I am a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Texas. I grew up in Dallas. I attended college at Trinity University in San Antonio, where I played basketball and majored in Spanish. I then returned to Dallas to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
After completing my residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, I moved to Irving, Texas, to work with MacArthur Medical Center, where I now serve as the CEO.
I have the honor of speaking around the country on family planning, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and teen pregnancy prevention.
I am happily married to a wonderful woman. We have four amazing children who continuously provide me with writing inspiration. The pandemic has been a huge challenge for my family. I shared our experience here in this story. …
Sometimes we need a jolt to snap us out of a funk. It‘s been a long time since I smiled, laughed, or felt happy about something. Like many, my soul craved a defibrillating reboot. I discovered a shocking way to inject optimism back into my life through a TV show called Ted Lasso on Apple TV+.
The show follows the journey of American college football coach Ted Lasso played by actor Jason Sudeikis. Despite knowing absolutely nothing about soccer, Ted has been hired to coach a fictional English Premier soccer (football) team, AFC Richmond. Ted’s job is to elevate the team and prevent relegation. …
Have you noticed those weird-looking short stories popping up in your daily feeds? I have. At first, they just confused me. I was not sure what was happening. Then, I noticed I was reading every single one of them from start to finish.
After this lightbulb moment, it was time to investigate this different style of publishing Medium refers to as shortform stories. If you are not familiar with shortform, here is an article from Creator’s Hub explaining how this story style works.
To test out this type of story, there are a few technical items you need to know. First, shortform stories should be under 150 words. This length allows the entire story to be visible without triggering a break to a “read more” link. This number is important to encourage a frictionless inline reading experience. Shortform posts are excellent ways to bring readers into your personal feed and keep them there. …
Thank you, Hal Elrod, for waking me up to a new perspective
Tired, sluggish, and dreading the day, I drag myself out of bed like a zombie from The Walking Dead. Like many hard-working entrepreneurs, this was my daily morning routine. Two years ago, I stumbled upon a podcast interview with author Hal Elrod in which he shared his incredible story and explained his book The Miracle Morning. His message hit me like a ton of bricks.
We all work so hard to create an amazing life for ourselves, but we never stop and take the time to enjoy the life we have created. …
We all know the demoralizing feeling of pouring our heart and soul into a story and then crickets when no one reads it. Writing a story is only the first step. Marketing your work is crucial.
One way to grow is to participate in the Medium community. Reading, clapping, and commenting is how we celebrate other talented writers and learn from other’s experiences.
Sharing our work through social network platforms is a crucial step in finding readers.
“I want to have a hysterectomy.” Patients, who are sick and tired of heavy bleeding and pelvic pain, often say these words. Any woman scheduled for the surgical removal of the uterus owes it to herself to know that not all hysterectomies are the same. Different surgical techniques lead to different results and recovery times.
This article is part of Medika’s Preparing For series and covers laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LASH) to help a patient properly prepare herself for a procedure. We answer questions about how long the procedure will last, what’s involved, what to expect, and even advice on packing your bag. …
Too often we focus on the devastating and depressing Covid-19 statistics instead of focusing our energy on helping ourselves become healthier in the first place. We can reduce our risk by living a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t get me wrong though. The statistics are awful. Today, we reached 23.3 million U.S. Covid-19 cases. 388,700 Americans have died. We can not become immune to the tragic loss of life.
It is easy to become numb to the tragic loss of lives associated with Covid-19. We owe it to the 388,700 who died from Covid-19 to honor them.
Medika has created a memorial page called The Global Memorial Project for those who lost their lives to the pandemic. We must remember and celebrate these lives.
We can change the trajectory of the virus, but only if we come together as a society. We must do what we know works to save lives: Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and get vaccinated.
I shared my perspective recently on the Medium Coronavirus blog in Vaccine Refusal Will End When Businesses Start Telling People No. Marketplace solutions, not government actions, will likely get us to herd immunity. …