Clasina Leslie Smith, MD, Family Medicine, Springfield, IL

Clasina LeslieSmithMDMS, MA, LAc, DABMA, Dipl NCCAOM

Family Medicine Springfield, IL

Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Director Integrative Medicine and Director Culinary Medicine: Southern Illinois Univ School of Medicine. Founder & Medical Director, Chicago Healing Center

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  • I was trained as a general surgeon but became fascinated by CAM and acupuncture after suffering a repetitive stress injury in my arms. I had a private practice (Chicago Healing Center) but closed that to become the Director of Integrative and Culinary Medicine at SIU SOM. I have expertise in medical education (curriculum design, performance assessment, content delivery) and have over 25 years of experience in adult and medical education. I am interested in and involved with several national and international organizations in medical education and integrative care: I speak nationally and internationally on those topics.

    Patients that seek integrative care (complementary/alternative therapy in combination with conventional medicine) tend to be the kind of people who are focused on prevention of disease or those for whom there seems to be no good solution to their complaints or concerns through conventional medicine. Common issues that I treat are: fibromyalgia, IBS/IBD, fatigue, pain (anywhere, any kind, any duration), infertility/perimenopausal sx/dysmenorrhea, HTN, psychiatric concerns (PTSD, depression, anxiety), allergies/respiratory/sinus/asthma, obesity/weight loss, and addiction (smoking, alcohol, other substances of abuse). The goal of integrative medicine is to return the body to homestasis. Therefore, many, many patients "graduate" from my practice and no longer need pharmaceutical support for their health after pursuing this kind of intervention.

Education & Training

  • Midwest College of Oriental MedicineLAc, Acupuncture and Asian Medicine, 2016 - 2017
  • Harvard Medical SchoolCoursework, Structural Acupuncture for Physicians, 2011 - 2012
  • YoSan University of Traditional Chinese MedicineCoursework, 2009 - 2012
  • Southern Illinois UniversityResidency, General Surgery, 2004 - 2009
  • Southern Illinois UniversityFellowship, Surgical Education, 2006 - 2007
  • U of IL, SpringfieldMA, Medical Education & Leadership, 2006 - 2007
  • University of Illinois College of MedicineClass of 2004
  • U of IL Coll of MedMS, Physiology and Biophysics, 1997 - 2001

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2011 - 2019
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2004 - 2023
  • American Board of Medical AcupunctureMedical Acupuncture

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Trailblazer Award SIU SOM, 2019
  • Advocate Award SIU SOM, 2019
  • Student Leadership Award UIC Alumni Association, 2004
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Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

  • Acupuncture for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy  
    C. Leslie Smith, LAc, MD, North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, 3/2020
  • Inpatient Acupuncture: A Three-Month Trial  
    CL Smith and M Mulcahy, North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, 11/2016


  • How can students help clinicians approach barriers in individualized nutrition counseling? Student generated solutions to clinical nutrition counseling.
    Hasan, A, Dufner, A, Agnew, T, Portugal, A, and Smith, CL, 10th Annual Symposium for Teaching and Learning, Springfield, IL, 4/26/2019
  • Taking All Comers: The Impact of Hospital Acupuncture on a Mixed Medical, Surgical, Oncology Floor
    CL Smith, M Mulcahy, C Hitt, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, ICMART 2018, Munich, Germany, 8/2018
  • 23. Incorporating Japanese Acupuncture Techniques Into Your Practice
    Clasina Leslie Smith and Mitch Harris, Glob Adv Health Med., International Congress of Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Chicago IL, 10/30/2013
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  • An Integrated Approach to the Japanese Acupuncture Style: Using Haptic Feedback to Obtain an Optimal Qi Respons 
    American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Ohio Chapter, Cincinnati, OH - 10/24/2014
  • The Traditional Asian Medicine and Mindful Living Workshop 
    Mental Health America of Illinois, Chicago, IL - 8/24/2014
  • Integrating Japanese Style Acupuncture Into Your Medical Acupuncture Practice 
    International Congress of Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Chicago, IL - 10/30/2013
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Authored Content

  • Can’t I Please Get Some Sleep? Natural Ways to Support Healthy Sleep9/12/2018

Press Mentions

  • SIU Explores New Approaches to Pain Management
    SIU Explores New Approaches to Pain ManagementAugust 21st, 2018
  • Chicago’s Natural Healer
    Chicago’s Natural HealerJune 13th, 2018
  • Meet C. Leslie Smith of Chicago Healing Center in Edgewater
    Meet C. Leslie Smith of Chicago Healing Center in EdgewaterAugust 1st, 2017
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  • Member, Education Committee, AAMA 2015 - 2015
  • Member, Continuing Medical Education Committee, AAMA 2014 - 2015
  • Resident Representative, Executive Board, Association of Program Directors in Surgery 2006 - 2007
  • Resident Representative, Council on Education and Health Workforce, Illinois State Medical Society 2006 - 2007
  • Resident Representative, Resident & Fellow Section Governing Council, Illinois State Medical Society, Resident & Fellow Section 2006 - 2007
  • Co-Chair, Patient Safety Curriculum Development Committee, Southern Illinois University and Affiliated Hospitals 2006 - 2007
  • Member, Information Technology Committee, Memorial Medical Center 2005 - 2009
  • Member, Promoting Safe Clinical Practices Committee, St John's Hospital 2005 - 2006
  • Class Rep. & Education Rep, General Surgery Governance Committee, Southern Illinois University and Affiliated Hospitals 2004 - 2009
  • Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President, respectively, Chicago Medical Student Council, University of Illinois at Chicago, COM 2000 - 2004
  • Member (one of two students total), Chancellor's Search Committee, University of Illinois, Chicago 2000 - 2001
  • Member of Executive Board, Faculty-Student Senate, University of Illinois, Chicago 1999 - 2001
  • Member, Judicial Board, University of Illinois, Chicago 1999 - 2001

Professional Memberships

  • Member
  • Member
  • American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
  • IL Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Member 2006-2010
  • Illinois State Medical Society
    Member 2004 - 2010
  • Academy for Scholarship in Education
    Member 2006 - 2009
  • Association for Surgical Education
    Member 2006 - 2010