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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Allen Lim, Team Radioshack’s Scientific Experiment

July 19th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Allen Lim, PhD

Age: 37

Hails from: Boulder, CO (via Los Angeles)

Occupation: Sports Physiologist, Team Radioshack’s Director of Sports Science

Known for: Living science. Though his boss and opus, Lance Armstrong, has been dealt more crashes than a test dummy in this Tour De France and is no longer a contender for an 8th yellow jersey, Team Radioshack Sports Director Allen Lim and his funky, futuristic scientific approach to cycling continue to become more high-profile (and, dare we say it, chic?) with each passing stage.

He is as well decorated with academic achievement as any Hardass Asian Parent could possibly ask for–a doctor, of course, with graduate and postgraduate degrees, and a penchant for buzzworthy leaps in sports technology. But Lim is no science robot; he does his thing with style and a smile. Known as a good-vibes, calming force, it’s no wonder that he was heavily pressed to leave Team Garmin last year and take his dream job with newly-formed Team Radioshack, quickly entered Armstrong’s inner circle, and somehow managed to look like a DJ when photographed with all of his nutty sports equipment (see above photo, from his official site). It’s been a long time since applied science has seemed so fun and necessary. And COOL.

Plus, Dr. Lim somehow makes energy food sound good. Don’t sushi rice cakes sound delicious, even without a speedsuit on?

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Another Yale Murder (Sort Of)

April 27th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Yale, we have a problem.

Lishan Wang

For the second time in a year, the name “Yale” has been linked to the word “murder.” On Monday, Dr. Vajinder Toor, 34, a fellow at the Yale School of Medicine, originally of New Delhi, was shot and killed outside his home in nearby Branford by Dr. Lishan Wang, 44, originally of Beijing. Branford police were quick to say that the murder was not “in any way related to Yale,” but–too late–the crime is already being billed as another “Yale Murder.” The NY Times reports that Wang worked under Toor in New York previously and was fired after a confrontation with the man who would later be his victim. It also appears that Wang was targeting two other doctors he held responsible for his firing.

Ironically, Wang filed a lawsuit after he was fired claiming that he was “unfairly labeled excitable, emotional and unable to control his anger.”

[Yale Daily News: Postdoc killed outside Branford, Conn., home; suspect charged]
[NY Times: Doctor Is Charged With Murder of His Ex-Supervisor]
[Economic Times: Delhi doctor at Yale shot dead by Chinese colleague]

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Changing The World, One Hardass Asian Day At A Time

September 28th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
That’s “Mr. President,” if you’re nasty

It finally happened! On September 22, amazian Jim Yong Kim was inaugurated as the 17th President of Dartmouth College.

If you recall, he is both the first physician to lead Dartmouth in all of its 240 years and the first Asian American to head an Ivy League institution.

Never mind that he’s already a decorated student and educator, with an A.B. from Brown and both graduate degrees (M.D. and Ph.D.) from Harvard–where, prior to his move to Dartmouth, he held professorships at the Medical School and School of Public Health. Or that he’s commonly regarded as a “global health pioneer” for his work with various health institutions and the World Health Organization, and for co-founding the nonprofit medical organization Partners in Health. (Ed Note: My dad just read the last paragraph and started crying.)

We just watched Kim’s inaugural speech, and can totally see why students have found him to be a “most inspirational instructor,” guiding young people to feel they can change the world:

…but we couldn’t help but notice that all of Kim’s warm and cuddly stuff seems to be frosted with just a hint of awesome Hardass Asian Presidentialness: All that talk of excellence, persistence, preparasian? Thank bejeezus! He knows how to talk on our terms!!!

Even WE can’t help but feel rather inspired by Kim’s philosophies (but we’re sure as hell not going back to school to prove it!).

[DISGRASIAN™: AOTW - Dartmouth Prez Jim Yong Kim]
[Dartmouth.edu: Dr. Jim Yong Kim Appointed 17th President Of Dartmouth College]

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L.A.sians, Get Sicko on Labor Day!

September 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Angelenos, take some time away from play on Labor Day to start talking sense in the Healthcare Reform Debate. Hosted at the Downtown Independent Theater, the Healthy Works Fair + Film + Action event will offer 3 free marathon screenings of “Sicko” (including showings with Chinese and Spanish subtitles) followed by AAPI notables Judy Chu, husband Mike Eng, Dr. Rishi Manchanda and (hubby of this week’s birthday girl) Dr. Paul Song.

Should you stop by, you’ll not only have the opportunity to talk to your Congressperson the day before she heads back to D.C. to resume healthcare talks, but also partake in the Fair’s lighter offerings–rooftop DJs, live art activities, freebies, contests, PSA shoots and general hobnobbing.

