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Brief Notes, Links and Personnel News

This section will be a semi-regular feature of the IBN&R. Please send your stories and information to me at

Personnel and Organizations

Barbara Findlay, RN, a long-time leader in integrated health care in Canada and former director of the unfortunately defunct but once influential Tzu Chi Institute is now working with the Samueli Institute for Information Biology in their optimal healing environments project ... Jacqueline M. Hooper, DrPH, MS, has taken the position of vice president for academics and research at Bastyr University . Hooper was previously dean of the college of allied health sciences at Ferris State University, in Michigan. In other Bastyr news, Treumann Katz, former CEO of Seattle' Children's Hospital and before that of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has joined the University's board of trustees following an awakening to natural health care following a personal health issue ... 

Reed Phillips, PhD, DC
Reed Phillips, PhD, DC
, is the first chair-person for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ACCAHC), a working group of
the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. ACCAHC's core membership is representatives of the councils of colleges and accrediting agencies of the five CAM disciplines with federally-recognized accrediting agencies: DC, ND, AOM, massage therapy and direct-entry midwifery. Phillips is the president of Southern California University of Health Sciences ...  The
Will Morris, LAc
National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care (NED) has named to itssteering committee Will Morris, LAc, president of the Academy of Oriental Medicine of Austin. Morris is also president of the American Association of Oriental Medicine. JoAnn "Joey" Tall, LAc, president of the Santa Barbara College of Acupuncture has joined the Values
JoAnn Tall, LAc
Working Group of the NED, a project led by holistic nursing leader Carla Mariano, RN, EdD ...

Clinical Services and Delivery

John Pan, MD
John Pan, MD
, founder of the integrative medicine program at George Washington University has developed a visual diagram which he calls the "Constellation of Healing and Disease" which he finds to be very useful in educating patients about the diverse contributions to their health. Part of his practice of patient-centered care is to have patients tell him which determinants that they would like to focus on in a given session. Pan is the co-chair of the Education Working Group of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine ...
Kaiser Northern California has purchased "a giant batch" of customImage labelled "successful surgery" mind-body CDs, according to a March 8, 2006 e-newsletter from the supplier company, Health Journeys. Editor Belleruth Naparstek thanks David Sobel, MD, for his vision 15 years ago in supporting this addition to care, and to the more recent work of Harley Goldberg, DO, the staff-model HMO's director of integrative medicine ...

Tabatha Parker, ND
, co-founder of Natural Doctors International shares with IBN&R that the organization's clinic on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua saw 1000 patients in its first year. The clinic is taking on its third naturopathic physician and will host groups of preceptors from National College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Bridgeport Program in Naturopathic Medicine
Tabatha Parker, ND, and Nicaraguan
this coming year ... An exceptional new force in integrated care on the acupuncture side is the introduction of clinical doctorate programs in a growing number of mainly West Coast AOM schools. Most of the schools are busy setting up clinical relationships with hospitals and other mainstream delivery sites as part of their responsibility to provide the hours their doctoral students need. For the conventional delivery center, this means that they have a chance to provide inexpensive or no-cost services, not by AOM students, but of licensed AOM professionals who are returning for the doctoral program. Jeanette Painovich,Image LAc, a doctoral student at Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, in Los Angeles, describes such a relationship, with Good Samaritan Hospital, in a recent issue of Acupuncture Today. The acupuncturists are onsite six days a week and reportedly well-integrated into the hospital's inpatient care delivery ...

Education and Resources

The Institute for Functional Medicine, founded by Jeffrey Bland, PhD,  has published its long-awaited Textbook of Functional Medicine. IFM's training is viewed as essential by a growingImage cadre of medical doctors, including several who came through the family-medicine/integrative medicine residency sponsored by New York Beth Israel. The volume, edited by Sheila Quinn, who is also chair of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, has over 800 pages, 37 chapters and 47 contributing authors across diverse disciplines (MD, ND, DC, DO, PhD). Quinn tells IBN&R that initial sales have been strong and IFM is moving to a second printing  ...  Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH, whose edited compendium Integrating Complementary Medicine into Health Systems, reports that the book has over $100,000 in sales since it was sold to Jones and Bartlet Publishing. She has recently completed a second book with David Rakel, MD, Complementary Medicine in Clinical Practice ... Pali Delevitt, founder of Global Medicine Education Foundation which was featured in IBN&R #1, notes that the 18 month program in Transformative Medicine is now scheduled to Imagestart October 8-15, 2006 at a new Colorado location. New faculty include Reed Phillips, PhD, DC for chiropractic and Holly Lucille, ND for naturopathic medicine ... The integrative medicine program at Mayo Clinic, headed up by Brent Bauer, MD, is providing its growing numbers of involved practitioners with access to the TV-linked IM presentations out of University of Texas/MD Anderson ...

Margaret Chesney, PhD
, of NCCAM is among those presenting at an April 27-29 conference sponsored by the UCSD School of Medicine entitled "Pain Management in Women Over the Lifecycle" ... 
Efforts to develop an optimal outcomes tool in integrative care is the subject of a new project noted in a recent edition on IN-CAM News Flash, the e-newsletter of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research. Contact person is Andrea Mulkins ( ) ...  According to program director Adi Haramati, PhD, the registration for the "North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine", which is scheduled for May 24-27 in Edmonton, is already over 500 ... Those interested in the challenges and opportunities from closer inter-professional collaboration will be interested in a session planned for the June conference co-sponsored by the American Holistic Nurses Association and the American Holistic Medical Association. Bill Benda, MD, will moderate a panel on inter-disciplinary relationships. Involved on the panel will by Carla Mariano, RN, EdD, AHNA president, Karen Lawson, MD, past president of the AHMA, and Jane Guiltinan, ND, president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ... 

Policy Developments

Brenna Hill, executive director of the American Association for Health Freedom has sent out notice that US Senator Tom Harkin will soon introduce the Access to Medical Treatment Act into the US Senate, a bill which would protect licensed practitioners who are using procedures and agents which are not FDA sanctioned but which are known to be safe and effective ... Reports of upcoming shortages of conventional physicians, estimated to be 85,000-240,000 depending on the report, are always noted by leaders of CAM disciplines, naturopathic physicians and chiropractors in particular, who believe their professions can help fill the need. Taking advantage of these resources is not among the solutions promoted by the American Association of Medical Colleges, however, in an article posted on Physicians' News Digest ... The NIH NCCAM has reported its funding strategy for FY 2006. The budget is flat, but still at an all-time high for CAM-IM research, at $120-million. The success rate for applicants for grants, at 17% in FY 2006, is expected to drop to 8% in FY 2006.

An intramural battle has erupted inside the massage field regarding the rights of states to use the profession's National Certification Exam as a basis for licensing, according to a March 21 release from the American Massage Therapy Association. The release was meant to reassure members of the validity of NCE-based licensing through citing a legal opinion from a firm retained by AMTA ... The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians has weighed in against what many perceive as a power-grab by pharmaceutical giant Wyeth against natural treatments. The issue is laden with paradox. First, Wyeth was a lead corporate sponsor for the recent The New Medicine PBS special. Second, the AANP is here supporting the FDA's powers, against the complaint. And third, the move by corporate giant Wyeth was filed as a Citizen Petition, which perhaps prompted the snowballing of other ironies ...

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