July 09, 2013
Director of Northwestern Integrative Medicine Recognized among Most Influential Women in Chicago
Melinda Ring, MD, named one of Today’s Chicago Woman’s 100 Women of Influence
Melinda Ring, MD
Chicago, Ill. – Melinda Ring, MD, has been named one of Chicago’s 100 most influential women by Today’s Chicago Woman (TCW) in its July issue. Ring was recognized for her work as medical director at Northwestern Integrative Medicine and as director of the integrative medicine curriculum at Feinberg School of Medicine.
“I am honored to be included in this list of accomplished women,” said Ring. “It is also deeply satisfying for me to see this recognition of integrative medicine and the value it places on considering the full range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual influences that affect a person’s health.”
Ring’s work at Northwestern Integrative Medicine is focused on preventing disease and healing the whole person to help transform our disease-care system into a true healthcare system. In her roles at Northwestern, she oversees the clinical outpatient and inpatient programs, as well as medical student and resident education in integrative medicine.
Northwestern Integrative Medicine emphasizes the relationship between the doctor and patient, the innate healing ability of the body and the importance of addressing all aspects of an individual’s life to attain optimal health and healing. Ring leads a team of practitioners who integrate the very best of conventional medicine, diagnosis and treatment plans with additional therapies like nutritional and fitness planning, energy medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy. All factors that affect health, wellness and disease are considered to help patients reach their goals for wellness with a greater sense of personal control.
While earning her medical degree and completing her residency at the University of Chicago, Ring’s passion for complementary and alternative medicine evolved along with her holistic philosophy of treating the whole person to achieve true health and healing. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. She is board certified in internal medicine and integrative medicine and cares for patients with a wide variety of conditions and preventive health needs.
In addition to patient care, Ring directs the integrative medicine curriculum at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and conducts research on the impact of integrative medicine on patients’ quality of life. She works on a national level to further integrative medicine through her executive role for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
Additionally, Ring is the co-chair for the inaugural International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, being held at Northwestern in October 2013. Her expertise is reflected in her contribution to textbooks, lectures and research articles in the field of women’s health and integrative medicine. In spring 2012 Rodale Books published Ring’s first book on integrative women’s health, The Natural Menopause Solution.