All posts by Behrouz Zand,M.D.

I am an oncologist, a surgeon, a husband, and a father. My blog is mostly my opinion on today's healthcare system. I hope people who read my blog get a fresh perspective of the healthcare system and get new ideas on how we can improve healthcare.

How Congress Will Weaken Innovative Medical Research

The future of innovative medical research under the Department of Defense is in jeopardy.  Due to four provisions (Sections 733, 891, 892, and 893) in the U.S. Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018, medical research under the Department of Defense will become very limited.   Furthermore, programs like the Congressionally Directed ...

How Electronic Health Record Systems Are Interrupting Physician Care

In almost every other industry the introduction of computer technology and I.T. have improved that industry, so it seems remarkable how the use of computers in the daily practice of physicians is leading to burnout.

Why Just Telling Doctors To Be More Resilient Isn’t The Answer

Every human being faces adversity.  That adversity can be an extreme event such as a trauma or a tragedy like when a loved one unexpectedly dies. Or it can be more mundane things like continual stress from paperwork piling up every day on your work desk in a never-ending fashion.  How well you adapt to ...

The Pursuit of Engagement in Today’s Workforce

Rapidly changing work structure, technological advancements, and shifting demographics is changing modern workplace in many industries including healthcare

The Real Faces of Racism

Late Friday night, we witnessed about 100 white nationalists–euphemistically calling themselves the “Alt-right”–marching with Tiki torches in hand. By Sunday, one young woman who went to counter-protest would be dead. She would be run over in an ISIS like car attack by one of these white nationalists. Clean cut with polo shirts and khaki pants, these ...

What makes an exceptional leader in health care? The answer may surprise you.

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”--Warren Buffett

A Brief American History of What Lead to Obamacare

Healthcare continues to make national headlines as Republican senators have twice failed to pass a bill in the Senate with enough support to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How did we get here and why do so many Republicans want to make the ACA go away badly? To answer this question, you ...