Labor Day? Seems easy enough to us. See you there!

[Facebook: HEALTHY WORKS FAIR + FILM + ACTION]
[HEALTHY WORKS FAIR + FILM+ ACTION event page]

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Oh, What a Knight

July 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Grey’s Anatomy star T.R. Knight discusses why he’s the latest original cast member to fly the coop of the hit show.


Writer Michael Ausiello shared an exclusive excerpt from the story on EW.com:

“This fall, Knight was surprised to see his character George O’Malley all but vanish from the show — for the first nine episodes of season 5, he appeared on screen a total of only 48 minutes, compared to 114 for Sandra Oh’s Christina. Still, due to what he calls a gradual ‘breakdown of communication’ between himself and exec producer Shonda Rhimes, the actor chose not to ask his boss what was going on with his character. Instead, he simply asked to leave.”

I’m sure Grey’s ain’t no picnic, and don’t wanna hate on O’Malley or nuffin’, but let’s just make a fine distinction between that character and Christina Yang (Sandra Oh’s). Yang is a Type-A, no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts, Asian female that settles only for perfection and wants nothing but to be the best. O’Malley is a self-doubting, doughy, little guy, that operates from a place of love and oh, happens to be a damn fine surgeon.

I’m from a family of docs, yo. People like O’Malley simply don’t exist. I’ve got three Yangs IN MY NUCLEAR FAMILY ALONE.

All I’m saying is that maybe the loss of screen time had something to do with the unrealistic nature of the George O’Malley character. I have never met a nice, cuddly surgeon–not EVER. They’re as real as jackalopes and unicorns and reasonably-priced airport food and short DMV lines. Anybody that says otherwise is a big, fat liar.

So perhaps Grey’s is simply taking a turn towards truthfulness.

…It is TV, though. That’d be a first.

[EW's Ausiello Files: This week's cover: 'Grey's Anatomy' star T.R. Knight reveals why he left the hit show]

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AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! Zheng Huang and Anish Mahajan

July 6th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Names: Zheng Huang and Anish Mahajan

Occupations: Huang is a financial/business consultant, Mahajan an internist and health services researcher.

Known for: Their recent appointment (along with 13 other men and women) by President Obama to serve as prestigious White House Fellows–an honor “based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government” (maybe you’ve heard of a couple other White House Fellows, like Colin Powell and Wesley Clark).

Perhaps what makes these appointments even more remarkable are the respective journeys that Huang and Mahajan have taken en route to Pennsylvania Ave. Huang, who arrived in the U.S. at age 10, was placed in 5th grade without knowing a word of English; he decided to memorize a 100 words a day out of the dictionary until he was rocking 10th grade AP English, ultimately moving on to obtain degrees in Economics and Business at Stanford and Harvard, and become the youngest-ever Managing Director at Intel. Mahajan was clearly born to multitask; he obtained a public policy degree from Brown before earning his M.D. there, completed a Master’s in public health at Harvard while researching low-cost monitoring strategies for HIV therapy and characterizing the response of the private sector to AIDS in southern Africa, and has been serving a 2-year stint as an LA neighborhood council member while working as an internist at UCLA medical center.

Wow. Um, we love overachievers and all, but this is ridiculous.

[TWH: President Obama Appoints 2009-2010 Class of White House Fellows]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Dartmouth Prez Jim Yong Kim

March 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Name: Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Age: 49

Occupation: Newly-appointed president of Dartmouth College

Known for: Leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS, receiving a MacArthur genius grant in 2003, getting interviewed by Madonna in Vanity Fair, becoming the first Asian-American president–the Brown and Harvard-educated Doc was born in Seoul–of an Ivy League university.

It’s a tricky time to lead any university, but if Dr. Kim can provide care to the world’s poorest, surely he can handle the world’s richest, plummeting endowment notwithstanding, no?

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Qualificasians

January 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

It was reported this week that CNN’s chief health correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is Obama’s top pick for Surgeon General. We don’t know a whole lot about the Office–according to Wikipedia, it’s gotten rather low-pro and unglam in recent years–but we do come from a long line of doctors (well, Diana does…mine are all the academic kind, i.e. “fake” ones), and here are what we consider Dr. Gupta’s outstanding qualificasians:

  1. He’s young (39 years young)
  2. He’s handsome, enough so to play a doctor on TV
  3. He has all of his own hair
  4. He’s already famous, so he doesn’t need the gig as a stepping-stone to something else
  5. He’s the son of immigrants, so he worked his own way to the top
  6. He has big and blindingly-white teeth
  7. He smiles a lot with those teeth, suggesting a terrific bedside manner
  8. He’s a neurosurgeon, suggesting he actually knows what he’s doing
  9. Kal Penn could totally play him in the biopic
  10. He’s Asian!!!

