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Lali Sekhon, MD PhD, MBA

Father | Husband | Neurosurgeon| Hockey Fan | Innovator | Inventor | Educator | ΒΓΣ | Health Care Leader |

30 years of medicine. 5 years of research. Running several businesses. Teaching. Inventing. Married 20 years. 3 kids. 20 plus patents. Decades of analysing what we do, how we do it, what works and what does not.

This blog is for the layperson who wants to learn from the life experiences of a master surgeon all about medicine, health, wellness and success.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

Articles

Why I Wear A Mask and You Should Too
I’m a surgeon, husband, boss, employee and father. I wear a mask 12-14 hours every day. Why do I do it? Read on… As we enter the 8th month of the pandemic we have learned a lot and are learning a lot. It’s interesting that issues that are big things in this country are not necessarily the same issues elsewhere. Masks are in that category.  The death toll in the U.S. sits at over 175,000 and yes, a lot had …
Why you should do an MBA
Completing an MBA was the icing on my cake. Want to know why? Background I’m a physician who has been in medicine for 30 years. I’ve worked in private practice and academics. I completed my medical training, a PhD, and neurosurgery training as well as two advanced training fellowships. That’s a lot of time studying, prepping, too many exams to count and countless hours spent studying. Nevertheless, something was missing. My work life dealt with many aspects of business. I …
Supplements- Quick and Dirty
Are supplements the key to a healthy living or a sham? Read on. I was reading an interesting article recently by Jame Hamblin, which was an interview and podcast on taking vitamins to ‘boost your immune system’. It was published in the Atlantic and you can find it here. In essence the two speakers were discussing public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The expert was cynical on pretty much anything, maybe even multivitamins as the “fix-all? for healthy living. The …
Religion and God in the 21st Century
Does religion need an update in 2020? What is God? I’ll tell you what I think. OK. Another post to make you think. I’ve been a neurosurgeon for 20 years. Helped a lot of people. Watched a lot of people die. Every race. Every age. Both sexes. Most religions. I was raised in a somewhat religious family but I think a lot andI question a lot. I asked my dad what happens after die in my 20s and was horrified …
My Back Hurts- The Top Five Web Searches on Back Pain
I will answer the commonest questions on back pain that patients search for on the internet. When I went to medical school low back pain  was a Pandora’s box. I didn’t understand it. I couldn’t unravel it and I couldn’t very well treat it. Over the past 3 decades I’ve spent 8 hours a day listening to patients tell me about their back pain, thought about, treated it and learned a lot from my patients. Sometimes I help, sometimes I …
Don’t Have Back Surgery
  When a spine surgeon tells you not to have back surgery, you should probably listen. I never thought I would be a neurosurgeon who does mostly spine surgery, but that’s what I do. My PhD was in cerebral blood flow and most of my residency and early career was doing a lot of brain tumors and such. Spine was a black box. When I trained a lot of cases didn’t go well, we didn’t have all the tools and …
Seven Questions To Always Ask Before Committing To Surgery
Ok. So you need an operation (or you think you do, or you’ve been told you do). What do you ask the surgeon?  You need the answer to these seven questions. Having surgery is a scary time. None of us wants to feel like our body has been violated. We all worry about loss of control. The recovery worries us. The risk worries us. First, find your surgeon.  When you see them and are thinking about having surgery,  ask these …
Eight Things to Make Dealing With Getting Older Easier
We don’t all stay young forever. What the keys to being happy as we age? Here are a few. This is a tough blog to write. I have probably seen about 50,000 patients in my career, of every age, every body type and every decade of age. 90 year olds who look 60. Sixty year-olds who look 90. I’ve seen smokers. Athletes. Stuntmen. Professional athletes. Nurses. Doctors. Miners. Hair stylists. You name it. I’ve watched people at every age. I’ve …
How To Be A Good Patient
We are all patients sooner or later. What makes a patient a good patient and what makes them not so good? It helps in your care. Everyone is a patient sooner or later. Patients are the medical version  of retail customers. As patients we shop around to find the best doctors. Then we go see them. Not all patients get the best experiences. Doctors are human. Imagine going to see your mechanic because your car was not right. You turn …
