Our Team

Board of Directors

Brian M. Berman, MD 2005 – current
Susan Hartnoll Berman 2005 – current
York Eggleston IV 2009 – current
Carlton Lee Tawney 2011 – current


Brian M. Berman, MD, President

Susan Hartnoll Berman, Executive Director

Wendy Bohdel, Chief Operating Officer

Brandin Bowden, Community Programs Coordinator

Sharon Edwards, Director of Finance

Lois Miller, Director of Development

Beverly Pierce, MLS, MA, RN, CHTP, Senior Program Manager

John Randall, MD, Senior Advisor

Shelly Rafferty Withers, PhD, Project Coordinator

Cinnamon Scott, Office Manager

Robin Yasinow, Director of Communications

Board of Advisors

Roger J. Bulger, MD

Past President, Association of Academic Health Centers; First Executive Officer, Institute of Medicine; Past President, University of Texas Health Science Center

Margaret Chesney, PhD

Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco

James E. Dalen, MD, MPH

Dean Emeritus, University of Arizona College of Medicine; Professor Emeritus, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; Executive Director, Weil Foundation

Larry Dossey, MD

Executive Editor, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc)

Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director, Corporate Health Improvement Program, University of Arizona School of Medicine; Clinical Professor, Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco

David Riley, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Founder, Integrative Medicine Institute

Donald Steinwachs, PhD

Professor, Health Policy and Management, and Director, Health Services Research and Development Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Brian M.  Berman, MDDr. Brian Berman is the president and founder of the Institute for Integrative Health. A tenured professor of family medicine and director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Berman trained in family medicine and pain management as well as complementary medical approaches such as traditional Chinese medicine. He has dedicated his career to evaluating the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of complementary and integrative medicine. In 1991 he founded the first U.S. academic medical center-based program for integrative medicine.

Dr. Berman is one of the most highly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in the area of integrative and complementary medicine, receiving over $30 million over the past 14 years. He is currently principal investigator of two NIH specialized center grants for the study of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and chronic disease, specifically arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. These center grants build on 10 years of work from his two previous NIH center grants and a NIH international center planning grant that has built collaborations with leading institutions in Hong Kong, Australia and the U.S.. In 2004, Dr. Berman’s landmark study showing acupuncture to be a safe and effective therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee was published as the lead article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Subsequently, it was the focus of 23 million media stories worldwide. His research publications include 3 books and over 150 articles in leading medical journals focused on integrative medicine approaches for a wide range of chronic health disorders.

For the past 23 years, Dr. Berman has practiced integrative medicine and has introduced this approach into the University of Maryland medical system. He has also introduced core curriculum and elective courses on integrative medicine into the School of Medicine and established both research and clinical fellowships in this field.

A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Berman was honored with the Bravewell Leadership Award for Integrative Medicine in 2005. The award “celebrates and supports visionaries who have committed their medical careers to transforming healthcare in America and ushering in a new practice of medicine.” He was chair of the ad hoc advisory committee to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine when it opened in 1992, as well as the report to the NIH on alternative medicine. Subsequently, he served on their advisory committee for 6 years. Dr. Berman also helped found and now serves as field coordinator for the complementary medicine field of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization dedicated to evaluating all medical practices. He was a panel member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine’s report on complementary medicine, published in 2005, and was the first chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, which grew form 7 to 29 North American universities over his tenure. Dr. Berman is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Integrative Health, a not-for-profit organization that engages visionary scholarship and initiates innovative programs that aim to catalyze new paradigms in healthcare.

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Susan Hartnoll Berman

Susan Hartnoll BermanSusan Hartnoll Berman is executive director of the Institute for Integrative Health. Her interests and career have focused on working with organizations and individuals to promote and support integrative medicine. In her position as president of Slainte, Inc, a private consulting company, Ms. Berman has worked with leaders in the field of integrative medicine on programmatic development, strategic planning, and fundraising. In particular, she has worked with the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine since the early 1990s, developing and leading the Center’s public relations, communications, and fundraising initiatives. At the Center, she has also assisted with grant writing, participated with the leadership in setting the strategic plan on a 5-yearly basis, and organized many of the Center’s workshops and advisory board meetings. She has also worked with international organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Hong Kong Bureau of Health, helping to organize national and international conferences focused on integrative medicine, including an international conference in Hong Kong that was co-sponsored by the University of Maryland. Ms. Berman holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in psychology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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Sharon Edwards

Sharon Edwards, MBA, is director of finance for the Institute for Integrative Health. She has been with TIIH since July 2011 and is responsible for accounting operations as well as tactical business planning and analysis. Ms. Edwards’ background includes diverse financial management and accounting experience in large publically-held corporations, including Motorola, Siemens, United Health Care, and Discovery Communications. Particular areas of expertise include strategic and tactical financial leadership, financial analysis, planning and reporting, accounting management, re-engineering/change management, development of cost reduction programs, financial systems implementation, merger and acquisition analysis, and design and implementation of operational policies and procedures—all with a focus on building strong business partnerships at all levels across the organization. Ms. Edwards received her undergraduate degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin and MBA with a concentration in finance from The University of Texas at Dallas.

