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Lawrence Herman, DMSc, MPA, PA-C

Lawrence Herman, DMSc, MPA, PA-C

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Doctor of Medical Science Program
  • University of Lynchburg School of PA Medicine
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • President
  • Palantir Healthcare, LLC
  • Boiling Springs, South Carolina
The Sky Isn’t the Limit for This PA

The Sky Isn’t the Limit for This PA

Hayley Arceneaux, PA-C, is anything but ordinary. At the age of 10, she already had her black belt in Taekwondo. Then she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of her leg; this required chemotherapy and a complicated prosthesis that could "grow" with her, because the tumor involved the entire knee and extended past the distal femoral growth plate. She was treated at St Jude Children's Research Hospital and through that experience became hooked on studying medicine. A video of her at the time shows... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, NPs & PAs

Pandemic Influenza H5N8 Has Jumped From Birds to Humans

Pandemic Influenza H5N8 Has Jumped From Birds to Humans

Just when we all thought that the new COVID-19 variants now circulating in the US from the UK (B.1.1.7) and South Africa (B.1.351) were our biggest concerns,... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

CDC Releases an Update to Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment

CDC Releases an Update to Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment

We have all been so focused on COVID-19 that many of us missed the updated guidelines on the treatment of two sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Nei... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Women's Health

New E/M Coding Definitions for 2021

New E/M Coding Definitions for 2021

The American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology 2021 codebook updates the existing guidelines developed in 1995 and 1997. For new patients,... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Practice Management/Career

Will You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Will You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

In a post earlier this week, I wrote about public skepticism concerning COVID-19 vaccines, with some surveys showing an estimated 50-50 split in terms of whe... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Health Policy and Trends, Infectious Diseases, Preventive Medicine, Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials: Reality Check

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials: Reality Check

There is both good and bad news with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials. As a preface, know that approximately 90% of vaccine trials fail to lead... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Preventive Medicine, Public Health

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