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A magazine for alumni and friends of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: Medicine Without Borders
  • Compassion and respect for patients are universal practices. In an overlooked corner room of Webuye County Hospital in western Kenya, I am seeing patients with Dr. Hussein Elias in clinic as part of his third-year residency outpatient rotation. A fifth-generation Kenyan who completed medical school in Russia (after only a few months of intensive Russian [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: Amber Waves
  • For Alan Muney ’75 MD’78, P’04, photography is all about capturing the art in ordinary life. This majestic image in green and gold, for example, is a close-up of Boston’s steel and glass Hancock Tower. Muney says he began taking photographs in junior high, and his technique has evolved over time; he first shot on [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: Special Guest
  • Marc K. Siegel, MD ’78, Fox News medical correspondent and associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, moderated “The Opioid Crisis: Brown’s Approach to Prevention and Treatment,” a panel discussion held at the Warren Alpert Medical School on February 8. Four faculty members described efforts to educate medical students on opioid prescribing and [...]

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    TV shows allow premed students to ponder ethical dilemmas. Is it ethically permissible for parents to refuse vaccinations for their children? The question prompted a heated debate after students in the course Primetime Bioethics watched an episode of the ABC show Private Practice in which a mother rejects a vaccine—and her son gets the measles [...]

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    Is direct primary care the remedy to physician burnout? Hour-long office visits with your primary care provider. The ability to email or text your doctor 24/7. The occasional house call. They’re the hallmarks of service at Direct Doctors, a North Kingstown, RI, family medicine practice co-owned by Lauren Hedde, DO RES’14 and Mark Turshen, MD [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: Protecting Patients
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School leads the country in training students to provide trauma-informed care. Sadie Elisseou ’06 MD’10 calls her next patient’s name into the primary care waiting room on the first floor at the Providence VA Medical Center on a cold, clear morning last December. As he approaches, she greets him with a [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:40: Health on the Hill
  • A Brown alumna returns to the fold. Vanessa Britto, MD RES’89 F’91 MMSc’96 says she “backed into” college health. Early in her career, she divided her time between her private internal medicine practice and duties as a college physician at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Then she accompanied a group of undergraduate students on a [...]

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  • 07/30/18--11:56: The Dealmaking Doctor
  • With a master’s in healthcare leadership from Brown, an ob/gyn refines cancer care in his hometown. When Pedro Escobar Rodriguez, MD, moved back to his hometown of San Juan in 2013 to take care of his sick father—after long ob/gyn stints at Northwestern University and the Cleveland Clinic—he was shocked to find out how much [...]

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  • 11/24/17--09:47: A Question of Honor
  • If you happen to have a seatbelt, now would be a good time to put it on. Things started getting bumpy for Mike Zahalsky on Episode 9 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. But first, it was reward challenge time. The castaways were randomly divided into two teams of five and had to perform [...]

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    In a doubleheader, Dr. Mike’s closest ally is double-crossed. This week we were treated to two episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers—which consequently meant two eliminations. Episode 10 opened with the castaways discussing Mike Zahalsky ‘95 MMS’98 MD’99 playing a surprise immunity idol at tribal council. They questioned his logic, since there was [...]

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  • 12/08/17--06:19: Burn, Baby, Burn
  • Alliances are in ashes after a particularly stormy episode of ‘Survivor.’ Some episodes of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers play out like a smooth sea, others like a dangerous ocean swell. Episode 12 was more like a hurricane for which a category has not yet been designated. After a rehash of Joe being voted [...]

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  • 12/15/17--11:18: He’s a Survivor
  • Alum Mike Zahalsky heads into the finale (mostly) unscathed. Despite the nail-biting suspense of this week’s tribal council on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, there’s still a doctor in the house—er, on the island—as Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 managed to hang on. After last week’s prime target, Ben, used an immunity idol to [...]

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  • 12/23/17--03:54: End of the Line
  • In Survivor‘s wild finale, urologist Mike Zahalsky doesn’t make the cut. The second half of season 35 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers dished out ample erratic behavior, unexpected twists, and lawless tribal councils, Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 managed to survive them all. But the “Survivor gods” squirreled away even more surprises for [...]

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    A therapy originally developed to treat cancer could help children with this rare, fatal disease to live longer. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that an experimental drug therapy can extend the lives of children with progeria, a rare genetic disorder that causes premature aging and death. The research [...]

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  • 10/03/18--12:33: Center Stage
  • How did humans evolve to have reason, consciousness, and free will? An excerpt from Kenneth Miller’s latest book, The Human Instinct. I’m hoping for a clear sky tonight. It’s expected to be the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, a chance to glory in streaks of sudden fire as fragments of a comet come crashing [...]

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  • 10/15/18--09:26: Always Faithful
  • A doctor on deployment treats more than the individual. Looking out across the vast desert, I see a massive wall of sand and dust rapidly approaching our position. This colossal and ominous force of nature is one of the bigger sand storms we have experienced while deployed to the Middle East. It is exhilarating to [...]

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  • 10/15/18--15:15: Tell Me About Your Hair
  • Bad hair day. “From an early age I understood that hair had power,” Rohina Gandhi-Hoffman ’90 MD’94 says. “At the age of 7, my own two ponytails were chopped off very unceremoniously and for a good part of my childhood I sported a boy’s haircut. … The trauma of losing control of my identity has [...]

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