About the Authors
GERALD M. LEMOLE, MD, is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and integrative physician. Dr. Lemole served as chief of cardiovascular surgery at Christiana Care Health Services from 1986 to 2006 and subsequently served as the Medical Director for the Center of Integrative Health at the Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Villanova and Dr. of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine. After a residency in general surgery at Temple University, he trained in cardiovascular surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas from 1967 to 1969 under doctors Michael Debakey and Denton Cooley. In 1968, he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States. Dr. Lemole returned to Philadelphia from Texas to become professor of surgery and chief of cardiac surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and chief of surgery at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center. In 1969, he performed the first coronary bypass in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. In 1982, while visiting Turkey, he performed that nation’s first successful coronary artery bypass.
His major professional memberships include the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is also a member of many societies and associated committees related to his profession. Dr. Lemole has lectured extensively and written over 150 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications. He has also published four books, including the Healing Diet, and An Integrative Approach to Cardiac Care and Facing Facial Pain. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Dublin, Istanbul, the Military Medical College of Ankara, Fengtai Heart Institute, Beijing China People’s Hospital and Second Military Medical University in China, Columbia-Presbyterian University Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital. He is listed in the publication Who’s Who in the United States, in the Marquis Who’s Who Directory of Medical Specialists and is a past recipient of the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award and numerous others.
PALLAV MEHTA, MD, is a medical oncologist/hematologist with expertise and interest in breast cancer and integrative oncology currently practicing in the Philadelphia area. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University subsequent to which he achieved certification as a personal athletic trainer through the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.). After 2 years of being employed with a fitness center in Manhattan, where he met his future wife, he moved to Philadelphia to begin his medical studies at Jefferson Medical College, where he received multiple honors and was inducted into the Hobart Amory Hare Honor Society. During this time, he continued to pursue his passion for fitness and was employed by the medical school as a personal trainer for staff and students. After receiving his M.D. in 2001, he began his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital followed by a combined 3-year fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the renowned Fox Chase Cancer Center. Upon completion of his medical training, he joined and became senior partner at a large private practice in the Philadelphia area.
As of 2015, he decided to return to academic medicine and is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Cooper Medical School, along with the Director of Integrative Oncology and Director of Practice Development at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Previously he served as the Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Medical Director of the Charles A. and Betty Bott Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, and integrative medicine. He has been the cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer (COC) and authored several journal articles and clinical trials, in which he has served as a local principal investigator along with developing a broad integrative medicine initiative aimed at patients with cancer. He has been invited to speak nationally on the topic of exercise and cancer and serves as a consultant and speaker for several international oncology-related companies pertaining to breast cancer, genetics, and molecular profiling. He is co-author of “After Cancer Care.” Dr. Mehta is a Castle Connolly “Top Doc” 2014 and resides in Philadelphia with his wife and three children.
DWIGHT L. MCKEE, MD, CNS, ABIHM, is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, nutrition, and integrative and holistic medicine. Dr. McKee graduated from Williams College with honors in chemistry in 1970. He then entered a combined M.D. – Ph.D. program at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed the first two years of medical school, as well as full graduate studies in pharmacology, and one year of research. After changing his interest from laboratory research to clinical medicine, he completed his last two years of medical school at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY, where he received his M.D. degree in 1975. He completed a rotating internship at the Washington Hospital Center in Wash. D.C., and then became associate medical director of Integral Health Services in Putnam, CT. – the first integrative medicine clinic on the east coast. Over the next twelve years, he studied and practiced nutritional and mind/body medicine, along with a full range of complementary medicine disciplines.
Through working with cancer patients in his practice, he became increasingly interested in cancer medicine, which led him in 1988 to return to hospital based post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County Hospital, Santa Clara Valley medical center, and Stanford University. He completed a three year fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and subsequently became board certified in both disciplines. He was also a visiting scientist at The Scripps Research Institute Immunology division for 2 years, where he pursued advanced studies in immunology, and performed laboratory research in tumor immunology. Since completing training in medical oncology, hematology, and immunology, Dr. McKee has been involved in the development of integrative cancer care, working to create a synthesis between conventional cancer medicine and alternative/complementary medicine. In 2003, he became board certified in nutrition by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, of the American College of Nutrition, and in 2007 he became Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine through the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Dr. McKee has been a member of the Internal Medicine staff at Scripps Clinic, and practiced medical oncology and hematology at the San Diego Cancer Center in Vista, CA. for 3 years, where he also served as medical director for the Sharp Hospice. He subsequently practiced medical oncology and hematology for 3 years in Kalispell, MT. He served as a consultant for the San Diego Cancer Research Institute from 2001 through 2010. Since Jan. 2001, he has served as Scientific Director of Life Plus International in Batesville, Arkansas. He has co-authored a text on interactions between drugs, nutrients, and botanicals, published by Elsevier Science in 2008. In 2010, he served on the expert committee for the Institute of Functional Medicine’s symposium on cancer. He is an organizer of a yearly Cancer Strategies Symposium since 2011, sponsored by the Healthy Medicine Academy, and since 2012 has edited the quarterly Cancer Strategies Journal, which highlights advances in integrative cancer care. Dr. McKee’s experience in medical research, nutritional science, immunology, chemistry, oncology, and complementary medicine make him one of the most knowledgeable researchers and clinicians worldwide.
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