In response to COVID-19, Duke Integrative Medicine is open for medical visits at this time. We are also offering acupuncture and 30-minute massage appointments. Nutrition and behavioral health continue to be available for phone or video nutrition visits. Use of facilities and in-person programs continue to be suspended until further notice. Please call center for details. Hours of the building are limited to Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Dr. Spar is both the Medical Director and the Director of the Men’s Clinic at the Akasha Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a specialist in integrative medicine. He has trained as a fellow in Integrative Medicine with Andrew Weil, MD, at the University of Arizona. In addition to his practice at the Akasha Center, Dr. Spar directs Integrative Medicine at the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States.
Dr. Spar is committed to treating the causes of common conditions that can affect all men such as declining libido, erectile dysfunction, chronic prostatitis, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. He works with each patient to identify physical, emotional or environmental factors involved and to address whatever issues arise, utilizing western-based and proven complementary approaches often including nutritional, lifestyle and mind-body interventions.
As a faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Spar continues to teach medical students and residents and to engage in research on the care of patients with chronic disease and on integrative medicine. He has published and presented on issues related to integrative medicine ranging from the use of probiotic supplements to the use of a multi-disciplinary approach to patients with chronic pain.
Dr. Spar graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. After a year of research at Harvard Medical Center, Dr. Spar attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where he graduated in 1993. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University and then pursued a fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA while earning a Masters in Public Health.
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