Dude. Confirm this man…stat!

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Solidarasian

July 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


We don’t always see eye-to-eye with the activism efforts of PETA’s aggressive (nutjob) leader Ingrid Newkirk, but that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes play for the same team.

This week, Newkirk sent Stone (and her agent at ICM) a letter containing a truly thoughtful offer. Allow us to provide an excerpt:

I am writing with an offer that could provide an opportunity for you to escape all future public condemnation when you show insensitivity to the suffering of others.

Given that millions of people – including children – were killed, injured, and left homeless by the recent earthquake in China, everyone was shocked to hear you dismiss the devastating effects of this disaster. However, your cavalier attitude did not come as a surprise to us. We are used to the indifference that you flaunt and the callous remarks that you make about the suffering and death of the animals whose fur you wear so often.

Scientific studies suggest that the prefrontal regions of the brains of people who lack empathy might be underdeveloped. Here’s our offer: Would you allow PETA to pay for a scan of the prefrontal region of your brain to determine if comments and actions that seem to demonstrate a lack of empathy are the result of a physical defect?

Ms. Newkirk, we’ve consulted ourselves and our dads (doctors of science and medicine) and we all think you may be on to something. We believe so wholeheartedly in this cause, that we’d like to offer to pay half of whatever the cost of Stony McStonerson’s brain scan.*

We can’t think of a cause more worthy. Finally! Answers!

*this offer subject change in light of DISGRASIAN bank account standings. We will probably charge this on our maxed-out AmEx and then call the creditors citing fraud. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

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S.O.S.! Very Emergency!

April 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

JEN!!
JEN!!

OMG!

We’ve got an emergency here!! Tila Tequila is in desperate need of our help. Without it she may fall victim to “deathitis by disgusting filtheosis and tackiness-itis.” It’s a rare disease, but WebMD says it’s chronic, painful, and highly contagious!

Let’s start with an immediate surgical removal of that synthetic, strangling, bacteria-filled WEAVE. Good lord! She’s overheating! Let’s get that thing off of her! Oh NO! It may have already EATEN HER BRAIN. But let’s deal with everything else!


A BRA! STAT! THIS WOMAN’S CHEST IS ABOUT TO CAVE IN!

OH GAWD! JEN! We might need to call Sonya Dakar. This is a mess. A complete mess. Can you page her? Is she on call?

Oh my god. There’s no time. Look at that skin. It already looks like a festering meat pie. She’s so brave–I can’t believe she actually left the house in this condition. We can’t afford to wait! THERE’S NO TIME! NO TIME! GET THIS GIRL SOME LA MER OIL ABSORBING TONIC AND A REFINING FACIAL, STAT!!!

I fear we may be too late.

We may. Just be. Too late.

Call me (or page me),
Diana

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Oh Doctor, Doctor, Can’t You See I’m Burning Burning

April 1st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Diana and I both come from families of doctors, M.D.s in her case and Ph.D.s in mine, which probably explains why she knows how to dress a wound without flinching and I have a blackboard in my house. So of course we’ve dreamed of being addressed as “Dr.” like our fathers and sisters and having that kind of authority. The problem is, we like school, but not in that way. We really don’t want to put in that kind of time. And neither one of us has the fortitude for rotations or dissertations, so we’re left reconciling ourselves to lifelong inferiority complexes. Though I’m still holding out hope that somebody some day will confer an honorary doctorate to me just for bein’ me. I mean, Steven Tyler got TWO degrees that way, and his greatest achievement in life might be teaching the world to tie scarves onto their mic stands.

Perhaps disgraced South Korean curator and art history professor Shin Jeong-ah, 35, felt a similar pressure to be the ultimate authority when she faked her Yale doctorate to get a teaching post and embezzled museum funds, for which she was busted last year.

The Con Artist Formerly Known as “Dr.” Shin Jeaong-ah


The weirdest part of Shin’s story is that she survived the 1995 Sampoong department store collapse in Seoul that killed over 500 people. Much of the reporting on Shin is fixated on her being literally “buried” then and figuratively now. Obviously homegirl’s got some mental health issues (I hear my Dad’s voice saying, “Well, so did your aunt, and she still managed a Ph.D. in Chemistry“).

Shin was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail, and the sad twist is, like med school or a Ph.D. program, that’s a mandated amount of time that she can’t fake her way out of.

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