James Dillard has seen health care from many sides. Formally and uniquely trained in three health professions – acupuncture, chiropractic and conventional medicine, Dr. Dillard is an “integrative” physician – one who combines the best of modern medical, surgical and pharmaceutical care with the best of the Complementary and Alternative therapies.
As an acupuncturist, chiropractor, mind/body teacher, medical doctor pain specialist and nutritional physician, he has a unique view of chronic pain. Dr. Dillard is included in New York Magazine’s prestigious listing of New York’s Best Doctors for 2007 through 2011. He is only 1 of 3 doctors cited in New York Magazine for practicing “complementary medicine”.
Dr. Dillard served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for 14 years, and was on the medical staff at the New York-Presbyterian Hospitals Columbia Medical Center. He was also an Attending Physician at Beth Israel Medical Center, in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care. Dr. Dillard served as the Medical Director of Columbia’s widely-respected Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a National Institutes of Health NCCAM Center-granted research and education center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons under the direction of Fredi Kronenberg, Ph.D. , during his years employed at Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Dillard was the originator and course co-director with Dr. Kronenberg of Columbia’s ground-breaking and highly successful Continuing Medical Education conference, Integrative Pain Medicine, which educated physicians, nurses and psychologists from all over the world for six years. He resigned from employment at Columbia in 2006, to go exclusively into private practice in Manhattan, and in East Hampton, NY.
Dr. Dillard continues to teach actively. He is on the faculty at the annual University of Arizona Nutrition and Health Conference directed by Dr. Andrew Weil, now going into its eighth year. Dr. Dillard lectures extensively on the topics of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pain Medicine, Nutrition and Dietary Supplements, Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Manual Medicine, Natural Health, and how to integrate complementary and alternative approaches into conventional medical delivery systems.
Dr. Dillard was the founding and long-term Medical Director for the Oxford Health Plans Alternative Medicine program. His clinical practice at 161 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, and in East Hampton, NY, focuses on integrative pain medicine, pharmacotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional medicine, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, spine pain and headache, and general complementary and alternative medicine.
Dr. Dillard has been widely published, both in print and on the World Wide Web. He is currently the weekly health columnist for the East Hampton Star. His most recent book, The Chronic Pain Solution is a comprehensive guide on how to integrate the best of conventional and alternative medicine for chronic pain. Dr. Dillard was seen throughout the U.S. in March and June of 2003-2005 during the airing of his PBS special “Chronic Pain Relief”, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Public Broadcasting during national PBS pledge drives.
His many other media appearances have included The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, NPR, ABC World New Tonight, and the CBS Evening News.
Medical School - Rush University
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cleveland Chiropractic College
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation