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The Pain & Therapy Bibliography, Record ID 6469

Expert Profile: Dr. David Gorski



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David Gorski, MD, PhD, FACS, is a surgical oncologist at the Karmanos Cancer Institute — both a surgeon and a scientist, an unusual and interesting combination. He is best known to the public as a prolific anti-quackery activist, both as a managing editor of Science-Based Medicine and the author of one of the top ten medical blogs, Respectful Insolence. His interest in pseudoscience and “alternative” medicine started in 2000, when he started critically examining some claims he stumbled across in the Usenet newsgroup misc.health.alternative.

Much of what you may have read about Dr. Gorski around the Internet is untrue: he is the target of some serious harassment and misinformation campaigning, such as an unusually “creative” series of defamatory articles by Mike Adams. I’ve known Dr. Gorski personally since 2009, and he obviously cares deeply about his work, his patients, and his family (and his dog, and science fiction, and so on). Like most of the anti-quackery activists I know, he’s an idealist who’s not just trying to make the world a better place, but taking plenty of risks to do it.

As a scientist, Dr. Gorski runs an active research laboratory and has recently taken an active interest in the problems of breast cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment. His research has been funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, and others, and been published in prestigious journals such as Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Blood, Nature Reviews Cancer, and Nature.

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These four articles on PainScience.com mention Dr. David Gorski as a source:

  1. About Paul Ingraham
  2. Why “Science”-Based Instead of “Evidence”-Based?
  3. T’ai Chi Helps Fibromyalgia, but It’s Not “Alternative” Medicine
  4. Placebo Power Hype