About Dr. Greg

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Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP, is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who has received national and international honors for his work in cross-cultural and integrative medicine. He is a graduate of Carleton College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Plotnikoff, “Greg,” consciously chose to attend divinity school before medical school in order to deepen his understanding of suffering and of human responses to suffering. After 8 years of medical school and residency training, he helped establish the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota where he served as its first medical director. From 2002-2008, Dr. Plotnikoff served as an associate professor at Keio University School of Medicine where he studied, researched and taught the Kampo herbal medicine tradition in Japanese. While in Japan, he was active in East-West medical integration issues with the Japanese Society of Oriental Medicine, National Geographic and the World Health Organization. He is the recipient of several international awards for research and teaching as well as the Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Plotnikoff is well known for his work in interventional nutrition, herbal medicines and spirituality in clinical care. He has additional training as a hospital chaplain, in medical acupuncture, in mind-body skills and as a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine. He is co-author of the book Trust Your Gut (Conari, 2013) and author of 22 textbook chapters and more than 50 first-authored articles in the medical literature including several in Japanese. His 2003 article on vitamin D and chronic pain is one of the most highly cited articles in the history of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Dr. Plotnikoff is a frequent invited speaker and has been quoted in the New York Times, ChicagoTribune, Los Angeles Times as well as numerous national magazines. He has been heard on multiple radio programs including “All Things Considered” “Speaking of Faith” and “Science Friday.” He is a frequent commentator on local television, radio and newspapers.

Dr. Plotnikoff serves as an integrative medicine physician at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and as Senior Consultant, Center for Health Care Innovation, Allina Health Care, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also serves as a co-editor of the new journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.