November 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up covering the topics of:  Policy, Business, Integrative Centers, Academics, Natural Products, Professions, and People.

Adi Haramati, PhD, awarded the first Bravewell Distinguished Service Award by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

Aviad (Adi) Haramati, PhD, integrative medicine leader at Georgetown University has been selected by his colleagues in the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine as the first recipient of the Bravewell Distinguished Service Award. Haramati was honored for demonstrating exemplary efforts for the Consortium during 2012, particularly in respect to two Congresses, the May International Research Congress on Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Portland and the October International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. The award was announced October 22, 2012 at a dinner in which the Consortium honored the Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists for integrative medicine for their dozen years of work in co-birthing and supporting the Consortium’s growth. Haramati was CAHCIM’s founding vice chair. The recently concluded ICECIM, co-sponsored by CAHCIM, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative health Care and Georgetown University, while born out of a history of collaborations, was largely Haramati’s brainchild.

Comment: The Consortium’s first Distinguished Service award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person. In the story I tell about the founding of the Consortium, it is Haramati, as vice chair, who was the principal organizer. The founding chair, the exceptional integrative medicine leader at Maryland Brian Berman, MD, provided the necessary MD at the top of the bill. But it was Haramati, working closely with Berman as he was, in the trenches, doing much of the people work, organizing, pulling all of those (mainly) academic medical doctors into form. Nice choice for CAHCIM! Side note: An article from Georgetown Medical Center on the ICECIM conference is here.


Naturopathic physician Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH takes second key integrative medicine position

Naturopathic physicians and researcher Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH recently completed a term on one key board of an organization led by integrative medical doctors and has assumed a position on another. Zick served a three year term as co-chair of the Research Working Group of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), the organization of 51 medical schools. Now, according a recent notice from the Society for Integrative Oncology, Zick was elected to that organization’s executive board. Notably, Zick does this work from her position as associate research professor at the University of Michigan Health System in a state that has no license for naturopathic physicians.

Comment: Zick and her fellow member of the SIO executive board, Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, is among a handful of non-MDs who have risen into the ranks of leadership of MD-led integrative medicine organizations. A third is Ather Ali, ND, MPH, an associate research scientist at Yale School of Medicine Integrative and formerly Zick’s co-chair of the CAHCIM Research Working Group. Ali was recently selected to serve on CAHCIM’s executive committee. This evidence of openness at the top end of these organizations speaks well of the evolving interprofessional nature of the integrative medicine movement. 


Stanford Integrative Medicine director David Spiegel, MD, elected to the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences has announced that David Spiegel, MD, the medical director for integrative medicine a Stanford University, has been elected to the IOM. Spiegel, who is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, is known for his research work with stress and with complementary approaches for cancer treatment. Among the trials he currently has underway or in development are two regarding mindfulness and another for acupuncture for patients with sleep disruption.

Comment: This short piece was going to begin with a note that no one associated with integrative medicine appears to have been selected to receive a Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leaders for a Healthier America from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I was then going to follow with a similar note about the IOM elections, having briefly scanned the new IOM list. On re-checking my scan, I spotted Spiegel and changed the headline. Congratulations Dr. Spiegel! Has anyone else with such a professional title associated with integrative medicine been elected to the IOM before? Now, how many young leaders in integrative medicine submitted, or had submitted, their experience for consideration by RWJF? Notably, the organization that administers the award, the Institute for Alternative Futures, has a long history of connection with complementary and integrative medicine initiatives. Be good for the community to be submitting names in the coming year.