Hello and Welcome!
I’m Dr. Joe McCaffrey. Or more formally: Joseph F. McCaffrey MD, FACS -board-certified physician and surgeon.
That sounds a little pompous so let’s stick with Dr. Joe.
To cut to the chase, I want to help you live your best possible life, a life filled with vitality, energy and meaning. Here’s a bit of the back story.
I graduated from medical school in 1974. I went into medicine in the first place with the intent to help people as best I could.
As you might imagine, I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. In fact, there’s almost nothing in Western medicine that we treat the same way as we did back in the 70s, or even 10 years ago. And the rate of change is getting even quicker.
There are, however, constants. I like to think that one of them is that I and my colleagues in healthcare do our best to focus on treating everyone with compassion and kindness.
There’s a saying in medicine that I like very much: “cure sometimes, help often, comfort always”.
Sometimes the most important things we can do is just be present for someone facing serious health issues.
Although I am a firm believer in the importance of Western healthcare I have a serious concern about. It amounts to the fact that we really don’t have a healthcare system. We have a sick care system. We are more about patching up problems with either drugs or surgery after they occur rather than helping people stay optimally well.
Even our so-called “preventative medicine” isn’t real prevention. It’s just early diagnosis. A person getting a mammogram or colonoscopy isn’t preventing a problem. They’re just finding it at an early stage when treatment is likely to be successful.
I’m in a new phase of my career. I no longer have a clinical practice and I haven’t been in the operating room and a few years now.
I don’t use the phrase “retired” to describe where I am now because it often has a connotation of no longer being involved and growing. Recently, when friends retire I’ve taken to sending them graduation cards. They’re moving on to a new phase with a lot of learning and experience behind them.
I want to continue to help people as best I can. In fact, I want to help more people than I ever could in a 1-1-on-one medical practice.
Also, I want to focus more on helping people achieve and maintain optimum wellness and vitality, rather than on trying to patch up problems or manage symptoms after the fact.
That’s what this website is all about. Sure, I’ll cover some physical aspects such as nutrition and exercise and managing specific health problems. That’s only part of the story though. I also want to give you help and advice concerning the psychological and spiritual aspects of wellness.
My years of working with people and some very critical situations have convinced me that the mind-body connection is real. Mindset, mental attitude and spiritual beliefs have as much to do with our wellness as drug or surgical procedure.
I approach this website with a certain degree of humility. As I’ve researched, studied, learned and grown I’ve had to change my opinion and beliefs many times. I cringe when I think of some of the recommendations I’ve made in the past.
Wherever I can say I’ve always had my patient’s well-being at heart I’m not sure how much will change in the years to come. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and grow and and tell you about anything interesting that I come across.
It will be a fun journey. Come in and join me