Dr. Max Gomez

drmaxgomez Dr. Max GomezAward-winning broadcast journalist Dr. Max Gomez rejoined WCBS-TV as a medical reporter in June 2007.

The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Dr. Gomez has received seven New York Emmy Awards, two Philadelphia Emmys, a UPI honor for Best Documentary for a report on AIDS, and an Excellence in Time of Crisis Award from New York City after September 11. In addition, Dr. Gomez received national television journalism awards from the National Marfan Foundation and from the Leukemia Society of America for his report on two twin girls from Long Island, both suffering from Leukemia, who got bone marrow transplants from their seven-year-old sister. He was also named the American Health Foundation’s Man of the Year and was a NASA Journalist-In-Space semi-finalist in 1986.

Dr. Gomez has served on the national board of directors for the American Heart Association, the Princeton Alumni Weekly and the Partnership for After School Education. He also mentors undergraduate journalism and medical students and physicians who are interested in medical journalism.

Dr. Gomez has been on the board of advisers for the Science Writers Fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.; the Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund at the Children’s Hospital of New York; is a member of the honorary board of the Long Island Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America; and served as the grand marshal of the Multiple Sclerosis Walk for over a decade. Dr. Gomez is also the co-author of “The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History is Changing Your Life”, a primer on the numerous uses of adult stem cells in treating and curing diseases. It includes an introductory message from Pope Benedict XVI. He also co-authored “The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer,” which explains how an innovative program consisting of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes may prevent prostate cancer.

Previously, Dr. Gomez served as Health and Science Editor for WNBC-TV.

Gomez joined WNBC-TV in 1997 after serving as the medical reporter/health editor for WCBS-TV from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, he was the health and science editor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia and the health and science reporter/editor for WNEW-TV.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Dr. Gomez speaks Spanish. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, with a Ph.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was also a N.I.H. Postdoctoral Fellow at New York’s Rockefeller University. Dr. Gomez currently resides in New York City.


Dr. Max Gomez Exposes Cold Weather Myths And Realities

Most winter-time myths have to do with the common cold, like “starve a cold, feed a fever.”


John Robie, Pseudobulbar Affect

Eye On New York: On Health

In this Eye on New York segment, CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports on a peculiar brain disease that affects a person’s emotions and a groundbreaking treatment that could help alleviate the disease’s effects.


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Seen On CBS 2: Growing Body Parts

Right now there are more than 112,000 Americans waiting for an organ transplant and many will never receive one. But what if a doctor could grow replacement organs and body parts in the lab — from your own cells? It’s already being done.


HealthWatch: Melanoma Medication

Researchers say vemurafenib is a breakthrough and cause for celebration when it comes to slowing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.


HealthWatch: Do Active Children Need Sports Drinks?

Sports drinks and energy drinks are increasingly popular with children and teens, but a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says most kids who play recreational sports don’t need sports drinks.


HealthWatch: Home Births Are Increasingly Popular, But Have Risks

New government figures show that more women are choosing to give birth in the privacy of their own homes.


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Doctors Save Boy And His Foot From Bone Cancer By Reattaching It Backwards

After doctors discovered a malignant tumor on his thigh bone, Dugan Smith underwent a rare and remarkable procedure.


The Snoring Solution

Snoring is a serious problem that plagues and perplexes millions of us. But not any more, thanks to an amazing solution. It’s the newest treatment that could end your snoring — and in less than 10 minutes.


HealthWatch: Children And Chemicals

Pediatricians are worried children are being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals, Dr. Max Gomez reports.


Doctors Bringing Dogs To Work

Did you miss the story?


HealthWatch: Children And Chiropractic

More and more children are receiving chiropractic treatments, Dr. Max Gomez reports.


Life Very Different For Beatles Impersonator With Colon Cancer

On stage, he’s a rock star, playing the part of George Harrison. Backstage and behind the scenes, however, he’s 58-year-old Mark Vaccacio, and he’s dying from terminal colon cancer.


HealthWatch: Surgery-Less Skin Cancer Detection

Malignant melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. It’s very curable if caught at an early stage, which usually involves surgical biopsies, but medical-grade tape may help patients avoid going under the knife.


Health Watch: HEPA Filters And Your Heart

Turns out by getting rid of a certain type of air pollution, some important risk factors for heart disease actually get better.


HealthWatch: Tonsillectomy

Every year, nearly half a million kids have their tonsils removed. New guidelines are helping doctors and parents make better decisions about who needs surgery and who doesn’t.


