Dr. Niran Al-Agba

Profession: Physician

My articles:

The Story Of A Rare, Serious Complication Of Mononucleosis

Thirteen years ago, I received a call from the mother of a college freshman who was concerned because her son had been diagnosed with mononucleosis during finals week. She felt something was not quite right and asked me for advice. more...


Physicians Have A Duty To Respond To Emergencies If They Can

"Someone else will lend a helping hand," a physician told me once, when asked to help with an emergency in public. As a PALS instructor for more than a decade, I have always responded when possible. Some time ago, I discovered the best reason to respond to medical more...


A Child’s Father Knew When To Let Go. The Health Care Team Didn’t.

Physicians are used to seeing patients at the end of their lives. They are often accepting of patients DNR orders before family members are ready. This story is about a time where the health care team was ill-prepared, yet a parent made the difficult decision to more...


Vaccinations Are More About Trust Than Science

I am going to confess that I am my children’s pediatrician. I have given them every vaccination they have ever had and probably would not trust another provider to do it. I endorse the vaccination schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics; I believe more...


Sometimes We Are Heroes. Sometimes We Are Villains.

If I have learned anything over the last 15 years, it is that our job is not an easy one. That is not to make excuses, rather to emphasize the fact that success or failure can depend on circumstantial timing, making physicians look like heroes or villains. more...


A Rural Health Primer

Whether in reference to health care or public education, trying to increase quality while simultaneously decrease costs is an unrealistic proposition. Physicians in rural areas simply have fewer resources at their disposal. more...


How This Physician Grieves

85 children from 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have died due to influenza during the 2015-2016 season. Piper Lowery, who was a healthy 12 year old girl died from H1N1 influenza almost one year ago. Her mother, Pegy, has gone public with her story, more...


I Wish My Patients Knew

Referencing a New York Times article “What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew” got me thinking about both sides of the coin. Physicians are human beings and sometimes this fact gets lost when a patient is angry or frustrated seeking help from the medical system. Here is more...


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