Erik Leskowitz


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#316790 - Integrative Medicine in the Rehab Setting: One Hospital's Experience (A Case Study)

THUR 26 OCT // 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM



Erik Leskowitz, MD
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital



Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine, Clinical Practice



Integrative Medicine (IM) has long been at the fringes of conventional medicine (CM), but is now finding greater acceptance by the medical community. PM&R shares many common core principles with IM and is now starting to embrace IM more fully. This symposium will present a Case Report, describing how an academic rehabilitation hospital Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, the home of the Harvard Medical School PM&R Residency Program has developed and evolved its IM initiatives over the years. Rather than providing a blueprint for other centers seeking to explore IM, this session will offer suggestions, ideas and inspiration.



  1. Name three IM techniques that have validated efficacy for common rehab situations
  2. Identify possible entry points for the introduction of IM programming in your home institution
  3. Feel empowered to reach out to colleagues at your home institution about IM



Eric Leskowitz, MD, ABHM, is a consultant psychiatrist to the Pain Management Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he is also the Director of the Integrative Medicine Task Force. A board-certified psychiatrist, he holds an appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has studied energy healing, meditation and hypnosis for over 30 years, and has presented workshops nationally and internationally on the integration of subtle energy techniques and theories with the allopathic medical model. He serves on the Advisory Boards of three journals, and has written widely for medical and lay journals. He has also edited three textbooks: Transpersonal Hypnosis: Gateway to Body, Mind and Spirit (CRC Press, 1999), Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rehabilitation (Churchill Livingstone, 2003) and Sports, Energy and Consciousness: Awakening Human Potential through Sport (CreateSpace, 2015). His documentary film about group energies and sports, "The Joy of Sox: Weird Science and the Power of Intention," was broadcast on PBS stations in the Fall of 2012. The DVD, the companion book of the same name, and relevant research articles are available at


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