Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. A Tribute To a Remarkable Man 2016
By Peter B. Chowka, Journalist and Author
Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D. (“Nick” to his friends) was, in this author’s opinion, the most impressive and accomplished clinical practitioner of nutritional cancer therapy during the past two decades.
In the early 1970s, I began covering the nascent field of alternative medicine. It was my privilege to meet, and to report on, many of the most notable medical people of that time – including Nobel laureates Linus Pauling, Ph.D. and Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D., Ph.D.; Dean Burk, Ph.D., a founder of the National Cancer Institute – and William Donald Kelley, D.D.S., who would become Nick’s mentor in nutritional therapies. After Nick began practicing medicine, he unquestionably became the peer of the best of these early pioneering clinicians and researchers.
During my first meeting with Nick in New York City in March 1990 – an unforgettable encounter – it was immediately clear to me that he had the potential to do great work. He was smart, extremely dedicated, focused, energetic, without pretense – and very likable. Over the next two and a half decades, my positive first impressions of him never wavered.
The sudden and untimely death of a friend like Nick Gonzalez on July 21, 2015 was not only a disorienting shock on a personal level to everyone who knew him – it was heightened by the realization that the important work of this remarkably gifted physician had come to an end. Considered in retrospect, his extraordinary accomplishments are highlighted anew and brought into clearer focus. Nick’s thoughts and words as I recorded and documented them, and as he shared them in his prolific writings and in other interviews and media appearances, all assume new and profound levels of meaning and importance.
In reality, Nicholas Gonzalez’s work has not ended. Like all great men and women, his legacy survives him. A large part of that legacy and a testament to his success are the people who Nick helped or cured of cancer, and who are alive to this day, long after their original prognoses predicted they would have died. Some of Nick's most important work will be documented in a forthcoming book of 100 of his patients' case histories, scheduled for publication in 2016.
Meanwhile, Linda Isaacs, M.D., who was Nick's colleague in clinical practice for 24 years, continues to see patients at her office in New York City – downstairs in the same building where she and Nick shared an office. Dr. Isaacs not only worked closely with Nick treating patients, she co-authored a major book and several scientific articles with him. Her Web site is DrLindaI.com.
Fortunately, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez was not only a remarkable clinician and a healer of the sick – he was an equally talented and inspired writer and speaker. The considerable body of work that he left us, will, I expect, continue to inform, enlighten, and inspire both laypeople and a new generation of physicians and researchers – aided by the efforts of his widow, Mary Beth Gonzalez, who is committed to helping to keep the recognition of Nick’s work alive and growing with the new Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation.