How it All Started
The evolution of Gaynor Wellness began about 30 years ago during Dr. Gaynor’s research fellowship in hematology-oncology at Cornell Medical Center, Rockefeller University, and later as medical director of the Strang Cancer Prevention Center. In particular, the nutrient-gene research he worked on was illuminating: studying how nutrients can influence genes to stave off or promote disease, based on our diet.
The notion that nutrients could affect our health at the genetic level was not even on the scientific radar; in fact, nutrition was not emphasized in medical school or residency to the degree that pathology and pharmacology were. Sadly, this is still the case. Using food, or rather the nutrients they contain, to prevent or treat disease is not emphasized in medical school; what is taught is rudimentary and covers basic nutritional deficiencies and the diseases they are associated with.
During his research, Dr. Gaynor was astonished that the science of how nutrients affected gene expression was far ahead of what was currently being taught in medical schools and hospitals to physicians in training. At the Strang Cancer Prevention Center and Rockefeller University, Dr. Gaynor worked with some of the best physicians and scientists in the world in the fields of nutritional genomics (how nutrients affect gene expression), and toxicogenomics (how environmental toxins adversely affect gene expression). As Director of Medical Oncology and Associate Medical Director at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center, Dr. Gaynor developed a comprehensive integrative approach to cancer prevention as well as other chronic conditions, such as obesity, degenerative conditions associated with aging, and environmental toxicity, which has been linked to symptoms such as chronic fatigue. Dr. Gaynor’s integrative approach to cancer prevention and treatment, which started using his hematology-oncology training and nutritional research combines academically based medical evaluation and treatment with targeted nutritional medicine. Many of the same risk factors for cancer such as environmental toxicity, chronic inflammation, chronic infections, nutritional deficiencies, and metabolic dysfunction also contribute to aging, fatigue, insomnia, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, as well as neurologic and digestive disorders. Dr. Gaynor provides the same rigorous evaluation and treatment protocols that he has pioneered for the prevention and treatment of cancer to these conditions at Gaynor Wellness.
Upon completing his fellowship, it was natural that he went on to work at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center. Armed with extensive experience in oncology and knowledge of nutrient-gene interactions, Dr. Gaynor made the decision to dedicate his career toward bridging the gap between traditional medicine and advanced science. And working at the Strang Center made perfect sense because it applied conventional treatments (e.g. surgery and chemotherapy) and nutrition-based science to promote health and healing in cancer patients.
As Director of Medical Oncology at the Strang Center, Dr. Gaynor was committed to reducing the number of lives lost to cancer and to improving the quality of health among all Americans living with chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Dr. Gaynor has treated many patients using a comprehensive, tailored approach to medicine, which combines conventional treatments as well as targeted nutritional medicine. To help improve the health and lives of his patients, Dr. Gaynor has taken the best medical practices and developed Gaynor Wellness.
About Gaynor Wellness
Gaynor Wellness uses advanced science to optimize and equilibrate health beginning with a detailed diagnostic evaluation of each patient’s metabolic, endocrine, inflammatory, and immunologic balance. Dr. Gaynor emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person by addressing nutritional imbalances, environmental exposures, and lifestyle concerns. Dr. Gaynor is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology. Dr. Gaynor’s extensive training in intravenous therapies for cancer, as well as research in nutrition, has made cutting-edge targeted nutritional intravenous treatments available for many conditions at Gaynor Wellness.
Because the medical solutions Dr. Gaynor employs target the underlying causes of disease, he is able to treat many chronic conditions, which is the reason so many have sought his assistance. Dr. Gaynor’s integrative evaluation and treatment approach focuses on identifying underlying dysfunctions, which create disease and chronic illness. Rather than just treating the symptom, Dr. Gaynor evaluates and determines exactly how the body is out of harmony. The medical solutions he has pioneered are rooted in the premise of integrative medicine—a patient centered, tailored approach in which treatments target the root causes of disease. While Gaynor Wellness continues to use the best that scientific, modern medicine has to offer, many times these treatments only focus on symptoms and are therefore necessary but in no way sufficient.
About Dr. Mitchell Gaynor
Mitchell Gaynor, MD, is a board certified physician who has been consecutively listed in The Best Doctors in New York for the past 13 years. He graduated from the prestigious University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas; then he moved to New York to complete his residency in internal medicine and specialty training in hematology-oncology at Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Gaynor was also a fellow at Rockefeller University where he studied gene regulation of the immune system, which is critically important in conditions as diverse as cancer, aging, and chronic fatigue.
Dr. Gaynor served as the medical director and director of medical oncology at the Weill Cornell Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He was also a member on the Executive Review Panel at the Department of Defense – Alternative Medicine for Breast Cancer Sector and the Smithsonian Institute’s Symposium on New Frontiers in Breast Cancer and the Environment. In addition to his thriving integrative oncology practice located on the Upper East Side, Dr. Gaynor currently serves as the Director of Medical Oncology at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Physicians, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Well known for his work in integrative medicine, Dr. Gaynor has been a guest on over 30 radio shows and appeared on several television shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, the Martha Stewart Show, and ABC Good Morning America. He is also the author of several bestselling books:
- Nurture Nature, Nurture Health: Your Health and the Environment (Nurture Nature Press 2005)
- The Healing Power of Sound (Shambhala 2002)
- Healing Essence (Kensington Health 2000)
- Dr. Gaynor’s Cancer Prevention Program (Kensington Health 1999)
- Sounds of Healing (Broadway Books 1999)
An expert in the effects of environmental toxins on cancer, Dr. Gaynor has published many studies and contributed to peer review journals; in 2002, for his leadership and contributions in environmental oncology, Dr. Gaynor was awarded the New York State Assembly’s “Environmental Advocacy Award” and named “Environmental Advocate of the Year” by the Mid-Hudson Options Institute.