David Leopold, Medical Director
Dr. David C. Leopold is the Medical Director for Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine. He believes in helping patients achieve a state of optimal health and functionality irrespective of underlying disease conditions. He works to empower patients with tools they can utilize to improve themselves. Dr. Leopold believes that within all patients is a person who can have better health, who wants to be well, but who may need assistance finding their personal path back to wellness.
He was previously a member of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine where he served as the division’s Director of Health and Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Services and previously as the Director of Integrative Medical Education. He has special interests in integrative pain management, integrative cancer care and cancer survivorship, inflammatory bowel diseases and integrative medical approaches to chronic disease.
After completing his medical residency at the University of Southern California and board certification in Family Medicine, Dr. Leopold completed Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and Integrative Pain Management at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. He completed training as a physician acupuncturist and has practiced medical acupuncture for over 14 years. He was among the first recipients of the Bravewell Scholarship for Integrative Medicine and completed a two-year Fellowship at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil. In February 2016, Dr. Leopold completed Duke University’s Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare. Dr. Leopold is Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (formerly the American Academy of Pain Management).
Dr. Leopold has lectured nationally on subjects related to Integrative Medicine including Integrative Cancer Care, Integrative Pain Management, Integrative Approaches to Cancer Survivorship and Integrative Medical Approaches to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. He has authored and co-authored multiple chapters in various medical textbooks including Cancer Related Pain: Integrative Medical Approaches, An Ayurvedic Approach to Cardiovascular Disease, Integrative Medicine in Rheumatology, and has been a contributing author for multiple public media sources.