I am a practicing (that means I have a clinical practice, not that I am practicing on my patients) noninvasive clinical cardiologist in the suburbs of St. Louis.
I’m board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.
My hospital, St. Lukes of Chesterfield, is “the only St. Louis hospital recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades® (2007-2014), ranking among the top one percent in the nation based on superior clinical quality.”
(Update-St. Lukes named 50 Best again in 2015!)
I’ve spent time in academic cardiology , done research and teaching , and published numerous research papers in major cardiology journals. (If you enter “Pearson AC” into Google Scholar most of the first 10 pages are my papers).
I’ve been the Principal Investigator on many clinical research studies and I’ve received honoraria for speaking for multiple different drugs for Big Pharma. (I don’t do this anymore and I don’t accept snacks, treats, dinners or lunches from pharmaceutical representatives)
All of these experiences have taught me to cultivate a healthy skepticism for information that has potential bias.
For 30 years I followed and counseled my patients on dietary guidelines that I assumed were solidly based in science.
I drank skim milk, ate low or no fat yogurt, avoided butter like the plague and had egg-white omeletes.
One afternoon I started to lecture my lunch companion (who now is either the significant other or fiance’ of the skeptical cardiologist) on her decision to consume a croissant slathered with butter. When she challenged my supporting evidence I went on a quest to discover the scientific sources underpinning my recommendations.
My findings were, shall we say, eye-opening.
I now consume full fat milk, yogurt and cheese as much as I desire and my omelettes contain egg yolks.
Oh, and I slather butter (really good butter, from grass fed , pasture raised cows) on food at the drop of a hat.
The major focus of this blog is to look at what we truly know about diet and cardiovascular disease versus what we have been told.
Addendum: Over time I’ve obviously expanded the topics I bloviate on in a skeptical, critical way. Now, you will find discussions on statins, cardiac testing, good doctoring and new health care monitoring devices.
This is a personal website, produced in my own time and solely reflecting my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated.
In particular, please note that nothing on this site represents the views or policies of St. Luke’s Hospital my current employer.
Private emails can be sent to DRP@theskepticalcardiologist.com