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Peter M. Wayne, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Wayne is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and also currently serving as Interim Center Director.

The primary focus of Dr. Wayne’s research is evaluating how mind-body and related complementary and integrative medicine practices clinically impact chronic health conditions and understanding the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying observed therapeutic effects. He has served as a principal or co-investigator on more than 25 NIH-funded studies. He has been involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of Tai Chi exercise for balance disorders, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, and depression, and trials evaluating acupuncture for stroke-related paralysis, hypertension, endometriosis, and chemoradiation-related immune and swallowing side effects in cancer patients.

Dr. Wayne also has more than 40 years of formal Tai Chi and mind-body training and teaching experience, and significant experience developing and overseeing the delivery of IM interventions with reliability and fidelity in the context of clinical trials. His leadership in the field of Integrative Medicine research has been recognized nationally and internationally through service on multiple NIH grant review panels; chairing of scientific review committees for international research conferences; serving on editorial boards for multiple journals; and invitations to give keynote and plenary talks at national and international conferences.  His commitment to translating my academic research to inform policy and educate the public is reflected in the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, a book that I published in 2013, which received an Award of Excellence in Medical Communication by the American Medical Writers Association.

Dr. Wayne is actively involved in the teaching and training of students and fellows in integrative medicine research. He currently serves as Associate Director for the NIH funded Harvard Medical School Research Fellowship in Complementary and Integrative Medicine.  His commitment to mentoring is reflected in his being awarded an NIH K24 mid-career mentoring award.

MA: Harvard University
PhD: Harvard University

  1. Wayne PM, Hausdorff  JM, Lough M, Gow BJ, Lipsitz LA, Novak V, Macklin EA, Peng CK, Manor B. Tai Chi training may reduce dual task gait variability, a potential mediator of fall risk, in healthy older adults: cross-sectional and randomized trial studies. Front Hum Neurosci 2015;doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00332. PMCID: 4460804
  2. Langevin HM, Wayne PMWhat is the point?: The Problem with Acupuncture Research That No One Wants to Talk About.  J Altern Complement Med.2018; 24: 200–    207.
  3. Lipsitz LA, Macklin EA, Travison TG, Manor B, Gagnon P, Tsai T, Aizpurua II, Lo OY, Wayne PM. A Cluster Randomized Trial of Tai Chi vs Health Education in Subsidized Housing: the Mi-Wish Study. J Amer Geront Soc. 2019:67(9):1812-1819.
  4. Ma Y, Wu C, Peng CK, Ahn A, Bertisch SM, Lipsitz LA, Yeh GY, Manor B, Novak V, Hausdorff JM, Gow B, Wayne PMComplexity-Based Measures of Heart Rate Dynamics in Older Adults Following Long- and Short-Term Tai Chi Training: Cross-sectional and Randomized Trial Studies.  Scientific Reports 2019: May 16;9(1):7500. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-43602-y.
  5. Rist PM, Hernandez A, Berstein C, Kowalski M, Osypiuk K, Vining R, Long CR, Goertz C, Song R, Wayne PM. The impact of spinal manipulation on migraine pain and disability: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Headache 2019;59(4):532-542.

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