About Me

I’m the author of Conscious Sedation, an unpublished semi-autobiographical medical thriller about a rumpled concierge physician who solves a high profile murder mystery while drudging on a thankless job at the service of the rich and famous.

Until the book finds a suitable publisher (I reserve all rights to the movie), I blog here about the healthcare system, the doctor-patient relationship, and other related matters.

Outside of the blog, I indulge in the academic pastime of writing articles and editorials about medicine, ethics, natural philosophy and, more recently, economics.  You can find links to my publications at the bottom of this page.

My other job is to be a cardiologist and internist in solo private practice (see here), and I also hold a part-time clinical faculty appointment at the University of California San Francisco.

Thank you kindly for your visit and interest.

Michel Accad


Here are some publications in the lay press:

  • The Widomaker: A Movie Review.  San Francisco Medicine.  February/March 2016
  • The War on Obesity: Conscientious Objections.  San Francisco Medicine. May 2015
  • “’Physician-Assisted Dying:’ A Deadly Choice for the Medical Profession.” San Francisco Medicine. April 2015
  • “Medical Experts and the Stewardship of the Body,” CANFP News. Winter 2015
  •  “Prohibition, Then and Now.” San Francisco Medical Society Blog.  September 29, 2014. http://www.sfms.org/NewsPublication/SFMSBlog/TabId/467/Tag/michel-accad/Default.aspx
  • “Dr. Feelgood: Yesterday and Today” Healthy Living.  Nob Hill Gazette. August 2014
  • “Is the ‘Executive Physical’ Bad for You?”  Healthy Living. Nob Hill Gazette. January 2014
  • “The Cardiovascular Costs of Contraceptive ‘Freedom,’” CANFP News. Summer 2013
  • “Herb Fred’s 4 C’s” foreword to The Best of Herb Fred, MD.  Kingsley Literary Services, Houston, 2010.

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14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’m thrilled!!!

    I got across your blog after reading your article on Mises.org.
    Your concepts and medical and liberal perspectives are enlightening!
    I’m an MD in internal and psychosomatic medicine and I study health economics. But so far I missed perspectives like yours.
    keep up the good Work!!!

    Marc, Switzerland

  2. I can’t quite tell if you are being serious about your novel… but it you are, you need to look into the Scrivener writing program/app; then, publish on kindle and amazon’s coordinated print-on-demand service, CreateSpace. I have used both.

  3. Dr. Accad,

    In your experience do you find that few of your colleagues believe in the corruption that has lead medicine to evolve into what it is today?

      • Dr. Accad,

        Do you think physicians will still be taking histories in the future or will this process become automated? I’m in medical school currently and almost done with my second year. The whole process has left me skeptical of how we do medicine. I don’t think it is possible for any MD to remember all the pertinent questions to ask his or her patients. Furthermore, the little time MDs have with their patients exacerbates this issue. I’ve heard the saying “common things happen commonly,” and I imagine that those diseases are easier to pick up via the traditional history taking. But, what about those rare cases? How can one remember all those obscure diseases? I’m of the opinion our medical system fails these patients the most. What are your thoughts?

        • Hi Joel,

          It’s natural to feel a little discourage and overwhelmed at the end of the second year, but you’re on the steep part of the learning curve, and you persevere, history-taking will become second nature. Also, in real life, you don’t need to come up with the correct diagnosis at the first visit within 45 minutes.

          Best wishes,

          Dr. Accad