UA Program in Integrative Medicine Welcomes New Class of Fellows

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UA Program in Integrative Medicine Welcomes New Class of Fellows

Jan. 16, 2001
From: George Humphrey, (520) 626-7301
The Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine has welcomed its new class of physicians to its integrative medicine fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation.
Under the leadership of Andrew Weil, MD, founder and director of the UA Program in Integrative Medicine, and Victoria Maizes, MD, the program's executive director, the fellows will spend two years studying the theory and practice of integrative medicine.

Integrative medicine seeks to combine the best ideas and practices of conventional and alternative medicine into cost-effective treatments that will be in the best interests of patients and that aim to stimulate the human body's natural healing potential. Fellows study a core philosophy of natural healing, history of medicine, the nature of scientific research, and the basis of mind/body interactions. The curriculum includes healing-oriented medicine, the philosophy of science, the art of medicine, culture and medicine, research education, mind/body medicine, spirituality medicine, nutrition, phyto-medicine, energy medicine and lifestyle medicine. The fellows also will train in guided imagery, acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation.

The fellowship is designed to train national leaders who will establish similar programs in this new discipline at other schools and bring integrative medicine into major health care systems. As part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC), the Program in Integrative Medicine is subject to the same guidelines, rules, responsibilities and standards as other training programs in the College of Medicine. Selected from physician applicants from around the world, the new fellows are: Randy J. Horwitz, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois and completed his residency in internal medicine/allergy-immunology at Case Western Reserve University. He completed his fellowship in allergy and immunology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. "I feel that the field of medicine is ready for a paradigm shift--especially with the growing dissatisfaction on the part of both consumers and practitioners," Dr. Horwitz says.

"I would like to play a role in molding the `new medicine' that we will hopefully practice in the future...Changing my focus from problem-oriented to patient-oriented will require some practice, but I feel that it is the most important thing we can do in order to change the course of medicine."

Anastasia Rowland, MD, earned her medical degree at Columbia University and then completed a residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. "I accepted a position in the residential fellowship because I'm truly excited by the learning involved in acquainting myself with the different modalities of integrative medicine, because I want to be part of expanding the medical school curricula to include healing, and helping future doctors to think differently about illness and health and a patient's role in their own health."

David S. Kiefer, MD, earned his medical degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison Medical School, and then completed a residency in family medicine at Swedish Family Medicine in Seattle. He applied for the fellowship to "be involved in a comprehensive, organized exposure to complementary and alternative medicine and to see which of the therapies speaks to me. I also want to explore some of the idealism for the potential of medicine in the areas of research, education and clinical practice."

Katharine Burleson, MD, earned her medical degree at the University of Texas at Houston and then completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, San Diego. "I appreciate working with health professionals on all levels who share the common goal of good medical care. My work with patients is both rewarding and humbling. People are indeed human and it is wonderful."

Sandy Newmark MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at the UA as well. He practiced general pediatrics in Tucson for 14 years. He applied for the Pediatric Integrative Medicine fellowship because "I was excited about a different approach to the practice of medicine, taking time to be with patients and use the best of both allopathic and alternative treatments to help patients activate their own inner capacity for healing." He began his fellowship in June.

Integrative Medicine Clinic Open, Appointments Available

The Integrative Medicine Clinic, located on the sixth floor of University Medical Center, is open and has additional capacity to see new patients, including children - thanks to the program's current enrollment of seven integrative medicine fellows and three pediatric integrative medicine fellows. The waiting list for new patient visits is much shorter, and the clinic is able to see about 50 patients a week. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (520) 626-7222.