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Jordan Safirstein, MD FACC FSCAI is an interventiional cardiologist, fellow-educator and Google Glass Explorer with an interest in mobile medicine.

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What the Medical Device Industry Can Learn From Starbucks

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 8:47 AM

Last week, waiting for my iced coffee at Starbucks, I enviously observed the girl in front of me paying with her phone. Fast forward 30 seconds and boom! Iced coffee in hand, I took a few minutes to peruse the app and see what it actually provided -- besides the...

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An Affair of the Heart: The Untold Story of Google Glass in Cardiology

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:57 PM


Me: An interventional cardiologist with a penchant for mobile medical technology.
Her: Sleek, smart, alluring and came with an amazing pedigree.

She was actually Google Glass, and her heads-up display, 5MP camera, telephone, text, email, social media -- capabilities all...

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Smartphone Apps for a Healthier Heart

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 6:27 PM

The number of apps over the past five years has exploded for both health care professionals and patients alike. We are talking exponential growth. A recent count of the iTunes app store identified nearly 20,000 health care and wellness apps! To help control this influx of apps, the...

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R.I.P. James Gandolfini: What Can We Learn?

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 11:32 AM

When I was living in Chicago, missing the brash Jersey attitudes and Italian delicatessens of my youth, The Sopranos provided me with a 60-minute journey back home every week. Whoever watched with us, as we hung on every word, would also be forced to endure my vocal alerts for every...

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Why This Reality Show Might Save America

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2008 | 4:47 PM

Say what you want about Dancing With the Stars. Go ahead and mock that Flavor Flav show and the inane lives of teenage rich kids as seen on MTV's The Hills. But don't you dare include any of those shows in the same breath as The Biggest Loser, possibly the...

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Patrick Swayze Fights Pancreatic Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2008 | 11:21 AM

A tough admission to the VIP floor came in a few days back. Patrick Swayze, the '80s heart throb most famous for dirty dancing with Jennifer Grey and potterizing Demi Moore was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

George Fisher, MD, Swayze's oncologist told People magazine that "Patrick has a very...

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Donda West: Our Best Guess On What Happened

(19) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 9:27 PM

Cases like that of Donda West are exactly why we started this column. When an unusual medical case enters the purview of the public forum , details are often murky at best and we are here to sort through the vague press releases and nonspecific symptomology to provide you with...

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See One, Do One, Go Into Private Practice

(5) Comments | Posted October 3, 2007 | 12:41 PM

See one, do one, teach one.

That was always the mantra passed on by my seniors and those that came before them. It referred to the chain of command and hands-on learning style of academic medicine, particularly with regard to basic medical procedures. A young doctor watches the procedure performed...

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Diagnosis: Exhaustion?

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2007 | 6:53 PM

2007-07-18-chapelle.jpgDave Chapelle, the oft-conflicted comedian who turned down a $50 million contract with Comedy Central and jetted to South Africa instead, checked into the hospital over the weekend for "exhaustion".

While virtually nonexistent in the non-Hollywood patient population,...

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It Smells Like A Duck

(5) Comments | Posted July 5, 2007 | 12:39 PM

tb2.jpg There are a few old adages that every doctor has heard a million times. Old clichés like Sutton's Law ("Go where the money is"), "Don't chase zebras," and the Duck Prophecy, i..e. "If it walks like a duck, and sounds...

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She's Not a Doctor, But She Plays One on TV

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2007 | 10:12 AM

Katherine Heigl, the actress that plays Dr. Izzy Stevens on Grey's Anatomy has designed a new line of scrubs "...that would allow women to infuse some of their personality and style into their work apparel."

"I have tremendous respect for women in the healthcare industry," said Katherine. "I know that...

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We'll Miss You, Tony and Carm. (AJ, Not So Much)

(20) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 3:00 PM

Let me tell you a few things:

First, I'm gonna miss these guys. When The Sopranos first started I was slogging my way through graduate school in the Midwest, complaining about the lack of a good bilay and fresh mozzarella with prosciutto. Nothing, but nothing, brought me back to my...

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This is Getting TB Ridiculous

(7) Comments | Posted June 7, 2007 | 12:13 PM

One day after his third sputum culture came back negative, the grandstanding has hit a fever pitch. Regardless of the microbiology or the actual facts of the case, politicians had their time in the TB spotlight yesterday as the House of Representatives launched missives against the federal authorities in charge...

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TB or Not TB: Isn't That the Question?

(19) Comments | Posted June 4, 2007 | 12:00 PM

The only thing more confusing to me than this tuberculosis (TB) fiasco is how I am still the first to use this line for my title. The antagonist in the international bacterial brouhaha is a young personal injury lawyer...

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This Is (Really) Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2007 | 3:13 PM

Only one day after my site,, wrote about a busted Pakistani organ-harvesting ring, news comes from Holland that a new reality show is inflaming medical ethicists all over the world.

The bioethics committees of the world must be really sitting around those tables and philosophizing now....

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Docs on the Silver Screen

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2007 | 4:41 PM

From St. Elsewhere to Grey's Anatomy, and all the ones in between (see: Chicago Hope, Strong Medicine, ER, etc., etc.), television MDs have been all the rage for as long as we can remember. But how about their silver screen equivalent? While medical TV has been a staple on primetime...

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Tough Break for Paula

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2007 | 11:18 AM

safirstein-abdul.jpgSomeone above is looking out for StopPagingMe. We have been looking for an excuse to talk about the upcoming finale between the Keane-like, beat-boxing Blake and the smiley, It-factor-laden Jordin.

Our excuse to come clean about our Idol affinity...

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Proud of These Doctors

(10) Comments | Posted May 3, 2007 | 11:20 PM

According to the Associated Press, a group of doctors has filed suit against the state of Louisiana seeking $100 million they say they are owed for providing free care to poor and uninsured patients following Hurricane Katrina.

In all, 381 physicians at West Jefferson Medical Center, say the state failed...

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Rehab: The New Celebrity Will-Power

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2007 | 1:07 AM

Who needs discipline and moderation when you have stardom and money? Today I read about yet another young celeb checking getting dry.

According to his publicist, "He felt a break was needed to maintain his recovery. Jonathan plans to resume his schedule following completion."

The ever-increasing number...

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The Wonders of SkyMall

(5) Comments | Posted April 22, 2007 | 11:16 PM

On a recent plane trip home from Hot-lanta, where we endured 3 days of non-stop lecture about cardiac ultrasound, our brains were not up to discussing any politically incendiary health issues. However, we did get a good laugh from the ever-entertaining SkyMall catalogue. Please to enjoy...

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