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MKirschMD

California
MDWhistleblower is my passion.  Each week, I write about the joys and challenges of medical practice.  I enjoy controversy and have taken heat for many of my provocative posts.  I write about the doctor-patient relationship, health care reform, medical ethics, tort reform and... Full Bio
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Whistleblower Wins Hospital Recognition by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Everyone likes to be recognized for a special achievement or accomplishment.   Every career has special awards and commendations for everything.   While there’s no reward ... Read on »
Is My Doctor Thinking of my Best Interest? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Do you think that physicians’ advice should be based on their patients’ best interests? How about lawyers?  Plumbers?  Financial brokers? An advisor who has what is ter ... Read on »
Do Doctors Tell the Truth? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I love teachers.  And, I love the teaching profession.  I remember years ago teaching one class to middle-schoolers on a subject that I thought exuded fascination and dram ... Read on »
Are CT Scans Accurate for Diagnosing Cancer? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc A female patient came to see me with some difficulty swallowing, a very routine issue for a gastroenterologist.  I performed an scope examination of her esophagus and conf ... Read on »
Do Physicians Need a Religious Freedom Restoration Act? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc There’s nothing like discrimination – true or imagined – to keep our airwaves humming.  Earlier in the week, Indiana and then Arkansas were media fodder for laws that were ... Read on »
Should Hospitals Ban Workers from Smoking at Home? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I practice gastroenterology in Cleveland in the dark shadow of a large medical institution whose name contains the name of our city.  They are a world class medical instit ... Read on »
Safety first? Not with my patients! by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc 'Safety first' is a mantra of today's hovering parents.  It's the default explanation that a parent invokes when an edict has been issued that cannot be challenged or revers ... Read on »
Futuristic Medicine by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I just deposited a check into my bank account by photographing the check with my iPhone and zapping it through cyberspace.  I realize this is a yawn to the under 35 crowd. ... Read on »
Musings and Memories from Manila by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I have a good memory, which has often been a great asset for me. Medical school in the 1980’s required massive memorization of arcane facts, formulas and anatomical structur ... Read on »
Whistleblower Abroad! by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc This is a Whistleblower Holiday.  A few weeks before this posting, we are setting off to the Philippines.  After about 10 days there, we're off to Japan, where we expect to ... Read on »
Measles Vaccine - A Right to Refuse Treatment by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc It’s been amusing to watch Rand Paul, a doctor, trying to ‘clarify’ comments he made suggesting that vaccines for kids should be a matter of parental choice.  Conversely, ... Read on »
Is Your Doctor 'Aware'? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Every doctor understands what the phrase, doctor aware’, means.  This is the phrase that hospital nurses record in their nurses notes when they have notified the doctor, u ... Read on »
FDA and Herbal Medicine - Caveat Emptor! by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Many of my patients are taking herbal supplements, or so they think.  This herbal and health supplements industry likely is envied by traditional pharmaceutical companies. ... Read on »
Medicine is an Art and Science by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Medicine is an art, not a science.  We’ve all heard that maxim before, but what does it actually mean for living, breathing patients? Physicians rely upon knowle ... Read on »
Money Back Guarantee on Medical Care? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc How many times each week do we hear the phrase, 'if you're not completely satisfied, we'll refund the purchase price - no questions asked." This is more often a ... Read on »
The Doctor-Patient Relationship, Is There an App for That? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I just deposited a check into my bank account by photographing the check with my iPhone and zapping it through cyberspace.  I realize this is ho hum to the under 35 crowd. ... Read on »
Rolling Stone Magazine Rolls the Truth by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc  Recently, I was with a group of good friends whom I have known for 20 years.  They are a spirited group of unabashed liberals.  I doubt any of them have ever voted for a ... Read on »
Ready for the Silent Treatment? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc When moved to do so, I wander off the medical commentary pedestal to share thoughts with readers.  This is one of those occasions.   I had a singular experience last weeke ... Read on »
What's the Cause of Chronic Abdominal Pain? by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I see patients with abdominal pain every day.  Over my career, I’ve sat across the desk facing thousands of folks with every variety of stomach ache imaginable.   I’ve lis ... Read on »
Whistleblower Holiday Cheer 2015! by MKirschMD Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc T’was the week before Christmas And all through the House, Boehner was stirring No longer a mouse The Senate as well In GOP hands Girding for battle With toothle ... Read on »