Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado

The Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital

1635 Aurora Court, Suite 5501

Aurora, Colorado 80045


Lisa Corbin, MD, FACP Director

Telephone: 720-848-1090

Website: www.uch.edu/integrativemed

 

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The Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion


The Center for Integrative Medicine (TCFIM) was the first of its kind in the region, housed within the world class University of Colorado Hospital. By blending the best elements of complementary and alternative medicine therapies and lifestyle approaches with conventional Western care, TCFIM provides a safe and holistic approach to health care, treating patients with serious diseases to optimize wellness, as well as healthy patients who want to prevent disease and maintain wellness.

Founded in 2001, TCFIM filled a need first identified by School of Medicine physician’s years earlier to provide safe and effective CAM therapies to potential patients.  The mission of the center is threefold: to provide excellent clinical care, to conduct research in integrative medicine, and to provide campus-wide education in integrative therapies.

The Center for Integrative Medicine’s professional practitioners work in concert with one another, and in full communication with the other members of the patient’s health care team (such as physicians, physical therapists, etc), in order to provide the safest and most effective health care possible. Providing care through anywhere between 600 to over 800 visits a month, the center’s services help a variety of health conditions with the top five diagnoses being back and neck pain, anxiety and depression, other pain, fibromyalgia, and neurological dysfunction.

Following is an overview of the center’s services and accomplishments:

  • Services include health and wellness assessments, chiropractic, mind-body, therapy, biofeedback, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage therapy, herbal and pharmaceutical consultations, spiritual coaching, and nutrition counseling.
  • Helped develop the CAM for Spinal Cord Injury Medicaid waiver program.
  • Expanded services to off-campus clinics including The Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Recovery (CeDAR), where we offer acupuncture and massage to patients recovering from addictions; AF Williams Family Medicine clinic (acupuncture and massage); Advanced Reproductive Medicine clinic (acupuncture provided at the time of embryo transfer); CU Sports Medicine clinic (massage); and University Medicine at Lowry (acupuncture).
  • A collaboration with the Preventive Medicine residency program was created in 2013 to allow Preventive Medicine residents to have a longitudinal clinical experience in integrative medicine. In addition, residents and medical students from CU use the clinic as a training site to shadow our array of specialties and patients, and have done so since we opened our doors.
  • We offer electives to Internal Medicine residents (created in 1999), first and second year medical students (2003), and fourth year medical students (2006) and teach in the School of Pharmacy, the Child Health Advocate / Physician Assistant Program, and the Physical Therapy School in addition to giving frequent lectures to patient support groups.
  • Our practitioners have participated in Continuing Medical Education conferences locally and across the nation, and have created local courses.
  • TCFIM is highly sought after as a resource for local and regional media.
  • Through donations and fund raising efforts, TCFIM has created a funding program to offer CAM therapies at no cost to cancer patients undergoing active cancer treatments. 
  • We created a program in 2013 called CAMPUS (Complementary and Alternative Practitioners Uniting with Scientists) to engage and connect those interested in CAM research across the University of Colorado campuses.
  • TCFIM has a relationship with the Multispecialty Surgical Department to see bariatric patients for a pre-surgical evaluation within 3 days to help maintain their Level 1 status by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons.