May 2014

Spirit and Communication

By |May 4th, 2014|

We are in Charboneau les Bains au Lyon, in the Rhone Valley, the “gastronomic capital” of France, exploring the ancient city, its countryside and sampling the differences between Parisian and Lyonese cuisine.  It is a welcome rest from the hassle-hustle of the business life from which I soon retire and the quietude of this […]

April 2014

Angels and Lecterns

By |April 14th, 2014|

We returned to New Orleans this past week to meet with over 800 medical directors of our nation-wide Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Hospitalist, Orthopedics and OB/GYN services.  During the three day event, we listened to several speakers, including former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, discuss healthcare financing, leadership, management and clinical topics, frame the future and […]

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Defense Attorneys and “Diary of a Moonlighter”

By |April 1st, 2014|

I just returned from New Orleans where I had the opportunity to present two topics to 160 of the attorneys whose 140 firms represent TEAMHealth in various venues throughout the country.  We are fortunate that in our management of over 12 million annual patient care encounters in our Emergency Departments, Hospital In-Patient care, Anesthesiology […]

February 2014

My final LEAD course

By |February 9th, 2014|

This past week we completed the 35th LEAD (Leadership and Development) course which I began in 2002, shortly after assuming the role as National Chief Medical Officer of TeamHealth.  Since inception, we have had the privilege of teaching and inspiring over 1600 medical directors.  This was my final course.  I will discuss what it […]

The Affordability of Compassion

By |February 8th, 2014|

To a great extent, the ability of a society to contain its pathology, and the disposition of its problems, is dependent on what it convinces itself it can afford.

Shown below are two short teaching fables “Big Orange” and “The Take Down” that I use to train our health care providers about the incorrect and […]

Widow Walk Audio Book Now Available

By |February 6th, 2014|

The Widow Walk Audio Book is now available featuring narration by John Aylward via, Amazon’s Audiobooks.
Aylward’s brilliant narration brings a new, chilling dimension to the Widow Walk experience! Here is a sample from Chapter 12

The Widow Walk Audiobook is available here:

January 2014

Preview: Widow Walk – audio book narrated by John Aylward

By |January 11th, 2014|

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Twelve of Widow Walk :  Anah   narrated by John Aylward

Widow Walk, the audio book, will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in February
John Aylward
John Aylward, whose eloquent narration brings the remarkable Widow Walk  tale alive in a different dimension, has been an accomplished, well known professional […]

December 2013

The “Widow Walk Suite”

By |December 26th, 2013|

Attached is one of the movements in Tom McGurk’s Widow Walk Suite, composed for the audio book version of Widow Walk.

I will post one of the sections from John Aylward’s beautiful narration in the next blog entry.

The audio book for Widow Walk is scheduled to be released in January.


Thomas McGurk, composer of “The Widow Walk Suite”  began his […]


By |December 15th, 2013|

In a recent public radio interview I was asked about the depiction of Anah, the villain of Widow Walk and whether his actions were representative of any specific ethnic group and in particular, whether the behavior manifest by him and his clan was an accurate depiction of the mores of aboriginal cultures.  My response was […]

USA Best Book Award, Cover Art and Totems

By |December 1st, 2013|

December 1st:  Headed to Knoxvile to work on the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization and Leadership Development processes.  Making much progress.  Had an absolutely terrific LEAD course in November teaching leadership and many managerial concepts to our Anesthesiology and Emergency Department facility medical directors.  Next course is in February for our Hospital Medicine directors.
USA Best […]