Public Speaking - Events and Information

Since I began blogging in July 2009, my posts have been featured in widely read blogs such as, The Doctor Weighs InThe Health Care Blog, The Doctor Blog, and Gary Schwitzer's HealthNewsReview, as well as the websites of major national health and news outlets such as Proto Magazine, the Costco Connection, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Boston Globe. I also previously wrote the consumer health blog Healthcare Headaches for U.S. News and World Report.

Like the vast majority of physicians who blog, I write in my spare time. I have never accepted advertising or paid web links on Common Sense Family Doctor, and the choices of topics for posts are my own and not influenced by financial or other conflicts of interest. In order to support the time I devote to blogging, and to encourage high-quality medical writing and clinical practice, I give lectures and workshops to medical and non-medical audiences on a variety of topics. These include the uses of social media in medicine and education, developing and implementing clinical guidelines, and the evidence supporting prevention recommendations. Here's a clip from a 2014 talk I gave at the National Press Foundation on cancer screening.

If you or your organization would like to invite me to speak, please send me an e-mail at or

Upcoming events:

The Connections and Disconnections of Science and Policy
Association of Health Care Journalists Workshop on Evidence-Based Medicine
Washington, DC
October 29, 2015

Disruptive Innovations in Team-Based Care
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Team Care Challenge
Washington, DC
November 13, 2015

Are Your Patients Choosing Wisely?
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Practice Improvement
Dallas, TX
December 5, 2015

Advantages and Pitfalls of Online Medical Information
American College of Medical Quality Annual Meeting
Washington, DC
March 30-April 2, 2016

Past events:


Evaluating the Evidence for Choosing Wisely in Primary Care Using the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)
- Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, Bethesda, MD

Men's Health Forum: Preventive Practices
- American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC

Politics of Prevention
- Fundamentals of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Choosing Wisely: Preventive Medicine Pearls
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Preventive Medicine Residency

Choosing Wisely: Pearls for Primary Care Physicians
- District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians

The Physician's Perspective on Consumer Health Technology
- International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV


Cancer Screening: An Updated Primer for Journalists
- National Press Foundation's Cancer Issues 2014, Washington, DC

Lung and Bronchial Cancer
- American Academy of Family Physicians Assembly, Washington, DC

Policy and Funding for Preventive Care Programs
- Georgetown University Health Systems, Policy, and Public Health Elective


CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Evaluating the Evidence
- National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency, Fort Belvoir, VA

Thinking Like An Editor
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore, MD

Politics of HIV Testing
- Georgetown University School of Medicine

Burnout Prevention for Healthcare Professionals
- Teaching Prevention 2013, Washington, DC

Evidence-Based Literature Searching: A Primer
- National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency, Fort Belvoir, VA

Less is More: New Approaches to Cancer Screening in Primary Care
- Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland


Science and Public Policy in Conflict: PSA Screening
- Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Fall Policy Seminar

Screening Mammography for Women in their 40s: Exploring the Controversy
- National Capital Area Regional Breast Healthcare Improvement Initiative

Why You Should Stop Screening Patients for Prostate Cancer
- Ephrata (PA) Community Hospital Grand Rounds

Identifying and Using Good Practice Guidelines
- Temple University School of Medicine Family Practice Board Review Course


Cancer Screening: A Primer for Journalists
- National Press Foundation's Cancer Issues 2011, Washington, DC

What to Do When Screening Guidelines Conflict: HIV and Mammography
- Grand Rounds, Georgetown University Department of Family Medicine

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
- William J. Bicknell Lecture (panelist)
- Boston University School of Public Health

For Geeks and Geezers: With Social Media Skills You Can Change the World
- Family Medicine Education Consortium Northeast Region Meeting

Screening for Diabetes: What Does the Evidence Say?
- Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of Washington, DC

Don't Do It! Preventive Health Services That Harm More Than They Help
- District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians

Using the Medical Literature to Make Decisions About Preventive Health Services
- Medical Library Association Annual Meeting

2008 - 2010

Medical Blogging and Other Professional Uses of Social Media
- Grand Rounds, Virginia Commonwealth University Internal Medicine

Spilling Ink: An Expert's Guide to Getting Your Work Published
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting