Wayne Jonas, MD
Perspectives on Psychosocial Determinants of Health
Wayne B. Jonas, MD, is a practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health and health care delivery, and a widely published scientific investigator. Dr. Jonas is the executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, an effort supported by Henry and Susan Samueli to increase awareness of and access to integrative health. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. From 2001–2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Samueli Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes in the areas of stress, pain, and resilience.
Dr. Jonas was the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1995–1999, and prior to that, he served as the director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Jonas has led and participated in hundreds of research studies, beginning with his time as director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine. While serving as CEO and president of the nonprofit research organization Samueli Institute, his work set the bar for evidence-based research in the areas of pain, stress, and human performance.
Dr. Jonas’ new book, How Healing Works, was published in January 2018 by Ten Speed Press. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature Medicine, the Journal of Family Practice, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet.
Dr. Jonas received the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, the 2007 America’s Top Family Doctors Award, the 2003 Pioneer Award from the American Holistic Medical Association, the 2002 Physician Recognition Award of the American Medical Association, and the 2002 Meritorious Activity Prize from the International Society of Life Information Science in Chiba, Japan.