Peter Wayne

Peter Wayne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine · Harvard Medical School
Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine · Brigham and Women's Hospital
900 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

The primary focus of Dr. Wayne’s research is evaluating how mind-body and related complementary and integrative medicine practices clinically impact chronic and degenerative health conditions, and understanding the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying observed therapeutic effects. Dr. Peter Wayne is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He is the Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Wayne has served as a principal or co-investigator on more than 30 NIH-funded studies. He has been involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of Tai Chi exercise for balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, neck pain, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and depression, and trials evaluating acupuncture and manual therapies for back pain, stroke-related paralysis, hypertension, endometriosis, and chemoradiation-related immune and swallowing side effects in cancer patients.

Dr. Wayne has more than 40 years of training experience in Tai Chi and Qigong, oversees programs specific to Pakinson’s disease across HMS hospitals, and is an internationally recognized teacher of these practices. He is author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, that was published in 2013 and which received an Award of Excellence in Medical Communication by the American Medical Writers Association.