In this interview with leading naturopathic oncologist, Timothy Birdsall, ND, FABNO, we discuss the past, present, and future of integrative oncology. Birdsall explains the role of the naturopathic physician in cancer care and describes why this team approach is important.
About the Expert
Timothy C. Birdsall, ND, FABNO, is chief medical information officer and senior vice president of information services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and a graduate of Bastyr University. He has been with CTCA since 1998, when he joined the staff at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill, the flagship hospital for CTCA. There he helped pioneer an innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based approach to cancer care—the first of its kind to fully incorporate naturopathic physicians into the care of every patient. From 2002 to 2012, Birdsall served as vice president of integrative medicine for CTCA, with programmatic responsibility for nutrition, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, pastoral care, oncology rehabilitation, chiropractic, and acupuncture. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
About the Sponsor
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals providing a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment. CTCA serves patients with complex cancer from all 50 states at facilities located in suburban Phoenix, suburban Chicago, suburban Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, visit www.cancercenter.com.