Dr. Jeffrey Geller, MD practices family medicine at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) serving as the Director of Integrative Medicine and the Group Medical Visit Programs since 1999. GLFHC is a federally qualified community health center in one of the poorest cities in New England. His practice integrates the most accessible of allopathic and alternative medicine including acupuncture, hypnosis, mind body therapy, nutrition counselling, and osteopathic therapy which are offered to patients as non-pharmacologic treatment for pain. He is frequently identified as an innovator in delivery of health care to reduce loneliness. He created a linked-visit model and an empowerment based model for group medical visits, he shares his knowledge often, and has won numerous awards.
He created the HIP Fellowship in 2005: the first fellowship to train family physicians in integrative medicine skills specifically aimed at treating the underserved. Today there are as many as 38 group medical visits weekly with 18 of these group visits dealing specifically with chronic pain or addiction. Dr. Geller is one of the founding members of IM4US (Integrative Medicine for the Underserved) which is a non-profit organization that brings best integrative practices of healing to the poor.
Through GLFHC and IM4US these models are being replicated throughout the US providing efficient and effective healthcare in a financially sustainable way, thus reducing barriers to health and providing services otherwise unavailable to many patients. In 2008 GLFHC was visited by the U.S. Surgeon General and was awarded the Champion of Health Award for innovation and leadership. In 2012 FMEC honored Dr. Geller with the Power to Change the World award for his work.
Dr. Geller enjoys spending time with his 3 children, friends and family and has special interest in environmentalism and social justice. He has also written several children’s books relating to these themes.