Bette Bischoff, MD, RD
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
"There is truly a collaborative spirit here at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Everyone is focused on supporting patients and helping them in their healing process."
- Bette Bischoff, MD, RD
- University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine - University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
- Integrative Medicine - University of Kansas Medical Center
- Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
- Registered Dietitian
- Certified Diabetes Educator
Practicing Since: 2010
“My number one aspiration is that our patients reach their individual goals,” emphasizes Dr. Bette Bischoff, an internal medicine doctor (hospitalist) at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center. “CTCA offers a unique multidisciplinary approach, which I have found is essential for patients fighting cancer to achieve their optimal level of functioning.”
In fact, Dr. Bischoff says it is the integrative model of healthcare at CTCA that initially drew her to join the organization in September 2010.
"This is a unique care model that is not being practiced on a large scale in other healthcare systems in the U.S," says Dr. Bischoff. "In addition to this exemplary statement of holistic care, the nurses and staff at CTCA ‘blew me away’ and were the ultimate reason that I wanted to practice here.”
A Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Bischoff earned a medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Dr. Bischoff is also a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Dr. Bischoff’s approach to caring for patients calls upon her expertise as a doctor and a dietitian. “Not only do I look at what each patient needs from a traditional medical paradigm, but I’m also asking myself if the patient has any nutritional insufficiencies or overt deficiencies that might be deleterious in his or her ability to fight cancer," she explains. "I also consider the patient’s individual biochemical makeup to assess if he or she is able to metabolize and detoxify chemicals in our environment.”
Her experience includes providing comprehensive, dietary counseling in a multi-physician primary care setting for 13 years; developing a diabetes instructional module for physicians in the State of Florida; coaching primary care providers on important aspects of nutrition for their patients; and establishing a complementary functional medicine clinic for patients with chronic disease.
Dr. Bischoff serves on a Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute of Functional Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Her work has appeared in publications such as Alternative Medicine Review. Additionally, Dr. Bischoff is a national speaker for academic seminars for medical doctors and registered dietitians.