My name is Stephan Moll. I am a hematologist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill. I have 3 major areas of interest: (1) Patient care: In my clinical practice I see mostly patients with blood clots and clotting disorders, outpatients and inpatients; (2) Education: I educate health care professionals and patients on blood clots and clotting disorders; and (3) Research: I participate in clinical research to prevent and better treat blood clots, clotting disorders, and the complications thereof. For many years I have written a Q/A section on a fvleiden patient website; I am a cofounder of the national non-profit patient organization NBCA (National Blood Clot Alliance); and recently I started the education outreach program Clot Connect (www.clotconnect.org).
Purpose of this blog
I believe that a patient who is educated about his/her medical disorder may (a) have a better health outcome, and (b) feel more in control of his/her disorder and, thus, have a better quality of life. These assumptions have not been scientifically studied; at some point they need to.
In this Blog I want to provide medical information to individuals who have had a blood clot and to those who are at risk for clots. I will strive to make this information accurate, scientific, and up-to-date; and unbiased and uninfluenced by third parties, such as the pharmaceutical industry and others. The content of my posts is primarily directed to patients and their families. However, health care professionals are also welcome to participate in this blog.
No commercial entity (pharmaceutical industry, etc) supports this blog, and I am not getting paid for my entries. I am offering this non-for-profit service as part of the Blood Clot Outreach (BCO) program of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis center. In return, I ask that, if you are able, you consider supporting the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program with a tax-deductible donation, so that education in all its forms (web-based – www.clotconnect.org; print; face-to-face seminars; patient support groups; outreach research; etc) can be offered to (a) patients, (b) individuals at risk for clot, and (c) health care providers looking after people with blood clots.
To help me optimize the information provided in this blog please give feedback: (a) please rank the posts by their content and utility, and (b) please leave comments. This is important to me, as this blog is meant to be a collaborative project: people give feedback as to what information/education about blood clots is needed, I try to provide it.
However, please do not email medical questions. Please do not post medical questions as comments. These will not be answered.
Any decision on the management of a patient needs to be based on an individual patient’s special circumstances. Medical decisions can often only be made after a thorough medical history has been obtained, old medical records have been reviewed, the patient has been examined, and additional labs or tests have been performed. None of the comments in this blog are meant to replace the evaluation of a patient by a good and knowledgeable physician.
Whilst the advice and information in this blog are believed to be true and accurate at the date of writing, I can not accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made, or any medical decisions that will be based on the information on this web page. The reader is strongly urged to consult with a knowledgeable physician before making decisions.
My desire is to provide medical information in this blog that is non-biased and scientific, uninfluenced by pharmaceutical companies or any other commercial entities and interests. To that goal, each blog will have a disclosure statement at its end, identifying any potential conflict I have from the preceding 3 years, that might be interpreted as leading to biased information. The reader can then judge by him-/herself.
updated Nov 20th, 2010