A Tribute to Grant R. Born (1938-1998)
“He was a man whose work was twenty years ahead of his time…” Such was the sentiment of those who knew Grant R. Born, D.O. He passed away October 1, 1998, near his home in Michigan.
He is remembered as a caring physician who was open minded and willing to try new things. “More than anything else, this is a man who wanted his patients to have all the best medical options available to them,” said one of his colleagues.
Dr. Born was a devout Christian man who incorporated his deep faith in his daily medical practice. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his eldest three sons, Brandon, Blake and Grant, Jr., while relishing the time he spent with his youngest children, Drew and Allie. His wife, Tammy L. Geurkink-Born, D.O., was also his partner at the clinic. Born had many hobbies, from hunting to politics, and actively supported his community.
With a family history of heart problems, Dr. Born suffered heart failure in 1982, and after receiving bypass surgery and a poor prognosis for recovery, he began a personal journey into the research of alternative medicine, including chelation therapy. In 1982, seventeen years after beginning his family practice, Dr. Born turned his focus to preventive medicine and the Born Preventive Health Care Clinic was launched, which included sports medicine and chelation therapy.
Dr. Born was a pioneer in the field of preventive medicine. His research and contributions to the medical field were numerous. He was currently serving as Vice President of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), a position he held since 1995, and was on the Board of Directors from 1992-1996. He published more than fifteen articles and was highly regarded as a guest lecturer at symposiums and conferences held across the country. Dr. Born served as President and Member of the American Society for General Laser Surgery from 1987-1991. Since 1974, he had served as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the College of Present Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.
From 1969-1971, he was Chief of Staff for the Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital. He held the patent on the teaching system, CO2 Laser Surgery, and the copyright on the manual, Laser Surgery CO2, which he wrote and developed. Dr. Born opened the first laser center in West Michigan.
Dr. Born was the key negotiator for the acceptance of Osteopathic Physicians into the American Society of Colposcopy and Cryosurgery, and held the first membership. His Memberships were many, including the American Society of Contemporary Medicine and Surgery. He started, and was the Charter Member of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the American Gynecological Laser Society. Dr. Born was a Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Chelation Therapy. His teachings on gynecology and preventive medicine took him around the world and included groups like the World Health Organization and the Department of OB Gynecology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Grant Born attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1964, he received his degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He began postgraduate training and study in 1964 with a rotating internship at the Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital. In 1965, he began his private practice in Family Medicine in Grand Rapids, continuing four years later with specialty areas in Gynecology. During this time, his extensive training and study continued. In 1969, he introduced Cryosurgery for cervical dysplasia in the state of Michigan during a basic course in Cryosurgery at the University of California, where he returned in 1977 to introduce CO2 Laser in West Michigan during a basic course in Gynecological Laser Therapy.
For years he attended the biannual ACAM educational meetings on preventive medicine. He was a staff member of Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids. His other memberships included, the Medical Writer Association, the Honorary International Academy of Preventive Medicine, the Clinical Ecology Society, the Kent County Osteopathic Association, the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Preventive Medical Association.
Tammy L. Born, D.O., remains in practice at the Born Preventive Health Care Clinic. She and her staff continue Dr. Born’s Legacy. Patients can be assured the best care possible at the Born Clinic as the doctors strive to offer the best and most advanced medical therapies. The Born Preventive Health Care Clinic is fully staffed with medical personnel who are committed to continuing Dr. Born’s goals of providing the best of both traditional and complementary medicine to patients.