Welcome to The Clinic
Ruth Lininger, MD MPH
Founder and Medical
Dr. Lininger is a physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. A former academic pathologist, researcher, and educator at Duke, AFIP, and UNC for the first part of her career, she retrained to practice integrative and functional medicine, which she sees as the future of medicine. She is board certified by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) certified practitioner, a Wahls Certified Practitioner, a Bredeson Protocol Certified Practitioner who is certified in the ReCODE 2.0 program (Apollo Health), and has completed training with Dr. William Walsh on the Walsh Protocol for treating common conditions underlying Mental Health disorders. She has spent over 20 years studying diverse healing traditions, focusing on integrative and functional medicine but also including herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, medical aromatherapy, energy medicine, and more. She is a Duke Integrative Health Leadership Program alumnus and has a certificate in Leadership and Management from the Duke Fuqua Business School, Executive Education Program. She is also a Board Certified Pathologist and former Associate Professor at UNC in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine where she spent 17 years before leaving to join the private sector. She currently works as a pathologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and also practice functional medicine part time.
Dr. Lininger is a physician executive who founded Integrative Path. She is also the founder of Duchess Health, which offers integrated clinical, wellness, technology, and data solutions together with health plan innovations to employers. Her mission is to make advanced whole health primary care the standard of care with a platform that supports it and a health plan that pays for it.
Facing the COVID health and economic crisis on top of the chronic disease epidemic affecting one in two adults, in the setting of environmental health degradation, species and habitat destruction, rising environmental toxicity, and global warming, the solution is to adopt sustainable business models for health care that address the root cause of our ills, with a return to the principles of whole health.
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