About Dr. Ginevra Liptan

Ginevra Liptan, M.D. is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, board-certified in internal medicine, and trained in functional medicine, a holistic approach that blends both western and alternative medicine. After developing fibromyalgia as a medical student, Dr. Liptan spent many years using herself as guinea pig to find successful treatments, and has fine-tuned her approach by treating thousands of patients.

She is one of the few clinical specialists in the world to focus solely on fibromyalgia, and directs The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Liptan is the author of The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your DoctorThe Fibro Food Formula: A Real-Life Approach to Fibromyalgia Relief, and Figuring out Fibromyalgia: Current Science and the Most Effective Treatments.

Curriculum vitae

               Founder and Medical Director of integrative private practice specializing in treatment of fibromyalgia

               Adjunct Assistant Professor in Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease

               Internal medicine provider in a multidisciplinary pain clinic

    Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Graduated January 2009, ABIM Certification August 2009

                M.D awarded May 2004

Presentations & Lectures

  • Transformative Care for Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia. Painweek Sept 2019

  • Managing fibromyalgia as a primary care provider. Lecture at School of Physician Assistant Studies Pacific University-College of Health Professions. January 2013, February 2014, January 2015, January 2016, January 2017, January 2019

  • Evidence-Based Treatment of Fibromyalgia. Oregon Society of Physician Assistants (OSPA) Fall CME October 2018

  • Fascia: A Missing Link in our Understanding of the Pathology of Fibromyalgia, New and alternative pain therapies to target both peripheral and central components of fibromyalgia pain, Effective manual therapies including myofascial release therapy for Fibromyalgia, Review of Pharmacologic Agents for Fibromyalgia. Lectures at Myopain Conference in Bangalore, India October 2017

  • Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Management- The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown. Oregon Medical Case Management Group, Providence Hospital September 2016

  • Cannabis for Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia Information Foundation Town Hall at OHSU July 2015

  • Prescribing Opiates for Fibromyalgia Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing FNP program, April 2013, April 2015

  • The Myofascial Web and Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia Information Foundation Annual Conference, April 2014

  • Coaching Your Patients to Better Health: A State-of-the-Art Fibromyalgia Intervention Series of live webcasts with MedEdRules LLC December 2012

  • Evidence-Based Treatment of Fibromyalgia Lecture at the Oregon Society of Physican’s Assistants Fall CME conference November 2012

  • Myofascial Release Therapy Compared to Massage in Reducing Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Platform Presentation at Third International Fascia Research Congress. March 2012

  • Fibromyalgia: A Multi-disciplinary Approach Annual Clinical Meeting of the Pain Society of Oregon and the Western Pain Society, September 2011

  • How Exercise Can Relieve the Discomfort of Fibromyalgia LA Times Live Web Chat, May 2011

  • A Comprehensive Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia in the Primary Care Setting CME sponsored by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, February 2011

  • Perspectives in Fibromyalgia: Expert Panel Roundtable CME video for physician education sponsored by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, November 2010

  • Is Fascia the Source of Pain in Fibromyalgia? Eighth International Meeting of the Myopain Society in Spain, October 2010


2011 Recipient of OHSU Gerlinger Foundation Research Award to support study “Efficacy of myofascial release therapy in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia.”

Research Publications

Chee Lee, Ginevra Liptan, Svetlana Kantorovich, Maneesh Sharma and Ashley Brenton. Association of Catechol-O- methyltransferase single nucleotide polymorphisms, ethnicity, and sex in a large cohort of fibromyalgia patients. BMC Rheumatology (2018) 2:38

Liptan, GL, Mist, S, Wright, C, Arzt A, Jones KD. A pilot study of myofascial release therapy compared to Swedish massage in Fibromyalgia. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.11.010. Epub 2013 Jan 3.

Jones KD, Kindler LL, Liptan GL. Self-Management in Fibromyalgia. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine, July 2012, 3(1). 59-68.

Liptan, GL. Fascia: A missing link in our understanding of the pathology of fibromyalgia.  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2010 Jan;14(1):3-12

Jones KD, Liptan GL. Exercise interventions in fibromyalgia: Clinical applications from the evidence. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America 2009 35(2):373-91