Jefferson Establishes the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Reaffirms Commitment to Combining Evidenced-Based Practice with Testing the Most Promising Complementary Approaches to Enrich Patient Treatment Plans
PHILADELPHIA — Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health are pleased to announce the establishment of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. The new institute, which was unanimously approved by the Thomas Jefferson University academic affairs committee and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College executive committee, will greatly expand the research, education and clinical care profile of the integrative medicine program. The Institute designation reflects Jefferson’s role as a national leader in the field and the organization’s strides in developing novel clinical therapies, wellness programs and cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research.
“Over the nearly 18 years it has been in existence at Jefferson, integrative health has grown steadily, blending science, technology and novel therapies to benefit patients in the Philadelphia region and beyond,” said Daniel A. Monti, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President and the Ellen and Ron Caplan Professor and Director of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. “Formalizing the program as an Institute acknowledges both the innovative clinical care models we’ve developed and the deep role that research and education play in our work to weave integrative medicine into the fabric of modern health care.”
The roots of integrative medicine at Jefferson date back to 1826—just two years after the University’s founding—when physicians here conducted the first efficacy studies of acupuncture in the United States. Today, the program operates two centers, one recently-opened in Villanova, Pa., and the Myrna Brind Center location in Center City. Using Jefferson’s robust research infrastructure and leading edge technology like the region’s only PET-MRI scanner, the Marcus Institute aims to provide the empirical data necessary to shape the international standard for evidence-based integrative care.
Philanthropy has been a critical catalyst for the growth of integrative health at Jefferson. The new institute is named in recognition of the longstanding support of The Marcus Foundation, Inc., which has provided nearly $25 million since 2010. The Marcus Foundation was established by Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder of The Home Depot.
"The Marcus Foundation recognized that transforming healthcare is a central theme of 21st century medicine," said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “Their support has been vital to the flourishing of our integrative health programs, and to new approaches to the health of patients. This institute shows Jefferson Health's drive to uncover new approaches to age-old questions."
The Marcus Foundation support is evident in all three missions of the Institute: infusing integrative health into the traditional medical school curriculum; focusing on prevention, health maintenance and early intervention for patients; and researching promising therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and traumatic brain injury.
Additional clinical services of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health include integrative women’s health, executive health, brain health, novel nutrient infusion programs, advanced testing procedures, lifestyle interventions and focused natural therapies that have the highest likelihood of expanding patient options and enhancing wellness.