About

M.%20Harris

Mark received his MD/MPH from Columbia University in May 2015. He is currently in Anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Mark is interested in the intersection between medicine and public policy, especially as it relates to chronic disease prevention (such as for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity), and he wishes to merge medicine, outcomes research, and public policy to address issues of perioperative risk factors, pain management, and end-of-life care.

DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and statements on this blog are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of any past, current, or future employer.

11 comments

  1. If you are interested in an intersection between medicine and public policy or rather a lack thereof, look at omega-6. It is associated with almost every major medical problem in this country, but most dietitians are still telling us to eat things that are loaded with it (because USDA sets dietary guidelines). They do not tell you that it competes with omega-3. Look at the biochemistry of omega-6 eicosanoids, look at publications by Dr Bill Lands.

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  2. Prior to a transition to my current PhD program of Counselor Education and Supervision, I was working on a Health Psychology degree which examined the impact of public health and the mental health. The intersecting fields are very interesting and require a unique perspective to see how the two roads intersect, which I agree, they do all the time.
    Thanks for the blog 🙂

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  3. Very interesting blog. I too find quality of care to being essential for patients. I too am trying hard to spread the word out there. I focus on myofunctional disorders and the pain related to them. Great blog again.

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  4. First, congratulations on completing your MD degree. You are entering health care during interesting times. Many in your profession have been disappointed with the traditional allopathic approach to chronic diseases. Maintaining a “stable” form of ill health with pharmaceutical intervention has removed much of the patient’s responsibility rather than empowering the patient by teaching them the various components needed to maintain or regain optimal health. As a young doctor, I hope (for you and your future patients) you avail yourself to methods of treatment outside the traditional approach when appropriate and indicated. Our job as physicians is to assist our patients to achieve the level of health THEY choose. Many times (with good intentions) we overstep our boundaries attempting to impose our beliefs onto our patients.
    I wish you all the success possible as you begin your journey in health care. It is a wonderful service we offer our patients if we remember to separate the business component from the caring component.
    I look forward to reading more articles from your perspective. I believe we all grow and develop with ongoing research and communication.

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