I was privileged to be interviewed for a three part series of articles appearing in Plastic Surgery News (PSN) that discuss what plastic surgeons experience as they prepare to end their career.

I discuss my methodology of helping colleagues though this major life event by mentoring in a way that is innovative and unique.

This comprehensive method is based on the perspective of a colleague who has been through a sudden end of career.  It includes a new way of thinking about personal, and professional concerns as well managing as a myriad of practice issues.  This includes planning and implementing a staged execution of your end of career.  The benefit is anticipating and living a positive experience that I characterize as a Transition that results in lasting personal renewal and fulfillment.

Date: December 5, 2016
Appearance: Retiring from practice requires an exit strategy
Outlet: Plastic Surgery News - PSN December-January Edition
Format: Newspaper

I look forward to presenting the leadership and organizational principles that are the basis for creating and developing a Plastic Surgery state society that promotes high standards of practice and patient safety. The model is the highly successful patient safety initiatives of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons over the past eighteen years.

Date: December 8, 2016
Time: 10:00-11:00 a. m.
Event: 60th. Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons
Topic: How to Create and Develop an Effective State Patient Advocacy Program
Sponsor: Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons
Venue: Naples Grande Beach Resort
Location: Naples, Fl
Public: Private

Is Sunlight the Source of Vitamin D?

Common misconceptions about vitamin D and its sources.

There is considerable misconception among the public about the true source of Vitamin D. That common idea is that sunlight is our only source of vitamin D.

The implication that underlies the question I raise reveals a common misconception.  It is that sunlight is the only source of vitamin D and that if we are exposed to sufficient sunlight, it is not necessary to be concerned about how much of it we ingest with our food or with supplementation. I believe that you should know the key facts about vitamin D that are important for your health and well-being.

Are Health and Wellness one and the same?

Health and Wellness. Can a person have one without the other? People often use these terms interchangeably and, in fact, Webster’s dictionary describes one as a synonym for the other. I believe word choice is important, and in this case, I do not believe these two human conditions are one and the same.

From a medical perspective, whether one is a layperson or a medical professional, it is very difficult to describe “health” as having certain definable characteristics. Rather, we come to the conclusion that we are “healthy” by looking for and failing to find diseases that would make us unhealthy. Health, then, is an attribute that is objective…your doctor says, “Your EKG is normal” or “Your cholesterol is in the normal range,” etc.