Center for Integrative Health combines conventional and complimentary medicine



The Ohio State University College of Medicine just announced that Integrative Health in the Department of Family and Community Medicine is now The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health (CIH). Integrative health combines conventional and complimentary medicine to promote optimal health, prevent and treat disease and meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual goals of patients.

Maryanna Klatt, PhD, clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine and director of Integrative Medicine at the Ohio State College of Medicine, will serve a four-year term as the center’s director, reporting to the dean. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is the formal collaborator with this newly formed center.

Dr. Klatt joined the Ohio State College of Medicine faculty in 2004 as clinical assistant professor. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming clinical associate professor in 2010 and clinical professor in 2016. She has been the director of the Division of Integrative Medicine since July 2021.

“I am excited for the Center for Integrative Health to become the hub for clinical, educational, research and community engagement for integrative health,” says Dr. Klatt.

The center will provide integrative health education to all levels of health sciences learners — from rotations and shadowing to an undergraduate minor in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness, an advanced competency for fourth-year medical students and an integrative health physician fellowship.

In addition to teaching, the CIH faculty have research funding, including more than $2 million in support through grants and collaborations to provide Mindfulness in Motion to first responders, health care professionals and other groups (municipalities/employers) who can benefit from this programming.

Holistic patient care is the top goal for the clinic. The CIH’s Integrative Medicine Clinic, located at 2000 Kenny Rd., comprises four physicians, one nurse practitioner, two acupuncturists, one Ayurvedic physician, two registered dietitians, one psychologist and 12 massage therapists.

And the CIH offers a variety of community class offerings in practices such as tai chi, qigong and yoga.

Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS, dean of the Ohio State College of Medicine and vice president for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is thrilled with the synergy that the CIH will bring to the practice, research and training of integrative medicine.

“With its work with learners, patients, research and the community, the Center for Integrative Health is shining example of the power of academic medicine to transform health,” says Dr. Bradford.