Pro­fes­sional Work

Dr. Mary Hardy, board cer­ti­fied in inter­nal med­i­cine and a spe­cial­ist in botan­i­cal and inte­gra­tive med­i­cine, has actively com­bined com­ple­men­tary and alter­na­tive ther­a­pies with tra­di­tional West­ern med­i­cine for many years. A grad­u­ate of Louisiana State Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine, Dr. Hardy com­pleted her inter­nal med­i­cine res­i­dency at Tufts New Eng­land Med­ical Cen­ter before study­ing med­ical ethics at Har­vard Divin­ity School and Loma Linda University.

Dr. Hardy was recruited by Cedars-Sinai Med­ical Cen­ter, where she founded and served as med­ical direc­tor of a multi-disciplinary Inte­gra­tive Med­i­cine Pro­gram. She sub­se­quently served as asso­ciate direc­tor of the UCLA Botan­i­cal Research Cen­ter, funded by the National Insti­tutes of Health, and became a found­ing mem­ber of the Advi­sory Coun­cil for the Natur­o­pathic Med­i­cine Board of California.

Con­tribut­ing to the national devel­op­ment of inte­gra­tive med­i­cine, Dr. Hardy serves as Cochair­per­son of the Clin­i­cal Prac­tice Com­mit­tee of the Aca­d­e­mic Con­sor­tium of Inte­gra­tive Medicine, and has also served on the Exter­nal Advi­sory Coun­cil for the Nat­ural Prod­uct Direc­torate for the Cana­dian Min­istry of Health.  She has served on sev­eral USP expert com­mit­tees exam­in­ing the safety of selected dietary sup­ple­ments and is cur­rently chair­ing a USP com­mit­tee, Dietary Sup­ple­ments Safety Mod­el­ing Expert Panel.

Dr. Hardy has recently served as the Co-director of the Inte­gra­tive Med­i­cine Health and Well­ness Pro­gram at the Venice Fam­ily Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States. She also served for eight years as the Med­ical Direc­tor of the Simms/Mann UCLA Cen­ter for Inte­gra­tive Oncol­ogy, where she edu­cated patients on inte­gra­tive med­i­cine, and helped them find the resources, both inter­nal and exter­nal, needed to return to wellness.

Dr. Hardy is rec­og­nized as an author­ity on inte­gra­tive med­i­cine and nat­ural prod­ucts by orga­ni­za­tions such as the Office of Dietary Sup­ple­ments, the Cal­i­for­nia Med­ical Board, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment, the United States Phar­ma­copeia, Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, National Geo­graphic, CBS, NBC, Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel and the Los Ange­les Times.

Her cur­rent research inter­ests include review­ing the evi­dence for the safety and effi­cacy of nat­ural ther­a­pies, espe­cially botan­i­cals as well as con­duct­ing clin­i­cal tri­als of dietary sup­ple­ments and lifestyle choices to sup­port con­ven­tional can­cer treatment.