Myles Spar, MD
Myles Spar, MD, MPH is the Director of HIV Services and Co-Director of Integrative Medicine for Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States. He has a strong commitment to both evidence-based practice and a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to healing. In addition to being a certified HIV specialist, he has expertise in the field of Integrative Medicine, having previously co-founded a private Integrative Medicine center in Santa Monica.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Spar earned his B.S. from Tufts University and later attended the University of Michigan Medical School, from where he graduated in 1993. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University and then pursued a fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA while earning a Masters in Public Health. He has been involved in research involving quality of care and integrative medicine since 1998. In addition to the above, Dr. Spar also spent over a year focusing on the care of patients with cancer.
Dr. Spar has volunteered with Doctors without Borders since 2001 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for this Nobel Prize winning organization. As a board-certified Internist and faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Spar continues to teach medical students and residents and to engage in research on the care of patients with chronic disease and on integrative medicine. He has published and presented on issues related to integrative medicine ranging from the use of probiotic supplements to the use of a multi-disciplinary approach to patients with chronic pain.
Dr. Spar’s interest in integrative medicine began with his initial experiences in medical school when he was astounded at the limited focus of traditional medical education. Working abroad in various contexts enabled him to gain an appreciation for complementary approaches to care and to dedicate himself to caring for the underserved. He has learned aspects of integrative medicine through various courses, conferences and mentors, but he is looking forward to completing a comprehensive fellowship in order to deepen and broaden his knowledge and abilities. He is committed to showing that integrative medicine can be efficient, feasible and effective in poorly resourced settings.