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Manoj Jain, MD MPH
Manoj Jain, MD MPH is an infectious disease physician, a writer, and a national leader in healthcare quality improvement.

Dr. Jain writes regularly for the Washington Post, and the Commercial Appeal (Memphis newspaper). He received his engineering, doctorate, and public health degree from Boston University and completed his residency and fellowship training at Boston City Hospital and New England Medical Center. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on HIV, and has been interviewed by CNN and National Public Radio. Over the past 15 years Dr. Jain has given over a 150 talks, and published numerous scientific articles, chapters and books. Dr. Jain has conducted research on HIV epidemiology, quality improvement, and spirituality & medicine.

Presently, Dr. Jain is adjunct assistant professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the medical director at Tennessee’s Quality Improvement

He is a faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and founded and chaired the Annual Nonviolence Conference in Memphis.

Entries by Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Zika Virus: Why Does a New or Old Virus Emerge Every Few Years?

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 3:27 PM

Every few years it seems a new virus captures the public's attention. Over a decade ago it was SARS which had people in Hong Kong wearing masks, then it was avian flu, then H1N1, then the West Nile virus, and then Ebola and now, it is Zika.

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Cost of Medicines

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 11:39 AM

A grandmother develops a boil that turns out to be a difficult-to-treat staph infection (MRSA). She needs high-powered antibiotics. A middle-aged man who received a blood transfusion decades ago now has hepatitis C and needs anti-viral medicine. A young woman with HIV develops golf-ball-size lesions in her brain, has toxoplasmosis...

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The Link Between Meat and Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 9:52 AM

I am standing in line at the lunch buffet at my hospital and I have an option: a red meat steak entrée or an eggplant parmesan. If each day I choose the red meat or a processed meat entrée over a vegetarian option, I increase my chance of...

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We Have More in Common Than in Conflict: Reflections for International Day of Peace

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:44 PM

For years, I had driven by it, admiring the architecture, but I had never visited it until this summer. The building, one of the newest and most beautiful in Washington DC, is on Constitution Avenue near the Lincoln and the Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

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Santhara -- Jain Way of Death with Equanimity

(5) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Last month, a deeply religious man in India ended his life in a way that has been practiced for millennia by devout members of the Jain religion. His death made headlines when a state court in Rajasthan declared the practice, known as Santhara, illegal. The Jain community responded with protests,...

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Coordinated Care Can Reduce the Spread of Resistant Infections

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:26 AM

It was a week into my elderly patient's hospital admission when he began to have fever and profuse diarrhea, some 10-12 bowel movement a day. The diagnosis was not hard to make: a stool test showed he had C difficile.

Another patient, a thin women in her late 40s who...

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Thoughts and Emotions

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:32 PM


This summer's Disney-Pixar movie "Inside Out" makes us think about our thinking. But, I wonder, first of all, "Can we even think about our thoughts?"

In fact, over the summer with campers at Lausanne Collegiate School, beginning with Junior Kindergarten to Grade...

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Rising Insurance Premiums and the Future Costs to Health Care

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Recently, health insurance companies across the nation have petitioned to increase premium rates for customers covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has proposed a 25.7 percent raise in premiums; in New Mexico, BCBS requested a 56.1 percent...

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A Doctor's Experience in the Nepal Earthquake

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 6:27 PM


The morning after his brother's bachelor party, standing on the fourth floor of his family home, Dr. Arvind Goel, felt the ground move under his feet. "First it was minor vibrations and then it built up in a crescendo and then the couch...

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Thank You, Nurses

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 6:20 PM

Some years ago when my father underwent bypass surgery, he was anxious, depressed and in pain as he lay in the hospital bed tied to IV catheters and tubes. Each day, his surgeon, his hospitalist, and other consultant doctors whisked in and out, asking how he was feeling and then...

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A Snow Day Reflection

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:08 AM

This week, I was going to write my usual health column, but then I decided to take a "snow day." Yet, soon, I realized that the snow and ice we have experienced was not hindering the path from my bedroom to the computer room, nor was the snow preventing bloggers...

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Huddles: In Football, Business and Hospitals

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:14 PM

Last week, we were awestruck watching the last three minutes of the National Football Conference Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. My son, 15, and I watched Russell Wilson score a touchdown and get a two-point conversion to take the lead. But then Aaron Rodgers...

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New England Patriots Had a Safer Option in the Last Seconds of Playoff Game

(12) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:07 AM

Co-authored by Rishab Jain

As lifelong New England Patriots fans, we stood with bated breath in the last four seconds of this past Saturday's AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Ravens, as Joe Flacco heaved up a Hail Mary that was, thankfully, batted down. If caught by the Baltimore...

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Putting Ebola in America in Perspective

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Several weeks ago a poll showed that 43 percent of Americans were "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or their immediate family member will catch Ebola. A doctor in New York being diagnosed with Ebola may have only exacerbated this "worry". So, I want to put the...

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Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts

(159) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 10:34 PM

A few weeks ago an emergency room doctor called our infectious disease physician group concerning a patient who had returned from Liberia and was having nausea and vomiting. Several of the patient's family members had died of Ebola.

As panic struck us, our decisive question was: When did he return...

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Are Local Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

(13) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Two weeks ago at our community hospital, after we concluded a nearly two-hour standing room only Ebola preparedness meeting, I practiced donning and doffing the personal protective equipment (PPE) for Ebola cases.

PPE is the protective wardrobe health workers wear when examining a patient with a contagious infectious disease. Each...

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To Stop Ebola Here, We Must Stop It There

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 12:31 PM


Last week, after dinner, as I was rinsing the dishes, I casually mentioned to my wife, "I spoke with the volunteers at Doctors Without Borders today, and they need help."

This was before the first case of Ebola was diagnosed on U.S....

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Knowledge About Ebola Empowers Us

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:45 PM

If an ill patient, who unexpectedly has Ebola, landed in my city, it is likely that my partner or I would see him. We work as infectious disease doctors at the hospital closest to the airport.

The Ebola patient would present with fever, nausea and vomiting, indistinguishable from...

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Did the Cold Cause My Cold?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Last week, the day after the temperature dipped from 60 degrees to 25 degrees, I mistakenly left for work without a winter jacket. Rushing 50 yards to the hospital doors with my arms clung to my chest in the blistering cold, my...

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Flu Can Be Deadly: Ask Rachel

(29) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 10:49 AM

The night before I was leaving for a three-week medical mission trip, I was called urgently to the ICU to see Rachel (name altered), a previously healthy woman in her late 40s, slightly overweight with dirty blonde hair. She had started a new job as a customer service agent. Rachel...

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