So, what does a salsa dancer, self-described comic book nerd, regular nerd (“never-ending radical dude”), Star Wars junkie, (former) marching band drum major, Spanish literature major and Spanish-speaking doctor do in his spare time?
He hosts a podcast, of course – Health 360 with Dr. G
Dr. G is Mark D. Gomez, MD
, a board-certified internal medicine physician with Edward-Elmhurst Health, a healthcare system in the Chicago suburbs.
Health 360 with Dr. G launched in January 2021. Its episodes feature conversations with healthcare experts that aim to inform and inspire a healthy lifestyle. The podcast is a platform to debunk misinformation and share valuable, science-backed facts.
Dr. Gomez mentions a patient who told him she believed mammograms caused breast cancer.
“It was like when the needle on a record player suddenly scratches off the record. I was like, ‘That is 100 percent false!’” Dr. Gomez says. “There’s so much confusion out there. We’re helping you navigate your health concerns. We’re giving people the resources to be the best version of themselves.”
He acknowledges that healthcare can be intimidating. His goal is to reduce fear with familiarity.
“If we can talk about things in a comfortable, meaningful way, you might turn that light switch on for somebody,” Dr. Gomez says.
Topics will be timely and venture into areas that can be awkward and challenging to discuss, like pregnancy, sex, aging and mental health.
“I’m never afraid to talk about hot-button issues. We’re going to have some fun, too,” he says.
As a practicing physician since 2007, Dr. Gomez believes in empowering patients to take ownership of their healthcare while providing them with the appropriate information for long-term health success.
Dr. Gomez earned his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Loyola University Medical Center.
“The great thing about being an internist is you get to see the gamut of everything that’s going on,” says Dr. Gomez. “You can go from one room to the next and see completely different cases. I see primary care as a way to talk about prevention. Be proactive.”
Health 360 with Dr. G listeners and viewers are encouraged to submit questions and comments, and share health successes.
For more information and to find out how to listen and watch, visit Health360Podcast.com