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Jay Lavine, M.D., wears several yarmulkes, one of which is that of a physician exemplar, having ceased practicing clinical medicine in the United States when he felt it was no longer possible to do so according to Jewish ethical standards. An independent scholar in Jewish medicine who has taught classes on the subject, he writes about the ethics of medical practice and about preventive nutrition. He authored The Eye Care Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, 2001), which emphasizes prevention and which he calls a “self-defense manual for today’s health care environment.” His classic letter “Chicken Soup or Jewish Medicine” appeared in the medical journal CHEST (2001 Apr;119:1295). He has published in many other journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He also authors the websites thenutritionmd.com and www.jewish-medicine.org

Dr. Lavine attended the Central Hebrew High School of the Jewish Education Association of Essex County (New Jersey), graduating as valedictorian and as recipient of the Simon Chasen Memorial Award for excellence in Hebrew studies. He was a summa cum laude graduate of Pomona College, where he was granted “distinction” in chemistry and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. degree from the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego, and served his residency in St. Louis at the Washington University Affiliated Hospitals, which included Barnes Hospital, The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, among others.

Dr. Lavine contributed to On Jewish Matters the following articles: