I am an infectious diseases physician in Boston. I am also a father, musician, and activist promoting nonviolence, a world free of nuclear weapons, and an end to poverty and racial discrimination.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Brown University, my medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego. From 2011-2012 I worked in Mozambique directing the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. From 2012-2014, I was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer (“disease detective”) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I was also a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service. Subsequently I completed infectious diseases training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Why I do what I do
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
– Isaiah 2:4
The themes of my life have been movement, music, and nonviolence. I was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Rochester Hills, Michigan; and Lexington, Kentucky. Since then I have lived and worked in a number of cities, states, and countries. Growing up I played the violin, and have also enjoyed the banjo, guitar, and singing.
I’m passionate about helping others make an impact on the world. Participating in public debate and addressing social problems are critically important. The future of democracy and education are interrelated. We must become educated, develop a sense of agency, and form supportive networks.
I’m convinced that becoming educated requires originality. By that I mean taking charge of the food you eat, and being mindful about your thoughts, behaviors, and the ways you use technology.
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I attempt to respond to inquiries via email (lederer at gmail dot com). Since email makes it easy for people from all over the world to contact me, I unfortunately do not have time to reply to all messages.
Philip A. Lederer
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What can we do to prevent nuclear war?
Answer: Physicians for Social Responsibility has developed a “Back from the Brink resolution,” which calls on America to prevent nuclear war by
- renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
- ending the president’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack
- taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
- cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons;
- actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals
Question: What can I do to be healthier?
Answer: Sing. Spend time outside. Be physically active. Garden. Eat fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.