Linus Pauling Award


Robert Rountree, MD, receives the 2015 Linus Pauling Award
In 1996, at IFM's 3rd Annual International Symposium, the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine was established. Dr. Jeffrey Bland had worked with Dr. Pauling earlier in his career, and profoundly admired both the man and his contributions to science and medicine. He felt that no greater honor could be imagined than to name an award after this visionary scientist and thinker. The Linus Pauling Award has been presented since that time to clinicians and researchers whose work has pioneered important principles in Functional Medicine.

Robert Rountree, MD, was named recipient of the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award at the IFM's 2015 Annual International Conference, held May 28-30, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Dr. Rountree received the award for his pioneering work in the development of Functional Medicine and for his role as a highly inspirational and informational member of IFM’s faculty.

In the words of IFM President Emeritus David Jones, MD: “Dr. Rountree has been an enduring and creative force in the development of the IFM educational programs for applying and teaching a 21st-century clinical medicine and curriculum. His input, curriculum ideas, and mentoring have significantly impacted IFM’s certification program graduates to better serve their patients suffering with chronic, complex medical illnesses as well as advising them in their pursuit of health.”

Linus Pauling Award Recipients

Past recipients of the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine, and the accomplishments for which they were honored, are shown below:

Robert Rountree, MD
2015
Pioneering work in the development of Functional Medicine and service as a highly inspirational and informational member of IFM’s faculty
Randy Jirtle, MD    
2014 
Groundbreaking work on the role that nutrients play in the epigenetic modulation of phenotype and the interactions between the epigenome, the genome, and the environment

Alessio Fasano, MD    

2013 

Pioneering work delineating the underlying mechanisms involved in intestinal permeability and its connection to autoimmune disease

Mimi Guarneri, MD    

2012 

Significant contributions to the transformation of health care systems that have furthered the evolution of Functional Medicine’s clinical and patient-centered intellectual and spiritual approaches for prevention and treatment of chronic, complex disease

Bruce Ames, PhD    

2011 

Revolutionary work on the role of micronutrient deficiency, genetic polymorphisms and associations with chronic disease

Dean Ornish, MD    

2010 

Pioneering clinical research demonstrating the impact of lifestyle interventions on chronic disease

Mark Hyman, MD    

2009 

Dedication, leadership and advocacy in creating, practicing, and teaching Functional Medicine

Bethany Hays, MD    

2008 

Dedication and leadership in the field of Functional Medicine and women’s health issues

Michael Holick, PhD, MD    

2007 

Foundational research on the impact of vitamin D on human health

Eleanor Rogan, PhD    

2006 

Pioneering work in estrogen metabolism and its role in the initiation of cancer

Catherine Willner, MD    

2005 

Innovative clinical advances in Functional Medicine approaches to neurology

Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND    

2004 

Dedication to advancing the Functional Medicine paradigm through research, advocacy, and writings

Walter Willett, MD, DPH    

2003 

Landmark research on the role of diet in chronic disease

Abram Hoffer, MD    

2002 

Clinical advances in personalized orthomolecular psychiatry

David Perlmutter, MD    

2002 

Pioneering research and clinical work on the role of diet and nutrition in brain-related disorders

Gerald Reaven, MD    

2001 

Groundbreaking research on insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia and risk of chronic disease

Leo Galland, MD    

2000 

Advances in the Functional Medicine model of antecedents-triggers-mediators model and patient-centered care

Kilmer McCully, MD    

1999 

Foundational research on homocysteine as a marker for inflammation  and early development of heart disease

Sidney Baker, MD    

1998 

Advances in clarifying and unifying the Functional Medicine paradigm

David S. Jones, MD    

1997 

Leadership and advocacy in the clinical practice of Functional Medicine

Glenn Doman    

1996 

Clinical advances in working with brain-injured children


2011 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeffrey Bland, PhD    
 
2011  
Exceptional creativity, dedication, leadership, and brilliance in developing and advancing the principles and practice of Functional Medicine

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