by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & ReportsIntegrative pediatrician Sunita Vorha, MD awarded 2013 $250,000 Dr. Rogers’ Prize  In a gala ceremony in Vancouver, B.C. on September 26, 2013, integrative pediatrician Sunita Vohra, MD, MSc won the

by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports

Integrative pediatrician Sunita Vorha, MD awarded 2013 $250,000 Dr. Rogers’ Prize 

In a gala ceremony in Vancouver, B.C. on September 26, 2013, integrative pediatrician Sunita Vohra, MD, MSc won the $250,000 Dr. Rogers’ Prize for excellence in complementary and alternative medicine. An account in the Vancouver Sun notes that Vorha, 42-years-old, started Canada’s first integrative pediatric program.  She presently directs the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education or CARE at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. After asking what she planned to do with the award funds, Vohra, a clinician-researcher, the Sun reported that she “didn’t have specific plans for the money other than she would use it to help get the kind of research she does out of books and into policy that makes changes in the world.” The Dr. Rogers’ Prize, awarded every two years, is named after a pioneering integrative medical doctor in British Columbia, Roger Rogers, MD. It is the largest prize of its kind in the world in complementary, alternative and integrative health and medicine.

Comment: Vohra’s response on her planned use is quite practical and down-to-earth and gives a little hint to what drives her. Her eye is on the real prize: translating what we are learning to shift practice toward better care. 

Integrative researcher-clinician Dugald Seely, ND chosen one of Ottawa’s Top 25 People

The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC) founder and executive director Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO has been selected as one of the Top 25 People in the Capital in 2013 by Ottawa Life “for his vision and leadership in starting the first integrative cancer care and research centre in central and eastern Canada.” Seely also serves as the director of research at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where this year he successfully had published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal the first positive article about outcomes of a whole person naturopathic protocol. OICC offers a whole person, integrative oncology approach.

Comment: Having not known the winner of the Dr. Rogers’ Prize, but with close familiarity with Seely’s remarkable trajectory and influence as a clinician-researcher (like the winner, Sunita Vorha, MD), I’d supported a nomination for Seely to win that prize.  Perhaps another year. While no prize money for this, quite an honor in Ottawa.