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
Covid Risk groups after vaccination
6 days ago no Comment

Vaccination against SARS CoV-2 has made a tremendous difference and impact on the course of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic. This is indisputable. Vaccination against SARS CoV-2 has saved lives. That is indisputable. That said, it is clear that vaccination against SARS CoV-2 also comes with risks. It is not completely benign. That is also indisputable. Specifically, […]

4 weeks ago no Comment

On April 10, 2023, President Biden signed H.J. Res. 7, which ended the national emergency order for COVID-19. The Public Health Emergency by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is set to expire on May 11. I also recently celebrated the end of mandatory universal masking at my hospital. We have definitely turned a corner […]

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1 month ago no Comment

Clinician documentation is everything. It tells the story of the patient’s current condition and what is being done to fix it. Against it patients’ charts are coded for billing and reimbursement. Upon it insurance companies can deny level of care or specific DRGs. And upon it malpractice lawyers build a prosecution against clinicians. Like I […]

2 months 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 […]

3 months 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 […]

4 months 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 […]

4 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 […]

4 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 […]

5 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; […]

5 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 […]

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