His breakthrough stem cell treatment for advanced kidney disease and Diabetes Type 1 insulin dependent was just another milestone in his sixty three year medical career. He had developed fifteen patents to treat conditions such as ALS, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic kidney disease, Diabetes Type 1, Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington disease, Spin°Cerebellar Ataxia, Erectile Dysfunction. His start in science was at the early age of twelve years when he won a national contest with the Gilbert Hall of Science when he received first prize. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and took post graduate training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota In the early part of his career he had been involved in treating a ten month old child with combined immune deficiency (the bubble child) with the first successful allogenic bone marrow. Previous attempts by other physician scientists with similar children had been failures. This child survived and is now teaching at a South Miami high school.
The Stem Cell Doctor
Towards New Horizons
Dr. Feinerman was attracted to living in Wellington because of his love for horses; has been riding them since eight years of age and has trained Andalusian stallions for dressage for many years. The focus of his life now is stem cell and gene therapies-challenging the incurable. As he has noted even magazines such as Time and Newsweek boasted on their full front covers that the time has come where every genetic disorder can now be cured including Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington, Autism, Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, Alpha 1-AntiTrypsin and Tay Sachs. Dr. Feinerman believes that every so called incurable disease can be challenged and that once one analyzes the cause of the disease there is hope to treat it. His most recent discovery for advanced kidney disease involves the administration of autologous mesenchymal stem cells extracted from the patient’s abdominal fat or bone marrow. The stem cells are then placed into a catheter that has been inserted in a blood vessel in the upper thigh and under x-ray visualization to the right and left kidneys. The therapy is safe, painless and non-surgical. The same method is used to treat Diabetes Type 1 except the stem cells are passaed to the pancreas. In each case the stem cells become either functional kidney cells or pancreatic cells. Knowing that there are over 30 million people suffering from kidney disease in the United States with poor options such as dialysis or kidney transplants this approach should appeal to many patients. The same thing for people with diabetes Type 1 who are faced with a life of frequent injections of two types of insulin every day or a insulin pump. A new chance for a normal life for them. The same is true for people with ALS and all the diseases mentioned above. What will Dr. Feinerman do next?
Noteworthy Interviews with Dr. Feinerman