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Yolanda Reid Chassiakos
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Yolanda “Linda” Reid Chassiakos, MD, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. After graduating from and completing her residency in Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Reid Chassiakos served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, and as the Assistant Head of the Ambulatory Branch of Pediatrics at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She then moved to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and served as a medical editor and feature reporter for the evening Eyewitness news at the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. Dr. Chassiakos joined Lifetime Medical Television as a medical editor, writer, and host of educational programming for healthcare professionals and the public in Los Angeles, and developed and hosted programs and features for media such as the NBC Network Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll, Lorimar-Telepictures, and You TV. During her thirteen-year tenure as an Associate Physician Diplomate at UCLA’s Arthur Ashe Health Center, Dr. Chassiakos also served as a staff writer for the television series, Family Medical Center. She is currently the Director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Chassiakos’ features and essays have been published in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Woman’s Day,, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, and Tribune International. She has recently co-edited a text on Collaboration Across the Disciplines in Health Care, and her medical thriller, Dead Air, co-written with Deborah Shlian, MD, was published in December 2009 from Oceanview Publishing. Dr. Chassiakos has also written the fantasy novels, Where Angels Fear to Tread and Renegade Paladins for imaginative readers. Dr. Chassiakos and her husband are the proud parents of three teenagers and live in Los Angeles.

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A Perfect Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 2:32 AM

Even Los Angeles has its share of perfect days. I really hadn't noticed, I was too busy rushing to a meeting, or back from a meeting. Or some-such. But, the administration building had a large patio, with a panoramic view of the world beyond work. Fluffy white clouds, lush green...

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Men and Women: Use Your Words

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:38 PM

I'm a feminist. And an "andrist," as well. By that I mean that I advocate for both women AND men alike. Working for equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunities for women doesn't mean that we have to build a distaff version of a chauvinistic patriarchy, which, instead of encouraging...

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A Wake Alive

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:57 PM

The invitation arrived on Facebook. "A Celebration of Life." Our dear friend and colleague, a beloved alcohol and drug counselor, was losing her heroic battle with cancer. Several years of hope and medicine had not led to a cure, and she was now facing her looming death with equal parts...

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Dear Caroline, What They're Really Asking.

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 1:54 PM

I'm certain Caroline Burke's heartfelt article in The Atlantic this week (Please, Please Stop Asking Me Questions About My Post-College Plans) will resonate with many recent college graduates and milennials in general. I understand. Transitioning from "In Loco Parentis" to "Sink or Swim" can be frightening--and exhausting. College is a...

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It's an HOV Lane, Not the Autobahn

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:10 PM

HOV lanes, love 'em or hate 'em, are here to stay. (Unless, of course, they're co-opted into Fast Track toll lanes, but that's--GRRR--another blog post.) They're supposed to let high occupancy vehicles bypass the ever-present freeway traffic jams and breeze through otherwise grinding commutes. Sure, even the carpool lanes sometimes...

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It's Time to Retire 'Patients'

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:04 PM

You've probably heard the old joke. There's a long cafeteria line in heaven -- suddenly, a majestic figure runs to the front of the queue and "cuts in."

"Who's that?" says one irritated angel.

His friend responds, "Oh, that's God. He thinks he's a doctor."

As recently as...

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8 Reasons to Avoid Listicles

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:17 PM

You may not know what a listicle is, but, if you're a veteran web surfer, you certainly have read them. Yes, listicles are those list-articles that beckon for your click from the links at the bottom of almost every web page. "7 Things To...", "6 Ways To...", "10 Celebrities Who..."...

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From Green to Greedy

(8) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Lexus Lanes are coming to L.A.! The 1 percent will be getting their own 'free'way when Caltrans starts its one-year trial of converting some former carpool lanes on heavily trafficked highways such as the 110 to toll lanes in fall 2012. The opportunity to "buy into" a high occupancy toll...

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Quit Canceling The Shows We Love

(42) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 11:15 AM

It's become a ritual. Every spring, I'm forced to say good-bye to welcome visitors who've graced my home and provided me with fascinating company week after week. Yup, I'm talking about my favorite TV series that somehow find themselves on the chopping block even though millions of viewers across the...

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High-MPG SUVs: The Wrong Answer

(90) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 1:35 AM

Toyota and Ford just announced that they are partnering to develop hybrid fuel systems for monsters -- I mean, large SUVs and light trucks. This partnership will allow SUVs and light trucks to remain players in the U.S. market after the higher miles-per-gallon regulations kick in. As an...

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Zaner Bloser, We Hardly Knew Ye

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 11:18 AM

I remember my pudgy fingers tightly gripping the pencil as I struggled to make the loops and whorls on my lined paper look like the flowery letters our third grade teacher had drawn on the dusty blackboard. We'd be graded on not only on our words, but their appearance --...

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The Good Reading Seal of Approval

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 5:36 PM

Nothing better than curling up by the fire, or stretching out on the beach with a good book. Don't know what to read? Each year there are over 300,000 new books released by traditional publishers from which to take your pick. For more choices, check out the million or so...

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Not Again!

(9) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 11:29 AM

Maybe I don't have enough testosterone. Or balls. But I just don't understand, guys. Why can't you politicians keep your pants zipped up and the head on top of your shoulders in charge?

I know, I know. Politics tends to draw a disproportionate number of people who may be narcissistic...

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Upgrade Me!

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 10:12 PM

I think it was sometime around 2007 that I finally couldn't keep up any more. Until then, for someone who grew up at a time when computers meant FORTRAN and punch cards, I'd always managed to stay one step ahead of the changes in the software and hardware I was...

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How Women Beat Down the Sexist Doors of Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 12:57 AM

I loved suturing. Maybe all those home economics courses I was forced to take in junior high built up my skills with the needle and thread. Sewing up a wound was actually easier than making those frilly gingham aprons, though.

But when I was in medical school in the Jurassic...

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A New Leaf

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 7:43 AM

Floor the accelerator and I can leave Porsches in the dust, and give myself a case of instant whiplash. On the freeway, I could easily go 90. (Don't worry, California Highway Patrol, I'd never really do that ...) My Nissan Leaf -- it ain't no golf cart. It's just my...

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Are We Living in Modern America or Ancient Sparta?

(12) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:06 PM

What do we want for our children? Happiness, good health, independence, loving partners, good jobs, a nice home and a long life, right? Sure, some of us may want even more -- for our kids to be famous or rich, for our kids to provide us with grandchildren, for our...

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A Goal Worth Striving For

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 7:14 PM

Unlike the rest of America, I swore I wouldn't write about "The Tiger Mom" and her guide to hitting the bestseller list -- I mean, her guide to parenting, as she says, the "Chinese" way. But, like most Americans, I'm not good at keeping my resolutions. So, here we are.

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When You Can't Say 'No'

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 6:35 PM

Videotapes of men having non-consensual sexual relations with disabled women in residential care have recently surfaced and are being investigated. Sexual assault is a crime and a tragedy. And one of our greatest fears.

My 19-year-old daughter has frequently been described as beautiful. Like most parents, we can't help but...

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Capitalist Bacchanalia

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Last Black Friday, we bought a big screen TV. Not that we could afford it. Not that we needed it. Not even that we really wanted it. Yet there it was, sitting in the middle of our garage, amidst the remnants of the other disposable "stuff" that was packed tightly...

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