Dr. Frederick Foote

Frederick Foote, MD, will open Day 2 of The SHIFT Summit with a breakfast presentation on Thursday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Snow King Resort Hotel.

Dr. Foote will discuss how the principles developed during the Epidaurus Project have yielded a set of scientific metrics to directly measure the whole-body effects of nature — and how the metrics are being used in The Green Road Project to evaluate nature’s healing effects.

Dr. Frederick Foote, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.), is the Project Administrator of 2019 SHIFT Award Official Selection The Green Road Project, an Institute Scholar at the Institute for Integrative Health, and the Project Officer of The Epidaurus Project.

Since 2001, Dr. Foote has played a leading role in an initiative to introduce an unprecedented level of holistic care and assessment in the Military Health System. This effort, known as the Epidaurus Project, brought together civilian and military thought leaders to identity the core principles of patient-centered care and define the physical environment that would facilitate it.

The Project aims to enhance the health of service members and veterans through:

  • Family-centered approaches
  • Multi-disciplinary care integration
  • Tools and practices that support wellness, including nutrition, exercise, mind-body medicine, complementary/alternative medicine, healing arts, and spirituality
  • Evidence-based design of healing environments

A retired U.S. Navy physician and a practicing neurologist for 20 years, Dr. Foote served at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD, in numerous positions, including chairman of the NNMC Ethics Committee and team leader of the Neurosciences Service Line. As head of special projects for the Neuro-musculskeletal Service Line, he was responsible for the inception, funding acquisition, and development of clinical programs, including the Vietnam Head Injury Study, Conemaugh/Jackson Neurosciences Research Program, NNMC Multidisciplinary Sleep Center, NNMC Spine Center, NNMC Centers of Excellence for Cranial-Spinal Surgery and Total Joint Replacement, and the NIH/NNMC Center for Musculoskeletal Research.

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