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Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa
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Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa is a NY Times featured Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine specialist in clinical practice for over 20 years. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He is a prolific writer, with dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles and medical blog posts. He is a Physician Leader and published author. His latest book is "Code Blue," a medical thriller.
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Associate Regional Medical Director
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Rush Medical College
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Pulmonary Disease Critical Care Medicine Sleep Medicine
1 week ago no Comment

On March 13, most of the country “sprung forward” its clocks and entered into daylight savings time. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, of whom I am a Fellow, came out with a statement against daylight savings time: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine continues to oppose the Sunshine Protection Act, which Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida […]

4 weeks ago no Comment

Whenever we get sick with an infection, a very important component of our treatment and recovery plan is sufficient sleep. It allows the body to rest and focus its energy on fighting the infection. Sleep deprivation, in fact, can be quite deadly. In the classic rat sleep deprivation trials, total sleep deprivation ended up killing the […]

1 month ago no Comment

In early January 2023, the Federal Trade Commission proposed a new rule banning noncompete clauses in employment contracts. According to the FTC, noncompete clauses “constitute an unfair method of competition and therefore violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.” In explaining the rationale for this new rule, FTC Chair Lina M. Khan said, “The freedom […]

2 months ago no Comment

To me, the most profound part of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came at the very beginning, and it received little attention: When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every […]

2 months ago no Comment

It is common knowledge that respiratory viral infections – such as common colds, influenza, RSV, and now COVID-19 – are more common in the cold, winter months. The traditional thinking is that this is due to the fact that people congregate more indoors during these cold months, and this allows these viruses to circulate more […]

3 months ago no Comment

There is a cold chill in the air. The smell of a fresh, cold rain penetrates my nostrils. I’ve been waiting for an Uber for a few minutes when I saw Him.  I freeze in my place, transfixed on His face. His eyes exude Grace, Power, and Majesty. But most of all, they exude love; […]

3 months ago no Comment

I think, at this stage in the pandemic, that we are beyond stressing over whether or not people are vaccinated against SARS CoV-2. I think, just like with masking in public, we should just “live and let live.” If you want to be vaccinated and doubly boosted (like I am), that is fine, and there […]

4 months ago no Comment

On November 8, we had another election in this country. It was historic by many measures, and millions of our fellow Americans stood in line and had their voices heard by casting their ballot. It is one of the most beautiful things about this country: every two years, we settle our differences – not by […]

4 months ago no Comment

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted in-person work and fundamentally altered the dynamic of in-person meetings, many of my administrative functions occurred virtually. Every week, I would have operations calls and strategy meetings via phone and either Zoom, WebEx, or Microsoft Teams. Of course, the Covid pandemic accelerated the change to complete virtual work, and […]

5 months ago no Comment

We have been traveling on a journey through the very frustrating, annoying, and obnoxious world of health insurance company denials. Whether it be a denial for medical necessity, “30-day readmissions,” or accurate diagnoses, it is a waste of time and resources, and it is a barrier to providing the proper care patients deserve. It is good that more attention is […]

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