John Weeks July 2013 Integrator Round-up covering the topics of Integrative health care policy, research and publications, integrative practice, academic medicine, professions, natural products, conferences, people


Michael Smith, PharmD, ND joins Samueli Institute team as Senior Fellow

The Samueli Institute announced on June 17, 2013 that it has engaged Michael Smith, BPharm, ND, as a Senior Fellow for Integrative Medicine. Smith, a global leader in natural product regulation, will focus his work for Samueli Institute on international projects as well as research dealing with the regulation, use and policy development of dietary supplements and natural health products. Smith’s training as both pharmacist and a naturopathic doctor has led to top regulatory positions for natural products in both Canada and Australia. He has been closely associated with World Health Organization efforts relative to traditional and complementary medicines since 2008, He is currently one of three retained advisers to the W.H.O.s updated Global Strategy for Traditional and Complementary Medicines expected in 2014. Smith will work from his office in Toronto, Canada and is expected to collaborate closely with the Institute’s CEO Wayne Jonas, MD and David Eisenberg, MD, Samueli Institute Executive Vice President for Health, Research and Education.

Comment: Smith has carved a remarkable niche via a refined combination of skills in network building, comfort in the language of conventional and integrative health care, plus a proficiency around governmental regulation and policy development, especially related to dietary supplements. He’s also been a unique bridge-builder and breaker of glass ceilings for the naturopathic profession. I’ve had a chance to observe him closely though work I have been honored to participate in with the W.H.O. Smith is a smart hire for the Samueli Institute. Curious to see the work product that will come from this relationship.



Integrative medicine researcher Heather Boon, PhD appointed interim dean in Toronto pharmacy department

Canadian integrative health researcher Heather Boon (BScPhm, PhD) has been named Interim Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto according to a newsletter from the Canadian research organization IN-CAM for which Boon serves as co-director and co-founder. Boon has led some of the most significant explorations of what we mean by integrative and integrated practices. She is health services researcher whose interests also include why and how patients use complementary and alternative medicine, natural health products issues, and policy and regulatory matters related to complementary and integrative medicine products and practitioners. Boon has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on complementary/alternative medicine and is co-author of the textbook, A Complete Natural Medicine Guide to the 55 Most Common Herbs (2nd Edition).



Joe Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC selected as 6th president of National University of Health Sciences

On June 22, 2013, National University of Health Sciences welcomed its sixth president, Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC.  Stiefel, a graduate of NUHS, has held an array of leadership positions at the university over the past decade. Stiefel’s background includes work in engineering at General Motors, a position in a biotech firm, and study of classic cultures, all prior to entering the chiropractic medicine field in 2001. He most recently headed up NUHS’ Florida campus. NUHS is the only institution in the U.S. that educates chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and massage therapists. Stiefel succeeds Jim Winterstein, DC, under whose direction NUHS expanded from it 100 year-old leadership in chiropractic education to a multidisciplinary institution dedicated to fostering better integration of diverse disciplines in patient care.

: Integrator readers will know Winterstein for his direct and sometimes biting commentary published here from time to time. Here’s hoping that in retirement he’ll hammer the keyboard from time to time in response to something here. Meantime, congratulations Dr. Stiefel.