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I am a family physician who practices hospice and palliative medicine at the VA Palo Alto in California.  I'm on the faculty of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Stanford University.  I created this blog to share resources, my thoughts, and selected writing.  My interests include pain medicine, human-centered design, medical education. Here is my CV.  


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In this video, I run through the basic pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment of nausea and vomiting. Click HERE for PDF summary of this video which I think will be a handy and useful clinical reference.  

I stumbled upon the University of Washington Pain Medicine website a few years ago when working on a quality improvement project in residence.  I re-stumbled upon it again and was reminded what a great resource it is.  The website is full of resources for practitioners...

One of the most infamous treatments in medical care is the morphine drip.  While often associated with end-of-life care, morphine and other opioid infusions have a role in relieving suffering no matter what stage of illness.  They are indicated for severe pain or dyspn...

January 15, 2018

I spend a lot of time on YouTube.  In the small proportion of my hours on the site that I would consider productive, I've found some really helpful medical resources. There is lots more out there too in the realm of Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMEd).

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March 14, 2019

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Food (and the eating of it) plays a central role in our experience of health and illness.  Think of whatever the latest health food craze is, or a par...

The 5 D's: A Framework for Discussing Artificial Nutrition

December 18, 2017

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