Trisha Pasricha, MD


Contributing columnist

Education: Harvard University, BA in visual and environmental studies; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MD; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH

Dr. Trisha Pasricha is the Ask a Doctor columnist for The Washington Post. She completed internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowships in gastroenterology and motility at Massachusetts General Hospital. Along the way, Dr. Pasricha's career in medical journalism has spanned over 13 years, including prior reporting for CNN, ABC News and the New York Times. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and outside medicine and writing, she spends her time with family, snuggling their chow chow Cannoli and binging on classic Bollywood films. Dr. Pasricha l
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The health fads you shouldn’t get caught up in this year

When you come across a health trend on social media, approach it with skepticism.

January 15, 2024

Tune up your body: A health checklist for every age

Learn the health screenings, checkups and vaccinations that everybody needs, from your 20s to midlife to older age.

January 3, 2024

As a doctor, here are 5 things I want my patients to know

Tiny daily decisions matter, and don’t be afraid to talk about embarassing health issues.

December 25, 2023

Ask a Doctor: Our 10 best tips to help you live better

Here’s the most popular advice from The Washington Post’s “Ask a Doctor” series in 2023.

December 18, 2023

Why we crave sweets after eating — and what to do about it

Enjoying sweets in moderation is perfectly normal. But if cravings are hindering your efforts to eat a healthy diet, these tips can help.

December 11, 2023

Should I try medical marijuana? Here’s what to know.

Cannabis is popular for treating conditions such as nausea and chronic pain. But there is still much we don’t know about its potential long-term effects.

December 11, 2023

Should I take a vitamin B12 supplement? Here’s what the science says.

Older adults and vegans are at higher risk of being deficient in vitamin B12. For people with normal blood levels, the supplement has no proven benefits.

December 4, 2023

A 5-step prescription to combat loneliness during the holidays

Loneliness is linked to numerous health problems, from getting a cold to heart failure. But socializing more can build immunity and lower stress.

November 27, 2023

Kale can upset your stomach. Here’s how to make it easier to digest.

Planning to serve kale on Thanksgiving? These simple tips can help prevent gas and bloating.

November 20, 2023

Should I take a magnesium supplement? Here’s what the science says.

There are some cases when a person might benefit from a magnesium supplement, but most of us can get the right amount from food sources.

November 13, 2023