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Directors and Faculty Based at the Osher Institute

 

David M. Eisenberg, MD
Bernard Osher Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Eisenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general medicine and primary care and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences Dr. Eisenberg served as the first U.S. medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, “Healing and the Mind” with Bill Moyers. More recently, Dr. Eisenberg has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regards to complementary and alternative medicine research, education and policy. Dr. Eisenberg has authored numerous scientific articles involving complementary and integrative medical therapies.

     
 

Julie E. Buring, ScD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Deputy Director, Division of Preventive Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Director of Clinical Research
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Buring received her BA in mathematics from Pomona College in Claremont, California in 1971; a masters degree in biostatistics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1975; and a doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1983.

Dr. Buring's research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic disease, primarily cardiovascular disease and cancer, and especially among women. She is involved in a number of large-scale clinical trials of the prevention of these diseases. She is Principal Investigator of the Women=s Health Study, a large-scale randomized clinical trial of the benefits and risks of low-dose aspirin and vitamin E in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, being conducted among 40,000 female health professionals. In addition, Dr. Buring is Co-Principal Investigator of the Women=s Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study (evaluating the benefits of antioxidant therapy among 8,000 women with a history of cardiovascular disease), the Physicians= Health Study II (a randomized trial of vitamins E, C, beta-carotene and a multivitamin currently ongoing among 15,000 male physicians), and the Brigham and Women=s Hospital Vanguard Center of the Women=s Health Initiative, which is evaluating low-fat diet, postmenopausal hormones, and calcium/vitamin E supplementation among 70,000 women nationwide.

Dr. Buring is actively involved in the teaching and training of students and fellows in epidemiology, both nationally and internationally, and is Director of an NIH training grant in the Epidemiology of Aging. Dr. Buring has published more than 250 articles in the medical literature, and is co-author of a widely used introductory textbook, Epidemiology in Medicine.

     
 

Steven C. Schachter, MD
Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Associate Director of Clinical Research
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies
Director of Research, Department of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Schachter attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed an internship in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a neurological residency at the Harvard-Longwood Neurological Training Program, and an epilepsy fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently Director of Research for the Neurology Department and Vice Chair of the Committee for Clinical Investigations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute, Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Schachter compiled the 5-volume Brainstorms series, which has been distributed to over 150,000 patients and families worldwide. He has edited or written eight other books on epilepsy and behavioral neurology, and is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of Epilepsy & Behavior.

     
 

Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Associate Director
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Ted J. Kaptchuk is one of the few individuals who manages to comfortably straddle both the alternative and conventional medical worlds. His original training includes a doctorate in East Asian Medicine from a medical school in China, and he is an acknowledged scholar in this field. He is also considered an expert in many other forms of alternative medicine and has written numerous books and articles on these subjects. His most recent research is focused on placebo effects and its implications in randomized controlled trials. He recently completed an appointment to the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), NIH.

     
 

Russell S. Phillips, MD
Professor of Medicine
Fellowship Director
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Phillips also serves as Chief, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC. He is Director of Fellowship Training at the Osher Institute and directs the T32 NCCAM-funded research fellowship program on complementary and integrative medicine. He also directs the Harvard Faculty Development and Fellowship Program in General Medicine. He is the recipient of a K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award from NCCAM and, in 1999, received the Barger Award for Excellence in Mentorship at Harvard Medical School. He has mentored fellows on clinical trials, survey research, secondary data analyses, qualitative research, cost-effectiveness analyses, and systematic reviews. Topics have included the efficacy of static magnets, mind-body therapies such as Tai Chi, the prevalence of CAM use in ethnic minorities, and heavy metals in ayurvedic medicines. He is Principal Investigator of an NCI-funded R21 on the use of massage for symptom relief among hospitalized patients with metastatic cancer. His research interests include patient safety and quality of care as well as integrative medicine.

     
 

Michael H. Cohen, JD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director of Legal Programs
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Mr. Cohen is the author of numerous scholarly articles, and several books, including: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (University of Michigan Press, 2000); and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges and Therapeutic Pathways to Health and Healing in Human Transformation (University of Michigan Press, 2003).

