Corona virus follies- the 30% solution

Coming soon to a medical office near you……. Dr. Mayo: “Mr. Smith, I am afraid I have some bad news.” Smith: “Oh, no, doc. Is it about my blood tests?” Dr. Mayo: “’Fraid so. Your blood test shows you have colon cancer.” Smith (with trembling lips): “Doc, are you sure?” Dr. Mayo: “Well, there is …

Why social distancing and shelter-in-place must end now

“Social distancing and shelter-in-place must end immediately, not tomorrow or next week.. Now. Not phased in. Fully and immediately.” The discussion is endless and contentious. The questions are many, and and so are the answers. Has social distancing helped the cause in fighting SARS-Cov-19, hereafter referred to as CV-19 for simplicity? Does shelter-in-place work? When …

Covid-19: The end is near. Or is it?

This is my imperfect attempt to put into words my current thoughts and feelings regarding this entire Covid-19 situation. Today, after more than five weeks of sheltering-in-place, social distancing, and being prohibited by the powers-that-be from practicing my profession, I thought I would be delighted at the welcome news that the governor has given the …

Virology 101- You are not defenseless against SARS-CoV-2

It is stating the obvious to describe that many, if not most, of the population of the US are in a state of anxiety, some in fear, and a few even panicked regarding Covid-19. I think that much of this is due to a misunderstanding that we are defenseless against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes …

Is it time to rethink our response to Covid-19?

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt To be perfectly clear, I am not a virologist, epidemiologist, or public health expert. I am a plastic surgeon, i.e. a physician, with forty two years of practice experience and more than average knowledge of the human body than most people. I …

The contrived controversy of childhood vaccination

A recent article in Lake Healthy Living magazine (A Healthy Debate About Vaccines, September 2019) suggested that there is a debate about childhood vaccination. The article was, in my opinion, a well-intentioned but misguided effort that misrepresented the issue as a real debate. This is my response, as a physician, father, and grandfather. If there …

Slow Mohs for melanoma is a bad idea

“Mohs, which stresses taking thin margins, has no place in treating invasive melanoma.” It is a classic case of a hammer in search of a nail. Slow Mohs surgery for melanoma not only makes no sense, it is a bad idea that compromises treatment of this potentially deadly cancer. While Mohs surgery still carries the …