Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.

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Curriculum Vita


Mailing Address:

Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD
Lewis Mehl-Madrona Academic Address
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry
Department of Family Medicine
West Winds Primary Health Centre
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
3311 Fairmont Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3Y5

306-655-4249 (phone)
306-655-4894 (fax)
mehlmadrona@aol.com (email)

Date of Birth:

January 26, 1954, Berea Kentucky, USA


Native American (Cherokee-Lakota)


B.A., Biophysics, Indiana University, 1972
M.D., Stanford University, 1975
Resident (PGY1), Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1975-76
Resident (PGY2), Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976-1977
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (dissertation on mathematical methods in qualitative research and their use to predict birth complications)
Psychological Studies Institute, Palo Alto, 1980, Advisor: C.J. Singh Wallia, Ph.D.
Resident (PGY3), Psychiatry, St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, 1982
Post-doctoral Psychology Training, Psychotherapy and Medical Group, Berkeley, California, 1983-85
Coursework, Math and Systems Engineering, University of Arizona and University of California, Berkeley, 1989-1991.
Post-doctoral Fellowship in Alcohol Research, Prevention Research Center,
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1990-1991.
Resident (PGY2), Family Practice, University of Texas-Houston, 1991-1992
Resident (PGY3), Family Practice, University of Vermont, 1992-1993
Resident (PGY4-5), Psychiatry, University of Vermont, 1994-1996

Work Experience:

Honors & Awards:

American Academy of Family Practice, 1993.
Excellence in Research as a Family Practice Resident Award
American Psychiatric Association/National Institute of Mental Health
Minority Fellowship Award, 1976-77.
Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Association, 1992-3
Member, Board of Directors.
Best workshop presentation, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, NE regional meeting, Akron, Ohio, 1993.
Cover photo and story, October 1994, Archives of Family Medicine.
PGY4 Representative to Residency Training Committee, University of Vermont,
Department of Psychiatry, 1994-95.
David Cheek Award for Contributions in Perinatal Psychology, Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, 1999.

Academic Appointments:

Clinical Assistant Professor (1982-1989)
Division of Family Medicine
Department of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California

Research Assistant Professor (1990-1992; 1997-present)
Research Lecturer (1989-1990)
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

Research Assistant Professor (1992-1996)
Department of Psychiatry
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, Vermont

Associate Professor (1996-1997)
Department of Family Practice
University of Hawaii School of Medicine
Honolulu, Hawaii

Clinical Assistant Professor (1997-present)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Family Practice and Epidemiology
Pittsburgh, PA  


M.D., California (G34090), New Mexico (85-68), Vermont (42-0008285), New York (190634-1), Hawaii (MD-9453); Pennsylvania (MD# 063554L).
Psychology Licensure, California (Psy-9848).
Certification: Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice, 1993-2000
Added qualifcations in geriatrics, 1996-2004
Board eligible emergency medicine, (exam scheduled 7/00)
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry), 1999-2009.
Diplomate, Int'l. Academy of Behavioral Medicine, since 1983.
Basic Cardiac Life Support, Renewed, September, 1998
Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Renewed, October, 1998
Advanced Trauma Life Support, July, 1997
Neonatal Resuscitation, July 3, 1992
Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Renewed October, 1996

Hospital Appointments:

Clinical Administration/Supervisory Experience:

Research Administration:


Papers Published:

  Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

  1. Jain, M, Mehl, L, and Cordes, E.H. (1973). Properties of the Acetylcholinesterase receptor on bimolecular lipid membrane. In Biochem Biophys Res. Comm..
  2. Mehl, L.E. (1974). Neuropharmacology of Hippocampal theta producing areas in the rat brain. Intl J. Neurosurgery.
  3. Mehl,L., Peterson,G., Shaw,N. and Creevy,D. (1975). Complications of Home Birth. Birth 2: 123-131.
  4. Mehl,L.E., Peterson, G., Sokolosky,L., and Whitt, M. (1976). Outcomes of Early Discharge after Normal Birth. Birth 3:101-106.
  5. Mehl, L.E., Bruce, C. and Renner, J. (1976). Importance of Obstetrics in a Comprehensive Family Practice. Journal of Family Practice 3:385-389.
  6. Mehl, L.E. (1977). Delivery in the Home. Comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology 18-26.
  7. Mehl,L.E., Pererson,G.H. Whitt, M. and Hawes, W.H. (1977). Outcomes of Elective Home Births; A series of 1,146 cases. Journal of Reproductive Medicine 19: 281-289.
  8. Mehl, L.E. (1976) Home delivery research today - a review. Women and Health 1:3-11.
  9. Mehl, L.E. (1977). Options in Maternity Care. Women and Health 2(2):29-42.
  10. Mehl, Peterson, and Brendsel.(1977). Children at Birth: Effects and Implications. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 3(4): 274-279.
  11. Mehl, L.E. (1978). The Relation of the Home Birth Movement to Medicine and Psychiatry.World Journal of Psychosynthesis 10(3): 10-14.
  12. Mehl, Peterson, and Leiderman. (1978). Some Determinants of Maternal Attachments. American Journal of Psychiatry 135(10):1168-1173.
  13. Mehl and Peterson. (1979). The Role of Some Birth Related Variables in Father Attachment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 49(2):330-338.
  14. Mehl, L.E., et al. (1979). Evaluations of Outcomes of Non-Nurse Midwives; matched comparisons with physicians. Women and Health.
  15. Mehl, L.E. (1979). Review of Research on Alternative Childbirth. Women and Health, July issue.
  16. Mehl, Brendsel, and Peterson. (1980). Routine Episiotomy and Pelvic Symptomatology. Women and Health. 5:(4), 49-60.
  17. Mehl, Ramiel, Leninger, Hoff, Kronenthal, and Peterson. (1980). Evaluation of Outcomes of Non-nurse midwives. Women and Health 5(2): 17-29.
  18. Mehl, Brendsel, and Peterson. (1980). Personality variables of the mother in labor. Birth Psychology Bulletin 1(1):3-12.
  19. Mehl, L.E., et al. (1981). Qualitative research methods and the prospective prediction of obstetrical risk. J. Nurse Midwifery.
  20. Mehl and Peterson. (1981). Spontaneous Peer Psychotherapy in a Day Care Setting. Mehl and Peterson. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 5(2): 346-350.
  21. Mehl and Peterson. (1981). Parental/Child Psychological and Delivery Alternatives. Women and Health.
  22. Mehl, L.E. (1988). Psychobiosocial Interventions in Threatened Premature Labor. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Fall.
  23. Mehl, L.E. (1988). Prevention of Premature Labor. Mothering, Fall.
  24. Mehl, L.E. (1990) Spirit Belief and Practice among Native Americans.Journal of Regression Therapy, Spring.
