine. Instead, the doctor and patient must consider the pros and cons of different strategies and decide on the best course. Sometimes, this involves non-traditional therapies while other times more traditional treatments are most appropriate.
Keck School of Medicine: Faculty Teaching Incentive Award, 2010
Cambridge Hospital: Resident Teacher of the Year, 2009
Harvard Medical School: Medical Student Teaching Award for Residents, 2008-2009
Harvard Medical School: Honors Graduate, 2006
Worcester District Medical Society: Scholarship, 2004
Phi Beta Kappa
Princeton University: Sigma Xi Book Prize in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2001
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Characteristics of published comparative effectiveness studies of medications. JAMA. 2010 Mar 10; 303(10):951-8. View in: PubMed
News media coverage of medication research: reporting pharmaceutical company funding and use of generic medication names. JAMA. 2008 Oct 1; 300(13):1544-50. View in: PubMed
News media coverage of medication research: reporting pharmaceutical company funding and use of generic medication names. JAMA. 2008 Oct 01; 300(13):1544-50. View in: PubMed