Mimi Guarneri, M.D., medical director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, is among five national leaders in the field of integrative medicine who have been selected by the Bravewell Collaborative as finalists for the 2005 Bravewell Leadership Award. The Bravewell Award celebrates and supports visionaries who have committed their medical careers to transforming health care in America and ushering in the practice of a new medicine. The winner of this year’s Bravewell Leadership Award will be announced at a gala benefit, hosted by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, in New York City on November 10.
Integrative medicine, the blending of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies with traditional Western medicine, is moving into traditional healthcare and hospital settings. This paradigm shift in health care is due in part to the consumer’s own interest in exploring complementary therapies to support their health and wellbeing.
Dr. Guarneri co-founded Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and the Center’s Healing Hearts program in 1999 to address the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient as well as the physical needs. Board certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine, Dr. Guarneri has cared for heart patients using integrative medicine for more than ten years.
“It’s all about caring for the whole person,” says Dr. Guarneri. “Integrative medicine takes patients, whether they have had a life crisis or whether they are just looking to prevent a life crisis, and puts them in an environment that’s going to address body, mind and spirit. Our approach is personalized for each patient’s unique medical challenges.”
Dr. Guarneri received a medical degree from SUNY Medical Center in New York and served an internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center, where she later became chief medical resident.She is part of the Scripps Clinic medical group where she served as an attending in interventional cardiology. Dr. Guarneri is also a member of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Medical Women’s Association and a diplomat of the American Holistic Medical Association.
In 1999 Dr. Guarneri, with co-founder Rauni King, R.N., pioneered Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine where state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and lifestyle change programs are used to aggressively diagnose, prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.
Part of Scripps Health, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, blends allopathic care with evidence-based complementary treatments and therapies. The Center provides care for people with heart disease, pain, weight management needs, cancer, diabetes, stress, women’s health issues and other health concerns. Through clinical research, education, prevention and lifestyle changes, the center seeks to empower its patients to take charge of their health and prevent disease. More information about the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine can be found at www.scrippsintegrativemedicine.org.