Founder of Center for Integrative Medicine to speak at Fairmount Presbyterian Church Sept. 18

Mimi Guarneri

Dr. Mimi Guarneri, a national pioneer in integrative medicine, will be the guest speaker at a William Birkett Williams public lecture at Fairmount Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. She will speak on the topic "Treating the Whole Person: Body, Mind and Spirit."

The lecture, part of Fairmount’s ongoing William Birkett Williams Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

A cardiologist, Guarneri is the founder and past medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego and the president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Integrative medicine addresses the lifestyle and emotional and spiritual needs of patients, as well as their physical needs.

In her book, The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing, Guarneri said that new research shows the heart is a multi-layered, complex organ that "possesses intelligence, memory and decision-making abilities that are separate from the mind." At the Scripps Center she used state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and lifestyle-change programs to diagnose, prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. "To treat heart problems," Guarneri said, "we have to look at what is going on with someone in their life, their environment, their family, how they’re eating, and how they’re living their lives."

Guarneri received her medical degree from SUNY Medical Center in New York and completed her internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center. In 2009 she was honored as Scientist of the Year by the San Diego chapter of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists).

Reservations are recommended for preferred seating, and can be made by e-mailing or calling Jean Stephenson at or 440-255-7851. There will be a reception following the talk, where Guarneri will sign copies of her book.

Fairmount Presbyterian Church is located at 2757 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights.

Joe Mosbrook

Joe Mosbrook is a longtime broadcast reporter and author who now chairs the Communications Committee of Fairmount Presbyterian Church.

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