The Phoenix Blog was created in recognition of the numerous physicians, healthcare workers, and patients who want to tell their story, but fear retaliation and therefore must remain anonymous.
We embrace pseudonyms so that the writer may someday claim their pen-name when they no longer fear retaliation. The blog is named in recognition of James Keaney, MD who originally penned the book The Rape of Emergency Medicine under the pesudonym "The Phoenix" in 1992 where he revealed egregious corporate abuses in emergency medicine. Dr. Keaney later revealed himself on a 60 minutes interview, leading to the foundation of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine where he served as the first president.
Dr. Keaney recently published a sequel to his book, titled "Death of a Kitchen Scheduler" now available.
Dr. Keaney made it clear that even someone who fears retaliation is anything but powerless. Take back your voice and speak out against corporate abuses in medicine.
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Gregory Simmons says (May 30, 2022):
Anesthesiologist: patient scheduled for elective screening colonoscopy. Patient also scheduled for cardiac cath 1 week later. When questioned about cath patient explained that he had been having chest pain and shortness of breath. He had history of coronary stent. After I told him the risks and benefits of having anesthesia for this elective procedure he chose to postpone until after his cardiac cath. The GI doc called my chair and the CMO, incorrectly stating that I had canceled his case. My contract was ended that day. I was specifically told by the chair that I should have done that case because the GI doc makes money for the hospital and we are their for them. If this pattern continues, any anesthesiologists that uses the education and experience they have gained to tell patients the true risks of procedures and anesthesia will be fired. They will be replaced with mid levels that feel they have no authority to stop a dangerous anesthetic or procedure. Or mid levels that don’t understand the danger to the patient.