“Everyone” in France is now an organ donor

Beginning in 2017, France has converted its organ donor registry to an opt-out system. But you are still permitted to refuse donation (according to The Guardian there are currently 150,000 people signed up for the "refusal register"). The implications of this policy change are huge! Surgeons almost always cite the organ shortage crisis as the principal …

Cross-Examining History with James A. Baker III

Last Wednesday, I attended what felt like an impromptu opportunity to hear former Secretary of State (and White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Treasury, etc. etc.) James A. Baker III speak.  For his new book, Talmage Boston, lawyer and author, interviewed Baker, since he served as a "presidential insider" to many of our …

Last BIPP Seminar in D.C.

Yesterday was my final day-long seminar at Teaism in Northwest D.C. as part of the Baker Institute's Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Research Fellowship Program.  Dr. Lewis, the program director, flew up from Houston for a weekend of individual meetings and meals on Friday and Saturday followed by three consecutive meals and rich intellectual discussion on five …

10th Annual D.C. Immunization Conference

Yesterday, I attended the 10th Annual D.C. Immunization Conference hosted at Gallaudet University with my mentor, Maggie.  The day consisted of several lectures on various topics related to immunization, including the 1991 Philadelphia Measles Outbreak, field experiences treating African healthcare workers who had been infected with Ebolavirus, the state of pediatric immunization levels in D.C., …

Precision Medicine Initiative Participant Engagement and Health Equity Workshop

On July 1-2, I visited the NIH's main campus in Bethesda, MD to attend a public workshop related to developing an all-inclusive national research cohort as part of the Obama Administration's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).  One major component of the PMI is the creation of this national research cohort of over one million Americans who …

Congressional Hearing Examining Public Health Legislation

This morning, I attended a U.S. House of Representatives hearing of the Subcommittee on Health within the Committee on Energy and Commerce at the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is formally titled "Examining Public Health Legislation: H.R. 2820, H.R. 1462, and H.R. 1344."  I had a very positive experience listening to the panel of …