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Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Washington, District of Columbia
I am board certified in internal medicine and have been practicing for over a decade. I am also an Associate Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine. My time is split between teaching medical students and residents, and caring for my patients.
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Why the FDA Should Lift Warnings on Avandia, Even if No One Will Use It by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Today was day #1 of the FDA's two day hearing on Avandia. The reason for the meeting is a review of the controversial RECORD trial.   I have blogged about Avandia extensivel ... Read on »
Residency Match Results Bad for Primary Care (Again) by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Once again, though not trumpeted as much as in previous years, reports of this year's residency match results are in, and some media outlets are claiming this to be good new ... Read on »
Choose Wisely wheen Choosing Wisely by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Yesterday, the media was a buzz with the latest recommendations from lead medical organizations about overused tests and treatments. Maggie Fox from NBC news states, "Yo ... Read on »
The Future of Health Care is Now Clear by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As a physician who is involved in educating medical students, I am often asked for career advice. Medical students are by nature smart and ask very good questions. "Will I b ... Read on »
Why Primary Care is the Future of Health Care by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Primary Care Progress is a non-profit organization of doctors, students, advocates, etc who have a vision for revitalizing the primary care workforce pipeline through strat ... Read on »
A Health Care System to be Proud Of by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was not able to watch the 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies until last night. Though we are only half way through the spectacle on our DVR, I was remarkably surprised to fin ... Read on »
What if IVIG really worked for Alzheimer's? by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine ABC News and other media outlets are reporting the results of a small, but very important study regarding a new treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.  Most Americans are famil ... Read on »
The Harm of Not Seeing Drug Reps by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Now more than ever, the growing consensus among many is that doctors should avoid seeing pharmaceutical sales representatives, otherwise known as drug reps. A position s ... Read on »
Postinfectious Cough by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am not a huge baseball fan to begin with, and when I am, I route for the Nationals.  Thus, I pay little attention to the New York Yankees, and was not aware that Yankee pl ... Read on »
Prior Authorizations Suck by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "Suck" is a word I seldom use. It's a word I ask my children not to use.  However, in this case the word is appropriate. If as a patient, you have ever had a delay in gettin ... Read on »
How the Government Plans to Lower Cost by Eliminating Doctors and Shifting Costs to Patients by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In our world of 24/7 media, where we seem to hear about the next big cure, important dietary change or very dangerous drug virtually every day, it is hard to believe that th ... Read on »
Questions Are the Answer by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of the advantages of having a blog has given me incredible opportunities to works with so many doctors, patients and others interested in health care.  However, one ... Read on »
Do Not Stop Your Statins by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As my tween daughter would say, "OMG!" The media is a buzz with the news that the FDA is changing the warnings on statins. The New York Times claims " Safety Alerts Cite C ... Read on »
Your Fired! Can Doctors Fire Their Patients? by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In today’s Wall Street Journal, and article that is getting a lot of attention is More Doctors 'Fire' Vaccine Refusers . The article discussing the increasing frequency of p ... Read on »
I'm Your Cook, Not Your Doctor by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Today on NBC's today show , celebrity chef Paula Deen confirmed she had Type 2 diabetes.  She was diagnosed 3 years ago, but only decided to come out today.  She also mentio ... Read on »
Nicotine Patches Do Work! by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here is another example of less than responsible journalism. Both the Wall Street Journal and Fox News report "Quit smoking: A new case for going cold turkey." Even NPR aske ... Read on »
Retainer, Concierge and Boutique Medicine are Not the Same Thing by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Health care is in crisis. Reimbursements from insurance companies continue to dwindle, while the expenses of running an office continue to rise.  Looming cuts in Medicare ... Read on »
Statins and Prostate Cancer by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a study published in the journal Cancer , and described by Reuters that links statins to reducing the risk of prostate cancer.  Acc ... Read on »
More Evidence that Lantus Causes Cancer by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There is a new study reported in Bloomberg this morning that Sanofi’s Lantus Doubled Cancer Risk in Study of Diabetics . The study, which was presented yesterday at the San ... Read on »
No Medicare "Doc Fix" Could Result in Over 50% Salary Cut to Primary Care Physicians by Dr. Matthew M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Fortunately, the 27% reduction in Medicare payments to physicians that is set to take place in a matter of weeks unless congress acts is getting some press.   Fox News publi ... Read on »