Patrick Hanaway, MD

PATRICK HANAWAY, MD is a board-certified family physician trained at Washington University. Dr. Hanaway served on the Executive Committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. For more than 20 years he was worked with his wife, Dr. Lisa Lichtig, in clinical practice @ Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care in Asheville, NC and Weaverville, NC.

After 10 years as Chief Medical Officer at Genova Diagnostics, Dr. Hanaway became the Chief Medical Education Officer for the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) where he oversaw the development and implementation of IFM’s programs worldwide. He has taught with IFM since 2005 and has filled numerous roles: leader the GI Advanced Practice Module, Co-Chair of IFM’s Expert Advisory Board, guiding the COVID-19 Task Force and serving as a Senior Advisor to the CEO.

In 2014, Dr. Hanaway worked with Dr. Mark Hyman to develop the collaboration between IFM and the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the founding Medical Director, then Research Director. He now serves as a Research Collaborator with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. His research interests focus on nutrition, the microbiome, and evaluating value in functional medicine models of care. 

In 2018, Dr. Hanaway was diagnosed with Stage IV Laryngeal Cancer. His life has been transformed through a functional and integrative approach including nutrition, shamanic healing, acupuncture, herbs, prayer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, community support, spending time in nature and love. Recent medical assessments demonstrate ‘No Evidence of Disease’. . . and life continues to be filled with uncertainty.

The primary focus of Dr. Hanaway’s work is to leverage his skills and knowledge to transform medical practice, through education, research and clinical care.

Importantly, Dr. Hanaway was initiated in 2009 as a Mara’akame [indigenous healer] by the Wixarika [Huichol] people of the Sierra Madres in Mexico. He is chairperson of the Blue Deer Center in upstate NY. Patrick holds community fires, leads ceremonies and pilgrimage to sacred sites, and offers traditional healing sessions ‘around the fire’ at the Sacred Fire Council House in Weaverville.