Dr. Andy Lazris


Dr. Andy Lazris is looking forward to joining you today at 3:30 PM ET; 2:30 PM CT. He’ll be using the Skype link you provided to connect. I’m just resharing the pitch again which includes all the information as well as the bio for Dr. Andy Lazris. Please let me know if you have any questions!

More than a year later, there’s still a lot of confusion when it comes to COVID-19. Do I need to go back to wearing a mask even though I’ve been vaccinated? Is the vaccine safe? Do I need a booster shot and if so, when? Or should I load up on another vaccine if I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be safe from the Delta variant? Is it safe for my kid to be in school? In fact, Surgeon General Murthy has called health miscommunication an “urgent threat.”

I’m working with Board-Certified physician with over 25 years’ experience, Dr. Lazris, who has been on the frontline treating his patients with COVID-19 and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D., an environmental scientist with over 35 years of experience. They believe that miscommunications about COVID-19 has led to confusion, vaccine hesitancy and mistrust of what should be trusted sources, and they are on a mission to improve health communications so we can all make educated decisions about how to keep ourselves and others safe from COVID, Delta and every other upcoming variants.

They have developed and tested what could be the solution to health communications – a Benefit-Risk Characterization Theatre (BRCT). They include details in their new book, Understanding COVID-19 Risks: An Image is Worth More Than 1,000 Words, which answers a number of questions about COVID-19 and explains the impact that the BRCT can have in distilling complicated information into an understandable graphic of a 100,000 seat theater.

Dr. Lazris and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D. are available for interviews to discuss:

  • The latest update on COVID-19 and Delta. What are the biggest concerns right now?
  • Why is there so much misinformation with COVID-19 and how do they think we can do better?
  • The Benefit-Risk Characterization Theatre (BRCT) and how they believe this can be an essential tool in clearing up a lot of confusion with COVID-19.
  • How can we be more proactive as a patient when it comes to our doctors providing us with information or recommendations when it comes to important health decisions?
  • An explanation of the COVID 19 vaccinations, and what are the key things someone should consider if they are hesitant to get the vaccine?
  • Clarity on all topics relating to COVID-19 such as:
    • Do I need to wear a mask even if I’ve been vaccinated? Do we know if they work?
    • Vaccines for kids – are they really safe or what should parents consider?
    • Is my child safe in school?
    • Will I need a booster vaccine and if so, when?
    • Will we reach ‘herd immunity’? What happens if we don’t?
    • Is the Delta variant dangerous for those that have been vaccinated?

I’ve included their bios below for additional information, but I’d be happy to send you a review copy of their book or set up an interview if you’d like.

Thank you for considering an opportunity and please let me know if you have further questions!

About the Authors:

Andy Lazris, M.D. and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D. are co-founders of the Center for Interpreting Health Benefits and Risk.

Andy Lazris, MD is a physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has practiced both primary care Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for the past 25 years and is the founder and one of five practitioners of a primary care practice in Columbia, MD, Personal Physician Care. In addition to Internal Medicine board certification, he has a Certified Medical Director (CMD) degree, and is the director of several long term care facilities in Maryland. Dr. Lazris is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He received a full merit scholarship to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his Internal Medicine training at University of Virginia Hospital.  His most recent book, Curing Medicare (Cornell University Press) explores geriatric health care, how it is impacted by Medicare, and how to best reform the Medicare system

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