2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

Special Guest Speaker

Senator Barbara Mikulski

She is the longest serving woman in the United States Congress,
from the State of Maryland, host to this Congress, and a strong
proponent of Integrative Medicine.

Plenary Speakers

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD
Executive Director
Veterans Health Administration's
National Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation

Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, is the Executive Director of the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. This Office is charged with leading VHA's transformation to Whole Health, an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and live their life to the fullest. This undertaking represents a fundamental re-envisioning and redesign in the philosophy and practice of healthcare delivery for our Veterans and our Nation.

Dr. Gaudet came to the VA from Duke University Health System, where she served as Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine from 2001 to 2010. Under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine created a state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration, demonstration, and research of new models of patient-centered care. Prior to her work at Duke, Dr. Gaudet was the founding Executive Director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, leading the design of the country's first comprehensive curriculum in this new field, launching a two-year full-time fellowship, and then creating the two-year distance learning fellowship. In addition, Dr. Gaudet co-founded the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Gaudet received her BA degree in Psychology and Sociology from Duke University, her MD degree from Duke University, and she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and regularly teaches and writes for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A recognized leader in the transformation of healthcare, she speaks nationally in public and professional venues ranging from National Academy of Medicine and Department of Defense to The Oprah Show. She was featured on the PBS nationally acclaimed special entitled "The New Medicine," and named by Shape magazine as one of the eleven women who shape the world. In July of 2011, Dr. Gaudet was recognized as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare 2011" by Modern Healthcare. In October of 2013, Dr. Gaudet was featured as a Game Changer in Fortune Magazine. She was named the recipient of the 2013 Bravewell Leadership Award for her significant contributions to advancing the field of medicine. Dr. Gaudet is also the author of Consciously Female, a book on integrative medicine and women's health, and Body, Soul and Baby.

Peter Wayne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director of Research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Division of Preventive Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Peter Wayne is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He is the Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine jointly based HMS and Brigham and Women's Hospital. The primary focus of Dr. Wayne's research is evaluating how mind-body and related complementary and integrative medicine practices clinically impact chronic health conditions, and understanding the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying observed therapeutic effects. He has served as a principal or co-investigator on more than 25 NIH-funded studies. He has been involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of Tai Chi exercise for balance disorders, Parkinson's disease, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, cancer and depression, and trials evaluating acupuncture for stroke-related paralysis, hypertension, endometriosis, and chemoradiation-related side effects. Dr. Wayne has more than 40 years of training experience in Tai Chi and Qigong, and is an internationally recognized teacher of these practices. He is author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, that was published in 2013 and which received an Award of Excellence in Medical Communication by the American Medical Writers Association.

Helene M. Langevin, MD
Professor in Residence of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Langevin received an MD degree from McGill University, completed a post doctoral research fellowship in Neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Professor in Residence of Medicine and Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is also a Visiting Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Langevin has been the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded studies investigating the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue. Her current work focuses on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue, and their relevance to chronic musculoskeletal pain and cancer.

Fabrizio Benedetti, MD
Director, Center for Hypoxia, Plateau Rosà Labs,
Plateau Rosà, Italy/Switzerland Professor,
University of Turin Medical School, Neuroscience Dept, Turin, Italy

Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH
Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health
Director, VCU Center on Society and Health
Virginia Commonwealth University Center

Alessio Fasano, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition