As a physician, epidemiologist, and medical journalist with an interest in wellness, I've learned that we're moving further and further away from ensuring all of us obtain the highest level of health and well-being available. Much of this relates to the healthcare system, which is focused primarily on quick fixes, and a biomedical reductionist approach (without considering the social and lifestyle factors that determine much of our dis-ease risk). The cultures in which we work and live also play a role: these environments, as I've experienced myself, can either be conducive to thriving or physical/mental/emotional depletion.
As an optimist above all, I know that we can all be part of creating a healthier future for ourselves and our communities. Through my research, clinical work, writing/journalism (knowledge translation), and commitment to integrating multiple approaches to healing, Imove the needle forwards, and believe that, with your unique skills and experience, you will too. In that vein, I hope you find the information here both inspiring and motivating.
With a beginner's mind, many things spark my curiosity, but these are the areas I've formally trained in, and remain most engaged with:
- ~ Evidence-Based Medicine (for the New York Times, I wrote a guide on reading medical studies here)
- ~ Health Innovation (a focus on digital health, healthspan/longevity)
- ~ Integrative Medicine & Pediatrics
- ~ Lifestyle/Wellness Coaching
- ~ Medical Journalism
- ~ Global Epidemiology