The research we conduct at the Marcus Institute is essential for improving all aspects of integrative medicine and care, for our patients and beyond. As we explore new and developing approaches, we evaluate the link between their clinical effects, such as reduced pain or improved function, with our participants’ physiological changes, which we measure using state-of-the-art imaging techniques.
We utilize the region's only PET-MR scanner for adults to determine structural and functional changes associated with various integrative methods for neurological and psychiatric conditions, as well as specific diseases such as cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.
Physiological Effects of Nutritional Support in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Physiological Effects of N-Acetyl Cysteine in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
The Neurological Correlates of Creativity:
Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study
Evaluation of MBSR Program in the Elderly Using fMRI
Use of a Functional Neuroimaging Battery for the Evaluation of a Meditation Practices
Desensitizing Distressing Recollections in Cancer Patients
A Pilot Study of Intravenous Ascorbic Acid and FOLFIRINOX in the Treatment of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
Defining Neurobiological Signatures for Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury Using PET-MRI Technology:
Physiological Effects of an Integrative Medicine Approach in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
PET Imaging Pre and Post Chiropractic Therapy for Chronic Pain Syndromes
Pilot Study Using PET-MRI in Patients with Insomnia with Integrative Management
We continue to build a robust academic program for Integrative Medicine through the Marcus Institute. We have one of the nation's only CME-approved Grand Rounds program in Integrative Medicine at an academic institution.
One of our key faculty, Dr. Birgit Rakel, teaches the "Healers Art" course in the medical student second-year curriculum. This highly acclaimed course is based on a curriculum developed by Integrative Medicine guru, Naomi Rachel Remen, MD.
We also provide medical student rotations for Jefferson medical students in the fourth year who want an intensive clinical exposure to Integrative Medicine in practice. The same type of rotation experience also is provided for Jefferson Residents in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, and for those enrolled in Jefferson's Psychosomatic Fellowship program.
New certificate programs
As technological advances and scientific breakthroughs continue to transform healthcare at a rapid clip, certificate programs provide students and healthcare professionals with the skills necessary to meet these evolving healthcare needs. To help these professionals adopt a more holistic approach to patient care, we will develop new certificate programs on the myriad disciplines comprising integrative medicine.
Integration in traditional curricula
Despite the overwhelming popularity of integrative medicine in the United States, it is still not part of the traditional medical curriculum. We will develop a new innovative curricula that will provide the next generation of graduates with the knowledge and training necessary to perform the latest evidence-based integrative therapies and potentially shift medical attitudes about the discipline as a whole.
Leadership: George P. Zabrecky
Dr. George P. Zabrecky has been in practice for over 35 years, during which time he has significantly contributed to the field of integrative medicine. His patient base extends throughout the United States and around the world, including Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, South Korea and China.
As Associate Director of Integrative Medicine, he collaborates extensively with Jefferson faculty to develop treatment protocols for complex medical disorders and the design of related clinical research studies examining the efficacy of new approaches to integrative care.
Dr. Zabrecky’s unique combination of knowledge, training and experience distinguishes his approach to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of his patients.