Dr. Melinda Ring has served as the Director of the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University since 2007. While earning her medical degree and completing her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago, Dr. Ring’s passion for complementary and integrative medicine evolved along with her holistic philosophy of needing to treat the whole person to achieve true health and healing. Following residency, she completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
In her roles at Northwestern, Dr. Ring provides integrative patient consults, oversees trainee education from undergraduate through fellowship level, and engages in research in the emerging field of integrative medicine. She is co-creator of a culinary medicine elective for health professionals, Cooking Up Health, developed in partnership with the non-profit organization, Common Threads. Dr. Ring is active on several national committees, including the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and in the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Her expertise is reflected in her contribution to textbooks, research articles, and her book on integrative women’s health, The Natural Menopause Solution. Dr. Ring’s interests include women’s health, food as medicine, dietary supplements, and the healing power of nature. She is passionate about raising awareness of the power of integrative medicine to heal ourselves and our healthcare system.