Wayne Jonas

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Biographical Information

His new book, How Healing Works, was published in January 2018 by Ten Speed Press. From 2001-2016, he was Chief Executive Officer of Samueli Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes in the areas of stress, pain and resilience.

"Wayne B. Jonas, MD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Samueli Institute. He is a widely published scientific investigator, a practicing family physician, Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, and Adjunct Professor at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.

"Dr. Jonas was the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health from 1995-1998, and prior to that served as the Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

"In addition to his conventional medical practice, Dr. Jonas has long-been interested in various alternative medicine approaches, and has conducted research on homeopathy, electro-acupuncture, and nutritional supplements. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Natural Medicine, the Journal of Family Practice, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet. His many book publications include Mosby’s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Lippincott’s Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Elsevier’s Healing, Intention and Energy Medicine and Clinical Research Methods in Complementary Medicine (2nd Edition).

"Additionally, Dr. Jonas received the 2007 America’s Top Family Doctors Award, the 2003 Pioneer Award from the American Holistic Medical Association, the 2002 Physician Recognition Award of the American Medical Association, and the 2002 Meritorious Activity Prize from the International Society of Life Information Science in Chiba, Japan. His current research interests include projects on Information Biology™, the placebo effect, cancer, biological effects of low level exposures (hormesis), homeopathy, spirituality, methods for enhancing stress resilience in military personnel and the impact of optimal healing environments in health care.

"Dr. Jonas earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC and has held leadership positions with a number of organizations and councils such as the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Health, and the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He currently serves on the editorial boards of eight peer-reviewed journals and on the advisory or scientific boards of six national and international organizations."[1]


Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch

  • co-author, along with Jennifer Jacobs, of Healing with Homeopathy: the Doctors’ Guide


  1. Samueli Institute Wayne Jonas, organizational web page, accessed July 28, 2013.
  2. Academic Consortium of Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Council of Advisers, organizational web page, accessed September 15, 2013.