Scholars & Fellows

The Institute's Scholars and Fellows are accomplished visionaries and young trailblazers whose cutting-edge work promotes integrative approaches to health. Our Scholars and Fellows Program gives them the freedom and resources to take their work in new, pioneering directions.


Meet Our Scholars



George "Bud" Brainard, PhD

Home Institution: Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Field: Neurology

Wants to Know: What is the impact of light and color on human health?

Learn about his work

Paul Dieppe, BSc, MD, BS(Lond), FRCP, FFPH

Home Institution: University of Exeter Medical School

Field: Rheumatology and Health Services Research

Wants to Know: What conditions enable a healing response?

 Learn about his work 

Frederick O. Foote, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.)

Home Institution: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Health Services Administration), Bethesda, MD

Field: Neurology

Wants to Know: How do we spread the model of holistic care established at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to other health care facilities?

Learn about The Epidaurus Project

Claudia Witt, MD, MBA

Home Institution: University of Zurich

Fields: Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Wants to Know: How can clinical research generate better evidence to help people make more informed choices about their health?

Find out what she's learning

Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD

Home Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Field: Family Medicine and Community Health

Wants to Know: How can the core values of family medicine and community health can be re-invented in a new era of information and technology?

Learn about his work

Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH

Home Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University

Field: Social Epidemiology

Wants to Know: How do we increase awareness among policy makers and voters, of the powerful links between social policies and health?

Learn about the Connecting the Dots initiative

Meet Our Fellows



Andrew C. Ahn, MD

Home Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Field: Computational Medicine

Wants to Know: Can computational analyses of biomedical signals—such as heart rate and blood pressure—lead to personalized treatments and better understanding of human health?

See how he's finding answers

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Jeffrey M. Greeson, PhD, MS

Home Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Field: Psychology

Wants to Know: How can mindfulness as a self-care practice reduce the risk of disease and promote health?

Learn about his work

Kirstin Aschbacher, PhD

Home Institution: University of California, San Francisco

Field: Clinical Psychology/Psychoneuroimmunology

Wants to Know: What are the best strategies for reducing stress, and physiological stress-arousal, in order to improve health?

Find out what she's discovering

Scholars Emeriti



Richard Hammerschlag, PhD

Home Institution: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Fields: Neurobiology, Acupuncture Research, Biofield Physiology

Wants to Know: Through what physiological mechanisms do biofield therapies—such as reiki, external qigong, and healing touch—produce a therapeutic effect?

Learn about his quest for answers 
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Ellen F. Hughes, MD, PhD

Home Institution: University of California, San Francisco

Field: General Medicine

Studied: What factors—such as nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation—are most influential in healthy aging?

Learn about her work

David Scott Jones, MD

Home institution: Institute for Functional Medicine

Field: Functional Medicine

Wants to know: How can health care providers more effectively assess, treat, and prevent chronic, complex diseases?

See how he’s changing the practice of medicine

George Kaplan, PhD

Home institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Field: Social Epidemiology

Wants to know: What programs and policies will make the greatest positive impact on the health of communities and reduce inequalities?

Learn about his work

David John Lary, PhD

Home Institution: University of Texas, Dallas

Field: Atmospheric Science

Wants to Know: How can we make massive data about air quality useful to people who have respiratory ailments and other affected conditions?

 Learn how he's mining big data for answers 
Read about the Scholars & Fellows Program