About Dr. Micozzi

Marc S. Micozzi, M.D. , Ph.D.

In his 40-year career, physician, medical anthropologist, and epidemiologist Marc S. Micozzi M.D., Ph.D., has accomplished something no other physician has been able to achieve.

He thrust the STAGGERING PROOF of complementary and alternative therapies in the faces of mainstream medicine AND DEMANDED ANSWERS. In fact, some of the world’s most recognized natural research—on topics like lycopene, lutein, brassica vegetables, and excess iron—may not even exist without his courage to stand up for true science.

His medical career is all but unrivaled—especially given his vast and unique mixture of experience within mainstream medicine and science, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Dr. Micozzi was the founding editor-in-chief of the first US journal in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and organized and edited the first U.S. textbook in the field, Fundamentals of Complementary & Integrative Medicine in 1995, now in its 6th edition. He has published nearly 300 articles in the medical and scientific literature and is the author or editor of over 25 books.

His experience made him the obvious choice to organize and chair the first continuing education conferences on the theory and practice of CAM, co-chaired with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (with whom he collaborated in different fashions for nearly 25 years) in 1996 and Dr. Dean Ornish in 1998. He’s also one of the most effective spokesmen for CAM, contributing to the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune as well as NPR, Good Morning America, and CBS Evening News.

As Senior Investigator for cancer prevention studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Micozzi published original research on diet, nutrition, and chronic disease. He continued this line of research as the Associate Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington, DC.

He then served as Director of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (where he had completed medical and graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania).

In subsequent years, Dr. Micozzi served as the Founding Director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Bethesda, MD, working to educate policy makers, the health professions, and the general public about the opportunities for integrative medicine and the need for clean, clear science within our modern medical establishment. He also directed the Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.


Post-Graduate and Post-doctoral medical training and Certification

1978  American Society of Clinical Pathologists

1979  Post-Doctoral Fellow in Toxicology, Allied Institute

1980  Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners

1988  Board Qualified, Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, American Board of Pathology

1992  Fellow, Anthropology & Forensic Pathology, American Academy of Forensic Sciences


1984                     Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

1979                     M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

M.Sc., Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania

1974                      B.A. Chemistry and Zoology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA (cum laude)

1971/72              U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Professional experience

2005-Present   Private practice

2002-2005       Executive Director, Center for Integrative Medicine

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and

Director, Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine

Washington, DC

1995-2002         Executive Director, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1992-1995          Distinguished Scientist, American Registry of Pathology, Inc.

1986-1995          Director, National Museum of Health and Medicine

Associate Director, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Washington, DC

1984-1986          Senior Investigator (Senior Staff Fellow), National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

1983-1984         Associate State Medical Examiner, Metropolitan Dade County

Miami, Florida

1979                     Post-Graduate Fellow in Inhalational Toxicology, Institute for Environmental Toxicology

Allied Chemical Corporation, Morristown, NJ

1977-1979        Clinical Applications Chemist and Toxicologist

Universal Monitor, and ViTech Divisions of McDonnell-Douglas Corp., Pasadena CA

(NASA Skylab and Space Shuttle Projects)

Military Service

1971-1972            U.S. Air Force Academy

Faculty Appointments

1980-1983           Instructor, University of Pennsylvania

1983-1984           Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine

1986-1995           Adjunct Professor, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

1996-present      Adjunct Professor, Departments of Medicine and of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

2002- 2006         Research Professor, Department of Health Policy, Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA

2005-present     Adjunct Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics,

2011-                     Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Awards and Honors

National Award for Excellence, Citizens for Health, Washington, DC, October 27, 2003

Robert R.J. Hilker, M.D., National Leadership Award, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1999

Commencement Address, St. Louis University, School of Medicine, 1993

Distinguished Speaker, American Medical Writers Assoc., October 27, 1993

Fifth Annual Robinson Lecturer, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1991

John Hill Brinton Award for Excellence in Research, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1991

Performance Management Recognition System Awards, US Department of Defense, 1988-1992

Honors in Neurobiology, Community Medicine, Pediatrics, Research, Pharmacology Research, Surgery Research, Advanced Parasitology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 1974 – 1979

Medical Student Research Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, 1979

Clark Prize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, 1977

Undergraduate Research Prize, American Heart Association, 1976

History of Medicine Prize, University of Pennsylvania, 1975

Editorial Positions

1982-1988            Associate (and Founding) Editor for Health Care, Human Organization, Journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology

1994-1995            Editor-in-Chief (Founding), Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice and Policy

1994-2003            Book Series Editor, Medical Guides to Complementary Medicine, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Health Sciences (18 titles in print)

2001-2005           Editor-in-Chief, Seminars in Integrative Medicine, quarterly, WB Saunders/Elsevier Health Sciences

Book and Manuscript Reviewer:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

American Journal of Human Biology

American Journal of Physical Anthropology

American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine

American Ethnologist

Annals of Internal Medicine

Forensic Science International

Health Affairs

HerbalGram, American Botanical Council

Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Journal of NIH Research

New England Journal of Medicine

Quarterly Review of Biology

NIH Study Sections, National Cancer Institute, 1984, 1986-87

NIH Source Evaluation Groups, 1987-1998



Nutrition and Cancer Prevention: Investigating the Role of Micronutrients, Moon, T. and Micozzi, M.S. (1989) Marcel Dekker, New York

Postmortem Change in Human and Animal Remains:  A Systematic Approach.  Micozzi, M.S. (1991) Charles C. Thomas: Springfield, Illinois

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