Dr. Elam serves as the Medical Director for the Center for Integrative Health and is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt. In his current role, he is involved in integrative health research, medical education and clinical activities. At the center, he provides integrative health consultations during which he helps patients develop personalized plans for self-care and wellbeing. Dr. Elam specializes in working with patients who are living with chronic pain, who are seeking information about complementary therapies or who want to improve their health by making lifestyle changes. He teaches the Healing Arts and the VPIL curricula. He recently stepped down as faculty advisor to the Honor Council at Vanderbilt Medical School and currently serves as the Ombudsman. In addition, he is past chair of the Mayor's Healthy Nashville 2010 Leadership Council. He serves as a board member for Leadership Nashville, Baptist Healing Trust, and Alive Hospice. Dr. Elam has been involved in mind-body medicine in the Nashville community for the past 10 years and co-founded a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course with Gordon Peerman. He has studied mind-body medicine with Dr. Rachel Remen, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. James Gordon and contemplative practice with Thomas Keating and Thomas R. Ward.