  25. Mehl, L. Hypnosis and Prenatal Memory. Intl. J. Perinatal Psychol and Medicine, 1990.
  26. Mehl, L.E. (1990). Systems Dynamics Modeling for Medically Low Risk Woman to Predict Risk for Obstetrical Complications, , International Journal of Perinatal Psychology and Medicine.
  27. Mehl, L.E. (1990). Spiritually-oriented Psychotherapy. AHP Perspectives, Summer.
  28. Mehl, L.E. (1991). Mathematical Computer Simulation Modeling for the prediction of the development of large bowel cancer. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 46:243-256.
  29. Mehl, L.E. (1991). Successful prediction of fetal distress and unexplained fetal demise. International Journal of Perinatal Studies. 3:242-266.
  30. Mehl, L.E. (1992). Taser Electrical injury during pregnancy and miscarriage. Acta Obstet. Gynecol. scand., Summer.
  31. Mehl, L.E. (1992). Birth Risk and Culture. Midwifery Today. 23 (Autumn): 35.
  32. Mehl, L.E. (1992). The effect of personal birth experience on giving birth. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal. Fall.
  33. Mehl, L.E. (1992). Women's birth experience and subsequent infant motor development. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal 6(4): 295-316.
  34. Mehl, L.E. and Manchanda, S. (1993). Use of Systems Dynamics computer modeling to study alcohol use during pregnancy. Computerrs in Biology and Medicine.
  35. Mehl LE (1994). Hypnosis to alter breech presentation. Archives of Family Medicine, October.
  36. Mehl LE (1993). Lessons from Native America for modern medicine. Holistic Medicine Spring: 10-24.
  37. Mehl L, Astill J. (1994). Delirium, headache and the Arnold-Chiari malformation type I, Journal of the American Board of Family Practice.
  38. Mehl-Madrona L, Madrona M (1996). Postpartum toxic streptococcus. Midwifery Today. October, pp. 39-43.
  39. Mehl-Madrona L, Madrona M. Effects on outcomes of attending breeches, twins, and post-dates pregnancies at home. J. Nurse-Midwifery 1997; 42(2):91-98
  40. Mehl-Madrona L. Characteristics of requent users of primary care: Role of psychosocial factors drive high utilization. J Am Board of Family Practice, 1998, October/November.
  41. Tidey JW, Mehl-Madrona L, Higgins ST, Badger GJ. Psychiatric symptom severity in cocaine-dependent outpatients: demographics, drug use characteristics and treatment outcome. Drug Alcohol Depend 1998 Mar 1;50(1):9-17.
  42. Mehl-Madrona, L. 5 year outcomes of patients who use traditional Indian medicine compared to patients who don't. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 1999, January issue.
  43. Mehl-Madrona LE. Comparison of intravenous ketorolac-chlorpromazine with meperidine-promethazine for the emergency department treatment of chronic pain exacerbation. J Am Board of Family Practice 1999, March-April issue.
  44. Mehl-Madrona LE, Chan, B. Faith plays a role in AIDS. Alternative Health Practitioner 1999, December issue.
  45. Mehl-Madrona LE. A psychosocial prenatal intervention with Native American women to reduce substance use and birth complications. J Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, 2000, in press.

