Meet the speakers and presenters from the summer IM course, MED 180: Introduction to Integrative Medicine
Michael S. Goldstein, PhD, is Professor of Public Health (Community Health Sciences) and Sociology. He received his doctorate from Brown University and has conducted research on a wide array of topics dealing with the behavior of people with chronic illness. He is Co-Principal Investigator and Program Director of CHIS-CAM, the NCI funded follow-up study to California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) 2001 that examines the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among California adults, particularly those with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Goldstein has published prominent papers in CAM research and two books that seek to understand changes in the way people seek to prevent and respond to serious illnesses, like cancer, as part of broader social and cultural changes in American society. At UCLA, he teaches graduate-level courses on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Self-Help and Self-Care. Dr. Goldstein serves as a steering committee member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine and is the past chair of the UCLA academic senate.
Dr. Mary Hardy, board certified in internal medicine and a specialist in botanical and integrative medicine, has actively combined complementary and alternative therapies with traditional Western medicine for over twenty years in both her clinical practice and research projects. In 1998, she founded the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Cedars-Sinai and more recently, participated in a NCCAM funded research project that evaluated the barriers and facilitators of Integrative Medicine practice based on her clinic. She was also the co-principle investigator in a number of systematic reviews of CAM topics conducted in the Evidence Based Practice Center at RAND. Subsequently, she served for two and half years as the Associate Director of the UCLA Botanical Research Center, funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements. Currently, Dr. Hardy is the Medical Director of the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. This program serves the psychosocial and integrative medicine needs of patients and their families throughout the spectrum of cancer care. She has recently served as the Co-director of the Integrative Medicine Health and Wellness Program at the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States. A successful multi-disciplinary clinical program for the management of chronic pain has been established as a result of this project.
Ms. Hollister is a certified T’ai Chi Chih instructor, having been accredited by Justin Stone, the originator of T’ai Chi Chih, in June, 1999. She is also certified to teach Seijaku, a more advanced form of T’ai Chi Chih. Ms. Hollister has taught T’ai Chi Chih through local recreation departments, assisted living facilities and in private classes. She is currently teaching T’ai Chi Chih in research studies being conducted by UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology within the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior.
Ka-Kit Hui (Lead Instructor of MED180)
Ka-Kit Hui, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine and Founder and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine at the Department of Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is also the Chair of the Collaborative Centers of Integrative Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hui, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, is an internationally acclaimed scholar and board-certified in Internal Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology, with an expertise in Geriatrics. He is a recognized authority on Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine and is bi-lingual in Chinese and English. Dr. Hui founded the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine in 1993, and it was one of the first integrative medicine centers in the United States. He has developed a model system of comprehensive care that is a patient-centered, problem-solving approach emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, and is safe, effective, affordable and accessible to all. Dr. Hui has worked with the National Institute of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, the pharmaceutical industry, medico-legal firms, and the media. He has published over 100 articles, papers, abstracts and book chapters, in English and Chinese. Dr. Hui serves on the editorial boards of the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, Journal of Chinese Medicine, China Anesthesia and Analgesia, eCAM Journal, and Cancer Survivorship. He has been featured in print, radio, television, cable news, and on CCTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Hui has been awarded numerous grants in areas including integrative medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, asthma, aging, autonomic system regulation, pharmacology and medical education. He also holds honorary and visiting professorship in universities in China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Australia.
Michael Irwin, M.D. is the Cousins Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the Director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He is the past chair of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Irwin was a member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Chair of the Blue Ribbon Intramural Research Strategic Planning Panel, past President of the Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) Research Society, past Presidentt of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Secretary Treasurer of the American Psychosomatic Society, and current President-Elect of the American Psychosomatic Society. Dr. Irwin is Associate Editor of the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity and has recently served as Associate Editor of Psychosomatic Medicine. His principal research interests focus on the mechanisms of neuroimmune interactions and the impact of PNI processes on disease. His research in complementary and alternative medicine focuses on the mechanisms and efficacy of mind-body interventions (e.g., Tai Chi Chih, meditation) to improve psychological adaptation, health functioning in older adults and cancer survivors.
S. Irene Kim, LAc., OMD, Dipl. Ac.,DNBAO, received her Doctor’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University, is a Diplomate in Acupuncture, NCCAOM. She also has postgraduate training in Nutrition and diplomate national board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. Dr. Kim is a part time Clinical Specialist at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, is actively involved in patient education and Breast Cancer Survior Research Project.
Ms. Lee is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Acupuncturist who is currently a Nurse Practitioner Fellow at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, within the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has completed both undergraduate and graduate work in Nursing at UCLA, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at Emperor’s College in Los Angeles. Ms. Lee’s clinical interests are in metabolic syndrome, obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, and pain management.
Ming-Dong Li has twenty-nine years experience practicing and teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China and the United States. He received his medical degree from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, and later, his Ph.D. from the same university, majoring in Chinese Internal Medicine. He completed his five-year residency at Shanghai Yu-Dian Hospital in China. Currently, Dr. Li is practicing at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. Concurrently, he is teaching Chinese internal medicine, Tuina, Tai Chi, and Qi-Gong as a professor at the Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine; and Alhambra Medical University. He was department chair of Chinese internal medicine and clinic director at Royal University; associate dean at SAMRA University; and Dean of Clinical Education at Dongguk University. He also was the board director of the California Acupuncture Medical Association (CAMA) for four terms from 1993 to 2001, and currently is a senior advisor to the association. In addition to his medical work, Dr. Li has won twenty-one gold medals in national and international Tai Chi competitions.
