The Man Who Cured His Own Fatal Disease | Dr. David Fajgenbaum

The Student Performance Podcast

Oct 7 2022 • 41 mins

Imagine that you’re in medical school and were diagnosed with a rare condition that gave you a year to live. But imagine that the condition was so rare that none of your doctors knew how to treat it. So you said screw it, you’re going to do it yourself. You set out on a journey to find your own remedy even if it meant almost dying 5 times in the process. Meet Dr. David Fajgenbaum the man that found his own cure at 27 years old. In the episode of the student performance podcast, I interview Dr. Fajgenbaum to unlock the secrets of mental toughness, problem-solving, and hope that allowed him to accomplish the unthinkable.

David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, FCPP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Translational Medicine & Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, Founding Director of the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL), Associate Director, Patient Impact of the Penn Orphan Disease Center, and Co-Founder/President of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN). He is also the national bestselling author of 'Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope Into Action and a patient battling idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease (iMCD). He is in his longest remission ever thanks to a precision treatment that he identified, which had never been used before for iMCD. He has also identified and/or advanced 9 other treatment approaches for iMCD and cancer.

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0:00- Intro

2:27- The Impact of Mom’s Passing in College

4:39- AMF and How to Start a Premed Club

9:28- Getting a Masters Degree at Oxford

12:51- Almost Dying FIVE Times in 3 Years!

14:48- Turning Hope into Action

16:48- Chasing His Own Cure as a Med Student

20:15- Overcoming Superiors Doubting Him

23:20- Using Past Experiences to Find Cure

25:15- What To Do at a Dead End

28:20- Using Workouts for Mental Toughness

29:37- The Moment He Found His Cure

32:54- Drug Repurposing to Cure EVERY Disease

36:39- Biggest Advice for Young People

38:29- Mom’s Newspaper Clipping

40:58- Outro