Natalie Newman MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency trained, board­certified emergency physician who has been practicing for nearly 24 years. In 1991, 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 in 1995, she was accepted into the Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon her graduation in 1999, 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 Bosnia­Herzegovina(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 prisoner­of­war 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 personal 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 home to California where she continues to practice as a traveling physician and participates in multiple speaking engagements about the values of education, of which she is passionate. She is also a member of Physicians for Patient Protection, a patient and physician advocacy organization.

When Hell Freezes Over

Earlier this year I was reading an article entitled, “The Death of Expertise”(https://thefederalist.com/2014/01/17/the-death-of-expertise/?fbclid=IwAR0PTqplHQQSRifprtAOjY7u9dDYyTGyKFBGcaBwTwbQNF_PlxamhF8RVZs). It was a brilliantly written piece of work expounding on the current cultural phenomenon of individuals possessing a particular aptitude for a particular skill or specialty being challenged by those who have no proficiency in said skills. The fact that the demand…

Where Is The Camaraderie?

I’m irked. While minding my own business perusing the net, I happened across a post on Twitter complimenting RNs and all the hard work they do. Nice post….I thought. It’s not that I didn’t agree with the sentiment, I completely supported it. I don’t believe RNs get enough recognition or appreciation for the hard work…

Paying Ode to My Patients

I’m writing this letter because I give a damn. About my patients. Since August of 2017, I have been a member of a patient/physician advocacy group, Physicians for Patient Protection(PPP). We formed in March 2016 out of concern for the number of patients we were seeing who had been grossly mismanaged by non-physician practitioners(NPPs) practicing…

A HISTORY OF NPPs–A PERSONAL VIEW

THE PARADIGM SHIFT: ONE DOCTOR’S VIEWPOINT Many of us who have practiced for years are well aware of the value nurse practitioners(NPs) and physician assistants(PAs) have brought to the medical team. There was a time when there was a mutual respect amongst all within that physician-led health care team. Every role was well-defined and each…

The Desensitization of Medicine: A Personal Perspective

It has been nearly 24 years since I began practicing medicine. Since that time, I have been witness to changes that represent the complete antithesis of what medicine should be. Our society thinks it is progress. I beg to differ. The desensitization of medicine has been a laborious, insidious, gradual process that was intentional, born…

THE BLAME GAME….WHO TO NAME?

It has become so easy to blame physicians for all the wrongs that are occurring in health care. And it is unfair. So let me clarify some things. Medical school and residency taught us how to care for the human body and all of its requisite ills. It did not prepare us for the onslaught…

Stop Devaluing Your Valuable Medical Education

We exist in a fast food culture in which immediate gratification is a must. Education, in general, is not exempt from this mindset. This devaluation of education is nowhere better exemplified than in the proliferation of online degree mills in nearly all careers and professions. Overpriced schools with truncated curriculums and expedited degrees leading to…