President Donald Trump

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...

The same Congress that has a problem with how they treat women has a larger problem in how they treat everyone. They use their “bully pulpit” not to lead, but to bully. And, the media is their grand enabler. It seems the nation needs a pediatrician - who has never seen toddlers or teenagers act as poorly - to issue a wake up call. Our country needs a time out, a reset. Taking an hour of mandatory sensitivity training, issuing a tweet about the harms of bullying and your concern for its victims contributes little when your actions belie your words. The as yet, unsubstantiated character assassination of Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who has now withdrawn from consideration as Secretary of Veterans Affairs is as good an example of bullying as we can find.

This is not about politics,...

Often considered meaningless use or meaningful abuse by those who actually practice medicine, the so-called meaningful use reform legislation, included in Congress’ government funding bill just signed by President Donald Trump, with respect to electronic health records (EHRs) is a necessary step toward assuaging somewhat the real life onerous nature of EHR implementation. The bill hopes to ease the mandated increasingly stringent...

With the weaponizing of presidential health taking center stage throughout the election and beyond, culminating in the most transparent press conference ever regarding the subject (see here), the spotlight was placed on President Trump’s White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s conclusions over a routine physical. Yes, that’s important, but what was revealed of equal to greater importance was just how integrally involved Dr. Jackson is in the daily life of a president. 

Being the first physician to serve three administrations AND be the appointed Physician to the President for two presidents (currently President Trump and formerly President Obama) speaks volumes...

President Donald Trump is fit for duty - medically, mentally, cognitively, psychologically, emotionally, physically and otherwise. In quite frankly the most transparent briefing on presidential health in recent memory, White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson confirmed this at a press conference yesterday whose Q&A portion lasted nearly an hour when he released a verbal and formally written medical assessment that reflects a thorough, comprehensive evaluation.

Dressed in his official U.S. Navy military uniform, Jackson made clear the President insisted on full disclosure, "He said, 'I want you to get out there and I want you to talk to them and I want you to answer every single question they have.' " He was told Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was to give him the podium...

With the focus in the last few weeks on President Trump’s first routine physical in office and the published description that Friday’s exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went “exceptionally well,” the internet - in particular, twitter - went wild about such a description.

Taking a moment to google a prior report released from the same doctor would have revealed a consistent word selection (e.g. “excellent health”) throughout multiple administrations (See President Obama’s medical letter here).

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had released the following statement:

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Today is the day President Donald Trump will be experiencing his first medical evaluation in the White House. Yesterday, I discussed with BBC TV's anchor Matthew Amroliwala the many misperceptions and falsehoods that have abounded in the media surrounding such an event. 

With such vitriol in our current public sphere whether it be throughout the presidential campaign or post-election, an unsettling weaponizing of health has taken hold and distorted the perception of the role and duty of the physician, the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, the status of innumerable disease states and created a pathway for unapologetic ageism. Such discrimination ran the bipartisan spectrum.

Armchair diagnosing has run amok--whether it be in regard to the President or Secretary...

CNN's Jake Tapper revealed the following about former Governor Mitt Romney:

Tapper reveals Romney received a prostate cancer diagnosis over the summer and was "successfully treated" with a "good" prognosis. Two issues came to mind upon observing this disclosure: 1) Why would the media release personal health information based on so-called sources? If without Mitt Romney's consent, then this is quite disturbing and unethical. 2) As I previously discussed in reference to President Trump's looming physical (see here), is such a revelation...