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David R. Gurley, MD:

It is amazing how many people, regardless of geographic, social, or economic status, struggle with their basic health. The boundless energy, optimism, and charm of youth all too often give way to malignant fatigue and ever-more nagging symptoms of impending disease. No longer thriving, people find themselves barely capable of making it through the daily demands of work and relationships. Every day it is a little harder.

The biggest mistake most people make is expecting or wanting long-term gains from short-term interventions. They feel better for a time but eventually things go back to just how they were – or worse. Without an anchor in objective reality, the mind can and will play tricks on you. For many, this leads to a spiral of worsening symptoms despite trying “every cure under the sun”. The outcome: frustration and, the most perilous feeling of all, failure.

Dr. Gurley works with people in New York City and all over the world, specializing in his uniquely caring, careful, and integrative approach to lasting health and change. With his help, Dr. Gurley’s patients are able to gain a snapshot of their current health and insight into where they are headed. Willing to spend time and effort up front to avoid mistakes of the past, his patients are armed with clear, objective data that help determine, and track, their progress. The result is a patient-doctor relationship that harkens to an era many think lost, coupled with a tailored and specific therapeutic approach that also takes advantage of the most current advances in medical understanding.

Professional History:

At the age of 9, David Gurley told his parents he wanted to be a doctor. 23 years later, board certification in Emergency Medicine in hand and product of one of the best medical educations possible, he wondered if he had made a mistake. He was, however, fortunate enough to realize that it was not the knowledge of medicine, but the practice of medicine at the heart of his (and so many of his colleagues’) disillusion. After several more years of hard work and study he created a medical practice reflecting the curiosity and excitement he had had as a nine year old. As a result, Dr. Gurley is able to bring together the best aspects of rigorous scientific knowledge and patient-centered therapies that help people to not just avoid disease, but also live with energy and optimism.

Dr. Gurley is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is Board Certified in both Integrative and Emergency Medicine, and is a former Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He attended the Harvard Medical School’s Institute of Mind-Body Medicine and is a graduate of programs in Functional Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine. He has studied medical acupuncture, hypnosis, medical qigong therapy, traditional Chinese bodywork, and has been a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan and the Taoist arts for the past fifteen years.

Education and Training:

Board Certified, Integrative Medicine (ABIHM)
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine (ABEM)
Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Spanish Literature), New York University
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency Training Program (Emergency Medicine), SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, Institute of Functional Medicine
Clinical Training in Mind-Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM)
Clinical Training in Hypnotherapy, Partners for Solutions
Medical Acupuncture Training Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center



Founder and Owner, Whole Life Medicine
Staff Physician, Northshore-LIJ Health System
Former, Assistant Clinical Professor Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Former, Assistant Clinical Instructor, Kings County Hospital


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