Howard Schubiner, MD

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Howard Schubiner

Dr. Howard Schubiner is the founder and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital. This program uses the most current research methodologies to treat individuals who suffer from TMS as described by Dr. John Sarno. His program uses both meditative and psychological techniques to help individuals with TMS and other psychosomatic conditions. He has recently completed the first randomized, controlled research study in the field of Mind Body Syndrome or TMS for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia (see below for a link to the article's abstract as well as an article summary). Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of 25 years and has 2 children in their early 20's. [1]

Medical Background

Dr. Schubiner is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. He was included in the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 lists of the Best Doctors in America. [1]

Dr. Schubiner has several other interests besides TMS. He is known as a national expert in ADHD in adolescents and adults as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the fields of adolescent health, ADHD and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Attention Disorders. He has given over 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to adolescent medicine, ADHD, and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health. He has been granted funds of over several million dollars in total to conduct research. Dr. Schubiner teaches a form of meditation known as Mindfulness Meditation, which helps individuals cope with the stresses and anxieties of daily life. [1]

Howard Schubiner was also a presenter at the 2nd Annual TMS Conference held in March 2010. He gave three presentations: "Medicine's Blind Spot: How Modern Medicine Misunderstands Mind-Body Disorders," "Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Modality," and "Therapuetic Writing Techniques." In addition, Dr. Schubiner is a board member of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA). (Source)


Dr. Schubiner is the author of Unlearn Your Pain, a 2010 book that attempts to explain the scientific basis of TMS from both the neurological and psychological perspectives and offers a comprehensive 28-day program for reversing TMS. On page 2, Dr. Schubiner writes that,"just as your nervous system has learned to make your body hurt, you can use your brain to unlearn your pain." [2]


In this video, Dr. Schubiner explains that both emotional and physical trauma strengthen the nerve pathways in the brain that lead to pain.

Here, Dr. Schubiner describes how "components in the mind and structures in the brain work together to produce" TMS/Mind Body Syndrome.

Q&A With an Expert Answers

Howard Schubiner has contributed to the Question and Answer with an Expert portion of the Wiki. The following are links to the questions he has answered.

Howard Schubiner in the TMS Discussion Forum

In addition to this wiki, the PPD/TMS Peer Network also hosts a forum in which people interested in TMS-related topics and/or struggling with TMS (aka “Mindbody Syndrome”) can discuss these topics with others. Click on the links below to read more about Dr. Howard Schubiner in the forum:

Unlearn Your Pain by Dr. Howard Schubiner

Research Abstracts

Sustained Pain Reduction Through Affective Self-awareness in Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Michael Hsu, Howard Schubiner, Mark Lumley, John Stracks, et al
Journal of Internal Medicine



This study led by Dr. Howard Schubiner examined the effectiveness of "affective self-awareness" treatment protocol in patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The participants were all women, and 46% reported at least a 30% drop in pain severity. The treatment used on these patients included journal exercises and mindfulness techniques. It shows that a "TMS treatment approach" can reduce pain in patients. [3]

He presented this research as "New Research Documenting the Neuro-Psycho-Biological Basis of TMS" at the TMS Conference in Ann Arbor, 2009.

Read a synopsis of this article

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Contact Info

Providence Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine
16001 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

(248) 849-4728
(248) 543-5517


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  2. Schubiner, Howard and Betztold, Michael (2010). Unlearn Your Pain: A 28-Day Process to Reprogram Your Brain. Mind Body Publishing: Pleasant Ridge, MI.
  3. Hsu, Michael C., Schubiner, Howard, MD, Lumley, Mark A., Stracks, John S., Clauw, Daniel J., & Williams, David A. (2010). Sustained pain reduction through affective self-awareness in fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(10), 1064-1070.
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