What We Do

Changing the way we do medicine, and the medicine we do

The mission of The Institute for Functional Medicine is to serve the highest expression of individual health through widespread adoption of functional medicine as the standard of care.

The main objective of The Institute for Functional Medicine is to reverse today’s epidemic of chronic disease through education, research, and collaboration. Functional medicine provides a powerful new operating system and systems-based clinical model to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century. It enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.

The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the complex daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web.

In order to achieve its objectives, The Institute for Functional Medicine engages in broad-based and specific global initiatives in the areas of Education, Research, and Collaboration. Click on the links to read more.

“Twenty years ago, functional medicine was an idea without a movement. It is now a movement that is the single biggest game-changing idea in health care. More than 50,000 practitioners have been introduced to the principles and practices of functional medicine. Faculty from one-fifth of all medical schools in America, and physicians from 44 countries have attended our foundational training course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice.“

—Mark Hyman, MD

Chairman of the Board,
The Institute for Functional Medicine