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MED 180: Biographies of Speakers and Presenters

Meet the speakers and presenters from the summer IM course, MED 180: Introduction to Integrative Medicine

Ka-Kit Hui (Lead Instructor of MED180)

Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP. Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine. Chair, Collaborative Centers of Integrative Medicine at UCLA

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.


Guest Speakers include:

Edward Hui

Edward Kwok-Ho Hui, MD obtained his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2001 and completed his internal medicine residency at the Center for Health Sciences-UCLA in 2004. Subsequently, his two years in the VA-UCLA Geriatric Medicine Fellowship included training with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. He currently is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine at UCLA where he is active in clinical care and teaching as a general internist with background in integrative East-West medicine and geriatric medicine. He feels that primary/continuity care would benefit greatly from increased appreciation of values and utilization of approaches championed by geriatrics and integrative East-West medicine and that they must play a role in redesign of primary care going forward.

Malcolm Taw

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

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.

Mingdong Li

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.

Sonya Pritzker

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.

Weijun Zhang

Weijun Zhang, DrPH, MS, BMed (China), joined the Center in September 2003. He received his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrative Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and then completed his master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Southern California. He is involved in all aspects of the Center’s China Initiatives as the Director of China Affairs at the Center and plays an active role in the Visual History Project, the Visiting Professor program, the Visiting Scholar program, and the Explore IM information center. He completed his Executive MPH in 2008 and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in 2011, both from the Department of Health Services at UCLA School of Public Health. His research focus is to trace critical ideas of integrative medicine development in China since the 1950s, to explore the different thoughts on CAM and integrative medicine research between China and the United States, and to study the role of integrative medicine on prevention-focused healthcare reform. In this digital era, he is also interested in utilizing his multidisciplinary expertise in integrative medicine, computer science, and public health to develop distance-based courses in integrative medicine and public health, digital infrastructure on trustful and readily available information on CAM, and integrative medicine for providers and consumers.

Ryan Abbott

Ryan Abbott, M.D., J.D., M.T.O.M., is Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School and Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has served as a consultant on health care financing and regulation, intellectual property, and public health for international organizations, academic institutions and private enterprises including the World Health Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization. Professor Abbott has published widely on issues associated with health care law and intellectual property protection in legal, medical, and scientific peer-reviewed journals.


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