A CT scan revealed Dr. James Chen, a Miami physician, had a cancerous, inoperable, tumor behind his nose. The prognosis was bleak. Dr. Chen had eight weeks to live.
Dr. Chen and his sons, Chris and Gordon, looked for a miracle. Chris was completing a cardiology fellowship. Gordon was finishing medical school. They knew what they were up against. Even still, they were shocked when a local oncologist told them, “The first available appointment is in six weeks.”
James and his sons were suddenly patients, forced to look at the healthcare system from the other end of the stethoscope. They didn’t like what they saw—expensive, uncoordinated, and ineffective care. At one point James asked his sons, “If a family of doctors with connections can’t navigate this system, what chance do my patients have?”
The Chens found their calling. Together with James’ wife Mary, Chris’s wife Stephanie (an attorney), and Gordon’s wife Jessica (another doctor) they created ChenMed, a physician-led company that serves the underserved. ChenMed puts their patients from forgotten communities first and focuses on accountable, compassionate care that improves health.
In The Calling, Chris and Gordon share how the family succeeded beyond their wildest expectations through a combination of determination, data, family, and faith. They turned what could have been a tragedy into an opportunity that will revolutionize healthcare delivery for years to come. The Calling will give you hope.
Dr. Gordon Chen is Chief Medical Officer of ChenMed, where he manages all clinicians and clinical leaders and oversees clinical training, quality, outcomes, physician culture, and medical costs. He has helped the company expand from six medical centers to approximately 80 locations in 10 states (listed below). He has also hired and trained more than 400 providers on ChenMed’s unique value-based healthcare-delivery system.
Dr. Chen is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and echocardiography. He received his MD degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University.
He is also the president of Nicaragua Medical Missions, a Christian nonprofit organization that strives to create medical mission opportunities to meet the needs of multiple underserved Nicaraguan communities.
Dr. Christopher Chen is the CEO of ChenMed, a physician practice that aims to bring concierge-style medicine and better health outcomes to the neediest populations?low-income seniors managing multiple complex chronic conditions. Dr. Chen oversees ChenMed’s operations through its senior medical centers throughout the southeastern United States and Chicago, as well as its portfolio of affiliated primary care practices and groups. Raised in south Florida, ChenMed’s headquarters, Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Miami’s Honors Program in Medicine. Dr. Chen went on to complete his medical training at Beth Israel Deaconess, a major Harvard University teaching hospital in Boston, Mass. His clinical skills and research accomplishments then led to a specialty position at Cornell University Medical College in Manhattan, N.Y., where he studied cardiology.