     
 

Sally M. Andrews BA, MBA
Executive Director
Harvard Medical School Osher Institute

Sally M. Andrews, M.B.A., B.A., is the executive director of the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute and Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies. Ms. Andrews has been with the Institute since January 1, 2002. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Andrews was the chief administrative officer for the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital, serving in that capacity for 10 years. She worked at Children’s Hospital for over 22 years. Ms. Andrews is a member of the Board of Trustees at Lasell College in Newton, MA and served as president of the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics from 1996 – 1997. Ms. Andrews received her B.A. in Management from Simmons College in 1978 and her M.B.A. from Boston University in 1986.

     
 

Maureen T. Connelly, MD, MPH
Instructor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention
Harvard Medical School
Co-Director
Harvard Vanguard Menopause Consultation Service

Maureen Connelly is a general internist and health services researcher with specific interest in women’s health and the role of women in medicine. Dr. Connelly co-directs Harvard Vanguard’s Menopause Consultation Service, an interdisciplinary consultative service for which she received Harvard Vanguard’s Clinical Innovation Award in 2001.

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, a joint department of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Dr. Connelly’s research activities include studying patterns of hormone replacement therapy use, evaluating the adoption of alternative therapies for menopause, and developing models of patient decision making about hormones for menopause. For her work entitled “Patient Knowledge of Hormone Replacement Therapy: Implications for Treatment,” she received the Young Investigator Award of the North American Menopause Society. Dr. Connelly coordinates the Osteoporosis Guideline program for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She has taught nationally and internationally in the field of women’s health.

As a member of the Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine Joint Committee on the Status of Women, Dr. Connelly has served as Principal Investigator of a Center of Excellence supported survey of all academic full-time faculty of Harvard Medical School, the first survey of its kind to evaluate the impact of gender and work-family balance on academic advancement and career satisfaction.

     
 

Diana E. Post, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Post is a practicing physician doing both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faulkner Hospital in Boston. In addition, she is an investigator at the Institute, where she is involved in several clinical trials on care of back pain using both conventional and complementary medical therapies.

     
    Catherine Kerr, PhD
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Catherine Kerr received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. She has published on the importance of assessing patients' experiences within CAM clinical trials and has implemented qualitative research looking at patient experience in several trials including: a study assessing acupuncture in the treatment of IBS, a trial assessing acupuncture for adolescent pelvic pain (for which she is also co-leader, with Dr. Peter Wayne at the New England School of Acupuncture) and a small pilot assessing safety and feasibility of qigong for meta-static breast cancer (led by Dr. Ursula Matulonis of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and implemented by Ramel Rones, a nationally-known specialist in qigong and cancer). More recently, she has joined the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Moore (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT) where, under Dr. Moore's direction, she is exploring functional neuroimaging of cortical somatosensory areas as a tool for shedding light on patients' experiences with CAM treatments and the therapeutic outcomes that may result from such treatments.

     
 

Lisa Ann Conboy, MA, MS, ScD
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Lisa Conboy is an epidemiologist with an interest in the associations between social factors and health. She is published in the areas of Women’s Health, Mind-Body Medicine, and qualitative research methodology. She is co-investigator on three NIH funded grants at the center. She is also part-time faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture where she teaches research methodology.

     
  Jongbae Park KMD PhD
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School

After qualifing as a Doctor (KMD) in Korea, Dr. Park joined a research project involving Prof. Zho at the University of California, Irvine and jointly published a ground breaking study, “New finding of the correlation between acupoints and corresponding brain cortices using functional MRI” (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci). Dr. Park received his PhD under the direction of Prof. Hyejung Lee at the Kyung Hee University in Seoul where his work focused on determining objective methods for acupuncture research.

Subsequently Dr. Park attended the University of Exeter (UK) and was awarded a PhD in Medical Sciences in 2002 from the Department of Complementary Medicine led by Prof. Edzard Ernst. There his thesis project focused on the evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture involving several studies such as developing a sham (placebo) acupuncture needle device, validating it, and running a randomized clinical trial to test the effectiveness of manual acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation. Dr. Park developed and validated an acupuncture sham device that is now used for many acupuncture trials around the world. He was awarded an Honorary Research Doctorship at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in 1999.

