News Release

Monday, June 10, 2013

NIH’s NCCAM welcomes four new advisory council members

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health welcomes four new members to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCAM, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative medicine.

The highly distinguished NCCAM council members—composed of physicians, scientists, complementary health practitioners, and members of the public—are appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and represent a broad range of science and practice. The council provides second level peer review, as well as other advice and recommendations on NCCAM’s research priorities.

New council members include:

David Borsook, M.D., Ph.D. is a neurologist and neurobiologist by training. He is the director of the Pain and Imaging Neuroscience Group at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and McLean Hospital. He is also an associate professor in radiology and psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He previously directed the MGH’s Pain Center and established a research program with the support of NIH and other nonprofit research foundations investigating the use of fMRI in pain and analgesia. He has been involved in a number of national and international pain programs, including the World Health Organization’s Cancer Pain Initiative in China. Dr. Borsook’s research focuses on understanding plasticity of brain systems in pain and analgesia using neuroimaging technologies.

Dr. Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, M.D. is the appointed deputy chief of staff at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) where he is responsible for the clinical operations of a complex three-division health care system, which also incorporates seven community-based outpatient clinics. Dr. Ezeji-Okoye began his VA career in 1992 at VAPAHCS when he was appointed director of emergency services. Since that time he has held a wide variety of clinical administrative positions at VAPAHCS. He has served as the chair of the Veterans Health Administration Field Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine since 2004.

Deborah Powell, M.D. is currently a professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Minnesota where she previously served as dean of the Medical School and assistant vice president for Clinical Affairs. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, and a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation. Dr. Powell recently served as a member of NIH’s Scientific Management Review Board and chair of the Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2000, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. Dr. Powell is well-known nationally for her expertise in medical education, and has a particular interest in the integration of teaching about complementary health practices into medical student education.

Chenchen Wang, M.D., M.Sc. is an associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and the director of the Center for Integrative Medicine Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Her research focuses on epidemiological and clinical studies of complementary health approaches and their use as treatments for chronic rheumatic conditions, particularly osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Wang serves as principal investigator on a number of NIH-funded clinical trials evaluating tai chi mind and body therapies for chronic rheumatic conditions and publishes extensively in this field.

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