Dr. Gregory Burzynski – Founder of Houston Concierge Medicine

Don’t give up and enjoy the ride, you’ve got some great things coming your way.

Dr. Gregory Burzynski is a board-certified physician practicing internal medicine in Houston, Texas. He provides top-notch primary and integrative medical care at Houston Concierge Medicine and Wellness Center.

Dr. Burzynski is a strong believer in providing personalized medical care, designed specifically for each patient being treated depending on need. This in large part is what lead him to put this belief into practice and found Houston Concierge Medical and Wellness Center. Through this health center, Dr. Gregory Burzynski takes a hands-on approach to primary care and integrative medicine. Integrative medicine is a comprehensive approach that addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.

Dr. Burzynski works with all aspects of integrative medicine including heart health, disease prevention, and, most significantly, mental health which is often overlooked and sometimes omitted in the typical office visit. He can advise how to manage these and other chronic conditions by addressing nutritional, metabolic and psychological factors through diet and lifestyle.

Dr. Gregory Burzynski takes great interest in mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and particularly addiction, and he works with a number of mental health professionals who can provide the specialized care and support needed from those who suffer from family or interpersonal issues, trauma and crisis, and chemical dependency. Dr. Burzynski is qualified to treat opioid dependence with FDA-approved medications through the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), which works to bring addiction treatment back to the primary care physician.

The wellness program that Dr. Gregory Burzynski created is one he is particularly proud of: on top of routine treatment of illnesses and disease, it also emphasizes regular, preventative measures of care to help reduce the risk of developing various conditions or illnesses from the get-go. Instead of offering reactive care and treating medical concerns as they arise, Dr. Burzynski truly sees this kind of preventative medicine as the key to living a happier, healthier life.

Dr. Gregory Burzynski earned his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin, following which attended Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland where he studied medicine and earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 2007. On top of being licensed to practice medicine in Texas, Dr. Burzynski is also a licensed US Civil Surgeon who is authorized by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct both immigration exams and immigration physicals on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security. In the Spring of 2017, he graduated from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Center for Integrative medicine at the Tucson branch of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He has been published in the Journal of Cancer Therapy, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Neuro-oncology.

Where did the idea for Houston Concierge Medicine come from?

Throughout my medical studies I had the opportunity to visit various medical clinics within the United States and abroad. My goal was to establish a center where patients could not only receive a great experience but also have access to different options. Houston Concierge Medicine was created for that reason.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My typical day usually starts pretty early. I take some time in the morning to prepare myself and think about a few things I want to accomplish. When I get to clinic I spend time seeing patients, attending meetings, and answering calls. I try to do something physical everyday and unwind by spending my evenings with my family.

I make my day productive by staying focused and always making sure that there is clear communication and understanding with those I work with.

How do you bring ideas to life?

The first person I usually discuss my ideas with is my wife who is also my business partner. We always go through the pros and cons, bounce ideas off others, and then move forward with an action plan or not if the concept is not there. Making the first step is key as many people never get out of “first gear”. We try to focus on the execution not just the idea. Keeping an experimental mindset and not being afraid to change something if it isn’t working is crucial.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Definitely precision genomics: genetically-targeted treatments for cancer patients and preventative strategies that should coming soon.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Travelling and exercise; the down time lets me recharge, contemplate and find new solutions to problems which I did not see there before.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t give up and enjoy the ride, you’ve got some great things coming your way.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on?

Technology will be disrupting so many areas in medicine that will make certain specialties obsolete.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Read, keep healthy through proper diet, sleep, and exercise, bounce ideas off of people, and stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.

Providing a niche service, providing compassion to patients and always offering new products, suggestions regarding one’s health. Addressing both the psychological and physiological aspects is vital.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Getting taken advantage of. I learned to set boundaries quickly.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Nappers: Small napping pods located at various locations allowing people to recharge. These pods would be able to fit only one person and would allow a spot for people to take a quick nap and rejuvenate.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

Buying a variety of plants for the front yard and taking the time to plant them myself. It allowed me to get grounded, be in nature, and get some exercise.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?

Epocrates and Uptodate are “go to’s” in medicine to look up medications and always educate myself.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari

A fascinating look at the entire current penal system, past and current views on addiction/substance use, the generations that have been lost due to misunderstandings, ideology, and hypocrisy which impacts every person.

What is your favorite quote?

“Hell would be meeting the man (or woman) you could have been.”


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