Study: 8 Out Of 10 Americans Fear Losing Vision

More than eight out of 10 Americans fear losing their vision — more than any other sense, according to a recent Harris survey. Yet, the vast majority of those people don’t take the one simple step that could keep them from losing their eyesight.


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HealthWatch: Rep. Giffords And Brain Injury

Giffords is heading into the most critical time in her recovery, when her brain will usually reach its maximum swelling after the gunshot wound.


HealthWatch: Flu

If you don’t know anyone with the flu yet, it might not be long before you do. Nearly 1,000 positive flu tests were reported in New York last week and those are just the cases that were actually tested.


HealthWatch: Skin Treatment

For a younger-looking face, there’s always surgery, but new technology is actually making it possible to rejuvenate without cutting.


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2010: A Year In Medical News

Dr. Max Gomez has takes a look back at the year in medicine.


Use Holiday Spices For A Festive, And Healthy, Season

The flavors and aromas of the holiday can do more than add to the festive atmosphere – many of the spices, and even some of the decorations, can actually be holiday remedies.


New System Shows Surgery Results Before Procedure

A new computer system now allows patients to see exactly what they’d look like after cosmetic surgery.


HealthWatch: Super Glue And Brain Malformation

What made this remarkable transformation possible is a procedure right out of a science fiction story: Dr. Berenstein threaded a micro-catheter through an artery in Joely’s groin, all the way into the malformation in her brain.


HealthWatch: Traumatic Brain Injury

Matthew was hit by a van when he was 16-years-old. He was in a coma for weeks with a traumatic brain injury. He went from being a star athlete and student to re-learning how to walk, talk and and eat on his own.


HealthWatch: New Treatment For Flat Feet

While most folks don’t think of it as a serious problem, they can lead to knee pain, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis among other things.


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HealthWatch: Esteem Hearing System

This past summer, CBS 2HD reported on a remarkable new hearing aid that’s helping hearing-impaired people hear in a much more natural way. A young woman with severe hearing loss saw our story and decided to find out more.


HealthWatch: Laser Surgery For Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer surgery has gotten much better at avoiding impotence and incontinence, but it can take up to a year to recover those functions after surgery. Now doctors are using lasers to make things even better.


Art Therapy Helps Children Cope With Tragedy

A loved one dying is a difficult time for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for children, who often don’t have the words or emotional maturity to deal with their grief. But kids still need a way to cope with their grief after the death of someone close.


Study: Americans Live Longer Than British

There’s good news about getting old in America.


HealthWatch: Reconstructive Breast Surgery

It’s not always obvious to the naked eye in the operating room which areas of skin aren’t getting enough blood after surgery, but now there’s a new device that helps surgeons actually see blood flow.


Head Airbag Makes Bike Safety Fashionable

CBS 2’s Max Gomez reports on a stylish solution to bicycle safety.


HealthWatch: MRSA

CBS 2HD’s Dr. Max reports on what to watch out for, what the infections look like, and what can happen if they’re not treated. He recently had a first-hand experience with MRSA on his elbow.


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HealthWatch: New CPR Guidelines

The American Heart Association has done the research that shows you only need your hands to save a life.


HealthWatch: Blindness Prevention

It’s an eye condition you’ve probably never heard of, yet it’s behind one of every six cases of blindness in the country.


HealthWatch: Home Genetic Testing

The controversy concerns over-the-counter genetic tests that claim to be able to predict your risk of many diseases. They helped one young mother, but are they right for you?


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Is ADHD Genetic?

Children with ADHD are twice as likely to have missing or extra chromosomes – the first evidence that the disorder is genetic, a new study says.


HealthWatch: Vitamin D And Asthma

Areas in the northern hemisphere where millions of people are Vitamin D-deficient are the same areas where asthma is most common.


Health Watch: Reconstructive Breast Surgery

A plastic surgeon devised a way to use the patients own skin as a sort of internal bra.


New Study Questions Benefits Of Mammograms

A new study suggests the benefits of getting a mammogram may be more modest than previously estimated.


HealthWatch: Physical Therapy

Physical therapy rehab is hard work and can be painful. It’s amazing how muscles lose strength after surgery and joints get stiff without movement.


New Device Offers Alternative To Open Heart Surgery

Imagine finding out your baby has a major heart defect – that will probably require open-heart surgery to fix.