Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS is the founding voice of functional medicine.
Jeffrey Bland has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 30 years. Dr. Bland served as Chief Science Officer for Metagenics for the past 12 years and also served as their President for five of those 12 years. He founded HealthComm International, Inc. in 1985, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until the merger with its strategic partner, Metagenics, in 2000.
As the principal visionary of HealthComm, Dr. Bland had already distinguished the company as a leader in the development of medical foods by the time of the merger. He had also established the internationally respected Institute for Functional Medicine to train health practitioners globally in the application of nutritional and functional medicine.
A nutritional biochemist and registered clinical laboratory director, Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound, and a previous Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. Dr. Bland has authored five books on nutritional medicine for the healthcare professional and five books on nutrition and health for the general public. He is also the principal author of over 120 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry.
Committed to advancing education in the natural health sciences, Dr. Bland was the first member of the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Washington State, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine, and contributed significantly to its founding and accreditation. With his highly regarded seminar series on science-based nutrition and health, Dr. Bland continues to focus on providing practical education to healthcare professionals worldwide. Dr. Bland holds numerous patents for nutritional products and oversees the activities of the Functional Medicine Research Center and the Institute for Functional Medicine.