Mark Hancock MD MPH
My path into medicine has taken me through art, philosophy, science and even some farmwork. I had the calling to go into medicine as a young child and pursued the sciences in school. The Appalachian Trail was pivotal to me as a teenager and beyond. I loved being in the wilderness in a social atmosphere and pushing my endurance. During my first undergraduate experience I absorbed myself with the thinking process behind science and the assumptions therein. This was where I met and started my study of the work of Rudolf Steiner. In 1999 I graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a B.A. in Philosophy. I wrote my thesis on Immanuel Kant’s dualistic epistemology and how Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom overcame this duality and solved many issues inherent in it.
From Tennessee I went to Europe. I worked for the summer on a biodynamic farm and then went to Dornach, Switzerland where I worked as a janitor at the Goetheanum under Linda Thomas while studying painting at the neueKUNSTschule in nearby Basel with Zvi Szir and Julitta Krebs. I cannot emphasize how important this time painting was for me and my future development as a physician. I feel the absolute focus on objectively consciously sensing that occurs when painting a still life, portrait or landscape is also essential in medicine. It also related intrinsically to my earlier philosophical work with the philosophy of freedom.
I then felt ready to pursue medicine again. I completed a second undergraduate course in 2002 at the University of the South with a B.S. in Biology making the Dean’s List. At this time my wife and daughter and I embarked on a long medical journey together. We went off to Saint George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. I completed my Masters in Public Health in 2003 Summa Cum Laude, and threw myself into medical studies. I graduated 2008 Summa Cum Laude with my medical degree. We went to England for my two years of clinical rotations. During this time I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Dr Maurice Orange at the Park Atwood Clinic who was treating cancer patients with mistletoe therapy. I found him to be a brilliant and inspiring Anthroposophical physician.
We traveled onwards to New Mexico where I completed my family medicine residency as chief resident in 2011. Currently I work full time doing inpatient care in northeast Georgia. I am board certified in Family Medicine. Medically I practice conventionally, though I am quite inspired Anthroposophically in my work there. Serious illness that requires hospitalization is usually a life changing event for a person. I am honored to be the agent of that change.
In early 2015 I felt I needed a way to practice Anthroposophical medicine. I currently see patients in my home office in Decatur as well as performing numerous home visits.
I am actively involved as President of the Alliance for Economic Renewal, a pending 501c3 with goals of founding a new currency and the framework for Steiner’s Threefold Social Order.
I am a member of the Anthroposophical Society
I am a member of PAAM Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophical Medicine
I am working towards certification in Anthroposophical Medicine
I live in Decatur with my wife Enid and our six daughters. We have a developing urban homestead with chickens, goats, a food forest and biodynamic-permaculture gardens.