Erik R. Vanderlip, MD, MPH



How Much Is a Life Worth?

February 18, 2014

As science and innovation breed new developments in medical care, we’ll be faced again and again with the same question. Who's working on the answer?

Depression Comes in All Forms

December 30, 2013

Mr M's diabetes remained stubbornly uncontrolled despite all appropriate clinical interventions. The day I read his first psychiatric hospital admission history I was stunned to see on paper what we had all missed in the flesh. What value is adherence to treatment in the face of sheer hopelessness?

Frequent-Flyer Patients: Are We Really Helping Them?

November 21, 2013

Four inpatient detentions in 4 months, but Jennifer happily caught a bus to head home. Was this case another crisis averted? Or just another flagrant waste of limited funds?

Doctoring to the No-Shows

October 02, 2013

A patient no-shows. What's your gut reaction? Be honest. Relief, right? But after the relief is drowned in a flood of walk-ins and emergencies, I wonder about my role in community medicine.

Am I Responsible if You Don’t Fill Your Prescriptions?

September 09, 2013

Pay-for-performance medicine will, eventually judge--and pay--clinicians by the percentage of patients who fill their medications and are adherent to therapies.

Hands-on Care Requires More Boots on the Ground

August 05, 2013

Clipping the hardened toenails of a mentally ill patient made me wonder whose hands care for the feet of countless others who can't care for themselves.