Regenerative Outcomes Foundation
Doug Oliver is an writer, storyteller, consultant in Nashville, Tennessee. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of New England, and extensive career experience in medical social work, health care compliance consulting, and clinical case advocacy.
He is also a stem cell patient. At age 32, he was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a disease that attacks the retina, causing blindness of central vision. Doug became legally blind at age 45. In August 2015, he underwent autologous bone-marrow stem cell therapy to both eyes, and regained much of his lost vision. He received his driver’s license 5 months later.
Doug’s story has reached millions, through international broadcasts, interviews with the national press, and countless affiliate television and news media outlets. His story has also been shared with Pope Francis.
In late 2015, press coverage caught the attention of Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, and Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., who engaged Doug in helping to craft key legislation aimed at speeding access for others to have cellular therapies like he received. He was invited to Washington, DC to hold meetings with key U.S. Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, with a goal of galvanizing efforts to boost funding and initiate regulatory reform, and the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act is expected to become law by the end of 2016.
He recently established Regenerative Outcomes Foundation, a non-profit project that will provide direct grants to stem cell patients, as well as reach out to existing stem cell clinics with guidance in ethics, continuum of care, promotion, and methods for optimizing patient outcomes.
His book, “Of Things Unseen” will be out next year.