“Miracle on the Hudson” … and the “Sully” movie

Sully, the movie is being released in a couple of weeks. I’m asked if I’m in it. Short answer, no. Disappointed? A bit. So how did this big Hollywood movie with Tom Hanks and made by Clint Eastwood miss my role of a lifetime? My guess is that they cut me in editing the film […]


  THE BASRI DIET – THE OTHER PASSOVER DIET I’m going to ask you not to eat four things. If you don’t eat these three things, you will lose a lot of weight. But you must adhere to the diet 100% — not 90% or 95%. But it’s a simple diet.  It’s very straightforward.  You […]

Aeromedical Deliberations in the Germanwings Tragedy

The Germanwings tragedy this week brought to the forefront the mental health assessment for commercial airmen.  There are reports that the copilot had another serious health issue with his vision.   I would like to raise the possibility that there is a connection between the suicide, mental health issues, change in vision, and perhaps a brain […]


I have enjoyed scuba diving for many years. As a physician, I am fascinated with the physiology of barometric pressure and offloading gases within the body.  I did advanced hyperbaric training through Divers Alert Network and through New York Medical College where I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Decompression sickness is the medical […]

Pilots’ Watch of Choice

Beritling Navitimer The Pilots’ Watch of Choice is as precision engineered as any airplane.      

Pilot Medical Certification Questions and Answers

Q   uestions & Answers:   http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/faq/ What is a medical certificate? How do I obtain a medical certificate? Who must hold a medical certificate? What class of medical certificate must I hold and how long is it valid? What medical standards must I meet in order to qualify for a medical certificate? What medical […]