An ME/CFS And FM Pioneer Says Good-bye: The Charles Lapp Interview

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.


Dr. Lapp’s path to medicine and then into chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) was an unusual one. Lapp graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering. After doing research, consulting, and marketing in Boston, Lapp turned to medicine and earned his M.D. from Albany Medical College, NY, in 1974. He then completed residencies in both internal (adult) medicine and pediatrics in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For almost the next forty years, Lapp maintained a private practice in medicine and pediatrics in North Carolina. First introduced to ME/CFS in 1983, by 1987 he was actively collaborating with Dr. Paul Cheney, and from 1992 to 1995, acted as Medical Director of the Cheney Clinic. The Clinic was used as the base for launching what became the CFIDS Association of America (now The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI).


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