Robert Abbott

MD, Co-Author of the FFMR

Rob Abbott, M.D., is the medical director for Resilient Roots: Functional and Evolutionary Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed his family medicine internship with VCU-Shenandoah Valley and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and is a Kresser Institute ADAPT Level 1 clinician and an AIP-Certified Coach. He is the medical advisor at Autoimmune Wellness, conducting collaborative research with founders Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott. He approaches medicine from an evolutionary and functional perspective and practices what he calls “spiritually focused and evolutionarily informed functional medicine.” 


  • University of Virginia, MD
  • College of William and Mary, BS Chemistry


  • Family Medicine Doctor, VCU–Shenandoah Valley
  • Functional medicine training, Kresser Institute and Institute of Functional Medicine



  • Abbott, R. D. (2022). The breaking of our healers: Becoming the doctor I never planned to be. Turning Stone Press.
  • Abbott, R. D., Sherwin, K., Klopf, H., Mattingly, H. J., & Brogan, K. (2020). Efficacy of a multimodal online lifestyle intervention for depressive symptoms and quality of life in individuals with a history of major depressive disorder. Cureus, 12(7), e9061. doi:10.7759/cureus.9061
  • Abbott, R. D., Sadowski, A., & Alt, A. G. (2019). Efficacy of the autoimmune protocol diet as part of a multi-disciplinary, supported lifestyle intervention for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Cureus, 11(4), e4556. doi:10.7759/cureus.4556
  • Abbott, R. D. (no date). The ultimate functional and integrative medicine education resource

Areas of special interest: Autoimmune disease, cancer, GI disorders, complex illness

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