San Diego – On March 27, Mimi Guarneri, M.D., medical director and founder of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, will be awarded Scientist of the Year by the San Diego Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS). The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, 1775 East Mission Bay Drive. Dr. Guarneri’s presentation topic at the dinner will be “Beyond Your Genes: The Journey to Optimum Health and Wellness.”
Each year the ARCS Foundation recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding achievement in the scientific arena, including natural sciences, medicine and engineering.
Dr. Guarneri is a conventionally-trained cardiologist who came to recognize that cardiovascular disease — the number one killer in America — needed a more comprehensive and holistic approach. Since 1999, the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine has offered integrative medicine: a blend of conventional and evidence-based complementary therapies.
Comprehensive medical evaluation and state-of-the art imaging technology is available along with lifestyle change programs and treatments such as healing touch, yoga, mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, guided imagery, biofeedback, herbal remedies, music therapy and hypnosis.
Guarneri, who graduated number one in her class at SUNY Medical Center in New York, came to Scripps Clinic in 1995 as an interventional cardiologist. She is board certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and holistic medicine. In her book, The Heart Speaks, Guarneri talks about her mother, who died of a heart attack at age 40, followed by the death of her father 10 years later, also of heart disease. These defining events led to her specialization in cardiology.
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 practitioners at the center seeks to empower people to take charge of their health and prevent disease.
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,300 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers.
Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education.
The San Diego Chapter of the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation is one of 14 chapters that are dedicated to helping the best and brightest United States students by providing graduate scholarship support in the natural sciences, medicine, and engineering.
In response to the launch of Sputnik 51 years ago, a group of volunteer women in Los Angeles formed the first ARCS chapter to foster American science by financially supporting the country’s best and brightest college science students. Since then, 14 chapters have opened throughout the country, including San Diego’s ARCS chapter 23 years ago.
The ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $66 million in scholarships nationally.