Dr. Gary Epler

Recognized yearly from 1994 to 2012 in “The Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Epler is a pulmonary and critical care consultant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He is clinical associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Epler believes personalized health empowers people. In his first book about taking charge of disease, he writes about a roadmap for people living with an illness – a five-step program that integrates learning about the disease, understanding the diagnostic process, knowing the treatment options, monitoring the disease, and creating a healing environment. Additional books have dealt with specific lung diseases and nutrition. Knowing how to manage nutrition is fundamental to so many aspects of good health.

Dr. Epler is known throughout the world for describing the treatable lung disorder bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP), which spurred in­ternational research and study. He has published books about occupational lung diseases, written more than 100 scientific articles, and presented some 350 lectures and seminars worldwide. He discovered a parasite in South America, chronicled the nutritional needs of North Afri­can children, and managed the tuberculosis refugee program in Southeast Asia. He is a frequent guest on radio and television. Active in his community, Dr. Epler has coached soccer, hockey, basketball, and baseball. He lives in the Boston area with his wife Joan and their two sons.

 In 2010, Dr. Epler founded Epler Health, Inc., a publisher of books and digital content dedicated to providing resources to individuals, families and others who want to manage their disease and their health. The first book in the “You’re the Boss” series, Manage Your Disease, was critically-acclaimed by media and the readers. Two disease-specific books about asthma and BOOP have been intensely successful. The new book, Food: You’re the Boss, Put it to Work For You, has had a phenomenal positive response.