Dr. Robert S. Ivker has been a family physician since 1972, after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a family practice residency at Mercy Medical Center in Denver and was certified by the American Board of Family Practice from 1975 to 1988. After starting his career as a solo practitioner, he founded Columbine Medical Center (CMC), a family medicine group practice with extended hours (open seven days-a-week). He sold CMC to Porter Memorial Hospital in 1986 and became their medical director. By that time CMC had become the highest volume family practice in the Denver metropolitan area. Since leaving CMC, Dr. Ivker has been practicing holistic medicine, with an emphasis on the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and the creation of optimal health.
From 1992 to 2000, Dr. Ivker served on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) and was President from 1996 to 1999. Dr. Ivker is a co-founder and current President of the American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHM) and co-creator of the first board certification examination in holistic medicine in December 2000. This certification is setting a new standard of quality health care in America.
After curing his own chronic sinusitis, Dr. Ivker wrote and self-published the first edition of Sinus Survival in 1988. The second (1992), third (1995), and newly released fourth (2000) edition, entitled, Sinus Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds have all been published by Tarcher/Putnam. This bestseller has sold over 300,000 copies. He is also the co-author (along with Dr. Robert Anderson and 1HealthyWorld’s publisher, Larry Trivieri, Jr.) of The Complete Self-Care Guide To Holistic Medicine (Tarcher/Putnam - 1999) and Thriving: The Holistic Guide To Optimal Health For Men (Crown - 1997). In 2001-2003, Tarcher/Putnam published his Survival Guide series -- Arthritis Survival, Asthma Survival, Headache Survival, and Backache Survival. He was also the men's health columnist for Natural Health Magazine from 1997-2000.
Dr. Ivker lectures extensively in U.S. and internationally to physicians, medical students, and the public on the subjects of: sinus and respiratory disease, holistic medicine, social health, and men's health. In recent years, he has been invited to speak at numerous medical schools including Harvard, Duke, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Florida.
Dr. Ivker is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Littleton, CO with his wife of 30+ years, Harriet, a psychiatric social worker certified in marriage and family therapy. They have two daughters -- Julie and Carin.
Dr. Ivker maintains a website devoted to his Sinus Survival Program (www.sinussurvival.com).