RESEARCH

DOCTORS’ DILEMMAS: PROVIDING CARE IN AN ERA OF BUREAUCRATIZATION, SPECIALIZATION AND COMMODIFICATION

This book project explores how Internal Medicine physicians at a prestigious teaching hospital encounter the realities of care delivery within a highly commodified, bureaucratized and specialized healthcare system--where cost-cutting pressures, patient satisfaction, and litigation concerns are salient aspects of daily care provision. Central to the premise of this book is the unique characteristics of academic medical centers, which are a critical fixture in the healthcare system in the United States. Such institutions are comprised of conflicting institutional logics that directly shape the experiences of physicians on the wards--creating creating different dilemmas and teaching crucial lessons for physicians on the Internal Medicine wards. This project is currently under contract with Stanford University Press.

MATERNAL HEALTHCARE IN THE UNITED STATES

Sobering reports of increasing rates of maternal trauma (both physical and emotional), and in some cases maternal death, that go under-reported and untreated in the United States have renewed concerns surrounding maternal care during and after delivery. I am currently working on a project that explores the nature of maternal healthcare in the United States. One component of the project is a historical exploration of the social conditions that have led to these deficiencies in maternal care by examining the impact of the increased specialization of biomedicine, the heavy reliance on medical technologies in childbirth (e.g., cesarean sections, use of vacuum and forceps to ensure a vaginal birth, etc.), and the highly politicized nature of women’s bodies and childbirth itself. The second component of this project is to conduct ethnographic observations of visits between women and their providers, as well as interviews with women and healthcare professionals.

RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN HEALTH

This project qualitatively explores the healthcare experiences of individuals who identify as racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States. I explore individuals' experiences seeking health care and maintaining health while navigating racism and discrimination in healthcare and other facets of their every day lives.