Posts Tagged ‘ residency ’

Why Doctors Fall Asleep While Treating You

Confession: I’ve fallen asleep while operating on patients. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. No, I’ve never passed out and face-planted into a patient’s open belly. Nor have I fallen asleep in the operating room as a plastic surgeon in practice. But as a resident, I performed the dreaded head-bob several times. Here […]


Why Your Waiter Has An M.D. – My Latest CNN.com Article

I met Sam* in the OR a few years ago. A polite surgical technician in his early 30s, we’d often chat after work. Sam obtained his medical degree from a school in Eastern Europe prior to immigrating to the United States. Now he spends his days cleaning surgical instruments and his nights working in a […]


The New “In Stitches” Book Trailer

Hopefully this video trailer for my book In Stitches brings a smile to your face. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, please pick up the book that Publisher’s Weekly called, “Full of fascinating stories and laced with self-deprecating humor in the midst of dark desperation, providing a refreshing insight into medicine.” It’s […]


Student Doctors Practice On You While You Sleep (Really!)

Here is an excerpt from my latest article on CNN.com: Autumn. The air turns cool and crisp, leaves change color, and third-year medical students descend on hospitals to learn to be real doctors… by practicing on real people. As a plastic surgeon, part of my job includes the art of suturing. Over the past 15 […]