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Adam Perlman, MD, MPH


Program Director, Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare

Course(s) taught: Culture and Vocabulary of Integrative Healthcare, Ethical Issues in Integrative Medicine

Dr. Adam Perlman is currently the CEO and co-founder of Journey Wellness.  A Charleston, South Carolina company developing next generation wellbeing centers.   He is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University and from 2011 until 2017 was the Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness for the Duke University Health System as well as Executive Director for Duke Integrative Medicine. He had responsibility for Duke’s Health and Wellness portfolio, including Duke Integrative Medicine, the Duke Diet and Fitness Center as well as the Duke Health and Fitness Center. In his role, he contributed to the work of healthcare transformation within and beyond the University System. Additionally, he is the Founder and Director of the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University.

Dr. Perlman is past Chair for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, comprised of over 75 leading academic medical centers around the country. Prior to his work with Duke, Dr. Perlman was Executive Director for the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he was Associate Professor of Medicine. He held the UMDNJ Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and was Chair for the Department of Primary Care within the School of Health Related Professions, overseeing the Physician Assistant and Respiratory Care Programs.

Dr. Perlman also served as Director of Integrative Medicine for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System and was founding Medical Director for the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine, in Livingston, New Jersey. In that role, he had primary responsibility for developing and overseeing the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program, including one of the first hospital based Integrative Medicine Centers in the country as well as the Center for Health and Wellness.

Dr. Perlman received his BA from Tufts University and his MD from Boston University School of Medicine, completing residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine as well as a General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship at Boston Medical Center. He earned an MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Perlman lectures widely and is a frequently featured media expert. His scholarly activities include numerous grants and publications. His diverse research interests have included a clinical trial evaluating the effect of multivitamin supplementation on school performance in underserved children, a survey exploring the use of Complementary Medicine in patients with cancer and a series of trials assessing the efficacy of massage for osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Perlman’s research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in the New York Times.


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