Dr. Rhoades is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and current Fellow in the American Board of Anti-Aging, Metabolic, and Functional Medicine through A4M and the Metabolic Medicine Institute. While the past 5 years of his career have been in perioperative medicine, acute pain management, and anesthesiology, his medical career has been experienced across a broad spectrum of healthcare and a medical background that has led him to a passionate interest in treating the whole patient and optimizing individual health and wellbeing. His interest in medicine began prior to medical school in the medical mission field where he provided medical support in Peru, Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Nepal, and other countries. He continued his work in the mission field throughout his medical training at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he experienced everything from field surgery to primary care in urban medical centers in many different countries. Dr. Rhoades began his residency at VCU Hospital/MCV Medical Center in Internal Medicine and then Anesthesiology. It was here that he began to hone his skills and build his interest in multi-modal pain management and ERAS protocol driven perioperative patient management as well as ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and acute pain management. Over his time in perioperative patient care he built interest in regional anesthesia and nerve blocks, patient pre-operative optimization, multi-modal pain management, trauma, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and pediatric surgery.
Dr. Rhoades continued to find his passion was in partnering with his patients to optimize their overall health and wellbeing while preparing for procedures or treating their pain. He went on to study the advanced fellowship program in anti-aging, metabolic, and functional medicine. In addition to pain management, Dr. Rhoades specializes in functional medicine, metabolic management and hormone balancing, anti-aging and preventative medicine, sports performance medicine, weight management, and regenerative medicine. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Rhoades runs a men’s health and wellness blog and partners with men on their journey to realizing their potential and improving their health. He is currently studying career burnout and early interventional therapies and preventative protocols for this emerging and worsening stress complication.
Q1: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?
Prior to joining A4M, I had worked primarily as a board-certified anesthesiologist. My background included experience as a volunteer medical missionary in both primary care medicine and surgical interventions. I completed my residency training at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA, where I pursued internal medicine and then anesthesiology. It was the marriage of these two backgrounds that led me to further pursue caring for my peri-operative patients with a holistic and individualized approach that led to optimizing them for procedures and aiding in their recovery post-operatively.
Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you so?
As I made many changes in the health and quality of life in my own pursuits, I began to look for ways to incorporate my passion for preventative, regenerative, and precision medicine to my medical practice. I began providing non-narcotic multi-modal pain management at the National Neuropathy Center in Mechanicsville, VA. Here, they shared in my personal convictions approaching the whole individual and optimizing their well-being as part of their overall treatment of chronic diseases, such as painful peripheral neuropathy. Here we see patients of all types with a diverse socioeconomic and medical history. Each patient is treated as individual upon their initial consult and we form early partnerships to address their concerns and figure out what their ideal quality of life looks like to them. The President and CEO of NNC, Dr. Steve Erle, had already added screening processes to the intake to identify stressors, hormone imbalances, fatigue and weight concerns to make the transition into personalized care easier. I use my A4M fellowship training every single day in my practice to build upon the foundation he laid at NNC (previously Integrative Regional Medical Center).
Q3: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine? (as a professional, and for your practice?)
It is nearly impossible to cover the benefits of anti-aging and metabolic medicine in a single concise answer because the potential patient gains are immeasurable. For myself, and our practice, it allows me to approach each patient as a unique individual. I find that preventative and interventional anti-aging approaches allow the patient to feel that they are a part of their healthcare, in-charge of their well-being, and have instant rapport with the clinician.
An additional favorite benefit I have noticed in my professional practice is that treating the patients primary chronic and sub-acute complaints within a “system of systems”, so to speak, allows me to address other related problems they had yet to even bring to the discussion. For example, balancing a patients hormones involves addressing sleep and chronic stress management issues that further benefit the patient in many other areas.
Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?
I have seen my patients gain incredible interest in ownership of their own well-being when introduced to anti-aging, metabolic and functional medicine. The overall follow-up and maintenance of care have improved with the adjustment in mindset and partnership between myself and my patients. Furthermore, patients get excited when they see and feel almost instant noticeable and measurable changes in their health.
Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?
Anti-aging medicine opens additional doors to a more robust program of care and patient management within your practice. It not only breaks the monotony of day-to-day practice, but it broadens patient and clinician interest, participation, and options. There is no better frontier in modern medicine with which to broaden your personal medical practice tool belt.
Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?
In 20 years, I see anti-aging and precision medicine as a necessary forefront of modern medicine trying to keep up with the increasing lifespans coupled with increasing demand for improved quality of life in the setting of an ever growing population.