Based in Gig Harbor, Washington, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 25 years. Dr. Bland founded HealthComm International, Inc. in 1984, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until a merger with its strategic partner, Metagenics, in 2000. Dr. Bland served as Chief Science Officer for Metagenics and President of MetaProteomics for 12 years. In 2012, Dr. Bland formed a nonprofit organization called the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI) based in Seattle, Washington. More information about the PLMI can be found at www.plminstitute.org.
A nutritional biochemist and registered clinical laboratory director, Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound, and a previous Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. He was the first member of the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine, and contributed significantly to its founding and accreditation. With his wife, Susan Bland, MA, he founded the Institute for Functional Medicine, now a respected nonprofit organization. For more information about the history of functional medicine and the founding of IFM, click here.
Throughout his long career, two activities have remained constant for Dr. Bland: production of his monthly audio publication, Functional Medicine Update (FMU), and an annual one-day seminar tour. Synthesis is the exclusive distributor of these educational products, as well as numerous other materials produced by Dr. Bland.
Jeffrey Bland was born in 1946 in Illinois, but grew up in southern California, where he graduated from Tustin High School in 1963. Jeffrey Bland graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 1967 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. His undergraduate thesis advisor was Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, F. Sherwood Rowland, who was credited with discovering the adverse effects of fluorocarbons on the ozone layer. During Jeffrey Bland's high school and college years, he played trombone and baritone in numerous bands and orchestras, and was on the intercollegiate basketball and crew teams. In college, Jeffrey Bland's interests were clinical biology and medicine, supported through cross disciplinary courses in psychobiology, human biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology.
In 1967, Jeffrey Bland entered the University of Oregon Chemistry Department as a National Science Foundation Scholarship doctoral student. Jeffrey Bland completed his doctorate degree in synthetic organic chemistry in 1971 with his thesis on derivatives of the Japanese Puffer fish toxin, tetrodotoxin. During Jeffrey Bland's doctoral studies under his thesis advisor, John Keana, PhD, he did additional work in neurochemistry. In 1971, Jeffrey Bland began his career as a university professor and researcher at the University of Puget Sound with a dual appointment in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
In 1976, Jeffrey Bland was certified as a Certified Clinical Laboratory Director. Jeffrey Bland was tenured in 1977 and was awarded the Regester Lecturer Award in recognition of being one of the top-ranked members of the teaching faculty.
In 1978, Jeffrey Bland took a sabbatical leave at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he developed a course in nutritional biochemistry. This course followed from the research work Jeffrey Bland had published on the mechanism of action of vitamin E from 1973-1977.
From 1976-1995, Jeffrey Bland served as a prominent educator for the natural foods and nutritional supplement industries. Jeffrey Bland developed courses for the Natural Foods Exposition and the Natural Foods Association meetings that were provided to its members on the role of dietary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals on health.
In 1978, Jeffrey Bland was the first member of the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, the first federally funded accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine, and contributed significantly to its founding and accreditation.
In 1978, Jeffrey Bland became the president of the Northwest Academy of Preventive Medicine, which resulted in his authorship of the textbook, "The Medical Applications of Clinical Nutrition" in 1980, used in numerous medical and graduate school curriculums.
In 1980, Jeffrey Bland became a Fellow of the Americam Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and the American Association of Clinical Scientists.
In 1981, Jeffrey Bland was invited by two-time Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Peace, Linus Pauling, to become the Director of Nutritional Supplement Analysis at the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto, California.
In 1984, Jeffrey Bland left his tenured university appointment to start a company focused on teaching physicians and other licensed healthcare providers how to successfully implement nutrition intervention into their practices. From 1984 to 2000, Jeffrey Bland's company, HealthComm International, grew to have 50 employees and activities in more than 25 countries. During this time, Jeffrey Bland initiated a monthly audio magazine called Functional Medicine Update, which is now in its 28th year of publication. In 1978, Jeffrey Bland had also started an annual seminar series for healthcare professionals, presented in 20 cities. Jeffrey Bland has continued this annual seminar series for 30 years without interruption, with a different topic discussed each year. He has had more than 100,000 practitioners attend these seminars worldwide.
Since 1978, Jeffrey Bland has authored four books on nutrition and health for the general public and six books for health professionals. His 1982 book, Nutraerobics, was a Book-of-the-Month Club offering. Jeffrey Bland has also been the principal author of over 100 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry.
Jeffrey Bland and his wife, Susan, established the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, which was granted accreditation by the Accrediting Committee for Continuing Medical Education in 1996 and 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational status in 2000. Jeffrey Bland conceptualized functional medicine as a patient-centered systems biology approach to medicine in the Textbook of Functional Medicine, which was published by the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2005. Jeffrey Bland is responsible for introducing the concept of functional medicine to Europe, Asia, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 1993, Jeffrey Bland founded the Natural Products Quality Assurance Alliance. This group of more than 100 natural food products industry leaders met for two years to develop a quality assurance document, which was a first for the industry. In 1994, Utah senator Orrin Hatch entered this document into the Federal Register as part of the supporting information that led to the passage in 1995 of the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA).
Jeffrey Bland was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition in 1995, the Royal Society of Medicine in 1997, and the College of Lifestyle Medicine in 2008. Some of Jeffrey Bland’s honors include: the Leonardo daVinci Award (the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential), the Linus Pauling Heroes Award, the Theron Randolf Lecturer (American Academy of Environmental Medicine) and the Norman Clark Senior Lecturer (American Academy for the Advancement in Medicine).
Jeffrey Bland served as the Chief Science Officer of Metagenics 2000 - 2012, and the President of Metaproteomics, a nutrigenomic research and development company employing more than 40 scientists and physicians at its research centers. Since 2000, when Jeffrey Bland merged his company, HealthComm International, with Metagenics, the combined Metagenics has become the largest global nutraceutical and medical food company serving the fields of functional and integrative medicine. Jeffrey Bland developed the Scientific Advisory Board of Metagenics, comprised of nine members who represent expertise in inflammation, dyslipidemia, insulin signaling, metabolic syndrome, nuclear orphan receptor physiology, adipocyte physiology, natural product chemistry, vascular endothelial function, gynecology, and cancer chemoprevention. In 2005, Jeffrey Bland opened the Metaproteomics Nutrigenomics Research Center in Gig Harbor, Washington. The research group at this center has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals on their work, culminating with the discovery that certain phytochemicals can serve as selective kinase response modulators (SKRMs).
In 2006, Jeffrey Bland established Synthesis by Jeffrey Bland, PhD and his website www.JeffreyBland.com as a repository for his educational materials and audio recordings.
In 2012, Dr. Bland founded the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, where he currently serves as President. More information about the PLMI can be found at www.plminstitute.org.
During the past 30 years, Jeffrey Bland has been very fortunate to work with some of the influential leaders in organic agriculture, natural foods, nutrition, and medicine. Jeffrey Bland has also been fortunate to have his wife, Susan, and his three sons working within the company at various times.
Jeffrey and Susan Bland continue to live in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where they enjoy boating as a hobby and have navigated as far as Alaska. Jeffrey Bland continues to be very active in medical school curriculum development, nutrigenomic research, and in his roles a President of Metaproteomics and Chief Science Officer of Metagenics.