First Lady Melania Trump

With First Lady Melania Trump’s current hospitalization after enduring an embolization for a “benign kidney condition” for which she is expected to make a complete recovery, many assumptions are being bandied about in the public and private spheres regarding the initially announced anticipated week-long length of stay.

Apparently, hospital length of stay is a topic wrought with misperceptions, so let’s tackle some of them.

Myth #1: A Short Stay Means A Procedure Wasn’t Serious

There can be short stays associated with serious procedures. And longer stays with less concerning procedures. Embolization, for example, is not a worry-...

There is no denying when public figures experience medical issues they can draw greater awareness and attention toward disease prevention; informing society and providing beneficial education. But, the hospitalization of the First Lady, who is thankfully expected to make a full recovery for a “benign kidney condition,” raises concerns surrounding the intersection of patient privacy and a loved one seeking and holding elective office. Should an unelected citizen be unduly compelled to reveal any aspect of their health status? 

Many would argue that when someone runs for public office, everything is fair game. Perhaps it is time to re-examine that issue. Where...

In a statement just released by the office of the First Lady, Melania Trump is recovering well at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after undergoing a “successful” embolization procedure today without complications for a “benign kidney condition.” Mrs. Trump will remain in the hospital this week. She is expected to make a “full recovery.”

If a kidney condition is benign, then why intervene?

There are a number of benign kidney conditions ranging from cysts to tumors. For instance, angiomyolipomas are a common benign tumor in this location. These are composed of blood vessel (“angio-”), smooth muscle (“myo-”) and fat (“lip...

Ever the optimist, I long for the day gratuitous personal attacks in the public sphere become passé. But, alas, yesterday was not that day. When our First Lady Melania Trump revealed her “Be Best” campaign would focus on children, a vital aspect of her three-prong program was neglected uniformly throughout all broadcast and social media fronts when it is in such need of increased awareness.

Mrs. Trump aims to among other concerns, "bring attention to neonatal...