Dwight L. McKee M.D. graduated from Williams College with honors in chemistry in 1970. He then entered a combined M.D. – Ph.D. program at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed the first two years of medical school, as well as full graduate studies in pharmacology, and one year of research. After changing his interest from laboratory research to clinical medicine, he completed his last two years of medical school at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY, where he received his M.D. degree in 1975. He completed a rotating internship at the Washington Hospital Center in Wash. D.C., and then became associate medical director of Integral Health Services in Putnam, CT. – the first integrative medicine clinic on the east coast. Over the next twelve years, he studied and practiced nutritional and mind/body medicine, along with a full range of complementary medicine disciplines.
Through working with cancer patients in his practice, he became increasingly interested in cancer medicine, which led him in 1988 to return to hospital based post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County Hospital, Santa Clara Valley medical center, and Stanford University. After becoming board certified in Internal Medicine, he completed a three year fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and subsequently became board certified in both disciplines. He was also a visiting scientist at The Scripps Research Institute Immunology division for 2 years, where he pursued advanced studies in immunology, and performed laboratory research in tumor immunology. Since completing training in medical oncology, hematology, and immunology, Dr. McKee has been involved in the development of integrative cancer care, working to create a synthesis between conventional cancer medicine and alternative/complementary medicine. In 2003, he became board certified in nutrition by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, of the American College of Nutrition, and in 2007 he became Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine through the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Dr. McKee has been a member of the Internal Medicine staff at Scripps Clinic, and practiced medical oncology and hematology at the San Diego Cancer Center in Vista, CA. for 3 years, where he also served as medical director for the Sharp Hospice. He subsequently practiced medical oncology and hematology for 3 years in Kalispell, MT. He served as a consultant for the San Diego Cancer Research Institute from 2001 through 2010.
Since Jan. 2001, he has served as Scientific Director of Life Plus International in Batesville, Arkansas. He has co-authored a text on interactions between drugs, nutrients, and botanicals, published by Elsevier Science in 2008. In 2010, he served on the expert committee for the Institute of Functional Medicine’s symposium on cancer. He is an organizer of a yearly Cancer Strategies Symposium since 2011, sponsored by the Healthy Medicine Academy, and since 2012 has edited the quarterly Cancer Strategies Journal, which highlights advances in integrative cancer care. Dr. McKee’s experience in medical research, nutritional science, immunology, chemistry, oncology, and complementary medicine make him one of the most knowledgeable researchers and clinicians worldwide.