Hi, I’m Patrick from Los Angeles. I would like to tell you a little about myself and about my twin passions, movies, and medicine.
Originally from Ireland. I’m a medical doctor. However, I am also a passionate movie lover and have been as far back as I can remember. Growing up in Ireland, I devoured every movie that would come my way, often, over a year after it had opened in the US. During my decade of medical studies in Galway, I got a part-time position writing about movies for “In Dublin” magazine and later, I started authoring articles for “The Irish Times”, which I continued to do after I moved here in 1992.
My favorite director is Hitchcock and, fittingly, “Vertigo” is one of my two all-time favorite movies; the other is Polanski’s” Chinatown”. I recently started working less hours as a doctor, so I thought that I might try my hand at a Blog.
My medical speciality is Hematopathology which is the diagnosis and prognostication of cancers of the blood and bone marrow such as leukemia (both acute and chronic), lymphoma (both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin), multiple myeloma, the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs), and the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) such as CML, PV and ET.
Recently, I have been working on clinical trials for new drugs – let’s call them SMART DRUGS, mostly for multiple myeloma but also for follicular lymphoma (FL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and an exceedingly rare blood cancer called blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN).
The SMART drugs are in the class of chimeric antibody receptor T-cells (CARTs) bispecific T-cell engagers (BITEs) and antibody-drug conjugates.
I have never thought of my love for such disparate disciplines as movies and medicine to be unusual or contradictory. In fact, I find them to be complimentary: after all, it was my Fellowship in Hematopathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center/UCLA that brough me to Hollywood!
Coincidentally, I have always loved the Southern California sound with musicians such as Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell remaining my favorites to this day!
The blog was born under COVID-19 isolation and has spread its wings, I think. @TheBrownees is obviously a play on my name. Thank you all for reading this and I hope that you enjoy the blog. I can also be found on:
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