Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr., ND, is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural/integrative medicine. He was appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush's administration in 2002 to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.A naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesman, Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. Under his leadership, Bastyr became the first fully accredited, multidisciplinary university of natural medicine and the first NIH-funded center for alternative medicine research. From 1996 to 2002, he served on the Seattle/King County Board of Health and, in 1996, was a founding board member of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. He served as chairman of the American Public Health Association SPIG on CAM from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he joined the Scientific Review Board of the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation and the Institute for Functional Medicine Board of Directors (for which he now serves as chairman). In 2002, he became the founding editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, the most widely distributed peer-reviewed journal in the field. He has been a licensed naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975. In June 2000, Pizzorno retired after 22 years from the presidency of Bastyr University. He continues as president emeritus.
Pizzorno has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2006 at the 50th anniversary of the founding of National College of Naturopathic Medicine, he was recognized as its most illustrious graduate. In 2004, Natural Foods Merchandiser recognized him as one of the 25 leaders in therapeutic nutrition, and he was honored by the Institute of Functional Medicine with the Linus Pauling award for his "decades of work establishing the scientific and educational foundation of natural medicine." In 2003, the American Holistic Medical Association recognized him as one of the 25 "Pioneers in Holistic Medicine." In 2002, he was awarded "Naturopathic Physician of the Year" by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and received the "Founder's Award for Pioneering Complementary and Alternative Medicine" by the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine. In 2001, Natural Health Magazine recognized him as one of the leading health educators in the past 30 years. In 2000, Alternative Healthcare Management recognized him as one of the four most influential leaders in alternative health care and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America awarded him as 'Humanitarian of The Year." He travels worldwide, consulting, lecturing and promoting science-based natural medicine and collaborative health care.
In 2001, Pizzorno founded SaluGenecists Inc. to develop innovative, science-based, artificial intelligence-aided advice systems to provide smart, personalized health promotion and integrated care guidance for the public and practitioners. Information about the unique tools created by SaluGenecists can be found at www.salugenecists.com.
Pizzorno is the author of Total Wellness and co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine and its companion books, Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients and the Handbook of Natural Medicine. He also co-authored Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Natural Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, and Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.