Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor was a Manhattan oncologist and popular author who taught cancer patients to supplement conventional medicine with soothing music, diet and meditation – and practiced what he prescribed.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Gaynor had been a pioneer in integrative oncology. Through his personalized, multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with cancer, Dr. Gaynor offered a full range of treatment options, which included treatment for advanced-stage cancers and complex conditions. Because Dr. Gaynor understood cancer developed years before the first symptoms start to appear, his practice combined both proven medical treatments and complementary and alternative medicine to take aim at the underlying health problems that lead to cancer and other chronic conditions.
The son of a West Texas dentist, he built both a distinguished medical career and a public following. The founder and president of Gaynor Integrative Oncology in Manhattan, he had been a clinical assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, also in Manhattan, and director of medical oncology at the school’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
He was also the author of six books, many of them focused on the environment’s effect on an individual’s health, including the books Sounding of Healing, (1999) and The Healing Power of Sound: Recover from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music (2002).