Professor Avni Sali


Professor Sali is the Founding Director of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, established in 2009. Previously he was the Founding Head of the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine at the Swinburne University in Melbourne. In the past he was also Head of the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery at Heidelberg Hospital.

A highly sought after Integrative Medical Practitioner, Professor Sali contributes to a wide variety of publications in Australia and overseas. As well he is invited regularly to at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally.

Professor Sali regularly contributes to a wide variety of publications, including editorials and articles in Australian and International Medical Journals. More recently he co-authored ‘A guide to Evidence-Based Integrative and Complementary Medicine’ published in 2011: Elsevier Australia.  In 2016 a book about his life was published entitled “Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine”.  In 2017 Prof Sali co-authored the text: A Clinician’s Guide to Integrative Oncology, Springer USA – the first textbook in Integrative Oncology primarily aimed at clinicians.

His clinical practice focuses on treating complex and chronic diseases, particularly cancer. As a leader in his field and through his large body of work, he has inspired and led a new generation of doctors to the practice of Integrative Medicine.

In 2016, Professor Sali was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to integrative medicine as an educator, clinician and researcher, and to professional education.”

For more information on Professor Sali please visit his institute biography.

Special Interests 

  • Chronic Illness: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Neurological, Gastrointestinal
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Nutritional Medicine


  • MBBS
  • PhD Surgery
  • Fellow Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine


  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)
  • Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
  • Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AAMM)
  • Australian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT)

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Albanian

Clinical Appointments

Contact the rooms of Professor Sali: Level 3, 21 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, T: 03 9455 2577 F 03 9455 2699

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Consultation times, fees and bookings
For details on appointment availability and the schedule of fees please contact the NIIM Clinic Reception on (03) 9804 0646