Holy Name Medical Center announced on Tuesday the appointment of Dr. Iris Erguder-Saman as director of integrative medicine.
Erguder specializes in family medicine with an expertise in integrative medicine, and has been practicing as a Holy Name Medical Partner since 2013.
Erguder’s practice focuses on a mind-body approach to health and wellness. The program begins with an initial assessment of a person’s diet, activity level, and lifestyle. Erguder and her team then incorporate evidence-based holistic therapies into a customized treatment plan.
“Integrative medicine combines holistic mind/body eastern medicine techniques and philosophies, such as acupuncture and nutrition, with conventional western medicine,” said Dr. Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Erguder leading this effort. It’s about treating the whole person, not just a symptom or disease.”
Erguder will also collaborate with Holy Name’s specialists, while leveraging the hospital’s medical fitness center. Patients can access and enroll in nutrition counseling, yoga, Tai-Chi and meditation, among other programs offered at HNH Fitness.
“What I love about the integrative approach is working to find the root cause of a person’s disease or symptom, and then partnering with that person to determine how they can successfully reach their health and wellness goals,” Erguder said.
Prior to joining Holy Name Medical Partners, she was the assistant Director of Research in Hematology and Oncology for Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Erguder is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and the American Medical Association, and holds a certification for International IV Nutritional Therapy from Global Physicians Education, San Diego, Calif.