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Brief Notes: Personnel Moves, Employment Opportunities, Business Shorts

Summary:  Scherwitz to AIBMR Life Sciences, Kohatsu to culinary school sabbatical, Callahan now Bastyr VP, SBCOM to shut its doors after 25 years, Zablocki to edit Great Boards newsletter, changes in IFM board leadership, jobs at Marino and Boston University, NPIcenter purchased, Community Acupuncture Network draws strong group to first meeting, CAM EXPO a bust on turnout, and more ...

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Larry Scherwitz, PhD
Larry Scherwitz, PhD
, has relocated from Marin County to the Puget Sound area to take a position as director of clinical sciences at AIBMR Life Sciences.
At AIBMR Life Sciences, Scherwitz' responsibilities include protocol development and monitoring of all clinical trials and pharmacokinetic studies commissioned by the company. Scherwitz was co-principal investigator with Dean Ornish, MD on his on lifestyle-change research. His spouse, nutritionist and author (and also a former part of the Ornish team) Deborah Kesten, MPH joins Scherwitz in the move ...

Wendy Kohatsu, MD
Wendy Kohatsu, MD
, an assistant professor and co-director of the Integrative Family medicine fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University is on sabbatical through June 2007 to
enter a culinary institute  and further interest in and research on food and nutrition. Her plan, as a physician-chef, is to "cook with, educate, and inspire people to eat healthier, to use food as medicine, and to savor life." Kohatsu, author of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets, was in the first residential fellowship class at Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

ImageTim Callahan, PhD, former head of the office of research integrity at Bastyr University has been named to a broader position as vice president for research and collaboration ... Jeff Bland, PhD, has stepped down as chair of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, which he founded. He is passing on the reins to long-time IFM associate and his colleague of 30 years, Joseph Pizzorno, ND ...  Joann "Joey" Tall, LAc has notified the community associated with Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, which Tall founded, that the college is closing after 25 years of operation. The reason was a "rapid decline in finance" associated with poor 2006 admissions, the high cost of living in Santa Barbara which exacerbated and a "nationwide trend of lower admissions in most acupuncture colleges, especially California." The SBCOM website  features a bittersweet slide show of some of the many souls touched by the school ... 

Healthcare journalist Zablocki
Healthcare journalist Elaine Zablocki, has just been named editor of the Great Boards newsletter, which targets hospital and health system leadership. Zablocki, former editor of Alternative Medicine Business News and the CHRF News Files believes that the newsletter may be of value to Integrator readers. She notes her recent article on community benefits which she calls
"a hot topic as congressional leaders question whether not-for-profit hospitals offer enough community service to justify their tax exemptions." With Zablocki as editor, the Great Boards quarterly, offered free to subscribers through the Bader & Associates hospital consulting firm, can be expected to be good source of news and trends in the broader healthcare arena ...

Positions Avaliable

ImageThe Marino Foundation for Integrative Medicine is seeking a new medical director for the pioneering Boston integrative medicine initiative which operates the two clinic Marino Center for Progressive Health, in Cambridge and Wellesley, Massachusetts. Contact Robert DeNoble, CEO, through the Marino website. A note to the Integrator from DeNoble
states that Marino currently has 80 staff and employees. They project their operating revenue to reach about $8-million for 2006 with growth expected in the future. New centers may be added. DeNoble notes that the not-for-profit is "solidly in the black for the ten month period ending October 31, 2006." (Congrats to Pugh and DeNoble for moving Marino into the black!)

In other Boston-area news, the most recent issue of the IN-CAM newsletter announced that the Boston University Department of Family and Community Medicine is "trying to incorporate an integrative approach and has announced the opening of several new positions." For more information on individual positions, please see BOSTON_FALL2006 and/or contact Robert Saper, MD, MPH at

Business News

David Tallman, DC, ND, and Razi Berry Tallman, the publisher and editor team for Naturopathic Doctors News and Review (NDNR), report that their monthly newsletter is thriving. The hard copy periodical has become a key vehicle for clinical communication for the nation's licensed naturopathic physicians. Doni Wilson, ND, credited NDNR for "creating a forum in which naturopathic thought can flourish" when she announced that the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians named NDNR as that association's corporate sponsor of the year. NDNR began publication in 2005. Non-NDs who wish to have an insight into ND and integrative clinical thinking can subscribe ...

ImageThe Natural and Nutitional Products Industry Center, or NPIcenter, was recently purchased by New Hope Communications, the industry media giant which is responsible for the Natural Foods EXPO and numerous publications. The NPIcenter describes itself as "the leading global online information resource for professionals in the Nutraceutical, nutritional, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and food industries." The site claims to have in excess of 6,000 business viewers each day. The NPIcenters states that its e-newsletter programs reach an additional 15,000 professionals each week ...

Community Acupuncture Network logo
The Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) drew 40 acupuncturists from 22 states to their first networking meeting, in October. The group is promoting a business model for acupuncture which is attempting to create business for underutilized licvensed acupuncturists while at the same time providing care to members of the middle class and working class who cannot afford cash treatments. According to co-founder Lisa Rohleder, LAc, CAN has a waiting list of over 60 other acupuncturists interested in exploring the revolutionary business model which focuses on delivering care in group settings, as was frequently the case with traditional Chinese medicine. The model will be the subject of an upcoming Integrator story. 

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