Founder-Chair Regenerative Outcomes Foundation
Doug is a writer, editorial contributor, and patient advocate from Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England and has specialized in work on health care policy, compliance, and clinical case advocacy.
He is also a stem cell patient. At age 32, he was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a disease that attacks the retina, causing blindness of central vision. Doug became legally blind at age 45. In August 2015, he underwent autologous bone-marrow stem cell therapy to both eyes, and regained much of his lost vision. He received his driver’s license 5 months later. Doug’s story has reached millions through international broadcasts, interviews with the national press, and countless affiliate television and news media outlets. It has also been shared with Pope Francis.
In early 2016, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., engaged Doug in helping to craft key legislation aimed at speeding access for others to have cellular therapies like he received. He was invited to Washington, D.C. to hold meetings with key U.S. Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, and due in part to his successful efforts, the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act passed and was signed into law.
Doug has continued to expand his work beyond Capitol Hill. In September 2016, he established the Regenerative Outcomes Foundation, a non-profit project that will provide direct grants to stem cell patients participating in FDA-approved clinical trials, train patients as ambassadors between interests represented in the Regenerative Medicine field, inspire the public with a Pioneers of Hope Interview Series, educate providers at online “Grand Rounds Webinar” events, and advance a Federal cell therapy outcomes registry.
His book Of Things Unseen will be out later in the year.