In Dr. Steven Eisenberg’s oncology practice, the enemy is cancer, but it’s also denial, anger, and fear–draining emotions that can interfere with the effectiveness of treatment. Every day, Dr. Steven helps patients fight cancer using both time-tested conventional therapies and innovative medical technologies. At the same time, he helps them overcome negative emotions by cultivating acceptance, love, and self-compassion in a deeply personal way, through laughter, empathy, and the music he plays and sings for and with them.
How often do you hear someone say, “I’m alive”? Dr. Steven’s patients say it to him all the time, in conversations, texts, and e-mails. Some of these patients are celebrating remissions or cures. Some are getting sicker, with reservations about what tomorrow might bring. But they’ve had a good day. They are all–we are all–truly and urgently alive. Dr. Steven’s book invites us to celebrate this truth, even as it tells a compelling story of a doctor’s experience on the front lines of care; offers a road map for bringing humanity back into traditional medical practice; and gives patients, families, and caregivers a blueprint for living each day with hope.
Steven Eisenberg is a triple-board-certified physician in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. He earned his undergrad degree at Penn State and a D.O. at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing a three-year medical oncology and hematology fellowship at Georgetown University’s Vincent T. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research publications include articles on novel therapies for cancer, and his special interests are breast cancer treatment, cancer prevention, patient engagement, and new health care technologies. Dr. Eisenberg was one of the first graduates of FutureMed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Building on his expertise in health care technology, he joined the faculty of Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine program and joined the ranks of the world’s top medical innovators.
Dr. Eisenberg is the co-founder of cCARE, California’s largest medical oncology practice. He serves as the practice’s Medical Director of Integrative Oncology, as well as its unofficial CEO (Chief Empathy Officer). He is also co-founder of Workup, Inc., a collaboration platform for health care teams.
Dr. Eisenberg was the first recipient of the Dr. Emanuel Fliegelman Humanitarian Award, for the doctor most exhibiting highly compassionate care during residency, and he has won numerous hospital awards for his uniquely empathetic bedside manner and commitment to meaningful patient engagement. His practice of writing songs with his patients earned him the nickname “the singing oncologist” and has helped him become the most-followed oncologist on Twitter and an in-demand conference speaker. His work has been featured on NBC’s TODAY as well as in People magazine, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. He is the host of The Dr. Steven Show and podcast.
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