Gary Asher MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, UNC Family Medicine. Associate Director, Emergency Medicine, Chatham Hospital. Associate Director, Director of Integrative Medicine Services, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Gary Asher MD, MPH

590 Manning Drive, CB # 7595
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7595


Biographical Information

Dr. Asher is Director of Integrative Medicine Services at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Assistant Director of the Chatham Hospital Emergency Department.  He has been a practitioner, teacher, and researcher in the field of Integrative Medicine for over 20 years.  He earned his medical degree at the Columbia University-Ben Gurion University Medical School for International Health, completed residency training in Family Medicine at MAHEC in Western North Carolina, and completed both a Master’s in Public Health and a clinical research fellowship at UNC.  When not at work, he and his wife can be found playing with their four children anywhere in North Carolina from the mountains to the sea.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Asher’s research focuses on the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for chronic conditions such as hypertension and cancer, with a primary focus on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of botanical agents. Has been involved in several acupuncture studies, as well as systematic reviews of acupuncture for pain and non-pharmacologic treatments for depression. He is currently leading clinical and translational trials of curcumin for prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. 

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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center