Peter Wayne, PhD

Director

Peter Wayne, PhD

Dr. Wayne is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was appointed as the Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in 2020. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wayne served as the Osher Center Research Director (2011-2020). Since 2006, he has also directed the Mind-Body-Movement Laboratory.

Dr. Wayne’s formal academic training and early research career in evolutionary biology, in combination with his practical training in Asian healing arts, deeply shaped the systems biology and ecological framework he brings to the field of Integrative Medicine and the Osher Center.

The primary focus of Dr. Wayne’s research is evaluating how mind-body and related integrative medicine practices clinically impact aging and chronic health conditions and understanding the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying observed therapeutic effects. He has served as a principal or co-investigator on more than 30 NIH-funded studies. His research has evaluated the impact of therapies such as Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic and coordinated multimodal care on diverse medical issues including balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, depression, heart failure, cancer, back and neck pain, migraine headaches and healthy aging.

Dr. Wayne is actively involved in the teaching and training of students and fellows in integrative medicine research. He currently serves as the Associate Director for the NIH-funded Harvard Medical School Integrative Medicine T32 Research Fellowship. His commitment to mentoring was recognized in 2017 with a 5-year NIH Mid-Career Award (K24) to support mentored research activities.

Dr. Wayne’s practical training in Integrative Medicine includes more than 40 years of experience in Tai Chi and Qigong. He is an internationally recognized teacher of these practices and author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, which received an Award of Excellence in Medical Communication by the American Medical Writers Association.


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