Lewis Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and is trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine.
He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes.
He has been on the faculty of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine.
Lewis, who is of Cherokee and Lakota heritage, continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities, while also working with individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
He is the author of numerous books, including Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom a trilogy on what Native culture has to offer the modern world Narrative Medicine and, his most recent, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.