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Today’s Practitioner is pleased to partner with The Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University, a program designed to create a new type of leader for the future of medicine — one grounded in the philosophy of Integrative Healthcare and trained in art of organizational change.

The Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare will prepare a national cadre of leaders to transform practice and improve the health of the nation; leaders who fully embrace a personalized approach to comprehensive medical care that optimizes health.

013915_integrative_leadership044Graduates of the program return to their organizations with a detailed roadmap, prepared to lead transformative change using the integrative approach.

On this site, experts from The Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare will share key aspects of Integrative Leadership, integrative business strategies and the art of cultural transformation.

Below, Program Director Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP, and Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University Health System, Ralph Snyderman, MD, discuss the program and its impact on our current healthcare system.


“We’re developing a national cadre of leaders who can make a significant impact on the way we practice healthcare in this country.” Adam Perlman, M.D., Exec. Director, Duke Integrative Medicine.

013815b_aquilino018The Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare is now accepting applications for the Class of 2019, scheduled to start in February 2018.

See below for articles on the program’s core philosophy. For additional information on the Leadership Program as well as information on how to apply, please visit


Joe Pizzorno

Letter to President Trump from Joseph Pizzorno, ND; Jeffery Bland PhD; Mimi Guarneri MD and other Integrative Care Leaders

In this letter to President Trump from Joseph Pizzorno, ND and other leading integrative health leaders, experts call for reform that moves away from the rationing of health care to improving the type of health care provided. The article, originally published Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Feb. 2017, Joseph Pizzorno, ND; Jeffery Bland PhD; Mimi […]

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Doctor patient communication

Can You Hear Me Now? Improving Practitioner-Patient Communication

One of the most useful tools in your medical kit isn’t the latest pharmaceutical, supplement or integrative therapy, it’s patient communication. A recent small study highlighted that when it comes to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Americans report widespread interest and usage (30-53%% for adults, 12% children), but too often than not, they fail to […]

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Duke Integrative, Today's Practitioner, Adam Perlman

Balancing Priorities as Integrative Healthcare Providers

Relationships, priorities, and a life worth living when serving as a physician Essay by Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, Director of the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University. Relationships are a key component to success — and sometimes failure — not only on the job but also in one’s life. Whether it’s our relationships […]

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Medical Words of the Year: Mindfulness in Medicine

Surreal is Webster’s Dictionary 2016 word of the year. From the Brussels and Paris attacks to the election, emotions were high and answers didn’t come easily. And, as we enter into a new year, the status of healthcare in American remains a bit of a mystery. If it were possible to collectively monitor the blood […]

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Todays Practitioner, Integrative Doctor, ND

Want Dynamic Leadership? Find a Partner

By Bonnie Horrigan When conceptualizing the Leadership Program for Integrative Healthcare at Duke, a group of us were brainstorming what might make a leader in an integrative clinic different from a leader in a conventional healthcare setting.  We looked at the principles involved in integrative care and asked ourselves: Could what promotes health in patients […]

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Todays Practitioner, Digital, Medicine,

PART II Integrative Leadership: An Embodied Mechanism for Transformation

By Lori Knutson, RN, BSN In integrative clinical practice we hold that the relationship we have with our patient may be more powerful in the healing process than any one intervention. This is true in Integrative Leadership.   Relationship is the key to the embodiment of wholeness and the transformation of our environment. The Integrative Leader […]

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Lori Knutson, Duke, Todays Practitioner

PART I Integrative Leadership: An Embodied Practice

by Lori Knutson, RN, BSN Integrative leadership is becoming a social imperative, especially when you consider the elements of Integrative Leadership in the following way: Integrative: “Serving or intending to unify separate things” Leadership: “Going before or with to show the way” Those of us who have been in the integrative health field know that […]

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Lori Knutson, Duke, Todays Practitioner

Health System Values & Organizational Readiness

By Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC Our healthcare system is shifting focus—first, to reward delivery of care across a wider continuum of settings and providers and, second, to place more emphasis on engaging individuals in becoming and staying healthy. These trends align well with the goals of integrative healthcare—which in population health, can reduce costs […]

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Informed Mindfulness as the Foundation for Leadership

By Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP In order to transform our healthcare system through the adoption of an integrative approach to care, it has become clear that to make such a shift, leaders are needed who are not only dedicated to the values inherent in integrative medicine but who can also think critically, create collaborative […]

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Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare, Todays Practitioner

Five Domains of Integrative Leadership, White Paper

By Adam Perlman, MD. We have all thrown a pebble into a pond and watched the ripples spread out across the water. One small stone entering the water can affect the entire pond. Leaders in Integrative Healthcare who have the opportunity and responsibility to bring about transformative change within their organization are, in fact, being […]

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