Pandemic control and gun control offer important, and overlapping, lessons.
Thomas G Weiser is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University. He practices general, trauma, and emergency surgery and surgical critical care at Stanford Healthcare, an American College of Surgeons accredited Level I Trauma Center. Tom is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to his clinical work, Tom is a health services researcher focusing on quality care and strategies for improving the safety and reliability of complex care delivery. From 2006-2009 he worked with the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program where he helped create, evaluate, and implement the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, a critical safety tool for surgical teams. He helped author the surgical volume of the Disease Control Priorities Project, a World Bank initiative that identified a cost-effective suite of emergency and essential operations. Tom also assisted the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery with data analysis that informed its key message highlighting the important role of surgery in a strong and well-functioning health system.
He is the Consulting Medical Officer for Lifebox, a charity devoted to improving surgical and anesthetic safety worldwide.
In America, guns and taxes are unavoidable. If we are to address the true cost of guns, it is time to tax them.
Prioritizing national vaccination in rich countries while ignoring the rest may not work. The aim should be to vaccinate the global population
It is time to recognize that our material and physical well-being are inseparable and that we need to aspire to a health and wealth of all