Rakel, David P
Associate Professor
(608) 287-5899
Arboretum (Madison)

After medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dave completed a family practice residency in Greeley, Colorado. He spent the next five years in rural practice as one of two physicians staffing a 14 bed hospital in Driggs, Idaho. As medical director for Grand Targhee Ski resort, he developed an interest in sports medicine and received his CAQ in 1999. Dave completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona from 1999-2001. He joined the UW Department of Family Medicine in 2001 where he teaches and practices while serving as the founder and director for UW Health Integrative Medicine. Dave is board certified in family medicine, holistic medicine and sports medicine. He is also certified in Interactive Guided Imagery. He is co-editor for the Textbook of Family Medicine and Editor for Integrative Medicine, now in its third edition.

  • Fortney L, Luchterhand C, Zakletskaia L, Zgierska A, Rakel D. Abbreviated mindfulness intervention for job satisfaction, quality of life, and compassion in primary care clinicians: a pilot study. Annals of family medicine. 24019272
  • Rakel D, Mundt M, Ewers T, Fortney L, Zgierska A, Gassman M, Barrett B. Value associated with mindfulness meditation and moderate exercise intervention in acute respiratory infection: the MEPARI Study. Family practice. 23515373
  • Barrett B, Hayney MS, Muller D, Rakel D, Ward A, Obasi CN, Brown R, Zhang Z, Zgierska A, Gern J, West R, Ewers T, Barlow S, Gassman M, Coe CL. Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: a randomized controlled trial. Annals of family medicine. 22778122
  • Rakel D, Barrett B, Zhang Z, Hoeft T, Chewning B, Marchand L, Scheder J. Perception of empathy in the therapeutic encounter: effects on the common cold. Patient education and counseling. 21300514
  • Rakel D, Fortney L, Sierpina VS, Kreitzer MJ. Mindfulness in medicine. Explore (New York, N.Y.). 21397875
  • Podein RJ, Hernke MT, Fortney LW, Rakel DP. Sustainability, synthetic chemicals, and human exposure. Explore (New York, N.Y.). 20451154
  • Rakel D. Show health the money. WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin. 19813496
  • Rakel DP, Hoeft TJ, Barrett BP, Chewning BA, Craig BM, Niu M. Practitioner empathy and the duration of the common cold. Family medicine. 19582635
  • Rakel DP. Number 406, “standard”. Family medicine. 19343561
  • Wald A, Rakel D. Behavioral and complementary approaches for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 18595861
  • Rakel D. The salutogenesis-oriented session: creating space and time for healing in primary care. Explore (New York, N.Y.). 18194791
  • Rakel DP, Guerrera MP, Bayles BP, Desai GJ, Ferrara E. CAM education: promoting a salutogenic focus in health care. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). 18199018
  • Rakel DP, Hedgecock J. Healing the healer: a tool to encourage student reflection towards health. Medical teacher. 18677663
  • Barrett B, Muller D, Rakel D, Rabago D, Marchand L, Scheder JC. Placebo, meaning, and health. Perspectives in biology and medicine. 16702703
  • Rakel DP, Rindfleisch A. Inflammation: nutritional, botanical, and mind-body influences. Southern medical journal. 15813157
  • Barrett B, Marchand L, Scheder J, Plane MB, Maberry R, Appelbaum D, Rakel D, Rabago D. Themes of holism, empowerment, access, and legitimacy define complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine in relation to conventional biomedicine. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). 14736364

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