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.