A new dimension to oncology care has recently been added to the expanding Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center with the addition of a third oncology physician, Dr. Helen Goldberg who offers credentials in integrative oncology along with 23 years as an oncology physician and six years as an oncology nurse. She also has an extensive professional background in working as a hospice director in palliative care. And……patients adore her!
“There are a number of modalities that have a role in cancer care. We can engage the patient and family with choices for acupuncture, massage, meditation, aromatherapy, nutritional and herbal products” commented Dr. Goldberg who completed a two year fellowship with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona in Tucson in Integrative Medicine. She also had a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Hematology/Oncology.
Dr. Goldberg belongs to the Society of Integrated Oncology, American Botanical Council, American Institute of Holistic Medicine and the Association of Oncology Naturopathic Physicians as an associate member.
With estimates up to 60-80 percent of cancer patients using some type of complementary medicine, Dr. Goldberg started with Delta Health’s Oncology Center as a contract oncology physician in January and quickly negotiated a contract as the third oncologist physician for this growing practice.
“Complementary medicine can be a safe avenue to coordinate with traditional care in order to formulate customized care plans for each patient,” stated Dr. Goldberg.
She also has plans to create a survivorship program for cancer patients that will begin the day they are diagnosed, with a focus on nutrition and lifestyle modifications.
Prior to joining Delta Health Dr. Goldberg had a oncology, hematology and integrative oncology practice in San Antonio, TX for 20 years. She also practiced in Boulder, CO in the early 1990s. As an oncology nurse she worked at M.D. Anderson Hospital’s Leukemia Unit and at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital’s Leukemia Unit.
Dr. Goldberg is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology and is licensed in both Colorado and Texas. Her residency and an internship were in internal medicine from Duke University Medical Center, where she also served as the Assistant Chief Resident of internal Medicine. Dr. Goldberg earned her MD degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania magna cum laude in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Goldberg will be working at the hospital-owned clinic full time with Dr. Alan Miller working part time.
Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center officially started in 2006 with Dr. Eric Schmidt, who had a residency at Yale University, New Haven, CT bringing his oncology credentials and friendly patient manner to cancer patients in the Delta County area.
Dr. Alan Miller, who is a Harvard University graduate, was added to the oncology practice in 2009 and came from Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, a front range Highlands Ranch suburban area.