Our Story

The Story of GW Center for Integrative Medicine

1997: Founding GWCIM

Telling the story of GW Center for Integrative Medicine, we begin with Dr. John Pan, MD, the Founding Father. Dr. John Pan is a 1970 graduate of the George Washington University Medical School and is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University Medical Center and had been in practice for over 25 years. Dr. Pan began to recognize the value of integrating other systems of medical treatments into healthcare and in 1997 founded the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, one of the first centers to be established at an academic institution.

1998: GWCIM doors are open

In the Fall of 1997, when the concept of Integrative Medicine was in its early stages, John Pan, M.D., Clinical Professor at the OB/GYN Department, with support and guidance of the George Washington University Medical Center administration, conceived of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine (GWCIM) within the Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). Dr. Pan had the good fortune of finding an outstanding team of like-minded CAM practitioners. A few of these “old-timers” still support the CIM today.  GWCIM opened in the Spring of 1998. Since there was not an established model of Integrative Medicine practice, much of the effort and time in the early years was spent on developing such a model. This process of continuing refinement, utilizing what is learned from experience and what is proven safe and effective from the most up-to-date research is ongoing today.

2001: GWCIM is a separate Medical Center, first of its kind in DC area

In 2001 the story continues and GWCIM was established a separate entity from the GWU Medical Center and opened at its current location at 908 New Hampshire Ave. We were able develop a viable  business model while strictly adhering to the highest medical practice standards.

2003: Joining Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health

In 2003, GWCIM was invited to join the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, a national organization of Integrative Medicine Centers in academic institutions, currently with 57 member institutions such as Harvard, Duke, Yale, Stanford universities, UCLA, and others. Dr. Pan served as an Executive Committee Member and is currently a Steering Committee Member of the Consortium.

2011: Dr. Mikhail Kogan becomes New Medical Director

In 2011, Mikhail Kogan, M.D., Assistant Professor at the GW Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, became a co-owner and Medical Director, bringing new energy and expertise to continue to grow and improve GWCIM.

Within the GW Medical Center, the GW CIM plays a central role in providing educational programs in Integrative Medicine. At the GWU Medical School, we direct a track program in Integrative Medicine and offer electives for medical and other students. Education remains one of our primary focuses because we believe change can only come from effective education.

2023: GWCIM story of “Together We Heal, Care, Educate” goes on for 25 years!

Today, GWCIM is recognized as one of 29 Integrative Medicine Centers in the nation, surveyed as models of Integrative Medicine practice as reported by The Bravewell Collaborative report, “Integrative Medicine in America”. The success GWCIM enjoys is the result of its passion about healing. We are the team of dedicated and highly skilled practitioners who are totally committed to the well-being of our patients, and our adherence to practicing the best medicine possible centered on each patient as a unique individual. GWCIM also cherishes the support and long-term relationships established with our patients. We continue to  grow and improve to better serve our community of patients and practitioners.  GWCIM is committed to being the healthcare home you can count on!

At GW Center for Integrative Medicine, we are dedicated to creating an authentic medical home. The patient-centered medical home, recognized as one of modern healthcare’s significant innovations by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, is a care model that prioritizes coordination and communication to transform medical care into precisely what patients desire.

Unlike the current healthcare model, which often relies on medication to manage chronic conditions without addressing their root causes, we offer a compelling alternative. Our methodologies revolve around identifying and treating the underlying causes of a patient’s problems and using interdisciplinary approach. Over the past 25 years, we have developed clinically effective methods to implement genuinely preventive programs, prioritizing the maintenance of our patients’ health.



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