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Dr. C.L. Gray Interview

We are on the threshold to a New Face of Medi-cine on the threshold with a giant question mark across the silhouette. The name is unknown; the voice has barely been heard, but the message is powerful, and it’s time for everyone in the medical industry to accept the new attitude of medicine. The future is now, and the new face is Dr. C.L. Gray.
Dr. Gray is a nationally known writer, speaker, and board-certified physician practicing hospital-based medicine in western North Carolina. In 2006 he founded Physicians for Reform, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered healthcare. He is respected at the highest levels of the medical industry and government alike, yet carries the demeanor of a friendly next-door neighbor.
Gray’s work now takes him to Washington and state capitals where Physicians for Reform has been tapped to help craft solutions to rebuild the American healthcare system. As the Affordable Care Act continues to unravel, patients of all ethnic backgrounds and income levels are being hurt, but especially minorities and lower-income Americans. Physicians for Reform is leading a rapidly growing coalition to present the American public with a patient-centered, fiscally responsible alternative.
I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Gray and was pleasantly surprised by his humble nature and his candid responses to a series of “hot-button” topics that our country faces today. He is passionate about sharing medical truths that need to be heard and will certainly help educate people to accept and practice a new attitude towards medicine.

The New Face of Medicine

As our conversation began, I noticed an academic approach more like a high school teacher challenging a student to see the world of medicine through the eyes of history.
KR: Dr. Gray, we have the freedom in Top Doctor Magazine to speak freely and openly about the information that is beneficial to all people, the medical industry in particular. What are the most pressing topics you want to share today?
DR. G: I am really passionate about sharing the ideas of what we can do to improve the situation in America and around the world. I’d like to start with the Worldview piece applied to medicine that serves as a framework where I like to create boxes that deliver specifics people can connect to see where everything fits.
There are so many pieces to what I do. If they’re all taken as a random piece, then there’s no unifying message. The Worldview piece helps provide that unified message; then, when we arrive at the Policy piece, people start to see why that policy is important because it restores that patient/physician relationship. Ultimately, that’s the unifying theme…relationships.
KR: I’ve heard people share personal perspectives on these categories of importance, including patient/physician relationships, instead of the fast-food practices where patients are a number on the clock instead of being passionate about the true nature of the medical practice of serving people. People want that relationship back, and I’m curious about your views on how the medical industry can better serve those patients
DR. G: In the broadest sense, this takes us to the question: Who should control the personal and complex process of medical decision-making? You and your physician or the bureaucrats in Washington? That really lays out two worldviews and how you define “good.” I have to back up 25 years and how I got into this.

I was in my residency for internal medicine in upstate New York, and I read a book by Peter Singer, Rethinking Life, and Death. He struggles with the rising cost of healthcare where he proposes a solution of infanticide where an infant isn’t determined human until four weeks of age. This isn’t abortion but afterbirth abortion. I questioned myself, ‘how on earth did he come up with that position’? While doing my “grand rounds,” I was addressing a group of researchers who had a very different belief system than my own and had to prepare for a rebuttal to Dr. Singer’s position but still able to reach my audience.

KR: So, I assume that you had to be clever to persuade a disgruntled audience of Singer followers to see the light?DR. G: My research of 50,000 pages of reading took me back to a debate in Ancient Greece, where I discovered the methodologies of the heralded philosophers Plato and the “Father of Medicine,” Hippocrates. Plato states the role of the physician is to treat the healthy, those who are producing for society. If you’re elderly, sick, or a burden on society, then you could be killed or let die.

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