Every doctor at Family Healthcare Associates is a part of our family. That is why we want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on one of our amazing physicians so you can see the people behind the lab coats. This week we will turn it over to Dr. Michael Cane, one of our OBGYNs in our Fielder office, for a closer look.
Getting To Know Our Family of Doctors
Some people are born to be doctors, I suppose. Personally, I was always interested in medicine; I even collected first aid kits when I was a kid. I remember when I was playing in my neighborhood in Chicago, whenever some kid fell down and cut their knee, I would say, “Hang on. Let me get my first aid kit!”
I did not know I seriously wanted to get into medicine until I worked at a hospital while attending college at DePaul University as a political science major. I would hang around the ER and annoy the nurses by asking a lot of questions. That is when I changed my major to pre-med. I knew it was my destiny to be an OBGYN when I delivered my first baby in Medical School at the University of Illinois.
I have been with Family Healthcare Associates since 1988, so I am one of our more seasoned doctors. As I have grown older, I have found my patients are aging along with me. I retired from practicing obstetrics in 2016 (the time demands were keeping me up all night), so I pivoted to practicing gynecology and minimally invasive surgery. Although the crux of my practice is my gynecology work, my focus the last several years has been on preventative healthcare. I help women transition to different stages of life.
I also help my obese patients navigate the steps necessary to lose weight (Family HealthCare Associates works with a great dietician). “Obesity Medicine” is a growing field in the U.S. due to our obesity epidemic, which affects three out of every ten people. In addition, I offer genetic counseling and testing for women who may be at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes (like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or colon cancer). If I discover that a patient is carrying breast cancer genes, I refer them to a specialist if they need to consider preventative surgical treatment (like a mastectomy) to lower their cancer risk.
Now that I am a bit older, I have had some time to expand my practice in interesting ways. For example, I am Assistant Professor of Gynecology at TCU’s Medical School and have been on a number of medical missions’ trips to places like Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Mexico. I also volunteer on Mission Arlington’s medical staff. On weekends, I have hobbies just like you do. I love to cook, garden, and travel. I also love baseball. Growing up, I went to Wrigley Field and old Comiskey Park, so I have a soft spot for the old outdoor parks like the Texas Rangers old stadium. It is not an official act of protest yet, but I have yet to visit the new air-conditioned Rangers stadium. It looks like a pill box. To me, that’s not baseball, and you can quote me on that. But who am I kidding? I may relent and go to the new Rangers’ ballpark someday. Life is too short.