In a prior post, I detailed all the incidents leading up to my resignation from my positions as the Medical Director of the Trauma and Life Support Center and the Critical Care Service Chief at the University of Wisconsin during the early COVID era of Spring 2020.
After I was granted a leave prior to my full resignation, I left the University of Wisconsin to run my old ICU at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, during the latter half of that insane first surge of patients that overwhelmed all of New York City's health systems. While there, as I also covered in a prior post, I was asked by the then Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Senator Ron Johnson, to testify about possible treatments of COVID. He, unfortunately like so few others, was rightly and deeply concerned about how doctors were failing at identifying and employing both early phase and late phase treatments while so many patients were dying. From my memory of the first conversation I had with him, he told me that the underlying reason why he was trying to bring attention to the issue, is that he "wanted the doctors to take their $%! gloves off" (I actually don't think he swore, but I remember that he said it so powerfully, he certainly may have).