Our sweet boy Champ, the eldest of our dogs, recently died after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Unlike most dogs who can achieve remission with treatment, his tumor burden was resistant to the most … [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.
In the Trump administration's first two weeks in office, it issued three executive orders on immigration. One of the orders – issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day – halted refugee admissions for three … [Read More...]
Last week, I returned from Kenya where I was working with my medical, public health, and legal colleagues from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). For the past five years, we have worked with our … [Read More...]