I grew up on a small cattle ranch in Iowa, and I find that as a result, I have a much different perspective on life than most people I meet. Several of my family members developed cancer when I was a child, and these family experiences, when combined with my love of books and knowledge, funneled my interests into science and cancer treatment. I became interested in gene therapy as a treatment for cancer and entered college as a genetics major. I worked in several laboratories looking for treatments for prostate cancer. Eventually, I decided to go to medical school. There I fell in love with urology. I continued to do urology cancer research until taking my full-time position here at Kaiser Permanente, where I feel I can help people the most.
My chief interests as a urologist are stone disease (such as kidney stones) and minimally invasive urologic oncology, which includes kidney, prostate, and bladder cancer. I completed an endourology fellowship in Rochester, New York, that focused on stone disease and on laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
My daily run reminds me that life is good! I always feel better, more refreshed, and less tired if I get to run every day. I also love to cycle and catch a game of ultimate Frisbee here and there.”Read More
I was born in Vietnam and I am fluent in Vietnamese. Along with my family, I came to the United States at the age of nine. My hometown is Oklahoma City. My undergraduate work in zoology was at the University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners!). I went to medical school in the Bronx, New York, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. My residency in internal medicine was in San Jose, California at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Stanford University. I was in private practice for 17 years in San Jose before joining Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.
Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be a physician. I wanted to help people when I grew up. All of my training, experience, and knowledge did not prepare me for the time when my 18-month old son developed leukemia. We have had many miracles in this journey and our son is alive and thriving today after a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor, four days before his second birthday. I am humbled by our experience.
I am an internal medicine physician who specializes in the care of the adult members. As a physician, I believe that taking care of your health is a team effort. It’s a collaboration between the member, the physician, and the health care team. I feel honored to have the opportunity to help take care of my patients/members and to help them stay healthy.
I thrive by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and “living in the moment.” I have more hobbies than time; I love to play basketball and have a passion for bicycling, gardening, and growing orchids. I treasure spending family time with my wife and two kids and watching them grow.”
Seattle Police Department’s Randy Yamanaka with Luke Do in 2006. Yamanaka saved Do’s life through a bone marrow donation.
(Photo provided by Seattle Police Department)
Dr. Cartin received his Bachelor and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Cornell University and owned a large veterinary hospital in Oceanside, California for 30 years. He sold the business and now speaks nationally on veterinary management at Cartin Veterinary Consulting. He also runs an animal rescue nonprofit organization and a hunger relief nonprofit organization in Oceanside, California. The city of Oceanside is where the Race Across America starts every year!
Dr. Cartin has always been a competitive long distance runner for 40+ years. He cycles 20-40 miles every day. At 65 years of age, Bob continues to look for new challenges.
Dr. Cartin’s son Hans was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 41 and had a life-saving stem cell transplant. Team SuperMarrow’s partnership with the Asian American Donor Program gives him the opportunity to give back and play a role in making progress toward a cure for leukemia, other blood cancers and life-threatening diseases and in diversifying the national bone marrow/stem cell registry in the United States.
Superheroes Cycling Across America to Increase Number of Multi-Ethnic Donors to Save Lives of Blood Cancer Patients and Others Fighting Life-Threatening Diseases
San Diego, CA, February 13, 2019 –(PR.com)– Team SuperMarrow®, a cycling team of highly-accomplished doctors, their patients, family members and friends, will be broadcasting a live television series during its Race Across America (RAAM) this year. Leading up to the race, viewers will have access to exclusive content including team members’ day-to-day activities including how they train, what they eat and how they stay healthy and get in top shape as they prepare for this grueling 24/7 nine-day event.
With Smart Television being one of the hottest forms of media available these days, this innovative cycling team is using its BINGE TV Channel as a unique fundraising tool that will allow viewers to come along for the ride.Donors who pay a $99.99 donation or higher will get access to a private television channel viewable at: https://www.bingenetworks.tv/channel/12782. Once the donation is made, subscribers will receive access to their private TV Channel viewable on top networks like: APPLE TV, ROKU and bingenetworks.tv as well as other networks all over the world.
The goal with this portion of the fundraising campaign is to generate over $100,000 with 1,000 donors following along through the race on their television channel. The awareness raised as a result of this new partnership will be invaluable.
“Donors want to be active vs. passive in today’s market, so we saw a very unique way to engage the donors and to allow them to participate in the Race Across America. The story behind Team SuperMarrow struck our team here at BINGE Networks and we knew we had the perfect vehicle to help,” says BINGE Networks founder/CEO Bonnie Bruderer. “Think Reality TV, but as you watch a team of physicians, a leukemia survivor, his brother, father and other endurance cyclists compete in a cycling race across the nation, viewers will realize that it is far more than that. We are hoping to be able to create a hugely successful cancer awareness and fundraising campaign while also providing valuable content to the viewers.”
The Race Across America (RAAM ) is recognized world-wide as “The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race,” featuring cyclists from the United States and multiple other countries. RAAM begins on June 15, 2019. The majority of Team SuperMarrow riders and crew members have been touched in some way by leukemia. The net funds raised by the team will go directly to benefit the nonprofit Asian American Donor Program organization (http://www.aadp.org) to advance the collective mission to educate and mobilize the public to diversify the national bone marrow/stem cell donor registry.
“Since a bone marrow/stem cell match is based upon a person’s ethnic heritage, the chance of finding a donor is often seen as equal to the chance of winning the lottery,” says Team SuperMarrow® Captain Lam Do, M.D. (“Captain A’marrow’ca®”). “We need to have more ethnic minorities in our national Be the Match® registry. Everyone in need of a stem cell donor deserves a match. Every child in need of a stem cell donor deserves a chance to grow up.”
To register to be a stem cell/bone marrow donor, please visit join.bethematch.org/RAAM.
BINGE will be making a corporate donation of 10% of all donations raised to help this incredible cause benefiting the Alameda, California based Asian American Donor Program. All net proceeds will go directly to the American Donor Program to help support stem cell/bone marrow donor education and registration programs.