About The Center
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine as “a system of comprehensive care that emphasizes wellness and healing of the whole person, with special emphasis on patient participation, and attention to mental and spiritual health. The knowledge and use of complementary and alternative medicine is an important aspect of integrative medicine.”
In 2005, Wake Forest Baptist was one of the first 35 academic health centers in North America to be accepted into the Consortium.
The Center for Integrative Medicine began as a Program in 2005. Today, the Center oversees a collaboration of clinical, educational, community outreach, and research activities focusing on wellness and healing, including acupuncture, the arts, music, and the environment, communication and counseling skills, dietary supplements and herbal medicine, Healing Touch, massage therapy, mind-body, music, nutrition, stress management, tai chi and qi gong, and yoga.
“This promotion of the program to center status is a mark of its maturity and a recognition of the fact that its efforts are of great value to the institution,” said William B. Applegate, M.D., former president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and former dean of the medical school. “This center is another example of the importance of programs that cross multiple disciplines.”
The Center includes more than 140 faculty and staff from a variety of fields and responsibilities at the Medical Center. Senior center faculty include Dr. Jeffrey Feldman (Neurology), Associate Director for Education and Community Engagement; Dr. Rebecca Wells (Neurology), Associate Director for Clinical Services; Dr. Jamie Ungerleider (Family Medicine), Associate Director for Education; and Julie Milunic (Publisher) chairs the External Advisory Board.