Doctor Jack Springer is an Emergency Physician, educator, lecturer, public speaker, actor , author, and philosopher.
Doctor Springer is one of few ER doctors Board Certified both in the USA and Australia. Passionate about all things related to health and healing, he has studied, trained, practiced or taught on all continents except Antarctica. Dr. Springer has two degrees in Tropical Medicine, fellowships in Diving Medicine and International Emergency Medicine. He is an expert in Travel and Tropical Medicine and is certified by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and taught Medicine in both Allopathic and non-Western medical schools. His affiliations have included major health care organizations including Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell, Loma Linda University, Albany Medical Center, UCLA, and the Mayo Clinic Hospital System. From the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, to major trauma centers and the war zones of Bosnia, he has truly “seen it all”.
Dr. Jack’s current area of study and concern is Affective disorders of Anxiety and Depression. Their understated, underappreciated, undertreated devastating effects globally. This topic has become his passion, which is expressed in his coming book: Smiling Faces Tell Lies. Jack believes that the underlying cause in most cases is neuro-developmental abnormalities stemming from early life attachment dysfunction and trauma, coupled with variable degrees of genetic predisposition.
Jack is a distance ocean swimmer, PADI certified SBUBA diving instructor, long term student of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and meditation, drummer and he has piloted planes.
Places to travel: International- Thailand; US spots – Santa Barbara, Sedona, Boston and San Francisco
Foods: New York “street” pizza—plain cheese (unless someone will share the anchovy pizza), blazing Thai green curry, uni, durian, juicy peaches, wifey’s salads, dal makhani, Leopold’s (Mumbai) tandoori chicken rolls.
Music: Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Keith Jarret, Dire Straights, Traveling Wilburys, Neil Young, Yes, Frank Zappa, U2, most “older “ blues and jazz.
Books: The Snow Leopard, Moby Dick, City of Joy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, The Count of Monte Cristo, Heart of Darkness, The Left Hand of Darkness, Andromeda Strain, Stranger In A Strange Land, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth: writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Coleridge, Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley
Comedians: George Carlin, Robin Williams, John Belushi, The Three Stooges, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Winters
Movies: The Man Who Would Be King, Lawrence of Arabia, Beauty and the Beast (original), Brother Where art Though, Caddyshack, The Razors edge (Bill Murray version), The Year of Living Dangerously, The Last Detail, Fantastic Journey. Most recent: A Star Is Born
Activity: Spending time with his beautiful and brilliant yoga teacher wife Yasmin and snuggling with his extraordinary twins Sienna and Sedona ; exploring tide pools; daydreaming
Jack lives in San Diego with his family and Guinea Pigs Marlowe and Alex