Peter J. McDonnell, MD

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Bargaining power does not equate to fair playing fieldReddit CEO Ellen Pao’s establishment of a new policy that no longer allows new hires to negotiate their salaries is attracting attention—and some praise.
The economics of 'diabesity'
The economics of 'diabesity'In the United States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development projects the 2.5% annual growth for the next 20 years will fall to 1.8% as the bodies of U.S. workers—marinating in glucose—accomplish less and fail earlier than those of their less-wealthy-but-healthier parents.
Ronald McDonald for Surgeon GeneralIf a ban on antibiotic-fed chicken by McDonald's results in fewer infections and deaths from resistant organisms, I nominate Ronald McDonald (no relation) for Surgeon General.
#Dressgate reduxAs everyone knows, teenage girls have the knack of identifying the important new trends that come to define our culture: boy bands, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and reality television. For this reason, I became instantly alert when Dean, a talented ophthalmologist and loyal Ophthalmology Times reader, contacted me one evening about what was shortly to become the latest Internet sensation.
When a doctor is at center of political corruption scandalSheldon Silver was, until recently, Speaker of the New York State Assembly. This post made him one of that state's two or three most powerful political figures. He was forced to resign his post when indicted for corruption.
The 'Jacques Cousteau' of the cortex
The 'Jacques Cousteau' of the cortexVernon Benjamin Mountcastle, MD—recipient of the Lasker Award and the National Medal of Science—was the first person to understand how the cells in the higher regions of the brain are organized, earning him the nickname of "the Jacques Cousteau of the [cerebral] cortex." He was the first president of the Society for Neuroscience and editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.
What dying wishes or regrets might ophthalmologists have?When faced with a particularly difficult decision, Alastair Mitchell Mitchell uses the “big red bus test.” He thinks about walking out of his building in London and crossing the street, only to turn and see that one of those monstrous London double-decker red buses is literally about to flatten him and send him to the hereafter. In the brief instant before the bus hits him, he wonders what would be the thing that he would most regret not having accomplished. The answer to this question should guide prioritization of the efforts of a successful chief executive officer, businessman, or (presumably) ophthalmologist.
Ignaz Semmelweis: A physician-heroRecently, I had my photo taken with Ignaz Semmelweis. Not with the man himself, but with his statue. Although his is not a household name, the man is a physician-hero.
Trending Now Hottest editorials of 2014The hottest editorials by Peter J. McDonnell, MD, chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times, included why ophthalmologists are the 99%, an attack on elite educational institutes, and making fun of doctors.