Wolf Mehling, MD

Wolf Mehling
Integrative Physician, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Core Research Faculty, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center

  • Manual medicine


Dr. Wolf Mehling is trained as a family physician in both Germany and the United States, and additionally in manual medicine and psychotherapy, both board-certified sub-specialties in Germany. He worked in private practice in Germany for 12 years, where he also taught manual medicine to other physicians, studied a variety of mind-body therapies, and completed a medical dissertation.

After completing a second family medicine clinical residency in Santa Rosa and a research fellowship at UCSF, Dr. Mehling became involved in clinical studies on breath therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and other integrative movement exercises, as well as a large back pain study with Kaiser.

Research Interests 

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Mind-body approaches
  • Integrative exercise, which combines strength and aerobic training with yoga and other mindful bodily awareness approaches
  • Cross-cultural differences in bodily awareness

Education and Training

  • Clinical Research Fellowship, UCSF
  • Family Medicine Residency, Community Hospital of Santa Rosa Medical Dissertation, Free University Berlin
  • MD, University of Hamburg

Personal Statement and Approach

Manual medicine touches you where your physical body, emotions, and mind interact. Hands-on techniques for musculoskeletal problems use both biomechanics and present-moment body awareness.


View publications on UCSF Profiles


Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA)

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