Monthly Archives: May 2010

Two Steps Forward for America’s Health

Two Steps Forward for America’s Health

The fine print of the 2010 Health Care Reform bill is still being analyzed. Shortcomings and limitations are being uncovered. But a new report from the Commonwealth Fund showed that there will be immense and immediate gains for young adults. Most young adults “fall off” of their parents’ health insurance plans once they complete their…

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A Patient, a Death, but No One to Grieve

A Patient, a Death, but No One to Grieve

What if a patient dies and nobody is there to mourn? Is it like a tree falling silently in the forest?

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Scenes From the Lives They Lived in the City

Published: June 29, 2003 New York Times excerpt from SINGULAR INTIMACIES: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue By Danielle Ofri (Beacon Press) ”Nine P.M.,” somebody shouted. ”Rikers bus rollin’ in!” I stepped out of the Bellevue E.R. into the chilly spring night to see what the excitement was. Just pulling in was a school bus, the…

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Treating Patients When Language Is Only One of the Barriers

by Mike Reicher January 4, 2010 New York Times “A defective heart, a child detained by border guards — Julia Barquero had already had her struggles. But now her physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Danielle Ofri, was trying to explain to Ms. Barquero that she could not receive a heart transplant because she was…

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At Bellevue, a hospital reflects a changing world

At Bellevue, a hospital reflects a changing world

Though city hospitals invoke images of charity patients and substandard, last-resort medical care, the reality is quite different.

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Los Angeles Times articles

Danielle Ofri’s articles in the Los Angeles Times Note: articles in the Los Angeles Times do not have full free access (at this time). When a patient dismisses the data by Danielle Ofri Dec 28, 2009 Los Angeles Times “…(And when politicians start to weigh in, you can be sure that the hard data have…

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Sometimes, Doctors Find Answers Far Off the Charts

Sometimes, Doctors Find Answers Far Off the Charts

By DANIELLE OFRI, M.D. Published: December 7, 2004 New York Times “Carmen came to my clinic because of a scalp condition. She was 37 years old, slender, casually but fashionably dressed, with the broad bill of a red baseball cap obscuring her face. Thick, silky black hair slid out from the sides as she shyly…

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At a Bustling City Clinic, Esperanto Would Come In Handy

At a Bustling City Clinic, Esperanto Would Come In Handy

By  Danielle Ofri. New York Times Despite three long years of high school French, the best I could come up with was “Je m’appelle Dr. Ofri.“ Mr. M. – I guessed he was from Africa – smiled politely. No doubt he was accustomed to the challenges of communication here, especially in a bustling city clinic…

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A Literary Review at Bellevue? Believe It

By DINITIA SMITH Published: October 2, 2002 New York Times ”Just tell me a story,” Dr. Danielle Ofri admonishes her medical students and interns at morning rounds. To Dr. Ofri, an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, a part-time writer and the editor in chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, every patient’s history is a…

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Alone

Alone

We like to think of human beings as social animals, and by and large we are. Most of us exist in complex networks of siblings, parents, children, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and acquaintances. And usually we take this for granted. Every so often, in my work at the hospital, I come across a patient who has…

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