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Wolf Mehling, M.D.

Family and integrative medicine specialist

Dr. Wolf Mehling is an expert in the areas of family and community medicine and integrative medicine and is on the staff of UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He is a graduate of Hamburg University in Germany. For 12 years, he was in private practice in Germany, before moving to the United States and repeating a family practice residency.

Mehling has studied manual therapy, psychotherapy and various techniques of "bodywork," such as breath therapy, Feldenkrais, yoga, massage and Rolfing. He also has instructed German physicians and physical therapists in manual therapy. At UCSF, he is an associate professor of clinical family and community medicine.

Clinics

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7700
Fax: (415) 353-7358

Hours:
Monday and Tuesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday and Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Additional Languages

German
Spanish

Education

University of Hamburg School of Medicine 1976

Residencies

University of Hamburg 1982
Sutter Medical Center, Family Practice 2002

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Family Medicine Clinical Research 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Mehling WE, Daubenmier J, Price CJ, Acree M, Bartmess E, Stewart AL. Self-reported interoceptive awareness in primary care patients with past or current low back pain. J Pain Res. 2013; 6:403-18.
  2. Daubenmier J, Sze J, Kerr CE, Kemeny ME, Mehling W. Follow your breath: respiratory interoceptive accuracy in experienced meditators. Psychophysiology. 2013 Aug; 50(8):777-89.
  3. Mehling WE, Price C, Daubenmier JJ, Acree M, Bartmess E, Stewart A. The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA). PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e48230.
  4. Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Bartmess E, Acree M, Pressman A, Goldberg H, Hecht FM, Carey T, Avins AL. The prognosis of acute low back pain in primary care in the United States: a 2-year prospective cohort study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Apr 15; 37(8):678-84.
  5. Ackerman SL, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Dunn EA, Abrams DI, Horn BN, Degelman M, Cowan MJ, Mehling WE. Massage for children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation: a qualitative report. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:792042.
  6. Mehling WE, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Horn BN, Dunn EA, Acree M, Abrams DI, Hecht FM. Hematopoietic cell transplant and use of massage for improved symptom management: results from a pilot randomized control trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:450150.
  7. Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Acree M, Pressman A, Carey T, Goldberg H, Hecht FM, Avins AL. Acute low back pain and primary care: how to define recovery and chronification? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Dec 15; 36(26):2316-23.
  8. Mehling WE, Wrubel J, Daubenmier JJ, Price CJ, Kerr CE, Silow T, Gopisetty V, Stewart AL. Body Awareness: a phenomenological inquiry into the common ground of mind-body therapies. Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2011; 6:6.
  9. Howie-Esquivel J, Lee J, Collier G, Mehling W, Fleischmann K. Yoga in heart failure patients: a pilot study. J Card Fail. 2010 Sep; 16(9):742-9.
  10. Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Daubenmier J, Price CJ, Hecht FM, Stewart A. Body awareness: construct and self-report measures. PLoS One. 2009; 4(5):e5614.
  11. Mehling WE, Ugalde V, Goldberg H. Book chapter in Jacobs B, Gundling K (edits): The ACP Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, American College of Physicians publications. Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2009.
  12. Mehling WE, Krause N. Alexithymia and 7.5-year incidence of compensated low back pain in 1207 urban public transit operators. J Psychosom Res. 2007 Jun; 62(6):667-74.
  13. Mehling WE, Jacobs B, Acree M, Wilson L, Bostrom A, West J, Acquah J, Burns B, Chapman J, Hecht FM. Symptom management with massage and acupuncture in postoperative cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Mar; 33(3):258-66.
  14. Bent S, Padula A, Moore D, Patterson M, Mehling W. Valerian for sleep: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2006 Dec; 119(12):1005-12.
  15. Mehling WE, Hamel KA, Acree M, Byl N, Hecht FM. Randomized, controlled trial of breath therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain. Altern Ther Health Med. 2005 Jul-Aug; 11(4):44-52.
  16. Mehling WE, DiBlasi Z, Hecht F. Bias control in trials of bodywork: a review of methodological issues. J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Apr; 11(2):333-42.
  17. Mehling WE, Krause N. Are difficulties perceiving and expressing emotions associated with low-back pain? The relationship between lack of emotional awareness (alexithymia) and 12-month prevalence of low-back pain in 1180 urban public transit operators. J Psychosom Res. 2005 Jan; 58(1):73-81.
  18. Jacobs BP, Mehling W, Avins AL, Goldberg HA, Acree M, Lasater JH, Cole RJ, Riley DS, Maurer S. Feasibility of conducting a clinical trial on Hatha yoga for chronic low back pain: methodological lessons. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 Mar-Apr; 10(2):80-3.
  19. Mehling WE. The experience of breath as a therapeutic intervention - psychosomatic forms of breath therapy. A descriptive study about the actual situation of breath therapy in Germany, its relation to medicine, and its application in patients with back pain. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd. 2001 Dec; 8(6):359-67.

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