E.J. & Lisa Carter talk with Dr. David Dosa, author of "Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat". Dosa, a geriatrician with a strong aversion to cats, tells the endearing story of Oscar the cat, the aloof resident at a nursing home who only spends time with people who ...
David Dosa MD, MPH is a practicing geriatrician and health services researcher at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In July 2007, David garnered international attention for an essay on Oscar that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In 2007, Dr. David Dosa wrote an essay about Oscar for the New England Journal of Medicine. His story drew international attention. Oscar is a black and white tabby cat who lives at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Since his arrival in 2005, Oscar has lived among the residents of Steere House's third floor dementia unit. Though outwardly he's "just a cat," Oscar has developed a unique ability to sense when patients on the third floor are about to die and he holds bedside vigils for patients during their last hours.