After having read Dr. Dennis Gabos’ cogent and succinct discussion of what he describes as the two UPMCs (“A Tale of Two UPMCs,” May 4 Forum), I have been following the comments about the piece both online and in letters to the editor. I find it compelling that so many responses begin (as did my own) with expression of admiration for the doctor’s courage! His bravery!
I understand that UPMC owns many, possibly most, of the practices of its physicians and, therefore, it seems it also owns the doctors who practice in them. In owning these doctors, it seems that it also owns their voices; it dictates to them the acceptable opinions they may express without fear. What does it say about the collective understanding of this community that there is a general assumption that it is dangerous for UPMC physicians to speak truth to power?
We so take that situation for granted that we admire Dr. Gabos simply for the fact that he spoke up.