Welcome to The Incision. A newsletter by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.

Here I strive to offer more context and less conflict to our public discussion, cutting deeper into the trends — social, political, and scientific — driving this moment. 

I cover the ways politics, culture, economics, society, policy, technology, biology, epidemiology, and medicine interact and feedback on each other to create the world we’re living in. Most importantly, I write about what we can do to create the world we deserve. 

Why Subscribe?

To stay plugged in.

In addition to several written posts every week, we release a weekly interview with an author, activist, or politician shaping our moment.

  • Take a read of a recent piece about how centrist Democrats are using “wokeness” as a smokescreen to oppose progressive economic policies.

  • Here’s a recent interview with former Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Manager and founder of More Perfect Union, Faiz Shaker.

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  • Subscriber-only posts like Abdul’s Weekly Reading List.

It takes a whole team’s labor to support a high-quality well-maintained community like this one and your paid subscription will support our dedicated editors and video producers. Discounts are available for students, government employees, and more. If you have any questions please feel free to send us an email at incision@abdulelsayed and we can work with you.

Who is Abdul?

Abdul El-Sayed trained as a physician and epidemiologist. He has labored as a professor, public official, politician, author, and public commentator. He is the author of “Healing Politics” and “Medicare for All.” And hosts the weekly podcast, “America Dissected,” which explores the space where health and society intersect. He’s a contributing editor at The New Republic and a contributor at CNN and teaches public policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School, as well as American University. He’s a proud union member — and a prouder Baba and spouse.

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A progressive perspective on people, politics, & public policy from Dr. Abdul El-Sayed


Trained as a physician & epidemiologist. Former city health director & recovering politician. I write The Incision, a newsletter that cuts into the political, economic, social, & scientific trends shaping our moment.