Dr. Leigh Frame earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Distinction in the Major from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) in Staunton, Va. She is a double graduate of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md., where she earned a Master of Health Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and a Doctor of Philosophy in International Health: Human Nutrition.
Dr. Frame brings nutrition and immunity together through clinical, translational research. Her T-shaped expertise in health, wellness, science, and medicine was developed through her wide-ranging experience in biomedical research (from wet bench to clinical research) and overseeing research and education programs, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program (PDBP). She has extensive experience in the design of studies of all sizes and phases of research including secure, accurate data collection, and data safety and management.
She is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Recondite Consulting, which works with the pharmaceutical industry to improve clinical outcomes by identifying dietary and lifestyle factors affecting efficacy and safety. She is a board member of the Northern Ireland-based Covimro Ltd, an orthomolecular health care company, as well as the biotech company Scaled Microbiomics in Maryland and the nonprofit Access Integrative Medicine Health Institute in Washington, D.C. She is the co-host of the GW Integrative Medicine Podcast. In 2021, the International Forum for Advanced Healthcare named her among the Top 100 Health Care Leaders.
Dr. Frame is building a GW Integrative Medicine research program while directing the graduate education programs and the Office of Integrative Medicine and Health. She is also the co-founder and Associate Director of the GW Resiliency & Well-being Center. Her interests include the role of the microbiome and nutrition in health, the consequences of malnutrition in obesity, vitamin D as an immune-modulatory hormone, research ethics, and social media.
Along with strengthening and cultivating the footprint of evidence-based Integrative Medicine at GW, Dr. Frame is broadening the foundation used to prepare students for professional certifications with an emphasis on expanding nutrition education.
“GW is uniquely situated as a university that is growing and very forward-thinking,” she said. “It has its finger on the pulse of medicine and Integrative Medicine, which is the future of health care.”