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The White Coat Count

Mar 18, 2010   //   Healthcare, Personal  //  2 Comments

My wife’s stay at Duke Hospital during her first bout with leukemia in 2005 made for a long and challenging summer.  I stayed in her room using a recliner chair [...]

Keynote Address to the Graduating Class of Campbell University’s Department of Clinical Research

Oct 4, 2009   //   Healthcare, Personal  //  Comments Off

Below is the text of the Keynote Address I gave at the graduation ceremony for Campbell University’s Department of Clinical Research at the Duke University Searle Conference Center in 2005. [...]

Life and Career Advice for a Younger Friend

Oct 1, 2009   //   Personal  //  Comments Off

A younger friend of mine asked if he could come over to ‘pick my brain’ as he put it.  As I had done well in my career he was seeking [...]

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Guns, Government, Race and Rights. ‘The Demographics, Stupid’.

In unapologetic fashion, this paper makes the case that the time has come for activist groups to abandon business-as-usual tactics and go on the offensive to change the political landscape in Washington, D.C.


The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: Why Facts Don’t Matter.

A letter was sent to US Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) regarding The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. That legislation has little to do with defending or protecting the rights of law abiding citizens. It is about the union of an appalling political strategy, that for decades has successfully exploited racial conflict for votes, and corporate profits. An agenda that will, perhaps sooner than later, exact a price at the polls.


African-American Gun Violence Victimization. Just One Contributor to Millions of Premature Deaths

That some lives matter more than others is evidenced when the well-documented shortfall in African-American life expectancy is translated into millions of premature deaths. The loss of life to grossly disproportionate gun violence in the African-American community is but a minor contributor to the broader effects of racial discrimination. With our current knowledge of factors that adversely affect health and thus life, has the plight of our African-American community crossed the threshold of being declared a crime against humanity?

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.