Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist with a 47-year career in clinical and academic medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and his medical degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Goscienski reached the rank of Captain in the United States Navy Medical Corps and closed his military career as Head of the Infectious Diseases Branch, Department of Pediatrics, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, California. He was Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine until his retirement.
Dr. Goscienski is the author of more than 700 newspaper and magazine articles as well as several medical journal articles and textbook chapters on various topics in pediatric infectious diseases. He has written for the Saturday Evening Post, Currents, the national newsletter of the American Heart Association and several local and national publications.
He has drawn on his interests in biology, anthropology, paleopathology and physical fitness to develop Better Life Seminars, a series of presentations in which he explains how our most distant ancestors lived and how we can apply this knowledge to extend our healthspan and avoid the major chronic diseases of our age.
His book, Health Secrets of the Stone Age is based on his seminars and on the most recent findings in medical and anthropological research. The Second Edition, released in January 2005 by Better Life Publishers, is no longer in print. Health Secrets of the Stone Age, Second Edition, was a winner in the 2005 Independent Book Publisher Awards as well as the 2006 Writers Notes Book Awards. It placed first in the Health and Medicine category of the 2006 San Diego Book Awards.
As medical director of a local program in Public Access Defibrillation Dr. Goscienski has assembled a team of CPR instructors that has trained more than 650 members of a local church in resuscitation methods and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). He is certified as a CPR instructor by the American Red Cross and by the Stop the Bleed Program.