Timothy N. Gorski, MD


Arlington, Texas, USA

The controversy is not fundamentally one between personalities or philosophies but between
reason and unreason in the sphere of the marketplace for health-related products and services.
—Timothy N. Gorski

Timothy N. Gorski, MD, FACOG, practices obstetrics and gynecology in Arlington, Texas. He has served as President of the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth Council Against Health Fraud and on the Board of Directors of the National Council Against Health Fraud. He is Associate Editor for the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, to date the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to objectively analyzing the claims of “alternative medicine.”

Dr Gorski took on the important task of revealing the many flaws in various surveys gauging the use of “complementary and alternative medicine” ("CAM") practices. These surveys, which misrepresented and greatly inflated the value placed on such practices to the public, were being used to legitimize unscientific practices and advance public funding for them. Dr Gorski was also a leading critic of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy set up in President Clinton’s administration.  Dr Gorski has testified before the US Senate on the subject of medical quackery. He served as a consultant on "CAM" for the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Dr Gorski took his undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences at Harvard University, doing independent study under the guidance of the pioneering ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001), known as the "Father of Enthobotany."  (Inexplicably, leading "CAM" proponent Andrew Weil also claims to be influenced by Schultes.)  

Dr. Gorski earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Selected Writings:

  • “How to investigate aberrant practice practitioners: a case of primary lateral sclerosis,” Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, 2001 Summer; 5(3):.

Analysis of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP) Final Report (with SJ Barrett):


  • A written response to the statement of the Honorable Dan Burton (R-IN), Chairman, House Committee on Government Reform; United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Hearing on Swindlers, Hucksters and Snake Oil Salesmen: The Hype and Hope of Marketing Anti-Aging Products to Seniors, 2001 Sep 10.

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