David Scales, MPhil, MD, PhD, is a sociologist and physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. David received his BA in Chemistry and American History from the University of Pennsylvania, studied History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge University, then completed his MD and PhD degrees at Yale University. After a post-doc, David trained in Internal Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, where he currently works as a Hospitalist. David's clinical interests focus on providing care to the medically underserved, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East. With a certificate in medical interpreting, David's writing centers on medical communication – in the doctor-patient relationship, between healthcare providers, and to the general public. He has written for Aeon, MedPage Today, and is a contributor to WBUR's CommonHealth.