Integrative medicine leader Tracy Gaudet, MD selected as one of Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare When Modern Healthcare published it’s annual list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare on April 18, 2011, integrative medicine leader Tracy

Integrative medicine leader Tracy Gaudet, MD selected as one of Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare

When Modern Healthcare published it’s annual list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare on April 18, 2011, integrative medicine leader Tracy Gaudet, MD, was on the list. Back in 1996, Gaudet helped create what is now the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She then directed the Duke integrative medicine program. The post that certainly earned her Modern Healthcare’s recognition is her present one. Gaudet heads the new Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation for the Veteran’s Administration. The award is funded through the Furst Group. Gaudet was one of 18 women selected in 2011 for the first time.  

Comment: Here is a fun sequence about community and happenstance and intention that was linked to Gaudet’s selection, if not actually causal. Step 1: While interviewing Bravewell philanthropist Ruth Westreich for this Integrator article, Westreich told me of Gaudet’s VA appointment. Step 2: I subsequently wrote Gaudet’s position up in the February 2011 Integrator Round-up. Step 3: Within a week, I heard of Modern Healthcare’s call for nominees and quickly but informally nominated Gaudet by sending in my Integrator brief on her to the magazine. Step 4: I suggested to a longtime colleague, Bonnie Horrigan, communications director for the Bravewell Collaborative, with whom I was in contact on another matter that they, or Duke, might formally nominate Gaudet. Besides, the Duke program has been substantially funded by Christy Mack, the current Bravewell president. Step 6: Either before or after my note, what was probably a much more impactful nomination went in.

Why these steps, other than to bask in maybe having had a hand in this naming? Those who know the actual Rosa Parks story will see a parallel. As author Paul Loeb related in Soul of a Citzen, more than a personal, momentary whim from some nice black lady led to Rosa Parks’ action on that bus, that day. Parks had spent 12 years working on civil rights with the local NAACP chapter. She was working within a community of activists. Just so, Gaudet’s recognition as one of the Top 25 speaks to the influence of a community of interests (that, for instance, sometimes read the Integrator). The honor of course also speaks to the contributions of Gaudet, which have been many.    

John Weeks awarded honorary doctorate from National University of Health Sciences
At the April 21, 2011 graduation ceremonies of the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), president James Winterstein, DC and the NUHS Board of Trustees granted Integrator publish-editor John Weeks “the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, LL.D. (honoris causa).” The ceremony followed a commencement talk Weeks delivered for the graduating chiropractic, naturopathic and acupuncture and Oriental medicine students. Weeks was recognized for his work with the Integrator and with other media. He was also cited as an organizer and director of the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care and of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. NUHS’s summary citation called Weeks “a key individual in the movement of the integration of alternative and complementary medicine with allopathic and osteopathic medicine.” Alignment of interest note: The honoree is related to the present writer.  

Comment: This award of this degree was a wonderful surprise, following the prior honor of delivering the NUHS commencement speech. There are times one wants to immediately send off a missive to one’s parents, then recalls that they are deceased. While that was not possible, I had it one better. The date of the graduation fell during vacation for my 15-year-old daughter, Roz and she’d accompanied me to explore Chicago the next two days. NUHS included Roz in the ceremony by calling her onto the stage and presenting her with a bouquet of flowers. Very nice. Of course, with reference to my comment on Gaudet, above, and my cited work as an organizer and director, it was also a community that made this possible.


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