Welcome to The Patient's Playbook!

The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love launched on September 1. And I couldn't be happier with the early reviews. Called "a primer on making the right moves," by Kirkus; "invaluable," by the Herald-Tribune; and a "unique and useful" resource in a starred review by BooklistThe Patient's Playbook can help everyone get better medical care, no matter what conditions or diseases they may have, where they live, or how much money they have in the bank.

My mission is simple: empower everyone, no matter their age or income, to become more competent and courageous consumers of medical care. For more than three decades, I’ve been helping people to successfully tackle challenging medical problems and achieve better care at every stage of life. 

If you’ve come to our site because you want to learn how to be better prepared for a lifetime of good health, congrats to you! The Patient’s Playbook is a roadmap that can help you navigate your way toward the best possible health outcomes. Among the many things you will learn in the book is how to find a great primary care physician (or strengthen the relationship with your current PCP), how to avoid unnecessary and harmful treatments, and the most important steps to take in a medical emergency. (Be sure to check out our Helpful Tools for free, downloadable forms to get your family’s medical records and health history in order.)

For those who are currently struggling with a health problem, or a potentially scary diagnosis, I know how overwhelming and confusing it can be, having guided so many people over the years through medical scares, as well as going through my own. I wrote The Patient’s Playbook to give you the most tried-and-true steps to getting better care.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, or you have an ongoing chronic problem like diabetes, or maybe a spouse or child has a rare condition that requires finding the best and brightest minds, you may quickly discover that it’s all up to you to track down the right experts, choose the best treatment options, and coordinate among several doctors to ensure everyone is moving toward a successful outcome. Only the most skilled patients—those who become competent and courageous health care consumers—will find and reap the rewards of better care.

The Patient’s Playbook will give you better online tools, sound advice from leading physicians, must-ask questions when meeting with specialists, and decision-making frameworks that I’ve developed from decades of experience. It’s not easy to navigate our fragmented medical system, but armed with this book and the guidance of a trusted primary care physician, I know you can do it.

Thank you for exploring our site. I welcome the opportunity to help you and your family be better prepared for a lifetime of good health and better medical outcomes. And please let me know in the comments below how The Patient’s Playbook is working for you!