I am an internist in private practice in Austin, TX. I am also fellowship-trained/board certified in palliative care and work from time to time at an inpatient hospice facility.  My goals for this blog are to inform people (including myself) about health science, ponder philosophical, political, theological issues associated with medicine, and make sense of my experience as a physician.  I am married with 5 and 3 year old sons.

Dr. James Marroquin, MD


7 responses to “About

  1. Joanna Jullien

    October 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I really appreciated your article on Kevin MD about suffering and technology . Would you be willing to have a conversation about the value of suffering and the wisdom required to apply what we know in ways that do not create more suffering? I write for parenting in the network culture, and I address all issues facing governing the home in a world that tells us we can simply “google” everything we need to know.

    Peace and blessings,
    Joanna Jullien


      October 4, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Joanna. I’d enjoy taking part in that conversation. Would you like me to write something for your site on a particular topic?

  2. Mike

    January 30, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I enjoy reading your blog; thanks for writing. I’m starting medical school this fall and am interested in internal medicine. Would you consider writing (or emailing me) about how you chose your specialty and what you’ve found to be the pros and cons of a career as an internist?


      January 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Thx for your kind words, Mike. What med school will you be attending? I think the best way to select a specialty is having it match your interests and aptitudes as well as a desire for a certain lifestyle (work hours, etc). I’d be happy to answer any specific questions you have here or via email if you share your email address

  3. Mike

    January 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for replying! I’ll be attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. My email is

  4. Steve Carow

    September 8, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Hello Dr. Marroquin,
    I have been reviewing with much interest your blog, experience and training. I particularly noted your training and experience in palliative medicine. I am in need of a new primary care physician, as my prior internist recently retired from that practice. I called your office today and was informed that you are not accepting new patients. Is that limitation absolute? if you would be open to considering me as a new patient, please let me know. I am 64 years old and would be happy to describe my general medical history if that would be relevant to your consideration. Thanks for your consideration.

    Steve Carow


      September 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Steve. I’m afraid I let my practice grow to such a size that it’s a challenge to get my current patients appointments as quickly as they deserve. So at this time, to be fair to the people to whom I’ve made a commitment, I’m not accepting new patients.


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