Survey Response: Howard Schubiner, MD

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This survey was last updated in May 2009.

Degrees/Licenses Held: MD, Wayne State University, 1978.

License number: 4301041270, State of Michigan

Contact Information:
Providence Hospital
Department of Internal Medicine
16001 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075
Office phone: 248-849-4728


TMS Wiki username (if applicable): HSchubiner

Number of years in practice: 30

Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 5

Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: Hundreds

Do you work with other professionals when helping TMS patients? If so, please describe.
I conduct in depth interviews of approximately 90 minutes and teach a 4 week educational program. I also refer to psychologists for additional therapy if necessary.

How did you first become interested in TMS?
I have been interested in mind body medicine since medical school and have taught mindfulness meditation for 15 years. Five years ago, I met someone who cured herself by reading one of Dr. Sarno's books and that sparked my interest in making this a large part of my work.

Have you ever suffered from TMS? (optional)
Yes, I believe everyone has had episodes of TMS at some points in their lives, to some degree.

What insurance plans do you currently accept?
Most government and private carriers.

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance?
I can offer discounts or payment over time.

What steps should TMS clients take before contacting you?
They should call me or email me in order to discuss their specific situation and set up their appointment.

Have you published any materials related to TMS?
My web site contains a great deal of information, including videos and a teleseminar, about TMS. There is also a 4-week online educational program consisting of daily writing exercises, audio meditations, and other exercises.

Special Questions for Physicians

Have you ever trained under Dr. John E. Sarno, or another TMS doctor? If so, please explain.
I have worked with Dr. Sarno in his office and have consulted with him on a regular basis.

Other than training with a TMS doctor, what have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I have read dozens of books and scientific articles about the neurology, psychology and sociology of TMS. See the resource page on my web site for information on those books.

How would you characterize your position on referring for spinal surgery?
I refer people to neurologists or neurosurgeons only if there is objective evidence of muscle weakness, loss of sensation or a loss of a deep tendon reflex.

Do you feel comfortable referring people to Dr. Sarno's books?
I always ask prospective patients to read one of Dr. Sarno's books prior to seeing me.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself:
Dr. Howard 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. Dr. Schubiner 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 to conduct research studies of over several million dollars in total. Dr. Schubiner teaches a form of meditation known as Mindfulness Meditation, which helps individuals cope with the stresses and anxieties of daily life.

Dr. 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 the Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) or Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) as described by Dr. John Sarno. Dr. Schubiner has created a program that uses both meditative and cutting edge psychological techniques to help individuals with chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, whiplash, back and neck pain, myofascial pain, TMJ syndrome, tension and migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and other related conditions. He is currently performing the first randomized, controlled research study in the field of Mind Body Syndrome or TMS for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He was included in the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 lists of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of 25 years and has 2 children in their early 20's.

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