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

All of us, one day, will “lose the battle” of illness, accident, or condition. The question is: will we have won the war?

1 week ago no Comment

I had known the patient well. She was just in my ICU a few weeks previous with a perforated bowel and multiple abscesses in her abdomen. She was now in the hospital emergency department several weeks later with severe acidosis (or acid levels in the blood). I was absolutely convinced that she had sepsis, a […]

2 weeks ago no Comment

Among the many types of denials from insurance companies that come across my desk, one I have been seeing more frequently is the “DRG denial.” This is where an insurance company will comb through the medical record of a claim and deny a specific “diagnosis related group,” or DRG. So, for example, a hospital will […]

1 month ago no Comment

I could be panicking on the inside. But if I panic on the outside, it could mean the difference between life and death.

2 months ago no Comment

It can be a random sound, or picture, or song, and that is all it takes to bring it all roaring back. This last time, it was during my cousin’s wedding. The DJ played “Forever” by Chris Brown, and as soon as I heard it, all the memories flooded my mind. My eldest daughter and […]

3 months ago no Comment

Eventually, the news organizations will leave Uvalde, Texas. Eventually, the camera lights will turn off. Eventually, the platitudes of politicians will go silent. Eventually, the national attention to the tragedy that has unfolded at Robb Elementary School will wane and move on to something else. The horror of the loss will not fade. The searing […]

3 months ago no Comment

I am willing to concede that I may have been wrong about the importance of mask mandates, not from a viral transmission perspective, but from a social cohesion perspective.

3 months ago no Comment

RaDonda Vaught, the former Tennessee nurse convicted of two felonies related to a drug error, was sentenced to three years probation on May 13, 2022 (during Nurses Week, in fact). What’s more, she was granted a judicial diversion, which means that the conviction will be expunged if she completes a three-year probation. Universally, there has […]

4 months ago no Comment

The medical logic is perfect: the patient has suffered a catastrophic brain injury, and it is unlikely that she will ever wake up again; my other patient will likely need the ventilator for many more days and will need a surgery to connect the airway to his neck, called a tracheostomy. To me, as an […]

5 months ago no Comment

I am a man of deep faith. I am not even close to the standards to which I aspire every day, and at the same time, I will die trying to be the best believer I can be. It is impossible that I leave my faith at the door of the ICU; it is part […]

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