Board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM, is deeply committed to expanding integrative medicine, education, and research globally. A leading proponent of integrative medicine, she serves on the founding board of the American Board of Physician Specialties in Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). She is cofounder and has been medical director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc., at Pacific Pearl La Jolla in La Jolla, CA, since 2014, where she leads a team of experts in conventional, integrative, and natural medicine. Dr. Guarneri is cofounder and treasurer of Miraglo Foundation, a nonprofit public charity providing integrative medicine education and research and serving the underserved in the US and globally.
A clinical associate professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), she is also president of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). She served as senior advisor to the Atlantic Health System for the Chambers Center for Well Being, among other healthcare system advisory positions. Her television special, “Live Better Now with Mimi Guarneri, MD,” airs in 2019 and 2020 at hundreds of public television stations across the US.
Dr. Guarneri was an English literature major as an undergraduate at New York University. Her medical degree is from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, where she graduated number one in her class. Dr. Guarneri served her internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center, where she later became chief medical resident. She served cardiology fellowships at both New York University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic in California. She is a fellow member of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Medical Women’s Association, as well as a fellow of the American College of Nutrition.
She cofounded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and served as medical director for 15 years. She began her career at Scripps Clinic as an attending in interventional cardiology, where she placed thousands of coronary stents. Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive and more holistic approach to cardiovascular disease, Dr. Guarneri pioneered the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, where state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and lifestyle change programs are used to aggressively diagnose, prevent, and treat cardiovascular disease. Her current integrative health and wellness center at Pacific Pearl La Jolla has received recognition as Best of La Jolla for several consecutive years and is widely sought for clinical rotations and as a model for practice transformation.
Dr. Guarneri’s book, 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential, was published by Hay House in 2017, and she is the professor of “The Science of Natural Healing,” a 24-lecture video set from The Great Courses. She is the author of The Heart Speaks (2006) and co-author of Total Engagement: The Healthcare Practitioner’s Guide to Heal Yourself, Your Patients & Your Practice (2014).
Dr. Guarneri is an internationally sought speaker and educator. She was an invited presenter in November of 2017 for two international conferences on integrative health and medicine in Brazil and at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ conference on global health. An annual featured speaker at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s conference in San Diego, CA, she continues to advise, lead, and present at national integrative healthcare conferences. She also offers professional development programs to healthcare providers for integrative medicine.
Dr. Guarneri was recognized for leadership in integrative medicine by the Bravewell Collaborative and served as founding chair of the Bravewell Clinical Network for Integrative Medicine. She has garnered numerous awards, including the ARCS Foundation Scientist of the Year. In 2011, she was won the Bravewell Physician Leadership Award, which honors a physician leader who has made significant contributions to the transformation of the US healthcare system. She received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award from The Institute for Functional Medicine and the Grace A. Goldsmith award from the American College of Nutrition. Ranked as the number one female physician practicing integrative medicine by Newsmax in 2015, Dr. Guarneri was also honored with San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year Awards as Health and Wellness Pioneer 2016 for her outstanding leadership. In 2018, she received the Donna Feeley Memorial Award from the American Public Health Association’s Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices section. For more information, please visit MimiGuarneriMD.com or PacificPearlLaJolla.com.