Patient Care

Hero Next Door: How a NASA flight surgeon takes care of astronauts

NASA flight surgeon Richard Scheuring, DO, supports shuttle launches and cares for astronauts—when not practicing space walks with them.

Hero Next Door: DO revamping geriatric medicine in northwest Pa.

James Lin, DO, is overseeing construction of a state-of-the-art 138-bed senior living center designed with patient comfort in mind.

When patients have back pain: Identify cause, intervene carefully

How to treat back pain depends to a large extent on the chronicity of the problem, says expert John C. Licciardone, DO.

Hero Next Door: DO broke ground in education, South Africa

Karen Steele, DO, created a new OPP-focused admin position at WVSOM. She was also the first DO registered in South Africa.

Hero Next Door: DO uses roller derby to spread anti-bullying message

Pediatrician Ellen Lauer, DO, travels central Maine teaching students the dangers of bullying and the joys of roller derby.

Uncover all risk factors early to prevent cardiovascular disease

Primary care physicians don't know enough about heart disease and should use more tests to identify potential problems, DOs say.

Caring for LGBT patients: A primer

To adequately treat LGBT patients, physicians must understand them both clinically and culturally, says a leader in the field.

Hero Next Door: California DO calls it a career at age 101

Doran A. Farnum, DO, ended a 78-year career last fall without much fanfare. “Doran is a quiet, soft-spoken, very sweet man,” a colleague says.

DOs share advice on managing patients with diabetes mellitus

“The distinction between type 1 and type 2 is very much blurring, which is across-the-board confusing to physicians and patients,” DO says.

Beyond the stethoscope: DOs, students excel in nonmedical pursuits

Medicine attracts goal-oriented individuals who pursue their careers with gusto. Some DOs apply equal fervor to their avocations.

Avoiding pitfalls in caring for patients with asthma

Although the disease is under-diagnosed overall, many physicians make an initial diagnosis of asthma too readily.

When patients have the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie-woogie flu

Ted Schwartzenfeld, DO, who has treated Detroit's visiting musicians since 1977, shares his insights on working with celebrities.