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National Institutes of Health Appoints Timothy C. Birdsall, ND to CAM Advisory Council

Leading Naturopathic Doctor and Integrative Cancer Treatment Expert Starts 4-Year Term

CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has appointed Timothy C. Birdsall, ND to serve a four-year term on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Birdsall is vice president of integrative medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and a licensed naturopathic physician. A nationally known lecturer and practitioner of naturopathic medicine, Birdsall is a 1985 graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle where he served on the faculty for five years.

The National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine advises and makes recommendations to the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) on matters related to the center's research activities and functions. Birdsall will be part of an 18-member council that primarily provides secondary review of grant applications in light of NCCAM scientific program priorities and program balance. The council includes nine members licensed in complementary or alternative medicine and three are from the general public.

As vice president of integrative medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), Birdsall oversees the organization's unique treatment model that combines state-of-the-art conventional medical treatments with scientifically supported complementary therapies within a patient-centered environment designed to meet the special whole-person needs of cancer patients. Specializing in creating customized treatment pathways for each patient, CTCA provides world-class cancer care that is demonstrating significant outcomes for patients with advanced stage disease, particularly in the area of lung, breast, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

Birdsall's professional achievements include serving as a member of the board of directors, speaker of the House of Delegates and vice president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). He is currently Vice President of the Oncology Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Dr. Birdsall was the founding editor-in-chief of Alternative Medicine Review, the first peer-reviewed medical journal edited by naturopathic physicians to be indexed on MEDLINE, and currently serves on the Editorial Consultants Board of the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies. His extensive experience in the area of naturopathic medicine has been recognized by his listing in American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who Registry of Global Business Leaders.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Founded in 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment model that fully integrates traditional, state-of-the-art medical treatments with scientifically-supported complementary therapies such as nutrition, naturopathic medicine, psycho-social counseling, physical therapy and spiritual support to meet the special, whole-person needs of cancer patients living with complex and advanced-stage disease. With a network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programs in Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Washington, CTCA encourages patients and their families to participate in treatment decisions with its Patient Empowerment MedicineSM model. For more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, go to

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