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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

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

(165) 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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Obamacare's Upheaval of the Insurance Market

(113) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 9:04 AM

Some years ago, driving through an end of town where pawn shops and boarded up homes are common, I saw a small placard sign nailed on a telephone pole. "Buy Health Insurance," it touted with premiums as low as $25 a month. I was tempted.

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Challenges for Sebelius and Obamacare

(9) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Last Friday, I was among a dozen people who sat privately to talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, with the embattled Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. Dressed in a light green blazer, sitting alongside Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and Congressman Steve Cohen, who had nudged...

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Doctor's Advice: Get Health Insurance

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Standing in the dimly-lit cave-like radiology reading room, I was looking at a CT scan which was done in the emergency room on a man in his 40s who had a testicular mass -- likely a cancer -- which had spread through out his body. It wasn't that the man...

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Decline in Cost of Health Care in America

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 3:21 PM

We have done it. We have decreased the increase in the cost of health care. Let us explain. For three decades (1980-2009), the cost of health care has been increasing each year at an average rate of 7.4 percent -- double the rate of inflation. [1] However, over the past...

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Memories of Boston Marathon

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 8:23 AM

I know Boston and the Boston Marathon well. I lived for 20 years in Needham and Wellesley, the western suburbs of Boston, the halfway mark of the 26-mile race, from where I have watched the marathon in route. Many times I picnicked at Hopkinton State Park near where the marathon...

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Coffee Can Help You Live Longer

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 10:42 AM

If you drink coffee, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that the more cups of coffee you drink, the higher your risk of dying early. The good news is that if you "risk adjust," then the more cups of coffee you drink, the...

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Detachment Similar To That Of Eastern Sages

(14) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 2:16 AM

A few weeks ago, as I watched the white helicopter rise above St. Peter's Basilica and carry the pontiff emeritus to a life of seclusion, I was reminded of Hindu and Jain saints who withdraw from the world and live a renounced life.

With his last words on March 1,...

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Newtown Shootings Should Spark Firearms Safety Research

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:39 PM

Two weeks before the Newtown, Conn, shooting I was at my doctor's office for an annual physical exam answering questions on an intake survey. Questions like "Do you smoke? How much?" and " Do you wear the seat beat?"

And then one question stuck out: "Do you have any firearms...

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Tennessee Can Expand Medicaid or Forego $1 Billion

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has put Tennessee in a pickle: choose to expand and provide Medicaid to an additional 180,000 previously uninsured people or lose $1 billion of new federal funding over six years (which in part comes from Tennessee taxpayers).

As doctors, we feel a...

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Tennessee Needs Its Own Health Insurance Exchange

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Authored by: Dr. Manoj Jain and Dr. William H. Frist

The ball is in our court.

By "our court" we mean the state of Tennessee, and the ball is the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which has been volleyed at the federal level between Congress, the Supreme Court and the...

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