  Book Chapters:

  1. Mehl, L.E. (1976). Statistical Outcomes of Home Delivery; comparison to similarly selected hospital deliveries. . In Stewart and Stewart, eds., Safe Alternatives in Childbirth. Marble Hill, Missouri: Napsac Publications.
  2. Mehl, L. and Peterson, G. (1976). Management of the Complications of Home Delivery. In Sousa, M. Childbirth at Home New York: Prentice Hall.
  3. Mehl, L.E. (1977). Research on Alternatives in Childbirth. What can it tell us about hospital practice? In Stewart and Stewart (ed.) 21st Century Obstetrics Now. Marble Hill, Mo.: NAPSAC Publications.
  4. Mehl, L.E. and Peterson, G. (1978). Home Birth versus Hospital Birth; Comparisons of Outcomes of Matched Populations. Ahmed, P. (ed.), Pregnancy,Birth, and Parenting; Coping with Medical Issues. New York: Elsevier-North Holland.
  5. Mehl, L. (1978). Statistical Outcomes of Homebirths in the United States; Current Status. In: Stewart and Stewart, Safe Alternitives in Childbirth, Marble Hill, Mo.: NAPSAC Publications.
  6. Mehl and Peterson (1979). Comparative studies of Psychological Outcomes of Various Childbirth Alternatives. In Stewart and Stewart, ed. 21st Century Obstetrics Now. Marble Hill, Mo.: NAPSAC Publications.
  7. Mehl LE. (1980). Statistical Outcomes of home birth in the United States. In Davis RD and Kitzinger S. The Place of Birth. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  8. Mehl, L.E. (1988). Magic, Medicine, and Shamanism, in Heize, R., Proceedings of the Vth International Conference of Shamanism. Berkeley: University of California (Asian Studies).
  9. Mehl, L., Donovan, S., and Peterson, G. (1989). The Role of Hypnotherapy in Facilitating Normal Birth. In Fedor-Freyburgh, Peter, editor. Encounter with the Unborn. London: Parthenon, 1989.
  10. Mehl, L. and Peterson, G.H. (1989). Psychiatric Diagnosis and Birth Complications (with Gayle Peterson) in Fedor-Freyburgh, op. cit.
  11. Mehl, L. (1989). Modern Day Shamanism: Bridging Native American Medicine with Biomedicine. In Doore, G. (ed.). Shaman's Path. Boulder: Shambala.
  12. Mehl, L.E. (1989). Faith and Doubt in Shamanic Healing. in Heize, R. Proceedings of the VIth International Conference on Shamanism. Berkeley: University of California (Asian Studies).
  13. Mehl, L.E. (1990). When Evil is Encountered in Imagery. In Kunzendorf, R. (ed). Imagery Therapy. New York: Plenum Press.
  14. Mehl, L.E. (1990). Evil in Native American Spirituality. In Heinze, R.I. Proceedings of the VII Intl. Conference on Shamanism. Berkeley: Univ of California Dept of Asian Studies.
  15. Mehl, L.E. (1994). Chalazion Therapy. In Procedures in Family Practice. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.
  16. Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Native American Medicine. In Carolyn Chambers Clark (ed.) Alternative Therapies (in press).
  17. Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) What is Different about the Complementary Medicine Perspective. In Carolyn Chambers Clark (ed.) Alternative Therapies (in press).
  18. Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Hypnosis During Pregnancy. In Carolyn Chambers Clark (ed.) Alternative Therapies (in press).

  Books Published:

  1. Mehl, L.E. and Peterson, G.H. (1984). Pregnancy as Healing: holistic philosophy for prenatal care. Tucson: Resources for World Health.
  2. Mehl, L.E. and Peterson, G.H. (1985). Cesarean Birth: Risk and Culture . Tucson: Resources for World Health.
  3. Mehl, L.E. (1986). Mind and Matter: Healing approaches to chronic disease. Tucson: Resources for World Health, 2nd edition.
  4. Mehl-Madrona, L.E. Coyote Medicine. New York: Simon and Schuster, February, 1997; Paperback; Firestone, 1998.

  Conference Proceedings and Abstracts (not submitted elsewhere):

  1. Mehl, Palu, and Kennedy. Statistical Outcomes of Elective Home Delivery; comparisons with the Chicago Maternity Center and implications for screening. Proceedings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, 1977.
  2. Mehl, Merz, Brendsel, Murphy, and Benton. (1977). Models for Delivery of Home Birth Services; Structure, Politics, and evaluation. Presented at the American Public Health Association..
  3. Mehl, L.E. (1978). An Overview of the Home Birth Controversy. Mehl. Year of the Child Conference, Albuquerque.
  4. Risk Factors in Low-Risk Childbirth; elective procedures and outcomes. Mehl, Ramiel, Hoff, Leininger, and Peterson. American Public Health Association Abstracts, 1979.
  5. Mittal S, Mehl L, Fuentes F. Predicting the Time of Myocardial Infarction among Hispanic and Other Caucasians. American Journal of Cardiology, March, 1992.
  6. Mehl-Madrona L. Systems Dynamics Computer Simulation Modeling for Predicting Risk for Childbirth. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference: Modeling, Simulation, and Control, Innsbruck, Austria, Vol. II, Feb. 19-22, 2001, pp. 575-578, Calgary: ACTA Press, 2001.

  Writings for the Popular Press.

