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Some would say that being a successful doctor or professional is a meaningful lifetime achievement.
“If I could be that, I’d be set!”
Well, what does it mean when one of the most successful oncologists in the world is struggling for life meaning and direction?
What does HE do to get answers?
Instead of buying another Porsche, this doctor went to the mountains of Columbia to take part in a sacred, age-old ritual — the vision quest.
After strenuous preparations, he was “planted” on top of a mountain alone for four days and nights without food, water or shelter. He withstood torrential downpours and extreme conditions but he did not leave his post.
Why would a guy do this?
Listen to Dr. Jeremy Geffen, author of The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person talk about this amazingly difficult journey. And ask yourself, “What would my life be like if I were willing to leave it all behind?”
About Jeremy Geffen, Author, The Journey Through Cancer
Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP is a board-certified medical oncologist, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine and oncology, and the founder of Geffen Visions International, Inc. (GVI). A gifted and inspiring writer, speaker, physician, and seminar leader, he is the author of the highly-acclaimed book The Journey Through Cancer (Crown, 2000; Three Rivers, 2006) and audio program The Seven Levels of Healing (Nightingale-Conant, 2001). He has addressed a large number of groups and conferences, and has testified before the United States Congress as an expert witness on integrative medicine and oncology. From 2006 – 2008 he served as Director of Integrative Oncology for P4 Healthcare and www.Caring4Cancer.com.
In addition to his academic medical education and training, Dr. Geffen has traveled extensively and has more than thirty years of experience exploring the great spiritual and healing traditions of the world, including Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, yoga, meditation, and other approaches to health and self-awareness.
Described as an “oncologist of the future,” Dr. Geffen founded the Geffen Cancer Center and Research Institute (GCCRI), in Vero Beach, Florida, in 1994, which he directed until 2003. GCCRI was one of the first cancer centers in the United States explicitly designed to provide a working model of truly holistic, comprehensive cancer care for the 21st century. The Center was well-known for its ground-breaking Seven Levels of Healing® program which integrates state-of-the-art conventional cancer treatments with a wide array of complementary therapies designed to promote healing and transformation at the deepest levels of the body, mind, heart, and spirit. Dr. Geffen practiced medical oncology and hematology for 11 years before closing the Center and leaving clinical practice in 2003 to work full-time with GVI. During his career as a practicing physician he provided guidance and care to thousands of patients and their loved ones.
Dr. Geffen is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University, and received his MD degree with honors from New York University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Diego Medical Center, and fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology at University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. He is the recipient of research grants from the National Cancer Institute and the Research Coordinating Committee of the University of California. In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Geffen’s work is now focused on writing, speaking, and consulting with hospitals, medical centers, and professional organizations in developing leading-edge integrative and multidimensional programs for medicine and life. He also leads seminars and retreats throughout the United States and abroad, and offers personal consulting services for individuals and their families.