A true pioneer in Functional Medicine, Dr. Susan Blum has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. She has a voluntary faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine, is helping to transform our healthcare system.
As the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. A Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Dr. Blum is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. She has appeared on Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, and is regularly quoted in Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook. Dr. Blum’s mission for Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personalized healing experience by creating a partnership with her patients while providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care skills for changing health habits.
Through Dr. Blum’s medical practice, education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, she empowers her patients to stop covering up symptoms in order to actually treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby combating—and most often curing—the chronic-disease epidemic.
Blum Center for Health focuses on the comprehensive integration of Functional Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and Nutritional Medicine. “It’s very common for a doctor to tell a patient to reduce stress, to eat better, or to achieve more balance,” states Dr. Blum. “However, the sad reality is that not many people now ‘how’ to actually accomplish these tasks. Blum Center for Health literally teaches patients the ‘how to’ part of the wellness equation through cooking and mind-body classes, workshops, and free talks.
Dr. Blum completed her Internal Medicine training at St-Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, her residency in Preventive Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. She received her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, and her training in Functional Medicine from The Institute for Functional Medicine, in Gig Harbor, Washington.
In addition to her role as Founder of Blum Center for Health, Dr. Blum is on staff at Greenwich Hospital as an Integrative Medicine Specialist in the Medicine Department. She is also a member of the Senior Teaching Faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and teaches throughout the world in their training programs.
In her first book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, (April 2013) Dr. Blum offers her proven four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients reverse their symptoms and prevent future illness. Including 40 recipes and a workbook style approach to help readers design their own personal treatment plans based on their symptoms and individual lifestyle choices, The Immune System Recovery Plan is a groundbreaking, revolutionary program that shows how anyone can cure the causes of autoimmune disease, strengthen their immune systems, and bolster their overall health.
Dr. Blum practices what she preaches. More than a decade ago, she was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the thyroid as if it were a foreign tissue. By following the same Functional Medicine and lifestyle principles she prescribes to her patients, Dr. Blum cured herself of this serious condition.
Dr. Blum approaches medicine—and her life—from a whole body perspective, incorporating all facets of wellness into every breath. She lives in Armonk, NY with her husband and three sons and loves to begin her day with a hike in the mountains or a morning walk on her quiet country road. She completes her morning ritual with a 20-minute meditation and a green smoothie made with love from the contents of her garden. Dr. Blum also plans family meals in the summer based on the same homegrown vegetables. She loves experimenting in her kitchen with new recipes and with the power of herbs for their medicinal properties. She’s an expert skier and also plays golf regularly with her husband. On most evenings, Dr. Blum can be found at home drawing inspiration and support from many of the books she reads on spirituality and self-realization.