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programs in integrative health

Lee Smith, M.D.




Lee Smith, M.D. Internal and Behavioral MedicineDr. Smith grew up in Ogden, Utah. After majoring in Chemical Engineering and also graduating in Medical Biology at the University of Utah, he received his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of California, San Francisco. Following his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah Medical Center, and board certification in Internal Medicine, he developed a subspecialty in Behavioral Medicine. This field Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to set up an appointment. Phone: (801) 410-0894 Email: nls@mindbodywisdom.netexplores the mind-body interface: finding effective ways of diagnosing complex medical problems and treating stress-related physical illness. His research at the University of Utah found over half of general medicine patients have such "stress-related" disorders. In 1996, he received a Citation Paper Award from the American Psychosomatic Society for a report on some of this work. He has chaired many conferences dealing with these issues. He co-authored a textbook entitled Mind-Body Health: The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships (San Francisco, Benjamin Cummings Publ., fourth edition: 2010). This text provides the research and methods for moving from treating illness toward creating complete well-being.


His interests in central nervous system effects on complex medical problems led to establishing The Center for Interdisciplinary Medicine at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and later extending the Stress Medicine Program to the Omega Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City. He continues research at Lifetree Clinical Research there.


For many years on the full-time faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine, he practiced general internal medicine and created the University’s Stress Medicine Clinic. More recently, he has been Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine there, and received the medical students award for teaching excellence. He continues to teach nationwide. He previously practiced primary care medicine in Washington, DC, and in Korea.


This experience over the years has led him to realize the importance for most people of the importance of spiritual issues to their health, and, for those interested, he has explored ways to effectively address these issues clinically.


For several years he served as Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. Earlier he served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, as chairman of the Primary Care Task Force, and as Medical Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He has chaired several national education programs and curriculum committees on the effects of depression, anxiety and stress on medical illness.


Areas of Particular Interest Include:


• Pain problems (headache, fibromyalgia, myofascial, back, joint),

• Fatigue and Sleep problems,

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and similar gastrointestinal disorders,

• Depression and Anxiety,

• Unexplained physical problems (chest pain, trouble breathing, palpitations, dizziness,

• Both non-pharmacological and medical treatment of these problems,

• Spiritual approaches to health.