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Michael Wilkes

Michael Wilkes

Host, Second Opinion

Michael Wilkes is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He recently stepped down as Vice Dean at the School of Medicine and is now Director of Global Health. For most of Wilkes' career as a doctor he lived and worked in Los Angeles.

At UCLA he was a founder of UCLA's innovative Doctoring Curriculum which now serves as a model for UC Davis School of Medicine and many other medical schools domestically and internationally. Dr.Wilkes works frequently with medical schools and public health systems in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

He is also an active education and health services researcher working in the area of medical education, technology assisted learning, clinical genetics, doctor-patient communication, end of life care, and conflicts of interest in medicine.

Wilkes is trained in internal medicine and has had additional training in adolescent medicine and public health.

He is an award winning journalist having worked for the New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, and The Los Angeles Times, and of course his more than 20 years in public radio!

Michael Wilkes on KCRW

Re-admission rates not only lower quality of life but they are expensive.

Hospital Readmission Rates are too high

Re-admission rates not only lower quality of life but they are expensive.

from Second Opinion

The nations is divided – are supervised injection facilities illegal and only serve to promote illicit drug use, or are they a step toward harm reduction as they save lives?

Supervised Injection Facilities for those who use IV drug

The nations is divided – are supervised injection facilities illegal and only serve to promote illicit drug use, or are they a step toward harm reduction as they save lives?

from Second Opinion

Unbridled greed and disrespect for human suffering seems to be the driver of all award winners.

Shkreli awards for the worst actors in health care

Unbridled greed and disrespect for human suffering seems to be the driver of all award winners.

from Second Opinion

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