IHPR’s Dr. Daniel Carlos Hughes: Studying Holistic Health, Cancer Prevention


Daniel Carlos Hughes thought he wanted to be a chemical engineer.

He worked at Dow Chemical for 23 years, moving up to a middle management position.

But then he had a midlife crisis.

Now he works as a kinesiologist focuses on sport and exercise psychology. He researches holistic interventions for cancer prevention and with an emphasis on exercise and stress in Latina breast cancer survivors as a faculty member of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio.

While the career switch was risky and required many years of schooling, Hughes is glad to have found a calling where he can help cancer survivors live longer, fitter, better lives.

“We’re really trying to change the paradigm of how survivorship is viewed,” Hughes said. “Instead of, ‘an inch wide and a mile deep,’ you know, ‘a mile wide and a mile deep,’ and really bring in everything we know about integrative oncology, not just physical, but mental and spiritual.”

Check out the full story on Hughes at Salud America!, a national Latino health equity program led by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the IHPR in the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.

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