Around the Rheum

Around the Rheum

Episode 30: Chasing my Cure with Dr David Fajgenbaum

April 27, 2023

This month, we're thrilled to have Dr. David Fajgenbaum on our podcast. He is a clinician scientist, rare disease patient, author, and all-around incredible human being.  On this episode, he tells the riveting true story of his battle with Idiopathic Multicentric Castleman’s Disease (IMCD), including his brush with death (a priest gave him last rites), and his subsequent journey to discovering his own cure. David later wrote a book about his journey called ‘Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action” and co-founded ‘Every Cure,’ a nonprofit organization aimed at unlocking the full potential of every approved medicine to treat every disease possible. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, CNN, The Today Show, The BBC… and now Around the Rheum! 


Dr. Fajgenbaum is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine in translational medicine and human genetics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman Medical School. 


Special Thanks: Around the Rheum is produced by the Canadian Rheumatology Associations Communications Committee. A special thank you to the podcast team, Dr. Dax G. Rumsey (CRA Communications Committee Chair), Dr. Daniel Ennis (Host), David McGuffin (Producer, Explore Podcast Productions), Erin Stewart (Marketing and Communications Director, CRA) for leading production. Our theme music was composed by Aaron Fontwell. 


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