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IOM gathers health care leaders for summit on integrative medicine
Date:1/27/2009

WASHINGTON To advance the science and progress of integrative medicine in the United States, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will convene the "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public," Feb. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The summit will bring together distinguished researchers, practitioners, and leaders from multiple sectors to present the vision, challenges, evidence base, and opportunities for integrative medicine to improve U.S. health care.

"Interest in integrative medicine is burgeoning in many parts of the health care system," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. "This summit will examine the role and value of integrative approaches to care that are designed to meet the health needs of patients more fully."

Integrative medicine is described as orienting the health care process to engage patients and caregivers in the full range of physical, psychological, social, preventive, and therapeutic factors known to be effective and necessary for the achievement of optimal health.

"What we currently have is not a health care system, but a disease care system," said Ralph Snyderman, M.D., chair of the Summit Planning Committee and chancellor emeritus of Duke University. "The summit will explore how science and a patient-centered, prospective, integrated approach to care can make a positive difference."

In addition to Fineberg and Snyderman, other notable presenters include:

  • Donald Berwick, M.D., president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston
  • Carol Black, M.D., F.R.C.P., chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London
  • Erminia Guarneri, M.D., founder and medical director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, Calif.
  • George Halvorson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.
  • Michael Johns, M.D., chancellor, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D., chair, department of genetics, Yale University School of Medi
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