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Brief Notes: Personnel, Health Systems, Educators

Summary: Reed Phillips, PhD, DC to leave presidency of SCUHS ... Not-for-profit network and resource for integrative clinics begins under the direction of Beth Rosenthal, MPH, MBA, PhD ...  Linda Rapuano updates integrated care work at St. Vincents, NYC ... Richard Materson, MD chairs board of Institute for Religion and Health in Houston ... Mitch Haas, DC, MPH honored for both public health and research work ... Russ Greenfield, MD, takes break after 5.5 years at Carolinas Health ... Jeff Bland, PhD, looks at life after shifting from his Metagenics presidency and role as Institute of Functional Medicine chair to other roles with Metagenics, plus ...
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Phillips, leaving SCUHS presidency
Reed Phillips, PhD, DC
, has chosen to step down from his position as president of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS). Phillips forged a university profile for the former LA College of Chiropractic when he brought in an acupuncture and Oriental medicine program.
While serving as SCUHS' president, Phillips' leadership in opening cross-disciplinary relationships for chiropractic has been manifest as chair of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care and as chair of the advisory board to the program on chiropractic care for the US Veterans' Administration. SCUHS has appointed a search team. Phillips told colleagues and friends in an internal note that he plans to "renew my scholarly interests in research, teaching and writing."

Rapuano, advances at St. Vincent
Linda Rapuano, a developer of an acupuncture integration program in the rehab department at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan reports that "this program's been 3 years in the making but it's a fully integrated model and a great success." She adds that the program "will be rolling out to three other departments in the next two months."  Rapuano, a former marketing executive who was part of the original Sesame Street team, developed the services as part of a project with the Chinese Medical Science Foundation (CMSF), a 501c3 organization dedicated to expanding research, education and training programs in Chinese medicine. With CMSF, Rapuano created an Acupuncture Fellowship Program through which the services, which follow medical guidelines, are administered. The program is offered free, but to hospital and physician-referred patients only. Rapuano is also working with a New Jersey hospital to develop a similarly fellowship-based program.

Rosenthal, networking integrative centers
Beth Rosenthal, MBA, MPH, PhD
reports to the Integrator that her new, not-for-profit venture, Healing Centers United
is "moving forward, people are finding out about us, and healing centers are beginning to list themselves in our directory." Rosenthal says that HCU's mission is to support two audiences: people looking for integrative healing centers, and the healing centers themselves." Her goal is to "help healing centers find the information and resources they need for the business side of their practices." HCU is organized as a 501c3 charitable organization.

Haas, awards in research and public health
Mitch Haas, DC, MPH
has taken on two key public health roles amidst his growing research portfolio. Haas became president of the Oregon Public Health Association this year while also serving on the governing council for on the American Public Health Association which granted him a service award at the fall AHPA meeting. Haas' research work - he recently received his third NIH grant - led to a "researcher of the year" award from the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. In a holiday note to friends and colleagues, Haas shares, tongue well into cheek, that he "scrupulously avoids early onset of stress deficiency disorder (SDD)."

Greenfield and family
Russell Greenfield, MD
has recently resigned after five years directing IM for Carolinas Integrative Health. Greenfield told the Integrator that a part of his reason for moving on is that, while "we have a wonderful clinic and the job is great but it is not what I came here to do, which was to help expand integrative medicine into the hospital and into (the system's) other clinics.
After 5 and 1/2 years in a job that has been an incredible privilege - working here and with some fine people - we're not well integrated into the rest of the system and it doesn't look like that will change any time soon." Greenfield, who was in the first class of residents at the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, is taking a short break and looking at options. Carolinas is looking for a new physician to fill the largely clinical position. Greenfield says that for anyone looking for such a position with "a supportive administration (and how many people can say that), it's a very good job."

Ellen Rudolf, has left the presidency of Yo San University where she helped forge and then manage relationships with the UCLA School of Medicine-affiliated Venice Family Clinic (VFC). A Yo San newsletter from last year includes pithy accounts from three of Yo San's senior students on their experience in the integrated care environment of VFC. VFC's integrated pain clinic, which includes chiropractic care, and osteopathy as well as conventional care and acupuncture, is led MDs are Mary Hardy, MD and Myles Spar, MD, MPH. (Spar, on a side note, is a board member of Doctors without Borders and is enteringthe associate fellowship program in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona as a Bravewell scholar, according to Hardy.)

Bland, double transition
One of the true pioneers in natural and functional medicine, Jeff Bland, PhD, is in a double-transition, professionally. He has chosen to leave his position as president of Laguna Hills, California-based Metagenics and also step down from his position as the chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Gig Harbor, Washington. Bland will hand over the leadership of IFM to IFM board-member, and 30-year Bland colleague Joseph Pizzorno, ND. In an informal conversation, Bland noted interest in continuing to work with Metagenics but in a more strategic capacity as the company advances internationally. The Integrator has learned from Metagenics' president and founder Jeff Katke that Bland will not only continue to serve as chief science officer "with full responsibility for our 35 person research and development operation" but will also serve as Metagenics' vice-chair of the board of directors. As chief science officer, Bland's team will, according to Katke,
"focus their attention on their ground breaking discovery of Selective Kinase Response Modulators (SKRMs) which hold great promise for the management of chronic disease." (SKRMs are believed to be useful regarding certain mechanisms of chronic disease such as insulin function and the inflammation process.) Bland will also continue, for the 24th year, to offer his nationwide seminar series. Metagenics, a professional-line supplement company, has grown to be a roughly $200-million business in recent years.

Materson, chairing religion and health institute
Richard Materson, MD
, former head of holistic care for Memorial Hermann Health Care in Houston, Texas, where he worked closely with Mary Helen Morosco, RN, is currently serving as chair of the board of trustees for the Institute for Religion and Health (IRH). The Institute, associated with the Texas Medical Center,
has as its mission to "support the development and implementation of activities intended to enhance compassionate medical care that recognizes the importance of spirituality and religious perspectives." Materson has climbed back from a personal health challenge in 2002 in which "holistic medicine played a major role in my recovery." He notes that the Memorial Hermann program has not recently been as strongly supported at the executive level of the health system as it was when he and Morosko began working together.

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