Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

Dr. Mehl-Madrona is an internationally renowned Native American physician and a leader in the field of complementary – or integrative – medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil, of the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine, wrote of him – saying: “Lewis Mehl-Madrona has much to offer [here], since he combines the heritage and experience of a Native American healer with very thorough training in allopathic medicine. On top of that, he has great passion about replacing the reigning biomedical model with a new paradigm…”

Dr. Mehl-Madrona is currently an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. He is a graduate of Indiana University (Biophysical Chemistry, 1972), Stanford University School of Medicine (MD, 1975), the Psychological Studies Institute in Palo Alto, California (PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1980), and Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, (MPhil in Narrative Psychology 2007). He is board certified in family practice, geriatrics, and psychiatry.

He has been Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and at the University of Pittsburgh; and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and at the University of Vermont. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine.

Dr. Mehl-Madrona also worked for over 25 years as an emergency room physician in rural New Mexico, California, Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania. His focus has been to blend the best of conventional medicine with the healing traditions of Native America and other indigenous cultures. He is working with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is also currently working to develop a program for people with schizophrenia that involves healing through community.

The author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world, he is of Cherokee and Lakota heritage. Dr. Mehl-Madrona has also contributed to numerous book chapters and has published dozens of articles in refereed scientific journals. He was the Annual “Honored Scholar” for the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, San Francisco, October 2008. Legislative Proclamation of Acknowledgement of Dr. Mehl-Madrona was given for his work with Native people of Kansas City, Missouri, September 2008. He also received the David Cheek Award for Lifetime Contributions in Perinatal Psychology, Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, 1999.