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Peter J. McDonnell, MD
He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.
Following a physician code of conduct
Society has variable expectations about the integrity with which people conduct themselves.
What have you learned in the past 10 years
What have you learned in the past 10 years
Some medical specialties are exploring the possibility of abolishing recertification examinations every 10 years in favor of other alternatives. Is ophthalmology next?
How would an ophthalmologist respond when faced with death?
How does any of this relate to ophthalmology? In our offices, we don’t face dramatic this-or-that moments of choice that define us in the way these young men were defined by their decision. For ophthalmologists there is always only one option—to do whatever is in the best interest of our patients.
Is the FDA violating the right to free speech?
I am grateful that my ophthalmologist friend and I live and practice in countries where we are free to speak our minds.
Should high-volume surgeons have surgical privileges?
Should high-volume surgeons have surgical privileges?
While practice may not always make perfect (at least in this life), it definitely does “make better” not only in sports, but also in the operating room.
Follow the money
One thing that is interesting about the Medicare data is how much goes to the top 1% of physician billers.
Best practices for injection protocols
No doubt, my retina colleagues are way ahead of me in considering this issue. Reducing the frequency of injections by developing longer-lasting therapeutic agents and reducing the per-injection risk by careful scrutiny of evidence to determine the best practice when it comes to injection protocols are two possibilities.
Bargaining power does not equate to fair playing field
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s establishment of a new policy that no longer allows new hires to negotiate their salaries is attracting attention—and some praise.
The economics of 'diabesity'
The economics of 'diabesity'
In the United States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development projects the 2.5% annual growth for the next 20 years will fall to 1.8% as the bodies of U.S. workers—marinating in glucose—accomplish less and fail earlier than those of their less-wealthy-but-healthier parents.
Ronald McDonald for Surgeon General
If a ban on antibiotic-fed chicken by McDonald's results in fewer infections and deaths from resistant organisms, I nominate Ronald McDonald (no relation) for Surgeon General.

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