About

I am an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. I see patients at the MGH infectious diseases associates practice. I am also a tuberculosis researcher, musician, writer, peace activist, and member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

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.

If you’d like to stay in touch and receive my material electronically, please feel free to join more than 5,000 people and subscribe to my blog.

Thank you!

Philip A. Lederer

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Dear Dr. Phil Lederer, you look a lot like Dr. Phil McGraw from television. Is he your uncle?

Answer: Who?

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 “chrome-domed,” but there is no biological relationship.

Question: Do you even own a television?

Answer: Nope. 

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Dr. Phil Lederer is an infectious diseases doctor and father.
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Dr. Phil McGraw, known as “Dr. Phil,” is an American television personality and psychologist

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Phil,

    Nice to hear from you. Looking forward to see you in Mozambique one day. Good work for the community. All the best. Kanimabu!!!!

  2. Hi Phil,

    Nice to hear from you. Looking forward to see you in Mozambique one day. Good work for the community. All the best. Kanimabu!!!! David

  3. I like how you distinguish yourself from that other Dr. Phil 🙂 Thanks for including me on your emails Phil!! Hope you and the family are well!

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