Dr. Li received her medical training and doctorate in Physiology from Beijing University, China. She is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Nutrition Physician Specialist. Currently she is a Professor of Medicine, teaches at UCLA School of Medicine, Ronald Regan Medical Center, and directs the Clinical Research Unit at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, overseeing the research coordinator, clinical dietitians and clinical fellows. Dr. Li is currently the recipient of two grants from the NIH and two from the Veteran’s Administration. She has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals such as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of American Dietetic Association, Journal of Biological Chemistry etc. Her 2004 paper “Meta-analysis: pharmacologic treatment of obesity” has become the position paper for obesity pharmacotherapy. She has recently been elected to be the Chair of Obesity Research Section, American Society of Nutrition.
Richard Pietras, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine, UCLA Department of Medicine – Division of Hematology/Oncology, at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director, Stiles Program in Integrative Oncology at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Pietras is a clinician, researcher and educator with broad-based knowledge of comprehensive care in cancer medicine. Dr. Pietras focuses on clinical-translational (bench-to-bedside) research, and he was part of the research team that developed trastuzumab (Herceptin), a bioengineered immunotherapy for breast cancers. He has contributed more than 120 peer-reviewed publications based on laboratory and clinical trials findings. In 2002, Dr. Pietras became founding Director of the Stiles Program in Integrative Oncology at UCLA, a novel Program intended, in part, to develop and test new antitumor therapies from natural and biologic sources. Dr. Pietras has received many awards for his work and has several ongoing academic interests, including discovery of new antitumor medicines from natural sources, development of improved and safer ways to treat patients afflicted with malignancies and to prevent cancer, and the education of patients, as well as physicians in training and in practice, on the risks and benefits of complementary approaches in cancer management in the clinic. He is also serves on the steering committee of UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine.
Sonya Pritzker is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of anthropology at UCLA. Her research focuses on the production of knowledge in American Chinese medical education. This includes the translation of education texts as well as the teaching and utilization of the material in schools. Sonya’s work examines issues pertaining to the socialization of students in and through language, the translation of complex cultural and medical concepts from ancient and modern Chinese to English, and the enactment of these concepts in the context of Chinese medical clinics. Sonya is dedicated to her work not only as an anthropologist, but as an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine currently practicing in Venice, CA. She has a Masters degree in Chinese medicine from Meiji College, a Bachelors degree in psychology and East Asian studies from UC Santa Cruz, and has studied Chinese medicine in Beijing, China, where she conducted a Fulbright Student Research Fellowship examining the experience and treatment of mood disorder with Chinese medicine in 2003. She is fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.
Margaret Stuber, MD is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry, the Director of Medical Student Education for Psychiatry, and the chair of the Medical Education Committee for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She received her medical education at the University of Michigan, and her psychiatric training at UCLA. After receiving further training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences to pursue her interest in work with medically ill children and their families. Her research has focused on traumatic stress responses of pediatric cancer survivors, pediatric organ transplant recipients, and their parents. This research has led to her involvement in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a group of over 50 sites across the United States dedicated to development of prevention, assessment, and treatment for psychologically traumatized children and adolescents. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Stuber is a steering committee member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine. She is deeply committed to medical education and continues to develop curriculum for use by medical schools across the United States.
Daming Su earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As Associate Research Fellow in the Information Institute on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), he serves as the Deputy Division Director of the Scientific Research, Education and International Cooperation Department, and is a member of the Professional Digitalization Committee of the Research Institute of TCM. He has specialized on the digitalization, standardization and policy issues on TCM, and has been a recipient and participant in several grants from Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH), the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) and CACMS. He has received extensive training in policies and regulations as well as in evidence-based decision making related healthcare. His international travel has taken him to Austria and Italy. During 2009 and 2010, he is on a one-year appointment at UCLA to engage in the development of the UCLA Information Center for Integrative East-West Medicine.
Malcolm Taw, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He joined the Center in March, 2000 and had received his BS and MD from the Joint Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California, Riverside and the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Taw is board-certified in Internal Medicine and completed his residency at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program, his fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Center and the NIH-supported K30 Program in Translational Investigation at UCLA. Concurrently, he is finalizing receipt of a Master’s Degree in traditional Chinese medicine. His areas of interest include the use of integrative East-West medicine to treat functional/pain syndromes, hypertension and disorders of the ears, nose and throat.
Lawrence Taw, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated with his BS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside and MD from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University along with a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and is near completion of a Master’s program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He is board-certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. As director of the Integrative East-West Inflammation program, he is currently collaborating as a co-investigator with the division of Rheumatology at UCLA to examine prospective quality of life outcomes of integrative medicine on patients with inflammatory conditions. He is also partnering with the UCLA Esophageal Disorders Clinic to establish a unique program to optimize care for patients with functional gastrointestinal diseases.
Roberto Vargas, MD, MPH. is a Assistant Professor, in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Associate Natural Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is currently partnering with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine in the development of a research program to conduct health services and outcomes studies in integrative medicine. He is a co-leader of the RAND health policy and outcomes core of the Charles Drew University/UCLA/RAND Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities in Chronic Kidney Disease and a co-leader of two community-partnered workgroups for diabetes and kidney disease in the Building Bridges to Optimum Health community-partnered participatory research program. Dr. Vargas completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University School of Medicine and a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University. He completed his residency and chief residency in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, and served as a clinician educator at North General Hospital in East Harlem, New York City. Dr. Vargas has conducted research describing care-coordination models to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes as well as the use of a practical clinical trial to test the effectiveness of health services interventions on health outcomes for patients with diabetes. His research interests include developing and testing interventions to improve the quality of health care and to reduce disparities in care.
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, where she teaches mindfulness to the general public, medical school, health professionals, educators, and many others. She has been teaching mindfulness nationally since 1998 and is a member of the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is the author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, and the CD, Mindful Meditations. Diana has been practicing mindfulness since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun. Her new book with Dr. Susan Smalley, out in July is called Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness.