Dr. Kirsten Tillisch is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases and the chief of integrative medicine at the Greater Los Angeles VA. She completed her undergraduate work at the Otis Institute of Parsons School of Design, earning a bachelor of fine arts with honors. She obtained her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was elected to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She continued on at UCLA to complete her training in internal medicine and gastroenterology, graduating in 2003. She became a tai chi-easy certified practice leader in 2015 and completed training in medical acupuncture in 2016. She has a clinical interest in chronic pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders, and is a member of the Rome Committee for Central Disorders of Gastrointestinal Pain. Her research interests include brain-gut-microbiome interactions, the effects of complementary and alternative medicine interventions such as meditation, probiotics, acupuncture, herbal therapy on health and disease, and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders. Her recent research projects include evaluating the role of gut microbiota modulation on emotional processing in the brain, identifying brain structural changes in irritable bowel syndrome, and identification of brain mechanisms by which mindfulness based stress reduction and hypnosis improve irritable bowel syndrome.