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Dora Calott Wang, M.D.
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Dora Calott Wang, M.D., is the author of "The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist's Reflections on Healing in a Changing World" (Riverhead/Penguin). She is Historian for the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she received her M.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation writer's residency.

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Year of the Caregiver?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:28 PM
Left to Right: Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Washington Post Syndicated Columnist Michelle Singletary, at AARP Forum

Could 2015 be Congress' Year of the Caregiver?

At the AARP Forum on Family Caregiving in...

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Envisions Great American Community

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, envisioned a Great American Community at his inaugural ceremony, April 22, 2015, at Comny Hall in Virginia. With the flags of 50 states behind him, and his immigrant family seated before him, Murthy began the ceremony in a white shirt and tie, but...

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Health Reform Needs Moms

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 2:00 PM

When it comes to the public's health, moms have a record of getting things done, when the efforts of policymakers and scientists have fallen short.

Something is missing in health care reform, even if the one year old Affordable Care Act is landmark progress. According to a recent Kaiser...

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It's Easier to Get a Gun Than Mental Health Care

(97) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 2:33 PM

There will be more shooting rampages, like that which targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson last weekend -- as long as it is easier to get a gun than mental health care. Our current epidemic of mass shootings is but a symptom of our nation's broken health care system....

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5 Health Reform Benefits to Act on Today

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 4:25 PM

While Washington fusses and grandstands about health care reform, we as individuals can vote with our actions and dollars. In America's free market economy, our collective choices will significantly impact the nation's health care system.

Here are five actions each of us can take today, thanks to new benefits...

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Did Health Reform Help Democrat Heinrich Win?

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2010 | 10:03 AM

Democrats may have lost a lot of races to Republicans this election, but the upstream re-election victory of Congress' freshman class president, Martin Heinrich (D-NM), deserves a second look.

Heinrich was re-elected to a traditionally Republican seat, in a state that had just elected a Republican...

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Rep. Martin Heinrich and Physicians Discuss Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 10:22 AM

Must health reform discussions always be so unhealthy?

U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (D-NM) met with Albuquerque physicians Saturday, October 2, for a luncheon of local organic produce and a discussion of health care reform.

Heinrich spoke about the Affordable Care Act, while revealing a personal passion for...

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A Landmark Week for Health Reform -- But Let's Remember Health Care's Larger Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 2:38 PM

It's a landmark week for health reform, when many laws in the Affordable Care Act take effect. As we celebrate, it's a good time to pause, and to remember the larger purpose of our health care system, and of medical care.

Medicine has always been grounded in humanitarian ideals,...

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Defining Women's Role in Health Care Reform

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 7:00 AM

As mothers, daughters, wives and leaders of households, women often steer the health care choices of families. Thus in the coming years, women will also be a major force toward implementing health care reform and the landmark Affordable Care Act.

Whenever we enroll a child into newly available health insurance,...

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Letter to Congress: Physicians and Hospitals Need Protection Too

(15) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 12:38 PM

Dear Congress,

As a physician and medical school professor, I breathe a sigh of relief, and thank you for giving us the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, and the new Patient's Bill of Rights.

Next, how about a Physician's Bill of Rights?

Physicians and hospitals need protection from...

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Is Wall Street Making Life or Death Decisions?

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 5:49 PM

Is your health insurance company traded on Wall Street?

If so, is Wall Street deciding your medical care?

It's hard to recall that for-profit corporations were once kept out of health care -- in fact, for most of the 20th century. During this time, the nation's medical system was built...

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