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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.
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.
#Dressgate redux
As everyone knows, teenage girls have the knack of identifying the important new trends that come to define our culture: boy bands, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and reality television. For this reason, I became instantly alert when Dean, a talented ophthalmologist and loyal Ophthalmology Times reader, contacted me one evening about what was shortly to become the latest Internet sensation.
When a doctor is at center of political corruption scandal
Sheldon Silver was, until recently, Speaker of the New York State Assembly. This post made him one of that state's two or three most powerful political figures. He was forced to resign his post when indicted for corruption.
The 'Jacques Cousteau' of the cortex
The 'Jacques Cousteau' of the cortex
Vernon Benjamin Mountcastle, MD—recipient of the Lasker Award and the National Medal of Science—was the first person to understand how the cells in the higher regions of the brain are organized, earning him the nickname of "the Jacques Cousteau of the [cerebral] cortex." He was the first president of the Society for Neuroscience and editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.
What dying wishes or regrets might ophthalmologists have?
When faced with a particularly difficult decision, Alastair Mitchell Mitchell uses the “big red bus test.” He thinks about walking out of his building in London and crossing the street, only to turn and see that one of those monstrous London double-decker red buses is literally about to flatten him and send him to the hereafter. In the brief instant before the bus hits him, he wonders what would be the thing that he would most regret not having accomplished. The answer to this question should guide prioritization of the efforts of a successful chief executive officer, businessman, or (presumably) ophthalmologist.
Ignaz Semmelweis: A physician-hero
Recently, I had my photo taken with Ignaz Semmelweis. Not with the man himself, but with his statue. Although his is not a household name, the man is a physician-hero.
Is honesty really the best policy?
Is honesty really the best policy?
Politicians rarely tell the truth, so why should ophthalmologists . . . right?


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