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York Eggleston IV

York EgglestonYork Eggleston IV is co-founder and chief executive officer of Semantic Labs, an idea commercialization software development company based in Baltimore, MD, and Herndon, VA. He has a wealth of experience in management, finance, and problem-solving for mature as well as start-up businesses. Over the last 15 years he has developed several media and technology businesses, each of which has specialized in motivating customer decisions and measuring consumer behavior and performance.

Mr. Eggleston has founded or co-founded several technology, technology-enabled or new media ventures. He is the inventor and patent author in the areas of promotion automation over networks, interactive promotion branding, and point of sale fulfillment. In addition, Mr. Eggleston sits on the advisory boards of the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Sub-Basement Art Studios, and Communiversal, Inc., and has been a contributor to both academic and commercial journals and publications.

Mr. Eggleston has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School with an emphasis on Finance and Operations.

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John P. McDaniel

John P. McDaniel is Chairman of Hickory Ridge Group which provides advisory, development and investment services to health care and medical related companies. He served for 26 years as Chief Executive Officer of MedStar Health. A past Chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Mr. McDaniel served as a member of the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Health Committee of the Federal City Council; was a Trustee of the National Capitol Area Foundation; and served as Vice Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee. Currently, Mr. McDaniel is serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Wittenberg University; Chairman of the Board of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust; and a member of the Board of the Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Beverly PierceBeverly Pierce is director of community programs for the Institute for Integrative Health. A registered nurse and a librarian, she has been director of Integrative Medicine Services at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD; directed the corporate library of a Washington, DC, health care consulting firm; managed the cancer programs of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC; and provided integrative care and library services to patients at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in Minneapolis. A Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Ms. Pierce has particular interest in the use of energy therapies for pain management and well-being. She has studied a range of mind-body skills, including music and sound therapies, guided imagery, and contemplative practices. She has published research on the use of vocal toning in pregnancy and labor, and co-authored papers published in Integrative Cancer Therapies and the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. She has an abiding concern for the well-being of nurses, writing and speaking to nursing groups locally and nationally on the use of mind-body skills for self-care and patient care.

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John Randall, MD

John Randall, M.D.Dr. John Randall is a senior advisor with the Institute for Integrative Health. He has served in a number of positions in the medical community from Philadelphia to Maine. Currently, Dr. Randall serves as the Dean of Clinical Sciences at St. Matthew’s University, Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies, where he is also Professor of Therapeutics. Prior to joining St. Matthew’s, Dr. Randall was a Professor of Family Medicine and Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, where he was Chairman of the department of Family Medicine from 1991 to 2002. From 1981 until 1991, Dr. Randall was the Residency Director and Chief of Family Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Before moving to Maine, Dr. Randall served as the Director of Community Medicine and Infectious Disease consultant at Lancaster General Hospital. While in Lancaster, Dr. Randall had the unique opportunity to sit on a National Committee to remediate the clean-up of Three Mile Island.

Dr. Randall had a fellowship in Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and has had boards in Pediatrics and Family Medicine. From 1968-1970, Dr. Randall served as Lt. Commander in the Navy stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Randall completed a Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont, and a rotating internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Undergraduate training was in the Department of Religion at Princeton University and medical school in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.

As a clinician and scholar, Dr. Randall has always had an abiding interest in Integrative Medicine and various modalities of healing, as an administrator he has been a strong advocate for programs and curricula in Integrative Medicine. He has contributed to numerous articles that have taken a Holistic approach and has served as an editor on a book on integrative medicine. Dr. Randall is married with eight children and four grandchildren, and presently working on a Masters in Holistic Spirituality at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. He lives and works on an uncertified organic farm In New Gloucester Maine. Presently, Dr. Randall serves as the Chairman of the Public Safety committee for the town of New Gloucester, Maine.

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Carlton Lee Tawney is executive director of the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Museum in Annapolis, MD, and former Executive Director of Ocean Race Chesapeake, Inc. Mr. Tawney served for many years as Special Assistant and then Staff Director to the Mayor of Baltimore, as well as Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Programs and Protocol. He has served as Maryland Director for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, a board member for the Maryland Committee for Children, and an advocate for arts in the community.

Shelly Rafferty Withers, PhD, is project coordinator for the Institute for Integrative Health. She provides support to Institute program scholars working in the field of complementary and integrative medicine, and is particularly focused on improving research methodologies, especially in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); publications and scholarly papers; symposia, seminars and training for clinical researchers. Principally a writer, editor and instructional designer, Ms. Withers has authored curricula (with an emphasis in e-learning) in fields ranging from forensic epidemiology to tobacco control. She has a long history of working in the development of health-related books and documents, particularly in academic publishing and in public health. An experienced qualitative research methodologist, Ms. Withers’ abiding interests include empathic questioning technique in writer development; qualitative and open source research; project management; knowledge construction theory and intelligence analysis; e-learning; information architecture, curriculum planning and needs assessment; and program evaluation.

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