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Gordon Saxe

Dr. Gordon Saxe is the director of research, a preventive and integrative medicine physician, a founding member of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and co-developer of the UC San Diego Natural Healing & Cooking Program. He is also the recipient of a prestigious NIH Career Development Award from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Saxe is a national expert in cancer and complementary and alternative medicine, and most well-known for his pioneering work in the combined use of a plant-based diet and body-mind stress reduction to control the progression of advanced prostate cancer. His previous studies have included: epidemiology of diet and cancers of prostate, breast and pancreas; diet and body-mind exercise to control spread/of advanced prostate cancer; and diet and gene expression in prostate cancer. His background in complementary and alternative medicine includes study in: nutritional healing in regards to diet, vitamins/minerals, herbals, and other non-drug medicines; exercise modalities of yoga, t’ai chi, and other body-mind approaches; and eastern and western systems such as Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy, macrobiotics and natural hygiene.

Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Dr. Saxe was the medical director for the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He received his M.D. at Michigan State University, his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and his M.P.H. in Nutrition at Tulane University. He completed residency training at the University of Massachusetts and is board certified in Preventive Medicine.

What we are trying to do is establish a deeply rooted approach to the use of food as medicine. We want to transform healthcare from the inside-out.
- Gordon Saxe