Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine Hosts Grand Rounds by Dr. Andrew Weil, Integrative Medicine Pioneer

Northwestern Medicine
News November 23, 2015

Andrew Weil, MD, known as the father of the integrative medicine movement, recently gave Grand Rounds for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine on the meaning and role of integrative medicine.

Weil was in Chicago for “Integrative Medicine and the Future of Health Care,” a benefit dinner for the Osher Center held Nov. 4, 2015.

“I think Northwestern is clearly going to be one of the leaders in this movement,” Weil told several hundred physicians, nurses and staff at Grand Rounds, also held Nov. 4. At Grand Rounds, Weil outlined what integrative medicine is, and how it differs from titles that often are used to describe it — complementary medicine and alternative medicine.

Andrew Weil, MD in the center among Northwestern Medicines staff Integrative medicine doesn’t aim to take the place of traditional medicine, he said, but rather be home to a “a real synthesis of the best ideas and practices” of all healthy modalities.

According to Weil, integrative medicine also seeks to:

  • Emphasize the “intrinsic healing power of the human organism.”
    “When I sit with patients I always ask ‘Why is healing not happening here?’”
  • View patients as “more than just physical beings.”
    “There are other dimensions of human life that have to be taken into account,” including mental, spiritual and emotional health.
  • Emphasize the patient-practitioner relationship.

“Throughout history that relationship has been regarded as special, if not sacred,” he said. “In integrative medicine, there has to be an adequate amount of time” to develop this relationship.

“This is a movement that really has traction, is quite robust,” he said. “It has garnered great ground, especially in forward-thinking academic medical institutions like this one.”

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine offers a variety of integrative services in Chicago and the north suburbs, serving as a nexus for integrative medicine clinical care, research and education programs throughout Northwestern University, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and clinical partners including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Medical Group.  

To learn more information about integrative medicine or make an appointment call 312.926.DOCS. 

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