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Clinical and Education Faculty


Faculty: Sara Warber, M.D.
Co-Director of the U-M Integrative Medicine Program
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Warber received her medical degree from Michigan State University, and completed her internship and residency with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and is currently an associate professor at U-M in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Warber studied herbalism and spiritual healing for 14 years with a Native American Healer. As the co-director of the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr. Warber was awarded the administration of one of 12 national centers funded by the National Institutes of Health dedicated to research and education in the practice of integrative medicine. Her research interests include the health effects of time spent in nature, the use of natural products and whole foods, and the therapeutic relationship.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Warber practiced holistic family medicine at U-M Chelsea Family Medicine starting in 1993, and was the co-founder of University of Michigan Integrative Medicine (UMIM).

In 2000, Dr. Warber became a founding diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and, in 2003, she expanded her clinical practice to include integrative family medicine, holistic women's health, and holistic herbal medicine consultation at the U-M Integrative Medicine Clinic. Dr. Warber invites the whole family, including children, adults and elders, to experience holistic healthcare. Each health partnership includes an extensive history taking session, negotiation of an individualized wellness plan, and long-term support to achieve your health goals.

Research Focus

Dr. Warber was the principal investigator on an R25 education grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to support the development of integrative medicine curricula for the U-M Schools of Medicine and Public Health. In this capacity she was instrumental in developing a four-year complementary and alternative medicine course sequence for undergraduate medical students. She has more recently become the director of the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine fellowship, that provides post-residency training for family physicians interested in being leaders in this new field. At the national level, Dr. Warber sits on the steering committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. She also was the co-founder of the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research.