This year’s Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) will present awards to two individuals who have profoundly shaped integrative healthcare.  

This year’s Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) will present awards to two individuals who have profoundly shaped integrative healthcare. IHS will present the Scientific Achievement Award to Jeffrey Bland, PhD, and the Visionary Leadership Award to Donna Karan.

The Scientific Achievement Award recognizes a leader in integrative healthcare who has made significant contributions to integrative and functional medicine research. Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Chief Science Officer for Metagenics and President of MetaProteomics, has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 30 years. Dr. Bland founded HealthComm International, Inc. in 1984, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until the merger with its strategic partner, Metagenics, in 2000. As the principal visionary of HealthComm, Dr. Bland had already distinguished the company as a leader in the development of medical foods by the time of the merger. In 1992, he established the internationally respected Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) to train health practitioners globally in the application of nutritional and functional medicine. 

Over the years, Dr. Bland has lectured on nutritional and functional medicine to over 100,000 doctors in more than 50 countries. His books and articles have been published in more than 25 languages, and he has been integral to the initiation of many of the institutions and organizations that now form the framework of this medicine.

The Visionary Leadership Award honors a non-medical leader in integrative healthcare. Donna Karan created the Urban Zen Foundation,, after her husband passed away from terminal cancer, with the purpose of balancing both the science of the West with the ancient healing powers of the East. Urban Zen hosted its first Well-Being Initiative Conference in 2007, with top thought leaders and patients from the medical integrative medicine community.  The Foundation designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define creative solutions and implement initiatives and action for serious healthcare problems. 

In 2008, Urban Zen Foundation teamed up with Manhattan hospital Beth Israel Medical Center to combine Eastern and Western healing methods to treat cancer patients. The Karan-Beth Israel project will turn the hospital’s cancer treatment floor into a year-long experiment in using yoga, meditation and aromatherapy to enhance traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatments to combat cancer.

Presentation of the awards will take place at the Symposium at New York’s Hilton Hotel. On February 20th, 10:00-10:30 am, Conference Chair Dr. Woodson Merrell and Mark Hyman, MD will present the award to Dr. Bland and on February 21, Dr. Merrell with Frank Lipman, MD will present the award to Ms. Karan. Symposium registration is required for attending.