Presently Dr. Park is involved in a Cochrane Review on acupuncture for tinnitus, RCTs testing placebo effect on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the effectiveness of acupuncture on IBS, and acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in June of 2004.

     
 

Roger Davis, ScD
Director of Biostatistics
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Davis received his BA in mathematics and statistics and MA in statistics from the University of Rochester and his doctorate in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health. He also serves as Principal Biostatistican in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC and holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health. Before coming to BIDMC and the Osher Institute, Dr. Davis was at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he collaborated on national cooperative group clinical trials on cancer and AIDS. His current collaborative research activities include clinical trials, surveys, health services research and clinical epidemiology. He is actively involved in mentoring fellows and is the co-director of the T-32 NCCAM-funded research fellowship program on complementary and integrative medicine. He teaches a course on survival methods for clinical research at the Harvard School of Public Health.

     
 

Rosa Schnyer, LicAc
Acupuncture Investigator

Rosa Schnyer came to the Osher Institute by way of the University of Arizona's Department of Integrative Medicine. In addition to being a trained epidemiologist, she is also a licensed acupuncturist. Dr. Schnyer is the chair of the strategic interest group in acupuncture and is an investigator on several projects relating to the New England School of Acupuncture collaboration with Harvard Medical School. Her special interest is in the design of trials relating to acupuncture.

     
 

Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Yeh received her training in internal medicine from Boston University and her Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She recently completed the Harvard Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research and Faculty Development Fellowship and is now Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her interests include East Asian therapies and mind-body exercise for patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Current projects involve the use of tai chi in patients with chronic heart failure.

     
 

Anna Legedza, ScD
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Legedza's research interests are in collaborating with clinical colleagues and developing biostatistical methods in 3 areas: a) complementary and integrative medicine clinical trials; b) health outcomes and satisfaction measures in potentially underserved patient populations; c) medical cost utilization. With colleagues at BIDMC and at the Osher Institute, Dr. Legedza works on the design and analysis of clinical trials involving such complementary medical modalities as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage. She is a statistician on Osher's acute low pack pain, repetitive stress injury, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, and OMSAI studies. She also takes active part in the Osher Institute's Placebo and Health Service Working Groups and assists in mentoring Osher research fellows. At BIDMC, she collaborates with Dr. Christina Wee-Kuo in evaluating costs associated with overweight and obesity. She also researches health outcomes in elderly patients with aortic stenosis and osteoarthritis with Dr. Mary Beth Hamel. Methodologically, Dr. Legedza performs statistical research in survey analysis as well as in the modeling of placebo effects and dose response in clinical trials.

     
    Division Fellows based at the Institute
     
 

Andrew Ahn, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Ahn graduated from NYU medical school and completed his residency at University of Michigan Medical Center. He worked as a hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years before starting the fellowship. His interests include disparities in health care, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and applications of systems biology to the acupuncture model. He has obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is certified in acupuncture and continues his apprenticeship with an acupuncturist once a week. He has several ongoing research projects including a pilot study evaluating Chinese and Japanese acupuncture as treatment for diabetic neuropathy.

     
 

Catherine Buettner, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Buettner received her BA in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and an MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medicine School where she also completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine with a concentration in women’s health. Dr. Buettner's research focuses on complementary and alternative therapies used by women and practices integrative medicine at The Marino Center for Progressive Health in Cambridge, MA.

     
 

Paula Gardiner, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Paula Gardiner MD is a graduate of Tufts University, Tufts University School of Medicine and the Tufts University Family Practice Residency. She is board certified in family practice. Her current areas of research are the use of integrated medicine and children. She is especially interested in the use of herbal medicine with children. She is currently involved in two NIH educational grants at Tufts University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital, Boston, both of which are integrating an evidenced-based approach to complementary and alternative medicine into their medical students and residents curriculum. She is a Research Associate at the Center for Holistic Pediatrics Education and Research at Children’s Hospital, an Adjunct professor at the Mass College of Pharmacy, and is a Clinical Instructor in Tufts Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She has published on topics on herbal medicine and children and has lectured nationally on the subject. Additionally, she directs the Longwood Herbal Task Force website. She will receive a Master of Public Health degree in June 2006 from HSPH.

