Gary Kaplan, DO

/Gary Kaplan, DO
Gary Kaplan, DO

About Gary Kaplan, DO

Gary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves on the Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To read Dr. Kaplan's complete bio, click here.

Dr. Gary Kaplan on NBC Washington’s News4 Midday

On Wednesday May 21, 2014 Dr. Gary Kaplan appeared on NBC Washington's News4 Midday with Barbara Harrison. In this interview Dr. Kaplan discusses the key ideas in his new book Total Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and Depression including, inflammation of the brain, what causes it and its symptoms; the relationship between physical [...]

The Gut-Brain Connection

Nutrition & Its Role in Ending Chronic Pain A Community Health Lecture: October, 2013 In this 3-part video series, Gary Kaplan, DO, discusses: The neuro-physiological connection between the human gut and brain. The gut’s role in mediating chronic pain conditions. The effect of pain medications and antibiotics on gut health. The problem of “leaky [...]

Can Antibiotics Cure Your Chronic Back Pain?

Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark say, “Maybe.” New research indicates that 20 to 40 percent of all chronic, lower back pain is caused by bacterial infection and that treating this infection with an extended course of antibiotics can help many patients avoid back surgery. As a physician who cares for patients with chronic [...]

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain?

Meditation, which can be practiced in many different forms, has been used for thousands of years to benefit the mind, body and soul. Now there is a growing body of medical research proving that meditation not only modifies brain function, it can actually change the way we experience physical pain. A study reported in the [...]

Central Sensitization Syndrome, 6-Part Video Series

Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS) is a new concept that provides a central nervous system link between fibromyalgia, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and potentially other chronic pain conditions. The co-occurrence of psychiatric conditions with chronic pain results in an exponentially high rate of treatment failure and requires a different, more comprehensive strategy for effective treatment. [...]

Couples Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

On August 14, Dr. Gary Kaplan appeared on Channel 9's "Health Alert" segment. He was interviewed about new research on how to help those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by including their spouses or significant others in the therapy sessions. In addition to reliving the initial trauma, experiencing heightened anxiety, or [...]

Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease

No bigger than a quarter inch and as small as a poppy seed, the deer tick that transmits Lyme Disease has created big medical problems for many people and a large controversy within the medical community over the best ways to test for and treat the disease. According to Dr. Gary Kaplan, of the Kaplan [...]

Book Recommendation

Plan to be sitting at the beach or resting in the shade this July 4th? I have a book recommendation for you: "A Mindful Nation" by Tim Ryan. I frequently encourage patients to meditate for their own, personal physical and mental benefit. With mindfulness meditation, we learn to expand our awareness of the present moment, [...]