Author Archives: Linda Pourmassina, MD

About Linda Pourmassina, MD

Internal Medicine physician.

Can a Food Delivery Service’s Business Model be a Solution to Food Deserts?

This post expands on the topic discussed in my latest (July 2014) column in The Seattle Times: “In a dietary rut? Here’s how to escape it.“ Food conversations occur multiple times a day for me. I talk to patients frequently … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2014 in one single picture

Photo taken by Julie Smolyansky at Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. (If you care about the issues of women and girls in the U.S. and around the world and are not yet following Julie Smolyansky, you should. She is an … Continue reading

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. It really wasn’t that long ago that smoking was a way of life. As the author points out in this piece on why people smoke, … Continue reading

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It was a quiet year….

Two Thousand Thirteen was a quiet year for my blog. But it was a busy year of doctoring with 10-12 hours in clinic most days, an additional 2-3 at night, plus a few hours on most weekends. [We can analyze why over … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Mastery in the Worlds of Medicine and Wine

Medical school becomes a blur after a few years in practice. You forget about all the hours spent in classrooms and then every night after a quick dinner. You somehow block out the “pimping” [There is a nice explanation on … Continue reading

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Social Media Encourages Initiators in Medicine

Funny how the blogosphere echoes some of the thoughts that have been incubating in my own mind… A few posts have caught my eye recently. One that I have been meaning to comment on was Dr. Vartabedian’s piece “Do You Initiate or Respond?” … Continue reading

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Difficult Interactions in Medicine: Lessons to be learned from the food service industry?

She sat in her crisp, white coat, probably not much older than I am now, leaning back with all of the assurance of someone who recently completed a cardiology fellowship, newly hired by the academic medical center to which I … Continue reading

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Paging Med Student Google

A few days ago, I came across an article entitled “Calling Dr. Google” by Jeff Jarvis. The writer describes his experience “googling” his symptoms and finding that the internet brought him the correct diagnosis. He uses his personal story of … Continue reading

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A Marriage Made in #HCSM Heaven

Priscilla Chan probably knows that she is going to be watched. What she may not know is that it won’t be the paparazzi alone who will be watching her closely. No sooner did Chan get married to the most famous … Continue reading

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Is There Pressure to be Informed?

I recently had the opportunity to speak to employees of King County, WA about finding credible health information online. During the Q&A a few interesting questions were posed (rephrased here): Does my doctor expect me to have looked up my … Continue reading

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