Editor’s Note: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so we asked Neel Chudgar, M.D., assistant professor of cardiothoracic & vascular surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a cancer surgeon at Montefiore, and a member of the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center, about recent advances in lung cancer prevention and his new grant to conduct research Read more
As a pediatric infectious-disease specialist and primary-care physician, I encounter a barrage of medical questions and misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. As a vaccine advocate, I’ve gone to great lengths to keep abreast of the dizzying array of new data on these subjects. I’ve boiled down the need for vaccinations to this: “Protect yourself, your Read more
By announcing breakthrough infections as if they are unexpected and represent vaccine failure, we are doing our COVID-19 vaccines and the public a huge disservice.
A recent episode revives a long-standing debate over the ethics of research involving placebos. As reported in the Washington Post and discussed at length in an article published in Science, a multicenter clinical study supported by the National Institutes of Health and conducted at major medical centers in the United States involved children with asthma Read more
I woke up at 3 a.m. recently worried about Jane, an unvaccinated colleague. Jane is efficient, kind, and compassionate, and she’s wonderful to patients, staff, and students. With the increase in the numbers of the delta variant of COVID-19, I’ve been losing sleep. Most of us in medicine have a little post-traumatic stress from the March/April 2020 COVID-19 surge. As of the end of June 2021, Jane had been hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine Read more
Editors’ Note: At the 2021 graduation ceremony for Montefiore’s Moses-Weiler Internal Medicine program, graduate Omar Moussa, M.D. shared a poem about the extraordinary circumstances his class faced due to COVID-19. What follows is that poem, titled, “Graduation 2021 – Monte Made.” Where else can we start but with the elephant in the room, An elephant morphed Read more