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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.


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

Monday and Tuesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday and Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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University of Hamburg School of Medicine 1976


University of Hamburg 1982
Sutter Medical Center, Family Practice 2002


UCSF Medical Center, Family Medicine Clinical Research 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Calý G, Ambrosini E, Picconi L, Mehling WE, Committeri G. Investigating the relationship between interoceptive accuracy, interoceptive awareness, and emotional susceptibility. Front Psychol. 2015; 6:1202.
  2. Mehling WE. Low back pain has a poor prognosis for recovery among seniors. Evid Based Med. 2015 Aug; 20(4):147.
  3. Farb N, Daubenmier J, Price CJ, Gard T, Kerr C, Dunn BD, Klein AC, Paulus MP, Mehling WE. Interoception, contemplative practice, and health. Front Psychol. 2015; 6:763.
  4. Mehling WE, Ebell MH, Avins AL, Hecht FM. Clinical decision rule for primary care patient with acute low back pain at risk of developing chronic pain. Spine J. 2015 Jul 1; 15(7):1577-86.
  5. Mehling WE, Avins AL, Acree MC, Carey TS, Hecht FM. Can a back pain screening tool help classify patients with acute pain into risk levels for chronic pain? Eur J Pain. 2015 Mar; 19(3):439-46.
  6. Barnes DE, Mehling W, Wu E, Beristianos M, Yaffe K, Skultety K, Chesney MA. Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLI╔): A Pilot Clinical Trial in Older Adults with Dementia. PLoS One. 2015; 10(2):e0113367.
  7. Bornemann B, Herbert BM, Mehling WE, Singer T. Differential changes in self-reported aspects of interoceptive awareness through 3 months of contemplative training. Front Psychol. 2014; 5:1504.
  8. Wu E, Barnes DE, Ackerman SL, Lee J, Chesney M, Mehling WE. Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLI╔): qualitative analysis of a clinical trial in older adults with dementia. Aging Ment Health. 2015 Apr; 19(4):353-62.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.