Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram

Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram is the host of “Dr. America,” an innovative podcast about public policy and health justice on We Act Radio. He also writes about connections between health policy, inequity, and social determinants of health. Dr. Sriram completed his medical degree and his pediatrics residency at UCLA, where he served as Chief Resident at the Department of Pediatrics. In June 2009, he earned his Master’s in Public Health after completing the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently practices general pediatrics in southeast Washington, D.C.

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All of us must join together to demand that governments and businesses take steps to protect these workers. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Protecting Our Vulnerable Front Line Workers
The United States makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population. Yet we have 25 percent of the world’s coronavirus cases — and those cases are not distributed evenly among the population. It has been well documented that racial and ethnic minorities have sustained a disproportionate burden...
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Nurses counter protest at the Re-Open Illinois Protest outside of Thompson Center in Chicago during protest restrictions instituted by the governor to curtail the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 on May 01, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Although some restrictions were eased today, the state is currently on a "stay at home" order mandated until May 30. (Photo: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 04, 2020
We Must Redefine "Frontline" by Providing PPE for All Workers
We are a team of health care workers volunteering our time, effort, and expertise to help Masks For America achieve its goals of sending FDA-certified KN95 masks to every frontline worker in the United States, including Puerto Rico. Our colleagues providing direct patient care have not been given...
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"Inadequate PPE (personal protective equipment) for health care workers is just one injustice in our inequitable health care system," writes Sririam.  (Image: Masks for America) Views
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Health Care Workers Need You to Be our Heroes. Here’s How.
Health care workers across America are confronting COVID-19 with inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Very often, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and our hospital colleagues are reusing masks against medical and public health advice. Many are storing the masks in paper bags...
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Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) in set-up tents to triage possible COVID-19 patients outside before they enter the main Emergency department area at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx on March 24, 2020 in New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo: Misha Friedman/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
For National Doctors' Day, Forget the Donuts. Can We Get Some Damn Masks?
When doctors don’t show up for work during the coronavirus outbreak, it won’t be because we’re striking (most of us are not unionized — yet). It will be because we’re dead. The coronavirus outbreak has laid bare our health care system’s cruelties and corruptions. We spend the most per capita on...
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Members of National Nurses United (NNU), along with a broader coalition of pro-Medicare for All organizations rallied outside of the national headquarters of PhRMA in support of Medicare for All on April 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Our For-Profit Health Care System is Unjust—Only Medicare For All Can Fix It
As a pediatrician, I see every day how my patients and their families are failed by our current healthcare system. What I need my fellow Americans to understand is this: when my patients struggle, it’s not because they’re unfortunate. It’s because the system is unjust. I’ve cared for diabetic...
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Even with the Affordable Care Act’s protections against the insurance industry, too many of us worry about dire financial consequences if our health takes a turn for the worse. (Photo: FOX13 Salt Lake City) Views
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Are You Sure You Actually 'Like' Your Private Health Insurance?
When I talk to friends, family, and colleagues about Medicare for All, sometimes someone asks, “but don’t people like their insurance?” It’s not hard to see where they got that idea. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the leading lobbyist for the for-profit insurance industry , says 71...
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Today, we can build Medicare for All and make health care a human right for every person in the United States. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, April 12, 2019
Why Does the American Medical Association Have Such a Feeble Response to Our Health Care Crisis?
In 1945, President Harry Truman campaigned for a national health insurance plan that was attacked as “socialized medicine” by the American Medical Association (AMA). Truman’s response was true then and resonates now: “Under the plan I suggest, our people would continue to get medical and hospital...
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"Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, January 21, 2019
Dr. King Would Want Us to Fight for Medicare For All
Despite vehement opposition from the American Medical Association , Medicare and Medicaid were passed into law in 1965. Importantly, the federal government required participating hospitals to comply with the non-discrimination rules of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Hospitals and doctors who wanted...
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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Why Medicare for All Is an Ideal Discussion on Thanksgiving
“Auntie, y’know what would go great with this sweet potato pie I brought? Medicare for All.” Despite the current political climate feeling ugly and infuriating, there is a lot for which to be thankful. To win their recent elections, more of our political leaders had to pay attention to our...
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