Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND


Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a transformational leader in medicine. As founding president of Bastyr University in 1978, he coined the term “science-based natural medicine” which set the foundation for Bastyr to become the first accredited institution in this field anywhere in the world. This validated that medicine which promotes health rather than primarily disease treatment could be credibly taught, researched and practiced. As co-author of the Textbook of Natural Medicine (first edition 1985, 5th edition 2020) he also helped established the scientific foundation for health promotion medicine.

A naturopathic physician (licensed in WA state since 1975), educator, researcher and expert spokesman, Dr. Pizzorno is Editor-in-Chief of PubMed-indexed IMCJ, founding board member and currently Board Chair of IFM, founding board member of American Herbal Pharmacopeia, and a member of the science boards of the Hecht Foundation, Gateway for Cancer Research and Bioclinic Naturals. He was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush to 2 prestigious government commissions to advise the President and Congress on how to integrate natural medicine (by whatever name) into the healthcare system. He is author or co-author of 6 textbooks for doctors (most recent Clinical Environmental Medicine) and 7 consumer books (Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and most recent, The Toxin Solution).

He has been widely honored with such awards as the Linus Pauling Award by the Institution of Functional Medicine and the Stanley Wallach Award from the American College of Nutrition. He is the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Integrative Health Symposium and the Visionary Award from the Academy of Integrative and Health Medicine. More on Dr. Pizzorno can be found here.