The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Washington was established in July 2018, with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation. We seek to transform healthcare in the region by integrating traditional and complementary wellness approaches into patient care.Patient Care Education Research
What We Do
We seek to nurture new and transformational integrative models of care that are patient-centered, acknowledge the role of lifestyle as a major determinant of health, and respect the healing approaches of diverse cultures, while emphasizing patient empowerment and focusing on prevention and whole-person healing.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine brings together conventional and complementary practices in a coordinated manner to promote health, illness prevention and healthy living. It emphasizes a holistic, patient-focused approach to health care and wellness, treating the whole person. The UW Osher Center emphasizes that the practitioner and patient are partners in the healing process, and all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration.
How does Integrative Medicine differ from Complementary Medicine?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health more than 30% of Americans use approaches to health care that are outside of conventional Western medical practice. When these practices are used in conjunction with conventional medicine, they are considered “complementary.” Often people using a complementary approach do not share this information with their primary care provider, keeping the Western and complementary providers and practices separate.
Integrative health care brings together conventional and complementary healthcare in an intentional, coordinated manner. Because of the open, wholistic approach and open communication between practitioner and patient integrative medicine supports both parties working together to achieve the patient’s health care goals.
News & Events
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Course in Integrated Medicine
Integrative Medicine – What is It? OLLI-UW presents a new course in collaboration with the Osher Center for Integrated Medicine at the UW. They seek to transform healthcare in the region by integrating traditional and complementary wellness approaches into patient care. Instructors: Heather Tick, Iman Majd, Donna Lewin, Cynthia Price, Lu Marchand Date: Thursday, May [...]Read more
NCCAOM Board of Commissioners Elects Dr. Iman Majd as New Chair
Dr. Iman Majd, the clinic director for the UW Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, has been elected as the new Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Majd is the first MD to hold this position. He is also an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist, [...]Read more
CANCELLED: Please check back for rescheduled date. Osher Center to Co-Host Lecture with Bastyr University: What do we know about integrative health and models of delivery and sustainability?
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is excited to co-host a lecture event with Bastyr University. On April 23rd, Patricia Herman, ND, PhD, a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, will speak on What do we know about integrative health and models of delivery and sustainability?, Dr. Herman’s research centers on health economics, innovative [...]Read more
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