In medical school, we learned to "first, do no harm." Much of what we do in medicine is not proven, and may even be harmful. This has led to the development of what we call "evidence-based medicine," which I define as follows: If it works, we should do it. If it doesn't work, we shouldn't do it. If we don't know if it works, we should be careful. I have devoted my career to practicing and teaching evidence-based medicine.
I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and then the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. After finishing a family practice residency in Milwaukee, I learned that we in the health care knew little about what really works to keep people healthy and prevent disease, so I specialized in Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado. I now have a full time family practice, focus on keeping populations healthy, and teach at a variety of levels and in a variety of programs.
The project that I am most excited about currently is the development of an iPhone app that lists all of the proven health and prevention recommendations for adults. Now they can know what really works to keep them healthy and why. The app is called My Health Checklist.