Dr. Stancic is a board certified physician and the founder of Stancic Health and Wellness, LLC where she practices Lifestyle Medicine.
She received her M.D. degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1993. Dr. Stancic completed an Internal Medicine residency and served an additional year as Chief Medical resident at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. In response to witnessing the height of the catastrophic HIV epidemic while in medical school in Newark, she became very interested in the field of Infectious Diseases. She wanted to be part of the solution to the AIDS health care crisis, and went on to complete a fellowship in Infectious Diseases.
From 1999 to 2006, she served as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley Veterans Administration Hospital in New York. During those years she treated hundreds of patients with viral hepatitis and HIV as well as other infectious diseases with a multidisciplinary approach to support her patients’ overall well-being.
Beyond her responsibilities as an Infectious Disease physician, researcher, and Chief of Infection Control, she directed the MOVE program, a federal VA initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles in veterans.
She later joined the viral hepatology team at Roche and conducted clinical studies for new, more efficacious treatments for hepatitis infections. During these research years, she continued to see patients at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital in New York City. She has authored several research papers in peer-reviewed medical journals.
In 1995, as a third year medical resident, Dr. Stancic was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This unforeseen health challenge changed the course of her life, both professionally and personally.
In this interview Dr. Stancic shares her remarkable story of overcoming MS and running a marathon, despite the predictions of the doctors and against their best advice. She did it with plant-based diet. This change and the recovery that followed has laid the foundation for the work that Dr. Stancic does today.
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