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Integrative Track

Integrative track of the cardiovascular disease fellowship in San Diego

Doctor Suhar at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Integrative track of the cardiovascular disease fellowship in San Diego

As part of its integrative track, the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Scripps Clinic offers the only integrative cardiology training program in the country.


Integrative medicine is a patient-centered medical discipline that takes account of the whole person and their lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. The mind, body and soul of a patient are taken into consideration to promote healing and well-being.


Our integrative fellows receive all the training, procedures, and inpatient exposure as their general cardiology co-fellows. In addition to this traditional training, their integrative experience enhances their experience in outpatient preventive and integrative approaches, including:


  • Advanced lipidology
  • Advanced preventive techniques
  • Lifestyle intervention programs
  • Stress management
  • Supplement and herb counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Cardiac rehabilitation/advanced cardiac exercise physiology
  • Integrative medicine: acupuncture, hypnosis, yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, Healing Touch and supplements


Our fellows are able sit for both the cardiology boards and the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). They will graduate ready to be leaders in the field and potentially start their own integrative center at their future institution.

Track overview

Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, a national leader in holistic heart care, is the training hub for the integrative track of the cardiovascular disease fellowship.


Led by integrative cardiologist Christopher Suhar, MD, the center combines state-of-the-art traditional, western medicine with the best of global healing traditions to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Integrative medicine takes a proactive, holistic approach that empowers patients to do more than just take a pill.