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Dr. Steven Eisenberg - Love Is the Strongest Medicine

May 20, 2021

Dr. Steven Eisenberg – Love Is the Strongest Medicine

Aired Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Between 1995 and her transition in 1998, I supported and loved my late partner, Judi, through her challenge with cancer. I would be at her side during rounds of chemotherapy and would lighten her spirit by telling her jokes. Calling on an accumulated repertory of every joke I had ever heard, she would laugh or boo, depending on how good or bad the joke or my delivery was. It made the time in the chemo chair fly by and took her mind away from the daunting experience.

I recently learned of an amazing oncologist who uses song to do the same for his patients. My guest this week on Vox Novus, Dr. Steven Eisenberg, is known as “The Singing Oncologist.” 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. Dr. 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 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. 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. His website is and he joins me to share his path, his compassionate approach and his new book, Love Is the Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion.

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