Irene M Estores

Irene M Estores, M.D.

Associate Professor


About Irene M Estores

Dr. Irene M. Estores serves as Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Florida. She completed her Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the nationally recognized program of Dr. Andrew Weil, as a Bravewell Fellow. She completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency training at the Sinai Hospital – Johns Hopkins Hospital Inter-institutional program in PM&R. She received her initial acupuncture training at the University of Miami Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and has applied this to the management of both musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. She has worked at academic medical centers, federal hospital systems, and at a community outreach clinic. To expand her skills as a physician leader, she completed an Integrative Healthcare Leadership program at Duke University with its Center for Integrative Medicine and Fuqua School of Business. Dr. Estores is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and a Board Member on the American Board of Integrative Medicine.

Her interest in integrative medicine grew out of self-exploration of other healing and belief systems, a spiritual practice of prayer, self-reflection and meditation, and a mindful experience of wanted and unwanted events in her life.. She considers her practice of medicine as a vocation and a spiritual path.

As part of her commitment to nurture her own body, mind, and spirit, she walks, keeps a daily prayer/journaling/ meditative reading practice, enjoys walks and hikes, cooks with her sons, and walks any labyrinth she can find.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
MDT7200 Elect Top/Medicine
MDC7200 Medicine Clerkship

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, Integrative Medicine
    American Board of Integrative Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
    American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Clinical Profile

  • Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • General Internal Medicine
Areas of Interest
  • Chronic pain – resources
  • Healthy living
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord trauma

Research Profile

Resilience and Wellness Chronic Pain Medical Acupuncture Mind-Body Medicine

Areas of Interest
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Spirituality in Health Care


Acupuncture, Shingles, and Allergen Immunotherapy.
Medical acupuncture. 33(6):443-446 [DOI] 10.1089/acu.2020.1521. [PMID] 34976278.
Functional medicine: Focusing on imbalances in core metabolic processes.
The Journal of family practice. 70(10):482-498 [DOI] 10.12788/jfp.0307. [PMID] 35119987.
Improving burnout and well-being among medicine residents: Impact of a grassroots intervention compared to a formal program curriculum.
Journal of education and health promotion. 10 [DOI] 10.4103/jehp.jehp_1378_20. [PMID] 34485547.
Models of Care for Postacute COVID-19 Clinics: Experiences and a Practical Framework for Outpatient Physiatry Settings.
American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 100(12):1133-1139 [DOI] 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001892. [PMID] 34793373.
Promoting Resilience in Medicine: The Effects of a Mind-Body Medicine Elective to Improve Medical Student Well-being.
Global advances in health and medicine. 9 [DOI] 10.1177/2164956120927367. [PMID] 32499968.
Advancing supportive oncology care via collaboration between psycho-oncology and integrative medicine.
Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 27(9):3175-3178 [DOI] 10.1007/s00520-019-04840-y. [PMID] 31062108.
Hormonal Regulation In Pcos Using Acupuncture And Herbal Supplements: A Case Report And Review Of The Literature.
Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.). 18(5):36-39 [PMID] 32549844.
Medical Cannabis for the Primary Care Physician.
Journal of primary care & community health. 10 [DOI] 10.1177/2150132719884838. [PMID] 31646929.
Medication Cost Savings in Inpatient Oncology Using an Integrative Medicine Model.
Explore (New York, N.Y.). 14(3):212-215 [DOI] 10.1016/j.explore.2018.02.002. [PMID] 29685674.
Nurturing the Seeds of Change: Strengthening the Lifestyle Medicine Movement With the Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award.
American journal of lifestyle medicine. 12(6):476-478 [DOI] 10.1177/1559827618789354. [PMID] 30783401.
Auricular acupuncture for spinal cord injury related neuropathic pain: a pilot controlled clinical trial.
The journal of spinal cord medicine. 40(4):432-438 [DOI] 10.1080/10790268.2016.1141489. [PMID] 26869339.
Transition Readiness and College Adjustment in Students with IBD: Focus Groups Highlight Issues not Captured in Common Surveys and Indices
Gastroenterology. 152(5) [DOI] 10.1016/S0016-5085(17)32756-7.
Utilization and Perception of Integrative Medicine Among Plastic Surgery Patients.
Annals of plastic surgery. 78(5):557-561 [DOI] 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000916. [PMID] 27759586.
Healing Environments: Integrative Medicine and Palliative Care in Acute Care Settings.
Critical care nursing clinics of North America. 27(3):369-82 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cnc.2015.05.002. [PMID] 26333757.
Autonomic dysreflexia and associated acute neurogenic pulmonary edema in a patient with spinal cord injury: a case report and review of the literature.
Spinal cord. 47(5):423-5 [DOI] 10.1038/sc.2008.152. [PMID] 19139757.
International standards to document remaining autonomic function after spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord. 47(1):36-43 [DOI] 10.1038/sc.2008.121. [PMID] 18957962.
Silver hydrogel urinary catheters: evaluation of safety and efficacy in single patient with chronic spinal cord injury.
Journal of rehabilitation research and development. 45(1):135-9 [PMID] 18566932.
C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in patients with heterotopic ossification after spinal cord injury.
The journal of spinal cord medicine. 27(5):434-7 [PMID] 15648796.
Effects of gender on neurologic and functional recovery after spinal cord injury.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 85(11):1826-36 [PMID] 15520978.
Lack of justification for routine abdominal ultrasonography in patients with chronic spinal cord injury.
Journal of rehabilitation research and development. 41(1):101-8 [PMID] 15273903.
Prevention and treatment of heterotopic ossification after spinal cord injury.
The journal of spinal cord medicine. 27(4):376-82 [PMID] 15484668.
Women’s issues after SCI
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 10(2):107-125 [DOI] 10.1310/3BAB-Q5U1-FVCX-THCY.
The consumer’s perspective and the professional literature: what do persons with spinal cord injury want?
Journal of rehabilitation research and development. 40(4 Suppl 1):93-8 [PMID] 15077653.


Jun 2016 – May 2018
College Students with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Supporting the Transition to Adult IBD care
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: ABBVIE


Residency – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
1993 · Sinai Hospital-Johns Hopkins Hospital
Internship – Internal Medicine
1990 · Sinai Hospital-Johns Hopkins Hospital
Medical Degree
1987 · University of the Philippines