Andrew Weil is a pioneer in the fields of health, wellness, and integrative medicine. He is founder, professor, and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Weil’s books, PBS specials, and frequent appearances on Today and The Dr. Oz Show have inspired people to lead healthier, happier lives. Dr. Weil is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, integrative medicine, and the reform of medical education.
Named one of “the world’s most influential people” by TIME, Dr. Weil established the practice of integrative medicine, combining conventional and alternative healing. He founded the Arizona Center in 1994, the first of its kind to include courses on mind-body interactions, nutrition, herbs and botanicals, and is a clinical professor at the Center. Graduates of the Center serve as directors of integrative medicine programs around the U.S.
Dr. Weil is the author of many scientific and popular articles, and of 12 popular books, including the international bestsellers Healthy Aging, Spontaneous Healing, and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. His 2009 book Why Our Health Matters identifies what is wrong with healthcare in America and offers a realistic vision of how we can achieve optimum health through personal responsibility and a new model of medicine. His latest book, Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being, explores how to improve on low mood and depression using techniques from Buddhism, Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and more.
His recent book, True Food: Seasonable, Sustainable, Simple, Pure, includes essays about shopping the farmer’s market, with recipes that show how easy it is to eat healthy at home. A proponent of an anti-inflammatory, mainly organic diet, Weil believes that sugar, starch, and trans-fat could prove more dangerous to the body than saturated fats.
Dr. Weil was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, and earned his A.B. in biology (botany) at Harvard in 1964 and M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. He was honored by The Institute for Health and Healing as their Pioneer in Integrative Medicine, received the John P. McGovern Award in Behavior Sciences, and was inducted into the Academy of Achievement.
Dr. Weil maintains a popular website, writes columns for TIME and Prevention magazines as well as his books, and has been a guest on Oprah, Good Morning America, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and many other shows. He is the Director of Integrative Health and Healing at Miraval Resort in Catalina, Arizona, and is also a partner in True Food Kitchen restaurants in California and Arizona. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.