     
 

Robert E. Graham, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Graham is a Board Certified Internist who completed his training in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and is a graduate of State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from City University of New York at Queens College. His current research interests include: examining CAM therapies, particularly folk medicine, among the Latino population and its impact on health-seeking behaviors; studying the relationship of ancient cultural medicinal belief systems and their relevance to modern health care practices based on anthropological and ethno medical principles; and investigating herb/drug interactions in the clinical setting. He sees patients one-half day per week in an integrative primary care practice. He has completed coursework in Mindful Base Stress Reduction, and botanical medicine. He will receive a Master of Public Health degree in June 2005 from HSPH.

     
 

Sam Myers, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr Myers received his BA with honors from Harvard College where he concentrated on the history of nineteenth century American medicine. After graduating from Yale University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Most recently, he has been on the faculty at UCSF in the Department of Medicine. Dr Myers is interested in quality improvement in health care delivery. His research focuses on improving patient-centered decision making, particularly in the area of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Currently, he is evaluating the role that patients’ expectations of different therapies for back pain may play in the outcomes of those therapies. He is also interested in the development of decision aids that can help patients evaluate CAM therapies and make decisions based on clinical evidence and their own preferences.

     
  Hilary Tindle, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Tindle is a board certified Internist who completed her undergraduate, medical school, and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Her current research interests include application of mind body therapies such as guided imagery and meditation among patients with substance abuse, with a focus on nicotine dependence. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Tindle has completed training in guided imagery for health professionals and a mindfulness-based stress reduction course based on the program developed by John Kabat-Zinn. She received her Master of Public Health in June, 2004. She is currently piloting the effects of a 6-week guided imagery program on smokers desiring to quit, and in the future she plans to continue investigating both efficacy and mechanism of mind body therapies for substance abuse.
     
 

Wendy A. Weiger, MD, PhD
Research Specialist
Harvard Medical School
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies

Dr. Weiger received her AB in chemistry from Harvard College and an MD as well as a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weiger has focused on reviewing the safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative therapies used by patients with cancer and on the development of reasonable guidelines for advising patients based on current evidence.

     
    Division Staff based at the Institute
     
 

K. Morgan Gaspar
Director of Development
Harvard Medical School Osher Institute

Ms. Gaspar is Director of Development of the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over the course of 5 years, she held positions of increasing responsibility within Dana-Farber’s development office. Ms. Gaspar also worked at the law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital’s Laboratory for Circadian and Sleep Disorders. She has served as a fundraising volunteer for Oxfam America, The Nature Conservancy, and Solutions at Work. Ms. Gaspar is a graduate of Middlebury College and an MBA candidate at the Simmons College School of Management.

     
 

Andrea Hrbek
Research Manager

Andrea joined the staff of the Center for Alternative Medicine Research in 1997 and has managed almost every research study and clinical trial conducted there and at the Osher Institute. Prior to that, she supervised clinical trials for the Department of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. In her other life, she is mother of twins who are just finishing high school and is politically active in Brookline.

     
 

Mark Cunningham
Integrative Care Center Administrator

Mark joined the Division in 2003. Working for David Eisenberg, MD and Donald Levy, MD, Mark has been charged with developing a large team of Eastern and Western clinicians whose clinical focus is the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. The 25 member team has been meeting weekly since September 2003. Mark has 17 years experience in medical management, having spent 10 years at Children’s Hospital, Boston.

     
 

Robert Scholten, MSLIS
Information Officer

Mr. Scholten began his career in 1997 at the Center for Alternative Medicine Research as a data specialist and librarian. In 2001 he assumed the position of Information Architect for the Osher Institute. In addition to managing the Institute's considerable information resources, he is also webmaster. He is also staff administrator for the Institute's education initiatives and grants manager for its botanical studies. He holds a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of Tennessee and came to Beth Israel Hospital originally to work with at its academic computing center.

     
 

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