Arnold R. Eiser, MD, MACP is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) and an Adjunct Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania . Dr. Eiser has served as Chief of General Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Secretary of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center, Vice President of Medical Education for Mercy Health System, Associate Dean at DUCOM, Director of Ambulatory Care, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital, Senior Fellow of the Jefferson School of Population Healthand Chair of the Health and Public Policy for the PA Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Eiser’s research now focuses on environmental and nutritional factors in the prevention and development of dementia as well as the effects of violence in digital media. He authored an article in the February Health Affairs blog on the latter: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20190212.316635/abs/. He has authored or co-authored recent articles on factors in improving the informed consent process for implantable defibrillators with particular reference to elderly patients, and improving collaborative decision making in difficult clinical settings. A scholarly book on environmental factors in the development of neurological disorders is well underway.
In the past his research included medical education innovation, improving patient education for vulnerable populations, ethical and practical implications of digital applications in healthcare, the interface between business ethics and bioethics, and cultural competence in the clinical setting. His earlier clinical research dealt with pulmonary gas exchange during dialysis, and the treatment of lupus nephritis.
Dr. Eiser is the author of Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Considerations (Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, paper back 2015). It is an analysis of medical care, medical education, and medical professionalism with reference to the cultural touchstones of the postmodern era: consumerism, computerization, corporatization, and loss of the physician meta-narratives. The prism of postmodern thought provides a powerful heuristic to grasp the fundamental changes that have occurred and substantively changed the ethos of healthcare delivery and the patient-physician relationship.
Dr. Eiser is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Natural Sciences and received his MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He did his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, and his renal and hypertension fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital. He is a recipient of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Judges Award (2006); and the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award (2010), the American College of Physicians Laureate Award (2008), Mastership of the College (2014), and Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare Industry Leadership, 2017.