David Eisenberg, MD

David Eisenberg, MD
Executive Vice President

Samueli Institute
Health, Research and Education

David Eisenberg, MD

Executive Vice President
David M. Eisenberg is Executive Vice President for Health Research and Education at Samueli Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. From 2000-2010 Dr. Eisenberg served as the Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founding Director of the Osher Research Center and the founding Chief of the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. He simultaneously served as the Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. 
His current educational and research interests include:
  • Studies to assess the safety, clinical and cost-effectiveness of complementary and integrative medical therapies
  • Systematic evaluation of herbal medicines using state-of-the-science technologies
  • Novel multi-disciplinary strategies to optimize lifestyle and self-care behaviors 
  • Innovative self-care strategies involving nutrition, mindfulness, exercise and behavioral optimization
Dr. Eisenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine and primary care and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Eisenberg served as the first U.S. medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, “Healing and the Mind” with Bill Moyers.
Dr. Eisenberg served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine research, education and policy. From 2003-2005 Dr. Eisenberg served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee responsible for the Institute of Medicine Report entitled, “The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public.” He is currently a member of the U.S. National Board of Medical Examiners Clinical Skills Committee.
Dr. Eisenberg is the Director of the continuing medical education conference entitled, “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives-Caring For Our Patients and Ourselves,” co-sponsored by Samueli Institute, Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America. 



  • Health Policy and Community Health