Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD

Integrative Neurology, Medicine, and Environmental Toxicology

Profile picture on Ilene S. Ruhoy, MD, PhDFounder and board-certified neurologist trained in integrative medicine and environmental toxicology.

Ilene Ruhoy MD, PhD founded the Center for Healing Neurology with one purpose in mind: to help people heal and live a vibrant life. Since entering medical school in 1996, she has pursued additional training in order to offer patients informed treatments and healing protocols that will guide them toward optimal health. After receiving her medical degree, she earned a PhD in Environmental Toxicology, completing her dissertation on pharmaceutical residues in our waters. She collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and published peer-reviewed research on the toxic effects of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, and how physicians can help minimize these effects through optimal dosing and prescribing.

Dr. Ruhoy has trained in both pediatric and adult neurology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. She further completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of renowned physician Dr. Andrew Weil. She is currently co-editor for Integrative Neurology, scheduled for release in fall, 2019, of Dr. Weil’s Integrative Medicine Series published by Oxford University Press. In addition, Dr. Ruhoy has devoted time to intensive studies in herbal medicine, and has received her certification in medical acupuncture.

Dr. Ruhoy is trained and competent in the areas of nutrition, herbal medicine, and supplementation, as well as other modalities of treatment. Importantly for modern health care, she is adept at bridging the gap between allopathic and alternative medicine to offer a more holistic approach to neurological health and healing.

Today, as a physician, teacher, wife, mother, and healer, she makes sure to practice what she preaches. She does her best to maintain a nourishing work-life balance spending her time hiking in the mountains with her husband and daughter, practicing yoga, running, and reading a good book on a rainy Northwest morning. She is a regular contributor to various wellness blogs, websites, and magazines.

“When you take the time to be with a patient, to understand who they are, and listen to them, only then can you start to understand their unique path to healing.”


“My brain tumor was terrifying and life changing…and it’s made me a better physician.”

– Dr. Ruhoy

Personal Health Story

Dr. Ruhoy knows what it’s like to have a brain tumor. In May of 2015, after a series of atypical headaches, she was diagnosed with a meningioma, an experience she says, “changed my life course and made me a better physician.” Read her story