Physician Profile: Dr. Mladen Golubic
Dr. Mladen Golubic studies some of the most difficult to treat cancers. While at the Brain Tumor Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, his research focused on malignant glioblastomas—the most aggressive type of brain tumor—and how modulation of inflammation by diet affects tumor growth. He initiated a federally funded study to evaluate the possibility that a low-fat vegan diet in combination with an herbal extract from the frankincense tree (Boswellia serrata) may decrease brain swelling around the tumor in patients with glioblastoma.
Originally from Croatia, Dr. Golubic has spent two decades in the United States studying cancer at the Cleveland Clinic. He received his medical degree and his Ph.D. in biology and biomedicine from the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Now, he is also completing his third year of medical residency at Huron Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic satellite hospital.
Dr. Golubic decided to complete his medical residency in 2006 so he could return to working directly with patients. At Huron Hospital, he encourages healthy dietary and lifestyle changes for disease prevention and wellness. He uses every opportunity he has to educate his patients by giving away fliers, tapes, and literature about making healthy, long-term changes. Many of his patients suffer from coronary artery disease, diabetes, and obesity, and could be greatly helped by plant-based diets. Unfortunately, many can only afford to eat fast food and junk food—the very foods that land them in the hospital to begin with.
Working with these patients inspired Dr. Golubic to become involved with PCRM’s efforts to reform the Farm Bill last year. In an op-ed on the Huffington Post Web site, he wrote, “An impressive body of scientific literature shows that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and other low-fat vegetarian foods would greatly reduce America’s incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.”
Joined by his friend and colleague (and fellow PCRM member) Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., M.D., and PCRM government affairs manager Kyle Ash, Dr. Golubic met with the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board to encourage the newspaper to cover the effect of misguided federal food policies on people in Ohio and nationwide.
Dr. Golubic, who discovered PCRM in 1991 when he found a copy of Good Medicine, always mentions PCRM to his colleagues and at his lectures.