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Sanjeev K. Sriram
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Dr. Sriram completed his medical degree and his pediatrics residency at UCLA, where he also served as chief resident at the Department of Pediatrics. He completed the Commonwealth Fund / Harvard University Fellowship (CFHUF) in minority health policy and earned his masters in public health. He currently cares for children in southeast Washington, D.C.. Dr. Sriram is a member of the National Physicians Alliance, and of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any opinions expressed here reflect those of the author, and not necessarily those of his employer, associations, or organizations.

Entries by Sanjeev K. Sriram

Obamacare and Medicaid Need Winter Soldiers

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:31 PM

During a brutal winter in December 1776, exhausted American soldiers who had suffered military defeats were facing an uncertain future for their cause of freedom and independence. Knowing the weariness of his troops and the skepticism of the Continental Congress, General George Washington ordered officers to read Thomas Paine's inspiring...

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My Faith Is Offended by Inequality, Not Birth Control

(15) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:32 PM

On a cold rainy day, during what felt like one of winter's last tantrums, the Supreme Court heard from Hobby Lobby's owners, Steve Green and his family, whose Southern Baptist beliefs apparently conflict with the Affordable Care Act's requirement that contraception be offered in every health insurance plan's list of...

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The Surgeon General Does Not Need the NRA's Approval

(432) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Since he was nominated to be Surgeon General earlier this year, Dr. Vivek Murthy has been criticized for statements he has made regarding guns and the dangers they pose to public health. Bellyaching from the NRA and Gun Owners of America has given unfortunate pause to common sense in Congress....

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Ghosts of Hunger Past, Present, and Future

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:25 PM

When I read the unabridged version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol for the first time, I, like many readers, was struck by Ebenezer Scrooge's contempt for the poor. Early in the story, prior to the visits from the now-famous ghosts, a gentleman comes to the office of Scrooge and...

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Truth, Justice and the American Way for Immigrant Kids

(18) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Though Batman is my favorite comic book hero, as the American-born son of immigrants, I have always connected with Superman. His identity is tied to two very different worlds, having survived the destruction of Krypton as an infant and then growing up on Earth. Whether he goes by Kal-El (his...

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An Assault Gun Ban, Mr. Congress Man?

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 9:22 AM

This kinda-sorta remix of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham is dedicated to Trayvon Martin, with whom I share a birthday, and the children who lost their lives in Newtown, CT.

Mr. Congressman,
Mr. Congressman,
Listen to me,
Mr. Congressman!


Will you pass
...

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Do You Hear What I Hear about Medicaid?

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Recently, while doing some errands, I heard a Christmas carol that asked a simple, yet profound question: "Do You Hear What I Hear?" The song was composed 50 years ago, when our country was facing a man-made emergency brought about by the ill-advised decisions of political leaders: the Cuban Missile...

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The Vote: Helping Children for Over 100 Years

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 8:01 PM

A few weeks ago, I spoke at a pediatrics residents' symposium about politics, civic engagement, the health of our patients and families, and how voting is critical in tying all of these together. At the end of my talk, I shared three images with my fellow child advocates, encouraging them...

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Lessons From Oak Creek's Youngest First Responders

(8) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 11:26 AM

While I do not know Amanat Singh and her family personally, I can assume none of them expected to face a heinous crime and devastating tragedy when they visited the Oak Creek gurdwara on the morning of August 5. Many of us have learned that Amanat's family was...

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Governor, Will You Stand in the Clinic Door?

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 10:56 AM

"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!" George Wallace said this now infamous line on January 14, 1963 to thunderous applause at his inaugural address when he became governor of Alabama. Wallace won the election because of his defiant views towards the federal government's efforts at racial integration, including the Supreme...

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