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People: Leadershiip Changes in Complementary and Integrative Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

People: Leadership Changes in Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Summary: Co-founder of Bastyr University and the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, Sheila Quinn, is in transition ... Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine announces key leadership roles ... John Weeks, a.k.a. "Yours Truly" appointed to national advisory board of the Corporate Health Improvement Program ... Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Lise Alshuler, ND, elected president of the AANP ... Beth Sommers, MPH, LAc, DSc in leadership roles with the American Public Health Association's CAM exploration plus more ...
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Sheila Quinn
1.   Quinn Leaves IFM, Exploring New Options

Sheila Quinn, formerly senior editor and head, publications department for the Institute of Functional Medicine, has resigned her position there to "take a few months of relaxation." Quinn, a co-founder of Bastyr University and of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, which she chairs, explained her decision: "I began working more than 50 years ago and felt the need for a moment to refocus my attention on what I'd like most like to do in the years to come. I'll be
looking around for challenging and exciting professional work after the new year." Quinn, whose resume also includes a stint as executive director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, was recently tapped by Jeanne Drisko, MD to support development of integrative medicine curriculum for the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For IFM, Quinn's responsibilities included editing and managing the publication of the widely-acclaimed Textbook of Functional Medicine. She can be contacted at .

Image2.    Conventional Academic Consortium Names New Committee Chairs

The Integrator previously reported that Victor Sierpina, MD and Adam Perlman, MD, MPH have taken over as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM).The consortium also named the following to leadership positions:

  • Clinical Working Group Co-Chairs: Andy Heyman, MD, MHSA, University of Michigan and Jillian Capodice, LAc, MS, Columbia
  • Education Working Group: Mary P. Guerrera, MD, FAAFP, University of Connecticut and Ron Glick, MD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Research Working Group Co-chairs: Susan Gould Fogerite, PhD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Laurie Lachance, PhD, University of Michigan

The consortium now has 40 member academic health centers in the United States and Canada. Capodice's role as a CAHCIM working group co-chair is a first for a member of the licensed complementary and alternative healthcare professions, once again signaling that organization's openness to no-MD participation.

Weeks, alas, in full sabbatical health ...
3.    Weeks Appointed to Corporate Health Improvement Program National Advisory Board

The Corporate Health Improvement Program, founded by Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD (hc) is undeniably the leader in forging integrative medicine explorations among large employers. (See related Integrator article "Pelletier-Weil Program Has Major Employers Exploring Integrative Medicine Approaches," September 13, 2006.) I am very happy to report that Pelletier recently asked me to join CHIP's very fine National Advisory Board. Pelletier explains:
"Developing integrative medicine interventions in worksites demands an understanding of the larger social, cultural, and political environment in which private corporations operate. Through the Integrator and his other professional activities, John Weeks provides this unique perspective and that is why we have invited him to participate in the National Advisory Board of the Corporate Health Improvement Program and we are looking forward to working together."

: Ditto, Ken! This is a particularly pleasing appointment as a focus of my work in 2008 will be on stimulating understanding and value-creation between employers and the CAM/IM communities. More on this soon ...

Beth Sommers, MPH, LAc, DSc (Cand.)
4.    Sommers Co-Chairs Public Health CAM/IM Group, Invites New Members

Elizabeth Sommers, MPH, LAc, DSc (cand.) has been named one of the co-chairs of the Alternative and Complementary Healthcare Practices (ACHP) group of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and also edits the group's e-newsletter. Sommers, research director for Pathways to Wellness/AIDS Care Project, told the Integrator that the group is "recruiting members." According to an independent source, one possible direction for the ACHP group is to seek to gain status as a formal special interest group within APHA. Sommers co-chair is Richard Harvey, PhD Sommers can be reached through

AANP presidenrt, oncology
Lise Alschuler, ND
5.    CTCA's
Alschuler Elected President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Lise Alshuler, ND, the director of naturopathic medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Midwestern Regional Center has been elected president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Alschuler, whose undergraduate work was in medical anthropology at Brown University, is also on the boards of two naturopathic oncology organizations. She co-authored Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing (Celestial Arts Press, 2007)

6.    Others, briefly noted ...

Attorney and author Michael H. Cohen, JD, MA, has had his appointment at the
Harvard School of Public Health approved for another term, where he'll teach his course on Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Health Law & Policy  ... Henri Roca, MD, has been lured north from New Orleans to take the lead integrative medicine position at Greenwich Hospital, serving some of the nation's wealthiest and most influential clientele ...   Martha O'Connor was recently selected to serve as the execu5tive director of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. O'Connor recently held a similar position with the Council on Chiropractic Education ... Carl S. Cleveland, III, DC is the new president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges ...  Chuck Simpson, DC, vice president with Complementary Healthcare Plans was tapped by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to advise a new "Treatment Improvement protocol" publication which will be titled Management of Chronic Pain in People with Substance Abuse Disorders.

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