Arnold R. Eiser, MD, Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) is an Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Eiser has served as Chief of General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago; President of the Chicago Clinical Ethics Program;, Secretary of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago; Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center; Vice President of Medical Education for Mercy Health System and Associate Dean for Mercy Programs, Drexel University College of Medicine; Director of Ambulatory Care, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital, Associate Chief of Nephrology, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Associate Professor, Mt Sinai School of Medicine; Chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians; Senior Fellow of the Jefferson School of Population Health, and Clerk of the History section of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
His previous research includes health policy, improving the consent process for implantable defibrillators, improving patient education for vulnerable populations, improving the patient-physician relationship and patient satisfaction, ethical and practical implications of digital applications in healthcare, the interface between business ethics and bioethics, medical education innovation and cultural competence in the clinical setting. His earlier clinical research dealt with pulmonary gas exchange during dialysis, the treatment of lupus nephritis, causes of proteinuria, and psychiatric causes of acute kidney injury. He is the author of The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Aspects Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield 2014.: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498520973/The-Ethos-of-Medicine-in-Postmodern-America-Philosophical-Cultural-and-Social-Considerations.
Dr. Eiser is a recipient of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Judges Award (2006), the ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award (2010), the American College of Physicians’ Laureate Award (2008), Mastership of the American College of Physicians (2014), and the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in the Healthcare Industry (2017).
In recent years, Dr. Eiser has turned his attention to the neurosciences with particular attention to environmental factors in the development of dementia, autism, and dysautonomia. In 2015 he authored, The Postmodern Stress Disorder: A Possible New Disorder in the American Journal of Medicine, 2015 Nov;128 (11):1178-81. In 2017, he authored the article Why does Finland have the highest dementia mortality rate? Environmental factors that may be generalizable that was published in Brain Research Sept 2017; 167:14-17. He has delivered the named keynote lecture, Nutritional Factors in the Dementia Epidemic, to the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition at their annual conference in April 2018 and to the Philadelphia Medical Society in May 2019. A forthcoming article in the American Journal of Medicine is entitled, Prevention of Dementia: Integrative Medicine and Its Differing Epistemology.
In the past academic year, he has begun serving as a reviewer for the Journal of Mental Health and Clinical Psychology, reviewing biologically based articles and the American Journal of Medicine. In 2019, his letter to the editor on the role of sauna therapy in dementia will appear in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. An essay he wrote appeared in February 2019 in the Health Affairs Blog on Neuroplasticity, Repetitive Digital Violence, Mass Shootings and Suicide: Toxic Content in the Digital Age. Dr. Eiser is preparing a new book on the interface between environmental toxins, neurological disorders, and social construction of medical knowledge. In this work he brings new insights into several important topics in neurology using his breadth of knowledge that extends beyond the limits of a single discipline.