Chief Medical Officer of HealthGAINS
Dr. Richard Gaines is President and Chief Medical Officer of HealthGAINS, an anti-aging medical practice he founded in 2005 after a distinguished 30-year career as a physician and healthcare executive.
After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine in 1981, Doctor. Gaines completed his internship at Tufts University School of Medicine and his residency at Harvard Medical School, where he was an anesthesiology fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He subsequently served as a physician at Huntington Memorial Hospital and as an anesthesiologist at Harvard Community Health Plan and Sheridan Healthcorp.
Early in his career, Dr. Gaines questioned the prevailing wisdom that a physician’s primary duty is to treat the effects of disease. All too often, he observed, doctors prescribed medications that merely suppressed symptoms rather than addressing the underlying causes. Insufficient emphasis was being placed on reversing the degenerative processes and lifestyle choices that led to disease. For patients, the results were both tragic and predictable; a rapid loss of health and vitality as their illnesses progressed from one stage to the next.
In Dr. Gaines’ view, conventional medicine was failing far too many patients. He resolved to find a new approach to healing that preserved health and wellness before disease and aging had a chance to take hold.
The solution came in 1990, when the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark clinical study entitled Effects of Human Growth Hormone Therapy in Men over 60 Years Old. As reported in The New York Times, “The authors found that after six months of injections of a genetically engineered version of the natural human growth hormone, the men emerged with bodies that by many measures were almost 20 years younger than the ones they started with.”
The study concluded, “Since atrophy of muscle and skin contributes to the frailty of older people, the potential benefits of growth hormone merit continuing attention and investigation.”
Since then, hundreds of clinical studies have explored the genetic, environmental, dietary and lifestyle factors that contribute to aging and disease. It is increasingly clear that many of these effects can be reduced or eliminated through preventative treatments.
Today, Dr. Gaines is at the forefront of this rapidly evolving science of anti-aging medicine. He is licensed to practice in over 30 states and routinely travels, offering consultations. Check Dr. Gaines travel schedule here.
Dr. Gaines is a member in good standing with the following professional organizations:
- ACAM – The American College for Advancement in Medicine is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals about the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM also supports integrative medicine research and provides education on current standard of care. ACAM is the largest and oldest organization of its kind and represents nearly 800 physicians in 30 countries.
- A4M – The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of technology for the detection, prevention, and treatment of aging-related disease. The A4M promotes research into methods to delay and optimize the human aging process and to educate physicians, scientists, and members of the public about biomedical sciences, new technologies and anti-aging issues. The organization is comprised of more than 26,000 members including physicians, healthcare practitioners, scientists, governmental officials, and members of the general public representing over 110 nations.
- IFM – The Institute for Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Practitioners spend time with their patients, learning their histories and examining the interactions between the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can cause complex chronic diseases and influence long-term health.
- AMMG – Age Management Medicine Group’s mission is to educate physicians and healthcare professionals through continuing, evidence-based medical education. The organization is dedicated to preserving optimum human function and quality of life through the modulation of the aging process prior to the onset of degenerative aging. Its basic tenets include patient evaluation through an extensive medical history, lifestyle assessment, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation to establish personalized proactive treatment plans balancing proper diet, exercise, stress management, and appropriate medical interventions.
Specialized Training and Certifications
Dr. Gaines’s professional certifications include:
- Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
- Board certification from the American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM).
- Certification as a Functional Medicine Practitioner with advanced training at The Institute for Functional Medicine.