Cleveland Clinic

In just two years, IFM's collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic has lead to an extraordinary set of developments, including the expansion of the Center for Functional Medicine in 2016 and their educational programs.

Center Director Mark Hyman, MD, talks about expanding the functional medicine model, value-based care and the science of creating health.

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Grand Rounds at the Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine (CFM) and IFM have collaborated to produce a Grand Rounds series featuring pioneers and thought leaders in Functional Medicine. Each presentation is available to live stream free. Upcoming Grand Rounds will be announced soon.

Recorded presentations are available for purchase and include video and audio files as well as exclusive content.

The Story

Staff at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine: (Back L-R) Dirk Parvus, MD; Aunna Herbst, MD; Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN; Melissa Young, MD, Trisha Howell, MSH, RD, Nate Bergman, DO (Front L-R) Patrick Hanaway, MD; Mark Hyman, MD

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine is an exciting collaborative effort by Cleveland Clinic and The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). The Center delivers Functional Medicine services in a multidisciplinary, mostly insurance-based model. Two IFM leaders are playing pivotal roles: Patrick Hanaway, MD, is Medical Director for the Center and IFM’s Director of Medical Education, while Mark Hyman, MD, is overall Director of the Center and IFM’s Board Chair. They are both seeing patients in the Center’s clinic on a regular basis.

Cleveland Clinic is the first major academic medical center in the country to so prominently incorporate Functional Medicine, although a number of other centers have initiated pilot projects or adjunct programs. The Center has several important areas of emphasis: clinical practice; research (looking at both comparative effectiveness and total cost of care); education (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education); and making a substantive case for the potential of Functional Medicine to change health care through improved outcomes and reduced costs within the current system. Changing reimbursement policies anywhere requires an effective strategy that includes both compelling data and a practical plan; comparing the total cost of care for Functional Medicine vs. conventional medicine is a critical step in effecting policy change.

This groundbreaking collaboration meshes extremely well with the following strategies to achieve IFM’s mission of making Functional Medicine the standard of care:

  • Validating Functional Medicine approaches to patient care, both clinically and with research
  • Expanding access to Functional Medicine care for patients and employment opportunities for Functional Medicine clinicians
  • Exploring strategies to achieve active community engagement while educating people about food and lifestyle
  • Strengthening IFM’s outreach to other academic medical centers and health systems
Much more information is available through the links provided below. IFM’s The Movement is a quarterly publication that includes regular updates on the Center’s activities and successes.

Further Reading

May 12, 2016: Toby Cosgrove, MD, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic Receives 2016 Linus Pauling Award
Fall 2015 Update: Early Outcomes Data Shows Promise
Spring 2015 Update: Patient Success Stories
Winter 2015 Update: Exploring the Model

In the News

Crain's Cleveland Business
Cleveland Clinic's Holistic Center is on Rapid Ascent
Consult QD by  Cleveland Clinic
A Q&A with Dr. Toby Cosgrove and Dr. Mark Hyman
Pursuing Health Podcast with Julie Foucher
Interview with Brigid Titgemeier, RD, on Functional Nutrition and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
Holistic Primary Care
Facing Huge Demand, Cleveland Clinic Doubles Its Functional Medicine Center
Quirky Girl
Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine Patient Journey
Holistic Primary Care
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine: A Test Kitchen for Healthcare’s Future
The Townsend Letter: the Examiner of Alternative Medicine
Pathways to Healing: Cleveland Clinic Opens Center for Functional Medicine
Deseret News National
Blue Cottage Consulting
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Initial Press Release

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, visit the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine website or call:

Main: 216.445.6900
Toll Free: 844.833.0126

Professional Opportunities

CFM is currently seeking a Medical Director. Visit IFM collaborating partner Integrated & Functional Connections for more information about open positions at the Center for Functional Medicine, and to apply.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians who shared a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties.

The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, 8 community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and the recently opened Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Learn more at