  1. Mehl, L.E.(1990). In Search of Pele on Hawaii, Tucson Lifeline, March.
  2. Mehl, L.E. (1991). The Healing Power of Ritual. East-West Journal June issue.
  3. Mehl, L.E. (1990). Bioenergy Healers in Yugoslavia. Tucson Lifeline, October.
  4. Mehl-Madrona L. (1996). Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native America for conventional health care. Healthy and Natural. October issue.
  5. Mehl-Madrona L. (1997). Call Me Coyote. Natural Health, April issue.
  6. Mehl-Madrona L and Samson W. (1998). Alternative Medicine under the Microscope: A debate. Natural Health, April issue.

  Manuscripts Recently Submitted for Editorial Review:

  1. Mehl, L.E. Effects of Women’s Birth Experiences upon Infant Cognitive Development.
  2. Mehl, L.E. Effect of the Infant upon Parent Attachment.
  3. Mehl, L.E., Effects of Childbirth upon Women's Self-esteem.
  4. Hoyt, L. and Mehl, L. Prediction of Success in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and relation to long-term Outcome.
  5. Mehl, L., Karlen, A., Madrona, S., and Manchanda, S. Evaluation of systems dynamics computer simulation modeling to predict risk for birth complications for the individual pregnant woman.
  6. Mehl, L.E. Use of sytems dyamics modeling to predict depression and alcoholism. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association.
  7. Mehl, L.E. Use of systems dynamics modeling to predict the course of ARC and AIDS, International Conference of AIDS Abstracts, San Francisco.
  8. Mehl, L.E. A Native American derived, spiritually based psychotherapy. Paper presented at the Conference on Self Psychology, Aspen, Colorado.
  9. Mehl, L.E. Faith, Doubt, and Spiritual Healing.
  10. Mehl, L.E. Spiritually-oriented Psychotherapies.
  11. Adams-Chan, B. and Mehl, L.E. Differences between neurologically impaired and non-impaired patients with AIDS and ARC.
  12. Mehl, L.E. Shamanic Imagery Therapy.
  13. Mehl, L.E. Predicting and preventing birth complications.
  14. Mittal S, Mehl L, and Fuentes, F. Prediction of the time of initial myocardial infarction.
  15. Mehl, L., Ager, J., Sokol, R. Dynamic systems modeling and the prediction of birth weight and length of gestation.
  16. Mehl, L., Easton P. Prediction of risk for cesarean delivery.
  17. Mehl, L., Astill J. Esophageal dysmotility: case report of nifedipine exacerbation and treatment with trazedone.
  18. Wagner M, Brueder A, Mehl L. Health promotion needs awareness among Air Force personnel.
  19. Wagner M, Breuder A, Mehl L. Health Risk among active duty Air Force personnel.
  20. Mehl-Madrona, L. Effect of order of presentation of homeopathy, acupuncture and massage therapy on outcome of treatment.


Assorted teaching audiotapes and videotapes on hypnosis techniques, 1978-present.

Coyote Medicine videotape, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside, 1998.

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Grants and Contracts:

My research interest focus on theoretical and mathematical biology and medicine. I am interested in mathematical computer modeling as a means of integrating information in medicine and biology, aiding clinical decision making, and improving patient care and treatment evaluation. Within this context I am interested in mind-body-environment relationships, particularly with reference to some of the insights available to us from indigenous cultures. I am interested in behavioral medicine treatment for chronic disease and in the evaluation of treatment effectiveness of these procedures and approaches.

I have received grant money from the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health, New York; FGN, Inc., Tucson, Arizona; HCA, Inc., Nashville, TN; the California State Health Department; multiple private donors; Shadyside Foundation; Richmond Foundation; Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation; Ladies Hospital Aide Society of Pittsburgh; Department of Defense; U.S. Steel, Dorrance Family Foundation, Beckwith Foundation, etc.

I have worked on others' grants from NIDA, NIMH, NIH.

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Recent Continuing Medical Education Courses:


Available upon request.


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