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David Rakel, MD

David Rakel, MD

David Rakel, MD, started his career near the Teton Mountains in Driggs, Idaho, where he was in rural private practice for five years before completing a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin (UW) Integrative Medicine Program and associate professor with tenure in the department on family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Rakel is editor of one of the premier texts in this field, titled Integrative Medicine, now in its third edition. He is involved in NIH funding to study the placebo effect and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. He is board certified in family and holistic medicine, he sits on the board of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and he is on the executive committee for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. He has been awarded a number of teaching awards, including the Baldwin E. Lloyd clinical teacher award, the UW Department of Family Medicine faculty excellence award, the Marc Hansen lecture award, and the resident teacher-of-the-year award. He has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine and is certified in interactive guided imagery. He enjoys exploring complex systems and developing insight into how each person can find a path towards health.