Kirsten Tillisch, M.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Tillisch completed her undergraduate work at the Otis Institute of Parsons School of Design, earning a bachelor of fine arts with honors. She obtained her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was elected to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She continued on at UCLA to complete her training in internal medicine and gastroenterology, graduating in 2003. Dr. Tillisch is an instructor in the gastroenterology, endocrinology and reproductive system block for first year medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is an advocate for the incorporation of integrative practices within the medical system to advance health. She is certified through the Urban Zen program at UCLA, is a tai chi-easy certified practice leader, and is a medical acupuncturist. She has a clinical interest in chronic pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders, and is a member of the Rome Committee for Central Disorders of Gastrointestinal Pain. Her research interests include brain-gut-microbiome interactions, the effects of complementary and alternative medicine interventions such as meditation, probiotics, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and herbal therapy on health and disease, and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders. Her recent research projects include evaluating the role of gut microbiota modulation on emotional processing in the brain, identifying brain structural changes in irritable bowel syndrome, and identification of brain mechanisms by which mindfulness based stress reduction and hypnosis improve irritable bowel syndrome. More information about her research programs is available at and

In addition to her role at UCLA, Dr. Tillisch is the chief of integrative medicine at the Greater Los Angeles VA, managing programs in Tai chi, yoga, acupuncture and integrative health.

Work Titles
UCLA Associate Professor, Medicine Member, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Clinical Instructor, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, 1997
1999 - UCLA School of Medicine
1997 - 1998 UCLA School of Medicine
1998 - 1999 UCLA School of Medicine
2003 American Board of Internal Medicine
2000 American Board of Internal Medicine

Contact Information:

Fax Number:

(310) 206-4808

Work Phone Number:

(310) 206-6279

(310) 208-5400

Office Address:

VA Greater LA Healthcare System Bldg 115
RM 213
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Work Address:

Practice Location
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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