ACCAHC Council of Advisers

The ACCAHC Council of Advisers is a group of professionals who support ACCAHC's mission and whose skills and abilities will be helpful in assisting the ACCAHC Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Working Groups in fulfilling this mission. One focus of the members of the Council of Advisors is to enhance relationships with colleagues affiliated with conventional academic medical centers, health care educational institutions, and with individuals involved in the areas of healthcare delivery, research, policy, public health and economics. The Council was established by the ACCAHC Board of Directors through Board resolution on January 19, 2010. This is the initial group of advisers, each of whom has already contributed substantially to ACCAHC planning and processes.

  • Clement Bezold, PhD is the Chairman of the Board and co-founder, with Alvin Toffler, of the Institute for Alternative Futures. He has led futures work with many significant national and international organizations (WHO, PAHO), Fortune 500 corporations, and not-for-profit entities as well as for several Federal government agencies, including VA, HHS, CDC, NIH, GSA, DoD, DoJ.
  • Margaret Chesney, PhD joined the University of California at San Francisco in 1987 and is currently a Professor of Medicine in Residence in the Department of Medicine. From 2010 to 2015, she served as director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Osher Foundation Distinguished Professor of Integrative Medicine. Margaret is the Immediate Past Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and currently on its Executive Committee. The Consortium now includes 69 leading integrative health centers throughout North America.
  • John Gilbert, PhD is the Project Lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and an international leader in interprofessioinal educaiton/care. He is Principal & Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia College of Health Disciplines.
  • Aviad (Adi) Haramati, PhD is Professor in the Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine; founding Vice Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
  • Ping Ho, MA, MPH is the founder and executive director of UCLArts & Healing, a nationally recognized leader in advancing the role of creating arts in health care. She is also on the Steering Committee of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine.
  • Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH is medical director for Cavallo Point. He was founding clinical director at the UCSF Osher Center and was a senior medical editor for Revolution Health. He is on the board of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Wayne Jonas, MD is the president and CEO of the Samueli Institute, a charitable organization that has been a think tank for health system integration, a promoter of wellness approaches in US policy and a leader in introducing complementary therapies into the care of members of the military. He is the past director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health.
  • David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. Katz is known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity, President-Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, and a blogger/medical review board member for the Huffington Post. Dr. Katz remains active in patient care, and directs the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT.
  • Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH is Professor of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vice Chair and Research Director of the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine; Vice Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
  • Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HN-BC is the Senior Director, Health & Wellness at Touchstone Mental Health She has developed the largest hospital-based integrative care program in the US including inpatient programs and services, an outpatient clinic, an integrative fitness center and research.
  • Anne Nedrow, MD, MBA is Associate Director of Duke Integrative Medicine. She served as Medical Director of Women's Primary Care and Integrative Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). She is a co-founder of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, a partnership of OHSU and Portland institutions that train naturopathic physicians, chiropractors and acupupuncture and Oriental medicine specialists.
  • Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN is Founder and Director, Center for Spirituality and Healing, Unniversity of Minnesota; Past Vice Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine; named by Minnesota Physician as one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in the state. .
  • Adam Perlman, MD, MPH is Executive Director for Duke Integrative Medicine, where he oversees Duke's Integrative Medicine Program. Previously, he was the Executive Director for the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he was an associate professor of medicine within the School of Health Related Professions; Past-Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
  • Sarita Verma, MD, JD is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Provost Health Professions Education at University of Toronto. She serves as co-lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) associated with the Institute of Medicine's Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. She keynoted the ACCAHC 2013 Biennial Meeting.
  • Ruth Westreich is a creative arts and marketing professional who is a philanthropist in integrative health care. Her interest in integrated health began over 40 years ago. She has particular interests in the integration of creative arts therapies and in palliative care within the patient-centered medical model and chronic pain treatment. She is a board member of the Institute for Palliative Care and the San Diego Hospice.
  • Leonard Wisneski, MD is a clinicial, author and policy leader in integrative medicine. He serves as chair of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, at Georgetown University