Sanford Newmark, MD is the Medical Director of the clinic and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California. He is the head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, specializing in the treatment of autism, ADHD and other developmental or chronic childhood conditions.
Dr. Newmark graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Arizona. After practicing general pediatrics in Tucson for 12 years, he did a Fellowship in Integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine. He then founded the Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine, a consulting practice that uses integrative medicine to treat a wide array of pediatric problems. In 2009, he moved to the Bay Area and worked in private practice before joining the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in March of 2011.
Dr. Newmark specializes in the integrative and holistic treatment of children with autism and ADHD. He combines conventional medicine with nutrition, behavior management, and various complementary modalities.
Dr. Newmark lectures widely on both autism and ADHD, and has authored three chapters in Integrative Medicine textbooks. He is the author of the book ADHD Without Drugs, a Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD. His online video, Do 2.5 Million Children Really Need Ritalin? An Integrative Approach to ADHD, has been viewed over 4.5 million times. His updated 2014 version may be viewed below.
“ADHD, autism and similar conditions can be a great challenge for patients and families. Using an integrative approach means looking at the child as a whole, not just as a medical diagnosis, and using the most effective and least harmful therapies, to help these children succeed.”
The Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
In March of 2011, Dr. Newmark had the great good fortune to join the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. The Osher Center is one of the top clinical, teaching, and research centers for Integrative Medicine in the United States, and UCSF is likewise a leading medical institution.
In our Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Clinic, we focus on children (and young adults) with Autism and ADHD. Our integrative approach involves a two hour initial evaluation usually divided into two 1 hour sessions. During the first visit, we obtain a complete history, focusing on all aspects of the child and familyÕs situation. Diet and nutrition play an essential role in our approach. Frequently, labs are obtained, and at the second visit, a complete assessment and treatment plan are presented.
Using an integrative approach combines the best of both conventional and alternative medical and behavioral treatment. Dr. Newmark emphasizes beginning with more natural, safe, and healing interventions.
In the case of ADHD, medications can be prescribed, but non-pharmaceutical interventions are emphasized. For autism, we use a biomedical approach, treating the many gastrointestinal, allergic, and immune issues associated with autism along with effective behavioral treatment.
Dr. Newmark is also happy to see children with other chronic conditions such as gastrointestinal, allergic, and autoimmune issues.
Finally, Integrative Well Baby consults are also available. These are intended for mothers who want to ensure the best health for their baby, and have questions about nutrition, immunizations, vitamins and supplements, food allergies, environmental toxins and other issues. These can be done during pregnancy or after birth. Integrative Well Baby Consults are usually one-time consults, and in no way substitute for the primary care physician.
The clinic accepts most types of medical insurance as well as MediCal. Unfortunately we are not able to do telephone consults for initial visits at this time, but we hope to do so in the future.
Do 4.2 Million Children Really Need Ritalin? An Integrative Approach to ADHD - 2014 Update
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine 1545 Divisadero Street 4th Floor
San Francisco, California
94115 United States