I am an infectious diseases physician in Boston, Massachusetts. I am also a TB researcher, musician, writer, and father. I am also a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility/ International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (PSR/IPPNW). Two of my recent op-eds about the abolition of nuclear weapons are here and here.
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.
I attempt to respond to inquiries via mail (Philip Lederer MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114), or 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.
Why I do what I do
The theme of my life has always been movement. 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.
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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Philip A. Lederer
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What can we do to prevent nuclear war?
PSR has developed a “Back from the Brink resolution,” which calls on the USA 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: Dear Dr. Phil Lederer, you look a lot like Dr. Phil McGraw from television. Is he your uncle?
Question: Dr. Phil! He’s a famous television personality and psychologist, I love his show. You haven’t ever seen it?
Answer: I decline to answer that question.
Question: Come on, you know who Dr. Phil is. Are you related to him?
Answer: We are both bald, but there is no biological relationship.
Question: Do you even own a television?