My ten-year-old daughter Lucia asked, “Dad, do you want to read with me?” No, I didn’t. It was late, and I was exhausted after a long day in the office. But I have a rule. When my kids want to talk, I make myself available. Kids want to talk on their terms, not ours, and my children often want to chat at the most inconvenient times.
And who can say no to a 10-year-old?
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…
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…
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.
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…
Will 2021 be a remarkable year for health innovation? Healthcare needed a shove to throw out our fax machines and use new tools to improve our lives and the care we provide. Covid-19 converted digital health into a necessary survival tool. It’s no longer a luxury.
The pandemic forced many technology companies to tap the brakes, but digital health innovators and entrepreneurs are finding opportunities to make meaningful change and impact healthcare.
Will digital health pioneers launch us into the next generation of innovation, or will developers fall into the same old traps of nonintegrated data silos and apps filled…
All she wants to do is hug her grandchildren. My dear friend is 76 years old and has battled Rheumatoid arthritis for decades. She followed all of the rules. She sheltered in place, wore a mask, and continued her immunosuppression medication.
The worst part was she could not see her six grandchildren.
Hope arrived when she qualified for Covid vaccination. She received her two-dose regimen of the Moderna mRNA vaccine. Unfortunately, she did not generate antibodies.
Her life-saving immunosuppression medication blocked the vaccine response.
She is not alone. Seven million Americans (2.7%) have some form of immune system suppression. Multiple…
After a year and a half of caring for patients, I took my first vacation since the pandemic struck in March of 2020. We had zero Covid-19 hospitalized patients when I left town. When I returned six days later, we had five pregnant patients hospitalized with Covid.
One of our three Dallas Fort Worth Hospitals had twenty-three total Covid-19 hospitalized individuals, including multiple patients intubated in the ICU fighting for their life.
What a difference a week makes.
For several weeks experts warned us of the rising cases of the Covid-19 Delta Variant. The Delta variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta), was…
Children, parents, and teachers are pumped up to be back in school this Fall. But the continued presence of Covid-19 and the rise of the more contagious Delta Variant create a veil of anxiety.
Michelle Fiscus, the top vaccine official in Tennessee, promoted the Covid-19 vaccine across the State to reduce the risk in schools. Vaccine promotion is expected of the person in charge of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health. What was unexpected was Dr. Fiscus got fired over her efforts.
Like many southern US States, vaccination rates in Tennesee are terribly low with…
As Texas and the Southern Unites States reopens and things return to normal, winter viruses are making up for the lost time. North Texas is experiencing a rare summer rise in RSV cases in children.
The Dallas County Health Department released a health alert citing a surge in the identifications of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV is a common respiratory virus that typically causes mild cold symptoms in a seasonal pattern. RSV usually spikes in the Fall and goes quiet in the Spring.
Scientists are not sure why North Texas is seeing an increase in RSV cases during the hot…