WHO I AM
I am a 63-year-old cancer doctor, who spent the last 40 years passionately studying health care efficiency, fitness strategies, longevity, happiness determinants, and other alternative healthcare systems. I have witnessed the remarkable successes of our acute care highly technical US system while witnessing the declining health of our citizens. As a curiosity-driven individual, I have questioned the accepted strategies and always tried to bring better efficiencies and value into the clinic. I’ve not shied away from addressing the emotional and lifestyle needs of cancer patients while delivering the best available standard of care at the time.
In early 2019, I retired from my post as director of the Charlotte-based Cancer Center due to the gradual progression of my chronic retinal disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Although legally blind for driving and the extreme demands of the visual-based field of radiation oncology, I continued to function well enough to return to a one-year program for science-based individuals to study the business of starting a business. I enrolled in my undergrad alma mater the University of Notre Dame ESTEEM program. While there I stumbled upon a company that was just starting in the US with an early prototype using virtual visits to offer metabolically acting repurpose drugs to layer on to the standard of care for cancer patients. This company aligned with my goals to bring important lifestyle tenants into the care of cancer patients along with drugs that mimic fasting in the body.
CareOncology.com became my capstone project for the year and grew quickly to its current state and has served many thousand patients in the US and Canada. In late 2021, along with our original company in the United Kingdom, Care Oncology ultimately merged with a larger company called Stage Zero Life Sciences which performs liquid biopsies for cancer.
Over the last three years, this virtual platform has fostered remarkable learning opportunities from fellow doctors, nurses, and patients. Ten years ago, when I mentioned words like autophagy, apoptosis, metabolic flexibility, ketogenic and more, very few colleagues were familiar with or interested. Now, these words are becoming more commonplace and strategies to reintegrative metabolic theories into care are taking place. I am striving to continue to bridge these two theories to improve outcomes for the service of my fellow human beings. Patients today need help on how to prioritize the multiple strategies that are out there given the challenges of time, cost, and side effects of these entities. I stick to the discipline of reviewing a different topic every month in a readable 8 to 10-minute format with references. Although I don’t have time for charity coaching that I started immediately after retirement, I would do my best to answer emails giving advice as a health coach but not as a doctor and offer questions to take back to your local team. I also ask that everybody pay it forward in some way or manner to help someone else as well.
Stay strong and curious and be your own best doctor.
How I Can
I am here to provide you with free health and cancer-specific information to help you navigate the challenges of care decisions. As an oncologist in a virtual metabolic clinic that integrates and reviews alternative therapies while having a background in standard therapies, the mini reviews under the heading “Questions from the Clinic” will be useful.
Although time constraints don’t allow the voluntary coaching previously performed, please sign up for our blog so we can keep you updated on the availability of new services beyond education. Additionally, I have just completed 40 hours of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) training and obtained certification. Having used my own unit for the last 10 years, this underused tool fuses nicely with many cancer programs and recovery strategies. We have a new website dedicated to HBOT coming soon.