On Sept. 25, 2012, the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine announced that world-renown researcher on mind-body interactions Esther Sternberg, MD has joined the Center as director of research. According to the release, Sternberg also joins the faculty of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), where she will establish and direct the Institute on Place and Well-Being.

Esther Sternberg, PhD to lead research at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

On Sept. 25, 2012, the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine announced that world-renown researcher on mind-body interactions Esther Sternberg, MD has joined the Center as director of research. According to the release, Sternberg also joins the faculty of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), where she will establish and direct the Institute on Place and Well-Being. Sternberg will relocate to Tucson with her research team and program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Center founder Andrew Weil, MD welcomed Sternberg: “We’re honored that a researcher of Dr. Sternberg’s caliber has decided to join us, and commit to important research on the integrative mind-body connection and practical applications. Her dedication will produce the science-based outcomes and cost-effectiveness research that will take the national health-care discussion to the next level.”

Comment: Sternberg is indeed quite a catch for the Center. Anyone who comes and brings barrels of money is! Weil’s comments on the “practical applications,” “outcomes” and “cost-effectiveness research” are intriguing, however. While this is what the field desperately needs, these are not areas of special strength in Sternberg’s past. He background is  compelling: chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health, Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH/NIH, and Co-Chair of the NIH Intramural Program on Research in Women’s Health. But there is not a lot of health services type experience here or in her CV. Perhaps the Center should re-enforce their connection with economist-researcher Patricia Herman, MS, ND, PhD who led the major cost-effectiveness review reported in this issue of the Round-up for some tutoring. Herman, who has a role in the Center’s most significant cost study, recently left University of Arizona for the RAND Corporation.

 

Acupuncture and ACCAHC leader Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD featured in Institute of Medicine Spotlight

In what may be a first for an individual principally associated with the so-called “CAM” disciplines, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has featured Elizabeth (Liza) Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA in special Spotlight portrait. Goldblatt is among the most influential leaders in the development of educational standards in acupuncture and Oriental medicine via various roles in the leadership of the Council of Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental MedicinE (CCAOM). Goldblatt was featured for her work as CCAOM’s representative to the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), which she chairs. ACCAHC is a sponsor of the IOM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Goldblatt’s comments in the Spotlight include this: “ACCAHC has identified the need to better educate students, faculty and practitioners to not merely be reactive and treat symptoms, but also to focus on helping people get healthy.”