In existence since 1998, the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is a premier integrative health resource for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The first program of its kind to offer fully developed programs in research, education and patient care, the Osher Center is meeting the needs of patients who seek a healing-oriented approach to healthcare.
To date, Osher Center has received two Center of Excellence Awards from the National Institute of Health; developed required and elective curricula for health professional students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and physical therapy; and conducted over 20,000 patient visits.
Why is this Important?
Healthcare today has been reduced to disease care:
Doctors spend most of their time working on a specific disease or body part with little or no focus on the whole person—which is what we need not only to cure disease, but to also maintain our health and live as fully as possible.
The healthcare crisis is curable:
The economic impact of the most common preventable chronic disease is estimated to be more than $1 trillion and could balloon to nearly 6 trillion by mid-century. That has to change, and the time is now.
The potential impact is great:
At the UCSF Osher Center, our treatments are not an adjunct to conventional medicine; rather they are integrated together with a focus on prevention, health maintenance, early intervention and patient-centered care. We take this approach at the UCSF Osher Center and with our sister centers at Harvard and Karolinska. Integrative medicine holds the power to improve public health and reduce care-related costs for our nation and beyond—ensuring a better health care future for all.