Thursday, April 30, 2015

Anesthesiologist Running For U.S. President? Sure. Why Not.

Dr. Marc Feldman
You may not realize it, but there is an anesthesiologist who is officially running for the office of the U.S. Presidency in 2016. His name is Marc Allan Feldman. He is running as a member of the Libertarian party.

From his official bio, Dr. Feldman completed his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, majoring in Philosophy. (Who says a philosophy degree is worthless?) He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his Master's in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is currently practicing anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic.

While Dr. Feldman's run will be considered the longest of long shots in the upcoming election, that doesn't mean anesthesiologists can't win an elected government office. The most famous anesthesiologist to win an election is of course Andy Harris, the only anesthesiologist serving in Congress. Dr. Harris has now won a couple of terms, winning his last election in Maryland by a landslide. He looks set to be feted at every anesthesiology conference for the rest of his life.

On a smaller scale, the newest mayor of posh Beverly Hills is Dr. Julian Gold. He is the Co-Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

But those appear to be the exceptions that prove the rule. More frequent outcomes are like Dr. Vanila Singh, a Stanford faculty anesthesiologist who ran for Congress as a Republican in a heavily liberal Democratic Silicon Valley. Needless to say she didn't win but at least she had the courage to try when most other conservatives in the state gave that district up by default.

So good luck to you Dr. Feldman. Many physicians probably have the same fiscally conservative/socially liberal philosophy as you. But unfortunately in this country where a two party political system has been in charge of elections for over a century, the chance of hailing a President Feldman is slim. Besides, if you won we wouldn't know how to address you--Mr. President? Dr. President? Hey Anesthesia?


  1. So far, based on the field, he has a better than decent shot at my vote.

    1. Your right. He doesn't seem like the usual power hungry, money grubbing, egomaniac who usually runs for higher office. Would be nice to have an intelligent, mature individual who doesn't brag that he only got a C average in college.