Healthcare professional resource featuring the most recent developments in Integrative Healthcare policy, research, education and news, courtesy of John Weeks, Integrator Blog, People, March 2012 edition.

Kara Kelly, MD elected to presidency of Society for Integrative Oncology 

Kara Kelly, MD is the new president of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Kelly is medical director of the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at the Herbert Irving Child & Adolescent Oncology Center.  Kelly also chairs both the integrative oncology committee and the Hodgkin lymphoma committees for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). She is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and author or co-author of over 100 articles and medical abstracts. According to an SIO newsletter, Kelly’s research in integrative oncology has “focused primarily on symptom management during cancer therapy.”

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD honored as Chiropractor of the Year 

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, was honored by the American Chiropractic Association as their chiropractor of the year. Integrator adviser Goertz presently serves as the sole licensed integrative practitioner on the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. A decade ago, Goertz held a similarly pioneering position as the first licensed “CAM” professional to be hired by the National Institutes of Health as a program officer. Goertz day job is as vice-chancellor for research and policy at Palmer College.

Botanical resource from Roy Upton and the American Herbalist Pharmacopoeia honored by the American Botanical Council 

In a February 28, 2012 release, the American Botanical Council (ABC) announced that the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia’s (AHP) Botanical Pharmacognosy: Microscopic Characterization of Botanical Medicines (CRC Press, 2011), has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of ABC’s James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award in the reference and technical book category. The book’s production was led by senior editor Roy Upton, RH, DAyu, executive director of AHP. Upton was supported by an international group of editors in developing Botanical Pharmacognosy, the introduction to which is available for download here.

Daniel Redwood, DC begins new health policy blog 

Daniel Redwood, DC, considered “a gifted translator of complex ideas,” has initiated a health policy blog as Redwood HealthSpeak: Health Policy Perspectives. Redwood has held a series of roles as a go-between between his profession and other health policy players. His site boast testimonials, for instance, from James Gordon., MD and Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD. Redwood remains as editor-in-chief of Health Insights Today, a publication of Cleveland Chiropractic College where Redwood is a member of the faculty. Redwood was a co-editor of the recent report from the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium based on the September 2010 multidisciplinary conference of integrative health leaders called The Affordable Care Act and Beyond: A Stakeholder Conference on Integrated Healthcare Reform.