Earlier this week, the National Institutes of Health hosted a conference on the use of nonhuman primates in research. The workshop was the subject of considerable controversy. Here are the public … [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 come to realize that, in order to heal our individual visible and invisible wounds, we must also heal the world we live in.
I write about things I struggle to understand in a world that often feels violent, divisive, or indifferent. Much of my writing – like my daily work – focuses on the link between the vulnerability, suffering, and resilience of people and animals. I am especially motivated to write about stories of hope that emerge from despair. My book, Seeking Sanctuary, draws on these themes and 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.
Through my work, I’ve come to realize that there is important common ground occupied by those working on behalf of people and animals – both because of the shared potential for suffering and because many solutions to successfully combat domination, violence, and abuse are universal. In order to be healthy as individuals and as a society, we must all first have a right to freedom, sovereignty, love, justice, and opportunity.
Today’s print edition of The New York Times features an opinion piece by John Gluck—a primate researcher turned primate advocate—about how he came to be deeply troubled by the use of nonhuman animals … [Read More...]
Last week, I heard a phrase that stuck with me: “obstacles to empathy.” The words were uttered by The New York Times journalist Anne Barnard who has been stationed in Syria during its civil war. In a … [Read More...]