Leonard Wisneski, MD

Board of Advisors Member

Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and performed his postgraduate training in the field of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology in the George Washington University healthcare system, where he served as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine. By all markers he was on a purely conventional medicine career track, participating in drug development research, academic medicine and developing a clinical practice.

From 1977 to 1997 while developing his private practice and serving as Corporate Medical Director of Marriott International, Inc., as well as Director of Medical Education at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland (an affiliate of George Washington University Medical School and Children's National Medical Center), Dr. Wisneski began exploring various systems of healing and began transforming his practice and teaching.

Dr. Wisneski has been very active in professional associations and taken on leadership roles throughout his career. These include fellowship positions in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Institute of Stress; and serving on the board of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Wisneski is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine.

In the 1990s, Dr. Wisneski co-founded and served as the regional president and medical director of American Whole Health, an integrative, multi- practitioner center devoted to fostering individuals in the achievement of health and life goals. He also served as Vice Chairman of the NIH Consensus Panel on Acupuncture and was Chairman of the NIH Advisory Board on Frontier Sciences at the University of Connecticut. In keeping with his desire to expand the understanding of the science and culture of complementary and alternative therapies, Dr. Wisneski served in the role of Medical Director and Chief Medical Editor of Integrative Medicine Communications, a publishing company which produced textbooks and newsletters devoted to this emerging field of medicine.

He transformed his medical practice in endocrinology and integrative medicine to embody the true meaning of integral medicine – an optimal synthesis of conventional and alternative medicine practiced with a whole person approach delivered with reverence and humanism.

In keeping with his desire to transform health education, Dr. Wisneski serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, at Georgetown University where he is a founding member of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Curriculum Planning Committee and has taught a course in integrative medicine for several years. He also holds faculty positions in the Department of Medicine as well as The Department of Nursing at The University of Colorado. Dr. Wisneski is also facilitating a National University Library consortium of integrative medicine book collections with one of the core collections being The Strauss- Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Library.

In continuing his involvement with professional associations, Dr. Wisneski is a member on the board of directors of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine as well as The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He serves on the steering committee of the National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine, administered by the American College of Preventive Medicine, whose mission it is to facilitate education of integrative and preventive healthcare in postgraduate medical education in several medical schools. He is also a Research Advisor to the International Hyperbaric Medicine Association, serves on the advisory board of both the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Healthcare and the World Institute for Scientific Exploration.

Dr. Wisneski is currently Chairman of the Board of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium which educates legislators and policy makers about integrative health care and promotes federal legislation and policies changes to realize a fully integrative health care system. He has published over 30 scientific articles and a textbook, "The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine".