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News, Op eds, & Commentary

Going out this Memorial Day? Best practices for a safe holiday. Cheddar.

May 26, 2020

On the verge of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths and the unofficial start of summer, I discuss the need to balance getting out to enjoy family & friends with staying safe.

Commentary: Governor Pritzker has the right idea, but a vaccine will not save us. Chicago Tribune.

May 06, 2020

Most people love medicine but hate vaccines. I describe the cautious optimism regarding a COVID-19 vaccine given this fact.

Tackling poverty in a coronavirus-induced economic downturn: Is it too risky or the right thing to do? USA Today.

April 28, 2020

For the underserved, COVID-19 compounds the stess of everyday survival. I discuss why.

Returning to business after COVID-19. The Hill.

April 24, 2020

My op ed discusses practical considerations and steps for employers to reopen safely.

Rules of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic? Vox.

March 16, 2020

I join other exerts in discussing the dos and don'ts of social distancing.

How to stay healthy at gyms amid coronavirus outbreak. USA Today.

March 03, 2020

I give tips on how to be vigilant in the gym during the coronavirus pandemic.

Public health departments, decimated by funding cuts, scramble against coronavirus, USA Today.

March 02, 2020

I join experts to discuss the challenges for the public health enterprise to combat coronavirus amid staff and funding shortages. 

Racial health disparities are rampant in hypertension. AMA Wire.

April 05, 2018

High blood pressure is much more prevalent among blacks than it is among other racial and ethnic groups. This sobering fact demands collective action by policymakers.

Revamped ObamaCare threatens to throw out baby with bathwater. The Hill.

March 14, 2017

My op-ed discusses why the GOP's American Health Care Act should be carefully constructed.


New administration raises worries about public health: ACA, climate change, gains under threat. The Nation's Health.

February 28, 2017

Discusses the concerns had by public health leaders about the possibility of losing historic gains for the nation's health under the Trump administration.

Where You Live May Determine How You Die. WebMD.

December 13, 2016

Breaking down motrality data by county, most pressing local healt problems were pinpointed, study finds.

African-American doctor, minister of hope inspires youth to stalk their dreams. Baltimore Times.

December 02, 2016

Story about my campaign to use my life's story to inspire, challenge, and encourage young people to dream big and pursue a life greater than their circumstances.

Baltimore has some of the country's worst health outcomes, disparities. The Baltimore Sun Times.

September 03, 2016

Article explores racial disparities in health and the underlying drivers for these gaps.

Should the cost of naloxone be determined by its public health impact? Modern Healthcare.

September 01, 2016

I discuss the skyrocketing cost of the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, and its impact on the public's health.

Local health departments are depending on additional Zika funding. The Hill.

August 14, 2016

My op-ed makes the case for additional funding to combat Zika virus.

4 Public health steps to end cycle of violence. Orlando Sentinel.

August 02, 2016

I discuss a public health approach to preventing gun violence in the wake of the Orlando club shooting.

Primary care, Public Health need unity on population health. American Academy of Family Physicians News.

June 01, 2016

I discuss the importance of being "bilingual", understanding both healthcare and public health, to improve the health of the population

How Well Would Chicago’s Trauma Centers Handle a Crisis? Chicago Magazine.

January 20, 2016

The city’s maxed-out medical facilities would have a tough time managing the fallout from a terrorist attack. I discuss addressing trauma deserts in the excess mortality that can result.

Congress should support fund that prevents disease and saves lives. The Hill.

October 15, 2015

My op-ed makes the case for CDC funding to continue to protect all Americans.

USA needs to take immediate steps to fight super bugs, experts say. USA Today.

August 04, 2015

This article addresses antibiotic stewardship and using antibiotics responsibly.

Emergency medical response program threatened by federal budget cuts. The Hill.

July 08, 2015

My op-ed advocates for federal funding emergency preparedness and response, specifically, the Medical Reserve Corps.

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