Over the past several days, it’s been hard to miss the stories and images of people and animals affected by widespread flooding in southeast Texas. Tropical storm Harvey has battered the region before … [Read More...]
I am a...
As an internist and preventive medicine physician, my expertise spans the fields of medicine, public health, and ethics. In addition to seeing patients and teaching, I work in the areas of human rights and animal protection. While working around the globe, I’ve learned we must heal the world we live in so we can heal ourselves.
Much of my writing – like my daily work – focuses on the link between the vulnerability and resilience of people and animals. I write stories pinned on hope, which is often the first medicine available. My forthcoming book, Phoenix Zones, shows how people and animals across the globe can help each other recover from trauma and heal — an experience known as the “Phoenix Effect.” It is scheduled for publication by University of Chicago Press in Spring 2018.
There is important common ground occupied by those working on behalf of all people and animals – both because of the shared potential for suffering and because many solutions to successfully combat violence are universal. In order to be healthy as individuals and as a society, we must all have a right to freedom, sovereignty, love, justice, and opportunity.
Recently, I spoke with Lauren Choplin, Communications Director for the Nonhuman Rights Project. Lauren is an incredibly thoughtful writer and editor. I will always be grateful for her editorial … [Read More...]
Recently I returned from Oslo, Norway, where I met with others to reimagine the treatment of people and animals who are demeaned simply because of who they are – a topic covered in my forthcoming book … [Read More...]