About This Website
I am a U.S. board certified family medicine doctor working in Beijing since 2006. I currently see patients at Beijing United Family Hospital. I am also the Group Director of Clinical Marketing and Communications for the United Family Hospital national chain of hospitals. I write a health column for the New York Times China edition and also have regular columns in Beijingkids magazine and the popular Chinese parenting magazine《母子健康》. I created this blog in the summer of 2009 to fill what I’d seen as an internet information gap regarding health care issues for Beijingers. There are many blogs and websites about food, media, restaurants, etc — but precious little good information on health and wellness in China.
My focus is on preventive medicine and public health. I use evidence-based medicine as much as possible, and quote only reputable organizations (such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, New England Journal of Medicine, New York Times, etc). This website, as of November 20, 2009 proudly passed peer-review certification by the Health on the Net Foundation and complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information. You can verify here
I arrived here in 2006 from San Francisco, where I received my ABFP diploma in family medicine from UCSF Santa Rosa. I received my M.D. at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and my bachelors degree in English literature from Columbia University. I have previously worked in rural community clinics, urgent care centers, and private clinics in California and Beijing. My main interests are adult primary care and chronic disease management, pediatric primary care, and diabetes. I have a Postbaccalaureate Diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. When I have a free moment, I like to work on my fine art photography.
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All material in these articles is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition. All articles are my own personal opinion and in no way should be considered officially endorsed from my clinic. Nothing I write here is pre-approved by my clinic.
This website is not collecting information on you and selling to bulk emailers. All personal emails to me would remain confidential. Also, all the information here is certainly approved by me but should not replace actual doctor visits or the invaluable benefits you get from developing one-on-one relationships with a doctor.
My Advertising Policy
I currently use Google Ads on each page for revenue, and also use affiliate links. I have had paid sponsors in the past but not at the moment. I always have complete editorial control over my posts, and none of my recommendations are due to advertising arrangements — all endorsements, criticisms and reviews are genuine.
Thanks for your support,
Richard Saint Cyr MD DABFP
Family medicine physician, Beijing United Family Hospital