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The desperate race to save a toddler with a severe brain injury. The surprising effectiveness of fecal transplants. The proliferation of “stem cell tourist traps.” The long-term risks of nuclear radiation. Through my extensive medical reporting, I have sought to translate the key findings and remaining uncertainties in specialties ranging from hospital medicine and neurology to cancer cytopathology and rheumatology. My work on the topic has appeared in publications such as Mosaic, Newsday, The Hospitalist, Cancer Cytopathology, NYU Physician, Nature Reports Stem Cells and ENT Today.

Featured Stories

Illustration: Newsday

Saving Bobby [PDF]

Newsday, February 26, 2006

The North Bellport father backs his family’s Dodge Durango down the driveway on a snowy morning in February and accidentally crushes his young son’s head. One year later, the 3-year-old boy is alive and remarkably well. Not because there was any one defining moment in the struggle to save Bobby Palange. But because there were so many.

Associated Awards  Associated Awards

Association of Health Care Journalists Awards,
First Place in Large Newspapers & Wire Services Category, 2007

Deadline Club Award,
Best Feature Reporting in Newspapers & Wire Services Category, 2007

New York Press Club Award,
Best Web Exclusive Content, 2007

Press Club of Long Island Award,
Best Online Multimedia Reporting, 2007

Newsday Publisher’s Award,
Feature Reporting, 2006

Photo: emdot via Flickr Creative Commons.

Medicine’s Dirty Secret

Mosaic, April 29, 2014

Poo is a decidedly imperfect delivery vehicle for a medical therapy. It’s messy. It stinks. It’s inconsistent, not to mention a regulatory nightmare. But it can be incredibly potent.

Photo: digital cat via Flickr Creative Commons

HM@15 (4-Part Series)

The Hospitalist, August - November, 2011

A critical review of whether the hospitalist professional has lived up to expectations in quality, efficiency, patient satisfaction, and job satisfaction.

Associated Awards  Associated Awards

National Institute for Healthcare Management (NIHCM) Foundation,
Health Care Print Journalism Award Finalist, 2012

Photo: Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.

Heeding the Hard Lessons of Chernobyl

Cancer Cytopathology, August 12, 2011

Twenty-five years after the worst nuclear accident in history, the world watched in horror on March 11, 2011 as a colossal earthquake and tsunami killed tens of thousands in Japan and crippled its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, threatening to unleash another disaster.

Photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr Creative Commons

A New Front in the Debate Over HPV Vaccines for Boys

Cancer Cytopathology, December 12, 2010

The HPV vaccination ad begins predictably enough. Paired with an image of an adolescent girl is the warning: ‘It could affect your daughter.’ Then it veers into largely uncharted territory with the follow-up line: ‘It could affect your son.’

Photo: Angela Wolf via Flickr Creative Commons

Stem Cell Researchers Face Down Stem Cell Tourism

Nature Reports Stem Cells, June 5, 2008

In April, a paralyzed man returning to Colorado from experimental stem cell therapy in India said he could feel the waistband of his pants for the first time in years. Like others before him, he couldn't say how many cells he had received or how his treatments had worked. Nor had his doctor published any details.

Additional Stories

A New Kind of Cancer Probe

NYU Physician, Spring, 2012

Advanced imaging techniques that rely on roaming water molecules.

Comparative Effectiveness Research Takes a Stand on Cancer Screening

Cancer Cytopathology, February 13, 2012

The intensifying debate over comparative effectiveness research and the potential harms of cancer screening.

A Personal Spin on Migraine-Associated Vertigo Treatments

ENT Today, June, 2011

Despite the frustratingly elusive origins of vertigo, doctors find treatment success with ad hoc strategies.

Overturning the Status Quo

NYU Physician, Spring, 2011

How virtual microscopy and other powerful technology is changing where and when medical students can learn.

A Superficial Success

Nature Reports Stem Cells, January 15, 2009

Investigating the spurious claims of stem cell-containing skin creams.