Michelle Hoerleim Zimmer, MD
Michelle “Shelly” Zimmer, MD is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician and Medical Director of Integrative Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Zimmer has established the first integrative care medical consultation program for children with autism and other developmental disabilities at CCHMC and is expanding that clinic into other chronic medical conditions. Dr. Zimmer directs outpatient integrative care services at CCHMC. Importantly, Dr. Zimmer led efforts to establish UC’s Center for Integrative Care Steering Collaborative, which she chairs, and led UC’s effort to become a member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Her leadership has been integral in bringing together an interdisciplinary team of university and community IM leaders in Cincinnati.
Dr Zimmer has a growing list of academic accomplishments in the field of Pediatric Integrative Medicine including principal investigator of a clinical trial of omega-3 fatty acid supplements and use of a gluten- and casein-free diet for young children with autism; receipt of the Senior Investigator Award from the Integrative Pediatrics Council for her work in integrative care research at CCHMC; peer reviewed publications and abstracts recently presented at national pediatric research meetings. Dr. Zimmer has lectured nationally on IM therapies for children with autism, has authored three book chapters on the topic, and is conducting research on nutritional deficiencies among children with autism. Dr. Zimmer regularly lectures in the Complementary Medicine 4th-year elective and in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She has a track record of medical student and resident mentorship and currently serves as a mentor for the College of Medicine’s student mentor program and as a faculty mentor in the Nutrition Science Medical Student Scholars Program.