Conventional medicine treats symptoms and aims to rid the body of disease with drugs, radiation and/or surgery. While this approach can be effective and quick, it’s also reactive—most people seek care after they become sick, not to avoid getting sick in the first place. The traditional model is also narrowly specialized. When your foot hurts, you go to a podiatrist; if it’s your stomach, a gastroenterologist. Your health effectively gets sorted into silos managed by experts who might not talk to each other or see the full picture as they diagnose and devise your care. Integrative medicine addresses the whole person—body, mind and spirit—to help you optimize your health and maintain your vitality long-term. It’s personal and proactive by definition, and makes use of a broad range of evidence-based therapies as complements to conventional medicine. Say you suffer from chronic inflammation. Rather than relying on meds alone—with all their potential risks and side effects—integrative care might include nutrition counseling, acupuncture and gentle exercise. Over time you might find yourself in less pain with fewer prescriptions. You’ve built strength and have more energy to do the things you love. And with your new, healthy weight and lowered cholesterol, you’ve also reduced your risk of a list of other diseases, as well. Beyond treating your chronic inflammation, you’ve improved your quality of life for years to come. At the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, we provide world-class integrative care to help you: • HEAL your chronic and acute health issues, • STRENGTHEN your body, mind and spirit, and • THRIVE in all areas of your life: health, career, relationships and beyond.
The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health was established in 2017 by Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health to expand the research, education and clinical care profile of Jefferson’s integrative medicine program, and to set the international standard of excellence in evidence-based, patient-centric integrative care. At three convenient locations, our experienced physicians offer compassionate, individualized care to patients in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Using an innovative blend of traditional medicine, leading-edge technology, and proven complementary therapies, we treat and prevent a range of chronic health issues, as well as empower patients to proactively manage their health and wellness for life. In 2019, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) broke new ground in academic medicine by establishing the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences. Housed within the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, the new department formalizes the teaching of integrative medicine and further strengthens The Marcus Institute’s leading role in this innovative field.
Major philanthropic support has been fundamental to the growth and success of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. We are profoundly grateful to the many who have contributed to our mission. We would like to especially acknowledge the following important donors for their critical roles in our evolution: • Myrna and Ira Brind whose generosity established the first Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson. Their vision and support were key to our present day success. The Myrna Brind Center continues to be the clinical site for the Marcus Institute on the main Jefferson campus. • The Marcus Foundation whose generosity has been substantial, catapulting Integrative Medicine at Jefferson to a level beyond any other academic health institution. Their funding has supported landmark studies, creation of the state-of-the-art Villanova Center, the PET-MRI imaging facility, the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, and most recently the nation’s first department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at a traditional medical school. • Ellen and Ron Caplan whose generosity created the first endowed professorship in Integrative Medicine at Jefferson, funded at the Chair level, with Dr. Daniel A. Monti as the inaugural “Ellen and Ron Caplan Professor and Chair” of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences.
We are committed to improving patient outcomes around the world by: • Infusing integrative health into the traditional medical school curriculum, • Researching promising therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and traumatic brain injury, and • Focusing on prevention, health maintenance and early intervention for our patients.