Seligman Medical Institute
A medical research foundation devoted to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of Tension Myositis Syndrome and other mind-body disorders. 

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Mission Statement and Goals

Mission (Core)

Our mission is to perform research that furthers the understanding and utility of the mind-body connection in treating back pain and other disorders, based on the seminal work of John Sarno, MD on "Tension Myositis Syndrome" (TMS). Implicit in this purpose is the task of educating both the medical profession and those suffering from TMS about this diagnosis and approach, via published research, lectures, seminars, and other means of communication.

Specific Goals

To assemble a team of individuals who can further the above goals (Foundation Coordinator (FC), Principal Investigator (PI), Research Assistant(s) (RA’s), Clerical and Legal Support) — this has been done.

Funding is primarily from Scott Seligman and family. We have had smaller donations from patients, former patients, and health care professionals with an interest in this area. The family has committed a substantial sum to this effort in the first two years. We are also seeking additional funding from successful patients and other sources including foundations, NIH, etc..

The foundation is an IRS non-profit foundation, Tax ID No. 01-0792167, based in Michigan but whose administrative and research activities are based in California and elsewhere.

Please note that the SMI terminated its funding of mind-body research late in 2007. This website is retained as a record of its accomplishments in this area.


David Schechter, MD --the Principal Investigator, and Arthur Smith, PhD-- the Foundation Coordinator.