Dr. Peter Valenzuela is a family physician and executive who’s worked in multiple healthcare settings over the last two decades including private practice, academics, multi-specialty medical groups and integrated delivery systems.
When asked how he started creating comics, Dr. Valenzuela said, “I’ve always had a sense of humor about health care. It was as I continuously encountered physician dissatisfaction and organizational dysfunction that the idea for Doc-Related was born.”
Dr. Valenzuela recently created a book that is a medley of anecdotes and comics supported with timely data presented in a satirical format. The chapters identify what’s broken in our health care system for clinicians, practice leaders, and patients, along with what we can do to fix them. Here’s a blurb about the book:
Much in the way the comic strip, Dlibert, taught us about corporate office culture, Doc-Related now takes us behind the clinic doors of today’s ailing US healthcare system. A medley of anecdotes, comics, and data-backed musings, Doc-Related’s “truth-tellers” turn out to be a half-dozen characters you will surely recognize. Why? Because author, Dr. Peter Valenzuela, has literally created them from his 20-year experience as a practicing family physician and health system executive. Whether you’re one of the 16 million Americans who work in the US healthcare industry, or simply someone who has tried to navigate its bureaucratic maze of insurance plans or electronic record systems—Doc-Related will help you see these challenges in a new light.