Welcome to a unique publication about health from a primary care doc’s perspective. I’m Ryan McCormick, a physician in practice for almost two decades. I pause the clock here and present articles, essays, and guidance about vital medical topics that deserve more time for consideration.

I graduated from Rutgers College, Rutgers RWJ Medical School, and trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in center city Philadelphia. I’ve devoted my career as an attending to the same community and know my patients quite well by this point. I’ve written and published two books about life in medicine under a pseudonym. Doximity (a social networking site for clinicians with 2 million members) just named me a 2023-2024 Op-Med Fellow, so I’ll be doing narrative medical writing there as well.

I’m not an endowed professor at Harvard. We hear from the academics all the time, which is great… but maybe you’re interested in a complementary vantage point from a 100% clinician who actually practices at the crossroads of all specialties.

My brother hooked me up with this digital portrait. I forgo the white coat because it increases blood pressure, facilitates the spread of germs, and adds to the oppressive burden that is my laundry.

Why read and subscribe? Why not?

Consider all those questions you might ask at a checkup, and all those terse, unsatisfying answers you receive from your harried primary care doctor. Here I share more deep dive answers to those questions I get in the office - synthesizing, filtering, and breaking down the mess. I give a family doc’s honest and multidisciplinary perspective. And if you are a fellow seeker in the curious realms of health, happiness, and staying human despite all that is dehumanizing right now, then join me.

The patient-doctor relationship is legendary. It is a fertile ground for powerful stories, vignettes, and reflection. I also write about moments of vulnerability and courage that can inspire and challenge us to be better.

But most importantly I want Examined to convey a distinct and trustworthy voice in a conversation with you about health.

Covid. Cardiovascular disease. Metabolic disease. Longevity. Obesity. Nutrition. Mental health. Lifestyle. Prevention. Increasing our span of good health. Current events as examined through a medical lens. Primary care runs the gamut. I know there are plenty of sources out there right now. But I think a medical degree, two decades of clinical experience, and that once valued notion of expertise should all still matter. Expertise in primary care is having a broad range of practical knowledge across overlapping disciplines.

Shakespeare wrote: a jack of all trades is a master of none - but oftentimes better than a master of one.

I think it was Master Yoda who stated: Balance to the force a family physician can bring.

You can expect weekly posts - some long and some short. I’ll record an occasional podcast to expand upon the ideas presented here. And finally - your comments are encouraged. They relate personal experiences, create mutual inspiration, teach me and others, and build connections. I enjoy responding to each one. Writing these letters has helped me broaden a conversation, enrich relationships while forging new ones, and stretch a capacity to reach beyond the narrow office visit.

Thank you for your interest.

Disclaimer: Examined is written for a general audience. Views expressed are my own. Articles, commentary, and anything you read on Examined is not a substitute for personal medical advice and consultation. The following address is where I can be reached for general contact, captivating chain letters, and solicitations about transferring illegal assets from some island (which I will politely decline):

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Vital and overlooked ideas your family doctor might share - if only we had more time.


I am a practicing family physician. My writing is a creative synthesis of medical ideas, emerging knowledge, and first hand experience. I believe in the importance of good primary care.