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April 2017

Travel Bans and Threats to US Health Care—Our Hearts Are at Stake

Author Affiliations
  • 1Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
  • 2Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 3Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
 

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JAMA Cardiol. 2017;2(4):351-352. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2017.0834

For decades, top US medical centers have generously welcomed physicians from around the world to train and work in their affiliate medical schools and hospitals across the country. The executive orders by President Donald Trump on January 27 and March 6, 2017, banning travel of citizens from specific countries into the United States is threatening the future of the physician workforce and health care delivery in the United States, which depends significantly on international medical graduates.1 For us immigrant cardiologists working at major academic medical centers in the United States, such a ban may be a harbinger of disintegration of the multicultural, multiethnic, open-minded, and plural fabric that has defined American medicine and contributed to its success over the years.

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