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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Rakel is board certified in family medicine, sports medicine and holistic medicine. He also is certified in interactive guided imagery. He was one of the first graduates of a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He then came to the University of Wisconsin to start the Integrative Medicine program in 2001. He is editor of one of the main texts in the field, entitled Integrative Medicine. He has been awarded a number of teaching awards including the Baldwin E. Lloyd clinical teacher award, the UW Department of Family Medicine faculty excellence award, the Marc Hansen lecture award and the resident teacher-of-the-year award. His interests include learning how the body self-heals, mind- body health influences, sports medicine, nutrition and incorporating health and healing curriculum into medical school education, a project for which he has NIH funding.


Family Medicine

Integrative Medicine

UW Health Clinics

1102 S. Park St.
(608) 287-5899 | Map
Provider is not accepting new primary care patients.
Research Park Clinic
(608) 262-9355 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

UnityPoint Health - Meriter, St. Mary's Hospital (primary)
University Hospital (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Family Medicine
Fellowship University of Arizona
Residency North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, CO, CO
Internship North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, CO, CO
Medical School Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1991


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Best Doctors® in America 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Best Doctors® in America 2011

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions

PubMed Articles
Henriquez KM Hayney MS Rakel DP Barrett B . Procalcitonin Levels in Acute Respiratory Infection. Viral Immunol. 2016 Mar;29(2):128-31
[PubMed ID: 26741515]
Fortney L Luchterhand C Zakletskaia L Zgierska A Rakel D . Abbreviated mindfulness intervention for job satisfaction, quality of life, and compassion in primary care clinicians: a pilot study. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Sep-Oct;11(5):412-20
[PubMed ID: 24019272]
Rakel D Mundt M Ewers T Fortney L Zgierska A Gassman M Barrett B . Value associated with mindfulness meditation and moderate exercise intervention in acute respiratory infection: the MEPARI Study. Fam Pract. 2013 Aug;30(4):390-7
[PubMed ID: 23515373]
Barrett B Hayney MS Muller D Rakel D Ward A Obasi CN Brown R Zhang Z Zgierska A Gern J West R Ewers T Barlow S Gassman M Coe CL . Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Fam Med. 2012 Jul-Aug;10(4):337-46
[PubMed ID: 22778122]
Rakel D Barrett B Zhang Z Hoeft T Chewning B Marchand L Scheder J . Perception of empathy in the therapeutic encounter: effects on the common cold. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Dec;85(3):390-7
[PubMed ID: 21300514]
Rakel D Fortney L Sierpina VS Kreitzer MJ . Mindfulness in medicine. Explore (NY). 2011 Mar-Apr;7(2):124-6
[PubMed ID: 21397875]
Podein RJ Hernke MT Fortney LW Rakel DP . Sustainability, synthetic chemicals, and human exposure. Explore (NY). 2010 May-Jun;6(3):186-8
[PubMed ID: 20451154]
Rakel D . Show health the money. WMJ. 2009 Sep;108(6):295
[PubMed ID: 19813496]
Rakel DP Hoeft TJ Barrett BP Chewning BA Craig BM Niu M . Practitioner empathy and the duration of the common cold. Fam Med. 2009 Jul-Aug;41(7):494-501
[PubMed ID: 19582635]
Rakel DP . Number 406, "standard". Fam Med. 2009 Apr;41(4):289-90
[PubMed ID: 19343561]
Wald A Rakel D . Behavioral and complementary approaches for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Nutr Clin Pract. 2008 Jun-Jul;23(3):284-92
[PubMed ID: 18595861]
Rakel D . The salutogenesis-oriented session: creating space and time for healing in primary care. Explore (NY). 2008 Jan-Feb;4(1):42-7
[PubMed ID: 18194791]
Rakel DP Guerrera MP Bayles BP Desai GJ Ferrara E . CAM education: promoting a salutogenic focus in health care. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Jan-Feb;14(1):87-93
[PubMed ID: 18199018]
Rakel DP Hedgecock J . Healing the healer: a tool to encourage student reflection towards health. Med Teach. 2008;30(6):633-5
[PubMed ID: 18677663]
Barrett B Muller D Rakel D Rabago D Marchand L Scheder JC . Placebo, meaning, and health. Perspect Biol Med. 2006 Spring;49(2):178-98
[PubMed ID: 16702703]
Rakel DP Rindfleisch A . Inflammation: nutritional, botanical, and mind-body influences. South Med J. 2005 Mar;98(3):303-10
[PubMed ID: 15813157]
Barrett B Marchand L Scheder J Plane MB Maberry R Appelbaum D Rakel D Rabago D . Themes of holism, empowerment, access, and legitimacy define complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine in relation to conventional biomedicine. J Altern Complement Med. 2003 Dec;9(6):937-47
[PubMed ID: 14736364]