How To Choose Your Doctor
This blog gives insider’s tips on finding a specialist. You just found out that you need a knee replacement. Or, your going to get that ‘mommy makeover’ that you promised yourself. Or, you are dreading it, but you may need back surgery. More and more the onus is on you to find the right physician to connect with. How do you do it? How do you find someone who will look after you, not rip you off and take care …
Health Care in America 101: Part 4- The Way Forward
The final article! US Health Care. How do we fix it? Health Care in America 101 concludes with our final article on how we fix health care in the US. I have tried to give you an insiders look at what is wrong with US health care, who profits and how. Let’s look at solutions! This is a final of a four part series looking at a pictorial guide to health care in the U.S. You can find the previous …
Health Care in America 101: Part 3- How Are We Ripped Off?
“If you can’t keep up, we could go broke, then you’d have to bail us out, and that could lead to European-style socialism!”​ This is my third article on  Health Care in America, this time looking at how the system is rorted for corporate profits. Welcome to Health Care In America 101! This is a primer. This is a continuation of a four part series looking at a pictorial guide to health care in the U.S. You …
Health Care in America 101: Part 2- Who Pulls The Strings?
  In this second article on Health Care in America we will look at the key players in American Health Care. Welcome to Health Care In America 101! This is a primer. This is a continuation of a four part series looking at a pictorial guide to health care in the U.S. You can find the previous blog here: Health Care in America 101: Part 1- Why is it F#cked Up? We will revisit healthcare in this second blog on …
Health Care in America 101: Part 1- Why is it F#cked Up?
America is a great country. We excel at research and innovation. We are leaders in so many things. Why is health care struggling in this great nation? What is the problem? Welcome to Health Care In America 101! I wanted to talk not just about our own health in this blog, but  also the health of our community and the nation. Something is not right.  I will spread this over 4 articles and as we try to unravel it and …
Losing Weight- The Elephant in the Room
  Well, this is probably going to be the most controversial topic I write about (until we get to death, religion and the existence of God), but we gotta talk about it because obesity is a problem and it’s getting worse. Confession- I was a fat kid. I still feel fat. My BMI hovers round 25.5 so I’m mostly ok but at times I feel the need to lose weight. Just like watching the battery meters on our phones, not …
Our Clocks Are Killing Us
Why do we think about death? What happens after we die? Do we already know? I started medicine in 1989 and as an intern one of my rotations was covering a pulmonology ward. Most of the patients were ex or current smokers (we will cover smoking in another blog) and were often older and needed oxygen. Patients getting confused was the par for the course. I was about 3 months out of medical school, very green and very naive. One …
We Are All Fresh Chickens
    What makes us different?  it’s not our skin color, weight or height. It’s more… Take a look at the picture above. To me I see a whole bunch of Holstein Friesian cattle (I went to an agricultural high school and still remember the names of all the farm animal breeds. Go figure) and apart from a little variation in the pattern of their coloring, to me, they look the same. If I was a cow then it may …
Making Sense of COVID
  With the current Corona virus pandemic, how do we be practical and pragmatic in our approach to living with it? It probably  would be remiss of me to not touch on something that affects everyone right now, and that’s coronavirus (or SARS-CoV-2 if you must use it’s full name). Probably the only time in living memory I can honestly say that everyone I know, everyone I grew up with, every relative, every friend, every patient, that is alive today …
The Secret Sauce
  It’s hard to not write reviews, suggestions and give advice without reflecting on how I got here and what I thought were the important skills, attributes and abilities to help success. My life has been a very fortunate one. In a nutshell, I grew up in a small town in Australia and dreamed of being a doctor. My dad was a doctor. I went to public high school. I managed to get into medicine and graduated with First Class …