Ather Ali, ND, MPH, MHS, is director of the Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic and the first director of integrative medicine at Smilow Cancer Hospital. He treats patients with chronic diseases and painful conditions, focusing on lifestyle and non-pharmacologic therapies. “Many people have overcome years of suffering from debilitating symptoms by trying ‘out-of-the-box’ approaches to their care,” he says. At Smilow Cancer Hospital, he works with the oncology teams to provide complementary therapies during a patient’s cancer treatment.
Trained in naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine and patient-oriented research, Dr. Ali’s practice focuses on diet, lifestyle, stress reduction, natural products, dietary supplements and other evidence-based approaches to promote health and prevent disease from a holistic perspective.
An assistant professor of pediatrics and of medicine, Dr. Ali focuses his research on the utility and mechanisms of complementary therapies for such chronic painful syndromes as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. The goal is to improve outcomes by integrating safe and effective approaches to care in the larger medical system, he says. “We found that mindfulness meditation can improve chronic pain in adolescents. We have also shown that individualized diets can help people with irritable bowel syndrome.”