Mark Hyman, M.D.

Mark Hyman, MD is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and was awarded the 2009 Linus Paul Award for leadership in Functional Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC, and on the Board of Advisors and faculty for the Food as Medicine training program, and Memhet Oz’s HealthCorps.

He is a family physician, four times New York Times bestselling author and a lecturer. Dr. Hyman has become an internationally recognized leader in the field of functional medicine. He graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, and received his medical degree from the Ottawa University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of San Francisco’s program in Family Medicine at the Community Hospital of Santa Rosa.

Dr. Hyman is editor of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a premiere peer-reviewed professional journal in the fields of integrative medicine and alternative medicine; and is the Medical Editor Natural Solutions, which is dedicated to helping consumers improve their health and the quality of their lives. He is on the editorial board of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. Dr. Hyman has testified regarding health promotion and wellness for the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has consulted with Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona on diabetes prevention. He had testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine. 

Dr. Hyman was co-Medical Director for eight years at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world’s leading health resorts; co-authored the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention: The 6-week Program That Will Make You Healthy for Life (Scribner), winner of the Books for a Better Life Award, which honors the best self-improvement books published each year; and wrote the New York Times bestseller UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss for which Dr. Hyman also created a public television special. His latest book, and companion PBS special, The UltraMind Solution, a comprehensive approach for addressing the causes of mental illness and cognitive disorders, was released in January 2009. Dr. Hyman will serve on the Scientific Advisory Committee and provide expertise on functional medicine in new research program at Harvard Medical School.

Articles at HMDI:

In his article, The Right Order of Things: Peeling the Onion of Chronic Disease, Dr. Mark Hyman characterizes illness as a collection of multifaceted influences particular to the patient which create disease. He specifies that the challenge of ascertaining exactly what the patient needs for optimal biologic function follows determination of any of five proximal causes of illness. Additionally, Dr. Hyman explains related medicinal protocols, emphasizing chronological significance.

In his second article, Is the Cure for Brain Disorders Outside the Brain?, Dr. Hyman communicates that brain, mood, and neurodegenerative disorders are not localized problems, rather they generate from systemic conditions influenced by inflammation, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, digestive disorders and other physiological issues. Treating systemic dysfunction, suggests Dr. Hyman, can facilitate the emergence of a medicinal model which provides more comprehensive solutions than the current, pharmacological model.

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