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Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)

Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
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Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. Founded in 2005 as a single-author blog, it has evolved into a multiauthored, multi-media health news site with a global audience. She has been honored by LinkedIn as one of ten Top Voices in Healthcare in both 2017 and 2018.

Dr. Salber attended the University of California San Francisco for medical school, internal medicine residency, and endocrine fellowship. She also completed a Pew Fellowship in Health Policy at the affiliated Institute for Health Policy Studies. She earned an MBA with a health focus at the University of California Irvine.

She joined Kaiser Permanente (KP)where she practiced emergency medicine as a board-certified internist and emergency physician before moving into administration. She served as the first Physician Director for National Accounts at the Permanente Federation. She also served as the lead on a dedicated Kaiser Permanente-General Motors team to help GM with its managed care strategy. After leaving KP, she worked as a physician executive including serving as EVP and Chief Medical Officer at Universal American.

She has served as a consultant or advisor to a wide variety of organizations including digital start-ups such as CliniOps, My Safety Nest, Doctor Base. She currently consults with Duty First Consulting as well as Faegre, Drinker, Biddle and Reath, LLP.

Pat serves on the Board of Trustees of MedShare, a global humanitarian organization. She is also Chair of MedShare's Western Regional Council.

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Squeezing Out The Waste with Digital Health Innovation

Here are 3 digital health innovations that, in their own way, streamline processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness—something we need much more of in healthcare.
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Apparently Nobody in Healthcare Trusts Each Other

There's no trust anywhere when it comes to healthcare-a new survey shows that hospital systems & doctors don't trust health plans & plans don't trust them.
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Health Literacy: The Importance of Teaching Health in High School

Teaching health literacy in high school should be every bit as important for students' future success as math and American history.
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Dr. Robert Pearl’s 4 Pillars of Healthcare Transformation

In his book, Mistreated, Dr. Robert Pearl, the former Executive Director and CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, lays out his vision of how to transform healthcare.
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7 Simple and Not-So-Simple Strategies to Maintain a Healthy Brain

Seven lifestyle modifications that prevent atherosclerosis have also been found to maintain brain health and prevent cognitive decline.
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How Aging Affects Your Sleep and What To Do About It

Sleeping patterns change as we age, but luckily there are a lot of things that you can do that can help you sleep better even though you no longer sleep like a baby.
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The Anti-Contraception Agenda is Fueled by Fake Science

Those of us who care deeply about women's health and reproductive rights have plenty of reason for concern now that advocates of fake science are in positions of power and alternative facts have been weaponized by state legislatures.

Trump Finally Declares the Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

President Trump's special Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis interim report details its recommendations for dealing with the epidemic.
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Condiments: Calories We Forget to Count

Condiments are those little dabs of this and that we slather on food to make it taste better. If you aren't paying attention, you could be getting more calories and fat from your condiment than you are from the food you put it on.
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202 Footballers Donated Their Brains to Science—Here’s What We Learned

CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disorder associated with repeated head trauma was diagnosed in 87% of American football players' brains donated for study.
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How to Stay Excited and In Love with a Career in Medicine

If you couple an insatiable desire to expand your skills with a fearlessness to walk away from the same old stuff and try something new, you can have a very long and exciting career in medicine.
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If You Follow the Money, Does it Really Take You to the ER?

The leverage wielded on politicians and policy makers by healthcare stakeholders whose ox would be gored if real cost-savings programs are put into place is enormous. It makes meaningful change all but impossible.