Press Release: Bernard Osher Gift to Establish Integrative Medicine Center
Announcing the Sixth Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Thanks to the extraordinary philanthropy of Bernard Osher, the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine will soon be one of a select few institutions offering a unique and comprehensive center for evidence-based, integrative medicine.
“As the architect of the Osher integrative medicine program, the Foundation takes great pride in the program’s expansion, through the personal gifts of Bernard Osher, to include the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine,” said Mary Bitterman, Foundation president and trustee. “We have been greatly impressed with the leadership of the University in the integrative medicine field and with the support it has received from the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation. We are confident that this new center will make valuable contributions to the network of Osher centers across the country, and in Sweden.”
The center will build the future of integrative medicine by combining the use of modern medicine with complementary therapies, and encompass multidisciplinary initiatives in education, clinical care, research, and community engagement.
Leading the Miller School effort is E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and chief of service at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to create evidence-based approaches to integrative medicine and complementary care that our patients have been asking for,” said Schwartz. “Our goal is to develop a clinical practice offering massage therapy, acupuncture, mind-body and nutrition classes, herbal remedies, yoga, and more, with the providers in one place.”
Construction is expected to start over the next few months in a 1,172-square-foot section of the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center (CRC), which will be the home of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.