If you want to know more about my path to an Interpreventional ™ cardiologist, the road to America’s Holistic Heart Doc, here goes. I was accepted into a special program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor that combined undergraduate and medical studies into a 6-year plan. I worked hard and graduated number 1 in the school, summa cum laude.
I stayed on for 3 more years of Internal Medicine training and was awarded both the resident research and clinical medicine top awards. I did quite a bit of research and publishing in Ann Arbor on the effects of diabetes on the heart. I then moved to Dallas and trained in cardiology with Dr. James Willerson and David Hillis, two of the brightest and finest cardiologists ever practicing. I participated in many research papers. I then traveled to Kansas City to work under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Hartzler, the world’s top catheterization lab doctor.
I benefited from his amazing skills and training and was able to publish 26 papers during my 52 weeks there that doctors read around the world.
Then I returned to Michigan, first Ann Arbor, and then suburban Detroit, and have been practicing invasive, interventional and preventive cardiology since 1990. I have done research and have taught dozens of residents and cardiologists. I was advanced to full Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine. I was nominated as a Top Doc in cardiology for most of the past years. In 2011, I returned to university training at University of South Florida and received a certification in Metabolic Cardiology after a year of classroom training, the first physician to complete the program in the world. I now am a visiting lecturer for that university and have traveled the country speaking. Readers Digest magazine selected me for their Holistic Heart Doc column and their publishing arm will publish my book, The Holistic Heart Book, in 2014. I appear regularly on Fox TV 2 in Detroit as a health commentator.
My holistic path began with reading books in the 1980’s presenting a vegetarian lifestyle as the best for health, the environment and for animals.
In the 1990’s science increasingly appeared in highly regarded medical literature indicating that heart disease and deaths were preventable and reversible with plant based diets, exercise, and mind-body practices. I began to teach my patients that these were serious options for their health and began speaking on the topic. I presented at our local VegFest every year, often speaking with Colin Campbell, PhD, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, John Salley, Neal Barnard, MD, Michael Greger, MD and other leaders in the field. My return to university in 2011 allowed me to gain a more completer understanding on the role of food on health from a scientific foundation. I have been vegetarian for over 25 years and completely plant based (vegan if you wish) for over a dozen years. My book, The Holistic Heart Book, will be published in January, 2014.