“Do no harm” must guide social media for healthcare professionals

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The events of the past few weeks in Israel and Gaza, with all the tragic loss of life, are paralleled by another war—a war of words in the public arena reflecting political and ideological loyalties of those who are with, and those who are against. 

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Samir N. Khleif, MD
Biomedical scholar & professor, Director, Center for Advanced Immunotherapy Research, Georgetown University
Raphael E. Pollock, MD, PhD
Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, The Ohio State University, Kathleen Wellenreiter Klotz Chair in Cancer Research, Director, Ohio State Sarcoma Research Laboratory
Robert A. Winn, MD
Director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, Senior associate dean for cancer innovation, Professor of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, VCU School of Medicine
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Samir N. Khleif, MD
Biomedical scholar & professor, Director, Center for Advanced Immunotherapy Research, Georgetown University
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Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, The Ohio State University, Kathleen Wellenreiter Klotz Chair in Cancer Research, Director, Ohio State Sarcoma Research Laboratory
Robert A. Winn, MD
Director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, Senior associate dean for cancer innovation, Professor of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, VCU School of Medicine

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