You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

– Maya Angelou

Philip A. Lederer M.D.

Thanks for visiting my blog, Health and Healing! My name is Philip A. Lederer, and my goal is to help people find meaning, connect with others, and live more generous and creative lives. In addition, I hope to help us understand what it means to be human, to improve our collective wellness, and to sing out.

At the Jamaica Pond ParkRun 5K, 3/5/2022 (far right)

I received my bachelor’s degree from Brown University, magna cum laude. Then I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Providence Community Health Centers for one year. I received my MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2008. Next, I completed internal medicine residency at the University of California San Diego. Then, I spent a year in Mozambique as clinical site director for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. Next, I joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Finally, I served a fellowship in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Throughout these years I have played the violin/fiddle and sang.

With the Me/2 Orchestra, New York City, October 2021 (far left)

Currently, I am a community health center physician in Boston, and my blog is a call for humanism in medicine. I have had my own lived experiences of trauma… and healing. I use my background to guide others through steps that help us become well again. I believe in empowering others, thereby helping us achieve our potential.

My father Albert Lederer, my mother, Ann Lederer and me, in Ohio, 1980
In preschool at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1984. I am second from left in the front row
My mother-in-law Chang-won Lee, me, wife Kristen Lee, our son Joseph Lederer, and my parents Albert and Ann Lederer, 2014
Wearing my white coat (back row, 14th from the left), committing nonviolent civil disobedience as we block the street in front of the Massachusetts State House during the Poor People’s Campaign, May 2018. The police declined to arrest us.

I have presented at Grand Rounds about my experience and welcome the opportunity to speak about my journey toward self-acceptance. This healing path is sacred, and as we look inward, we find compassion.

When not taking care of patients, playing the violin, singing, gardening, or spending time with family, I can often be found hiking or running (I was a member of the cross country team in high school in the late 1990s and am forever trying to get back into shape). Under the tall trees is where I feel the most whole. I also take my dog Margo for a lot of walks, which she enjoys, especially if there are other dogs to play with.

Remember, we can overcome the inequities which permeate our society, and we can heal. Together, we might even flourish. Just imagine.

I am humbled by the beauty of life and am grateful to be alive.

What is your story? Where are you from? Where are you headed? Please get in touch.

Painting of me as a child, created by my aunt, Mary Ann Lederer, 1991

Boston, Massachusetts is situated on traditional Mashpee Wampanoag Territory.