Functional Medicine Physician

Cleveland, OH
Aug 23, 2016
Internal Medicine
Position Type

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine requires a physician who is experienced in Functional Medicine and able to integrate this patient care approach with the reputation and integrity of the Cleveland Clinic. This physician will focus on the Functional Medicine team approach to provide excellent patient experiences and deliver innovative, value-based care at the Cleveland Clinic. Key functions will include:

  • Building a patient-focused functional medicine practice
  • Building an internal and external referral network that results in chronically ill patients coming to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine 
  • Working closely with the Medical Director in clinical program development and implementation
  • Working closely with team members to optimize the patient care experience
  • Providing feedback to Medical Director and Practice Administrator on effective mechanisms to improve patient flow, patient care, EMR documentation, diagnostic testing options, and nutraceutical therapeutics.
  • Providing clinical support for shared medical visits
  • Providing education to support patient groups aimed at supporting health behaviors and lifestyle changes
  • Providing education to medical staff, residents, and students on functional medicine

Job Activities

  • Provide chronic disease care from a Functional Medicine perspective by interviewing, assessing, and treating clinical patients, meeting their medical needs, and improving their quality of life
  • Consult with Medical Director and other professionals on staff as needed regarding patient care, assessment, and education issues
  • Educate patients on wellness, prevention, and early detection by providing materials and resources to patients and families
  • Participate in quality improvement, management, continuing education, and other patient care programs established by the hospital or clinic requirements
  • Oversee mid-level medical staff as assigned, as well as nursing clinical staff; assign appropriate aspects of care to non-physician staff
  • Assist in the resolution of complaints, requests, and inquiries from patients
  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient information according to federal guidelines and regulations
  • Present case studies on a monthly basis to promote clinical staff education/ training
  • Complete all charts and dictation (if applicable) on the day of visit assuring completeness and accuracy
  • Take responsibility for comprehensive and accurate coding of each patient encounter submitted the day of encounter
  • Participate in utilization, research, and quality activities within practice setting as well as in activities affecting the ambulatory care network as a whole
  • Represent the Cleveland Clinic  and the Center for Functional Medicine  in the local and broader community, participating in educational and other medically oriented programs for the public, physicians, and patients
  • Demonstrate the philosophy, mission and core values associated with Patient First in performance of job responsibilities, including courteous and cooperative behavior toward patients, visitors, volunteers, and peers
  • Demonstrate initiative and creativity, decision-making abilities, and work flexibility
  • Follow organizational policies, procedures, and protocols
  • Provide mentoring and/or coaching to nutritionist, health coach, and other clinicians
  • Fulfill all requirements as detailed in the Employment Contract and meet all regular responsibilities of a CC physician, including:
    • Providing medical services in the general care and treatment of patients in both practice and hospital settings
    • Providing comprehensive medical services for patients on a continuing basis
    • Analyzing reports and findings of tests and examination, and diagnosing condition of patient 
    • Administering or prescribing treatments and medications
    • Promoting health by advising patients concerning diet, hygiene, and methods of prevention of disease
    • Referring patients to specialists when necessary for the patient's well-being
    • Working collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues

Specific Characteristics and Skills Required

  • Functional Medicine experience in practice
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently  with diverse team members, caregivers, students, and patients
  • Superior communication skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to function in a rapidly changing environment
  • Knowledge of EPIC medical records a plus


  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner
  • Medical degree from an accredited school
  • License to practice in state of Ohio
  • Current DEA and NPI Certificate of Registration
  • Active ABMS (or ABPS) Board Certification