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Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine
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About the Institute

The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute at the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences is an academic institute focused on scientific research and education in complementary and alternative medicine. The Institute offers health and well-being therapies such as acupuncture, nutritional supplements, a lifestyle program as well as education at our clinic.

The Institute was formerly known as the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, which was established in 2001 with a generous gift of $5.7 million from Henry and Susan Samueli to take a leadership role in exploring the frontiers of complementary and integrative medicine. In 2017, the University of California Irvine received a historic gift from Susan and Henry Samueli of $200 to name the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. As part of this transformational gift, the center became the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.

Growing interest in complementary and alternative approaches for maintaining wellness, preventing disease and treating specific illnesses creates the need for the Institute to conduct rigorous scientific investigations of the physiological effects of these treatments. The Institute focuses on improving medical care by supporting multidisciplinary research, education, clinical service and community programs.

Education in this field is also a high priority of the Institute. The medical community is becoming more interested in complementary or integrative approaches that embrace nonconventional medical interventions as part of medical treatment when they are supported by solid scientific research.

The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute is putting some of these approaches into practice. We also are working to educate both the medical and the lay communities about the benefits and risks associated with new approaches to the practice of medicine. We strive to create a model of clinical care that emphasizes healing of the whole person and transforms healthcare through integrative medicine by clinical, research, and educational excellence.

Our Approach

Every patient who seeks care at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute receives an individual treatment plan designed to restore health and quality of life. Our patient-care strategy has several facets:

  • We work with patients to create a customized, long-term health plan that takes into account lifestyle, family medical history, personal medical history and more.
  • We design treatment and long-term care plans to ensure patients' physical, emotional and spiritual health.
  • We help patients incorporate effective strategies into their lives through medical treatment, meditation, acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, mind-body techniques and massage.
  • We ensure that patients have the tools and resources needed to incorporate these elements into their daily lives and lead a healthier, more mindful lifestyle.

Our Mission

To promote integrative medicine by: 1) conducting rigorous fundamental and clinical research on complementary healing practices, 2) educating medical students, health professionals and the public about these practices, and 3) creating a model of clinical care that emphasizes healing of the whole person.

Our Vision

The Institute's vision is to be the preeminent national and international academic center for research, education and clinical practice in integrative medicine.