Duke Integrative Medicine

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Duke Integrative Medicine is based at Duke University’s Center for Living Campus.

"In the early 1990s, a group of visionary medical doctors gathered together to discuss the vast possibilities for healing that exist in all of the scientific, cultural, and spiritual traditions. They formed a journal club, and, under the direction of Drs. Marty Sullivan, Larry Burk, and Jeffrey Brantley, they led discussions across all the academic disciplines at the university, and explored avenues for extending the boundaries of practice, research, and teaching at Duke. They held the first Duke Mind Body Spirit Conference in 1996, attracting more than 600 people from around the globe including leaders in the field Jon Kabat Zinn, Elmer Green, and Joan Borysenko.

"Duke University Health System Chancellor Dr. Ralph Snyderman embraced the work of Drs. Sullivan, Burk, and Brantley with enthusiasm and brought a vision that extended beyond the walls of the University, imagining a living laboratory that could hold answers to many of the most systemic challenges to the American health care system. A Medical Center Planning Committee was formed to plan for a Center to hold this vision at Duke, and, with the support of a grant from the Duke Endowment, and with the leadership of Drs. Snyderman and Sullivan, The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine was founded in 1998. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was the first public program offered by the Center under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Brantley.

"In 2000, Dr. Snyderman’s vision was catapulted forward when he hired Dr. Tracy Gaudet to lead the Center into a new century and when Christy Mack of the C.J. Mack Foundation stepped forward in partnership with a generous gift of support. Along with an endorsement across the faculty of the health system , they began to plan to build the state-of-the art healing environment executed by the masterful architecture firm Duda/Paine...

"In September 2011, Dr. Adam Perlman became Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine, and the Associate Vice President of Duke Health and Wellness. Prior, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) and associate professor of medicine within the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Perlman was chairperson for the Department of Primary Care within the School of Health Related Professions at UMDNJ, and he held the UMDNJ Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine." [1]

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  1. Duke Integrative Medicine History, organizational web page, accessed May 12, 2018.