Natalie Newman MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 20 years. She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for her compassionate care of patients within the family structure. After her graduation, she was accepted into the Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon her graduation, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(formerly Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum(now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg. Dr. Newman subsequently returned to her home state of California. She has worked in rural facilities, community hospitals and trauma centers. She has also served as a ship physician for a major cruise line and also provided physician services at the Coachella/Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California for three years. Dr. Newman participates in public speaking engagements discussing the value of education, of which she is passionate. She continues to practice clinically as a traveling physician.

The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician-Part 2

Hello All, We are currently in Sitka, Alaska where I will soon be debarking to pick up some souvenirs. Yesterday, I took pictures in Glacier Bay where there are several glaciers and all are beautiful. Unfortunately, because of climate warming, ice is not forming in great patches over most of them anymore. The ocean, however,…

The Emetic Chronicles: Part 1

I have written a lot of blogs for Authentic Medicine that are intense and at times, controversial. I’ve decided to add a bit of levity. Several years ago, I was a ship physician for a major cruise line. I’m a nomadic doc and can become very unhappy when I begin to feel stagnant. I decided…

“What Kind of F**kery is This?”

Medicine is going to hell in a handbasket. Bats**t crazy. Optometrists…they wish to perform surgery on one of the most delicate areas of the human body. The eye. No matter that they don’t possess the training, just take an expedited course and walla!! Your eyeball is in their incapable hands. At a discounted price no…

A Question of Medical Integrity

I entered medicine not because I loved people but as a result of my love of anatomy and physiology. While in high school, I took anatomy and physiology (A&P) and was instantly smitten. And I was good at it–straight A’s. We dissected pigs, cats, worms, and oysters. I was amazed at the organization of organ…

Unmatched, But Not Forgotten

I recently read an anonymous post by a medical student who was applying to the residency match…for the second time. He was a bit melancholy and disheartened with the entire match process. He had good grades, performed decently on the MCAT, had great letters of recommendation and received many interviews. Yet he did not match.…

Whose License Is It Anyway?

A national story that made its rounds in medical circles is the tragic case of the 19 y/o college student in Oklahoma who died from a pulmonary embolus that was missed by a nurse practitioner (NP). I’ve read multiple comments in multiple forums about how unfair it was that this NP was dropped from the…

A Matter of Right and Wrong

When most of us were pre-med students, we were incredibly motivated to succeed. We aggressively, and single-mindedly, pursued our objective of becoming physicians. We allowed nothing, and I do mean nothing, to stand in our way. Regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, religion, citizenship, race, etc., we all shared a commonality….we were driven to achieve an…

An Education….About Medical Education

In the early 1900s, the American Medical Association(AMA) formed the Council on Medical Education(CME) to restructure medical education. Why? Because it was a hodgepodge of inconsistency. The AMA wanted better doctors, better medical education, and better quality of care. Why? Because it was necessary to ensure the safety and care of the public. The CME,…

A Collaborative Mess

col·lab·o·ra·tion /kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun The action of working with someone to produce or create something.“he wrote on art and architecture in collaboration with John Betjeman” cooperation alliance partnership participation combination association concert teamwork joint effort working together coopetition OR Traitorous cooperation with an enemy.“he faces charges of collaboration” fraternizing fraternization colluding collusion cooperating cooperation consorting sympathizing…

A Disaster in Waiting

On January 28, 1986, the Challenger air shuttle disaster occurred. The shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after takeoff. The cause: a flaw in the design of the O-ring seals on the solid rocket boosters which were not designed to withstand very cold temperatures. This flaw was previously known by managers at NASA (since 1977) but…