Doctor on a Mission to Help Americans Empower Themselves to Reform Their Own Health

Chicago, IL, April 22, 2010 --( The only conversation about health these days seems to focus on how we will pay for the care of individuals - the elderly, the young, the poor and the rich. But Dr. Dave Montgomery believes that we’re missing a critical piece of the puzzle. He thinks that the conversation should focus on how to change our reliance on healthcare as our source for ‘health’ and how to empower individuals to master their own health.

“Doctors know there are simple steps any individual can take to lead a healthier lifestyle. Instead of focusing on these things, we often are looking to remedy a patient’s existing condition and fail to educate them on how they could have avoided this situation altogether, "said Dr. Montgomery.

Obesity is an all-to-common example of multiple missed opportunities to alter ones’ personal health that will eventually result in heavy utilization of health care services and personal morbidity over a lifetime. Obesity increases the risk of developing a very large number of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart attack and certain types of cancer. Yet over one-third of the adult American population (approximately 72 million Americans) is considered obese. This trend has briskly increased since 1960 and shows no sign of slowing down. Today, 66.3 percent of adult Americans (about 200 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese.

Evidence suggests that individuals detect many breast cancers by self-exams and that many more could have been caught earlier if individuals were tuned in to their own bodies. Both of these scenarios make up a large chunk of healthcare expenditure in America.

Dr. Dave Montgomery is convinced that personal ‘health reform’—not health care reform—is an under-emphasized key of the health care paradigm. Educating people to understand their bodies and master their own general health is Dr. Dave’s passion.

Dr. Montgomery received his doctorate of medicine from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he now teaches advanced medical practice to interns, residents and medical students. He also has a PhD in physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

“As you understand more about your body and your health, the tools to live a long, healthy, happy and prosperous life become clear. Positive self-awareness is a key to success at every phase of your evolution. Knowledge of self, in every aspect including your body, is the foundation of such awareness,” said Dr. Montgomery.

Recently, Dr. Montgomery has made his quest official by launching a website that has a health blog with topics ranging from the 3 things every woman should know about her body to how dark chocolate can help protect your heart. His goal is to help individuals empower themselves through information resulting in better choices and less need for extensive health care.

About Dr. Dave Montgomery
Dr. David E. Montgomery is senior fellow in the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where treats heart disease of all kinds. He also treats military veterans at the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, he serves on the adjunct staff as a medical intensive care physician at hospitals in the Resurrection Healthcare System.

Dr. Montgomery’s patient care and clinical work have won him induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He holds memberships in a number of organizations including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Montgomery, also a researcher in the world-class Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, has published in a range of medical and scientific journals. He is studying clot formation in obesity and how scar formation after heart attacks may lead to fatal heart rhythms. He is also a lead investigator on a study of a genetic heart condition, called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common cause of sudden death in young athletes. Montgomery’s research has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health. He has received several awards and national recognition for his research, including election into the esteemed Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

Noelle LeVeaux DUgan