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Anxiety can provide an evolutionary advantage because it helps an individual recognize and avoid danger, but when the circuits are over-active, it becomes a problem and can result in anxiety and depressive disorders.
—  Ned H. Kalin, MD  Chair, Department of Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The things I’ve learned over the year have been a lot about myself, and who I am as a manager, who I am with navigating complicated politics and situations, but also what motivates me. And I’ve learned that I like a fight. I don’t want to be in a situation where things are going well. I don’t feel like I have anything to do in that case. In the ER, it’s the patient dying in front of me. It’s someone who is gravely ill, and my fight is the fight to save their life.

I see the same thing in Baltimore. There are so many problems. There are so many fights I can have every single day. It’s the fight to get health on every agenda, to change legislation, to change public perception and mindset, to reduce stigma, to introduce new programs in a time of severe fiscal constraints. I like a fight, and I’m good at it, and that is what motivates me.


Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner.

Photo credit: Emily Bogle/NPR

“The drug industry controls medical education, medical research, and medical practice and medical laws.” - Dr. Andrew Saul

(quotation source: “Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Saul About Beta-Blockers,” YouTube)