The Institute for Integrative Health - Catalyzing New Ideas in Healthcare
Catalyzing New Ideas in Healthcare

Board of Directors

  Brian M. Berman, M.D.   2005 - current
  Susan Hartnoll Berman   2005 - current
  York Eggleston, IV   2009 - current
  Aviad Haramati, Ph.D   2005 - current
  John Randall, M.D.   2007 - current

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Brian M. Berman, M.D.

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Dr. 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

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Susan Hartnoll Berman is executive director of the Institute for Integrative Health, a not-for-profit organization she co-founded with the aim of catalyzing new ideas in healthcare. 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, Sue 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. Sue holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in psychology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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Margaret A. Chesney, Ph.D.

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Margaret A. Chesney is director of vanguard projects with the Institute for Integrative Health and is co-leading the Conversations on Health initiative. A professor in the Department of Medicine and the first associate director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Chesney was the first deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During her five years at NCCAM, Dr. Chesney also served as the director of the Division of Extramural Research and Training. Also, while at NIH, she was the senior advisor to the Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH. Prior to taking the position at NIH, she was professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

In her research, she has been engaged in clinical investigations in the area of integrative medicine. The focus of her work has been the role of the individual in the promotion of personal health, prevention of disease, and the potential for optimal management of health across the lifespan. Much of her research has underscored the role that lifestyle and behavior can play in health, including work on the development and evaluation of behavioral strategies to enhance health and wellbeing, even in the face of serious health challenges from diseases such as cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS.

She has been president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, as well as president of the American Psychosomatic Society and president of the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She received the Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to the APA Division of Health Psychology in 1982 and 1986, the President's Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research in 1987, the Charles C. Shepard Science Award, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999, and the Director's Award for work in Mind-Body Medicine from the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2005. In 2000, she was a senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Health in Washington DC, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations. In 2001, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

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Aviad Haramati, Ph.D.

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Aviad Haramati is director of academic programs at the Institute for Integrative Health. He is a tenured professor in the Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and came to Georgetown in 1985 after spending 5 years at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Haramati’s research focus was on regulation of kidney and electrolyte physiology during growth and in pathophysiological states such as heart failure. Currently, his activities are more centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained.

However, his first love is teaching and he has been recognized with 5 Golden Apple awards from the School of Medicine. He also received the Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching of the Basic Sciences, the Arthur C. Guyton Teacher of the Year award by the American Physiological Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is the past-president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and a member of the executive committee of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium.

Dr. Haramati is principal investigator of an NIH grant that is funding a broad educational initiative aimed at incorporating complementary, alternative (CAM) and integrative medicine into the medical curriculum at Georgetown. The goal of the initiative is not to train practitioners of CAM, but rather to educate skillful, knowledgeable physicians who understand the role of CAM in healthcare and are capable of discussing these issues with their patients. Dr. Haramati has a deep interest to improve medical education across the globe, especially with regard to the intersection of science, mind-body medicine and professionalism. He currently works with a number of medical schools deans and educators in North America, Europe and Israel.

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Beverly Pierce, MLS, MA, RN, CHTP

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Beverly Pierce is senior program manager for the Institute for Integrative Health, advancing projects including Conversations on Health,, and the Stakeholder Symposium on the Evidentiary Framework for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. A registered nurse, she was director of Integrative Medicine Services at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, bringing music, massage, Healing Touch, guided imagery, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and yoga to patients and staff. Formerly, she managed the cancer programs of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, and provided complementary therapies to patients at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute (VPCI) in Minneapolis. Also a librarian, she directed the corporate library of a Washington, DC, healthcare education and consulting firm; managed a resource center as part of the integrative medicine program at VPCI; and worked in academic and theological libraries in Massachusetts and Minnesota.

Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in English, religion and psychology, master’s degrees in Library Science and Human Development, and an Associate Degree in Nursing. Her nursing practice is focused on integrative care. A Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, she has particular interest in the use of energy therapies for well-being and pain management in surgical and cancer patients, and has published reviews on the subject. She has studied and used a range of mind-body skills with patients, including music and sound therapies, guided imagery, and a variety of contemplative practices. Formerly a Certified Childbirth Educator, she published her research on the use of vocal toning for self-care and coping in pregnancy and labor, and has 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

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Dr. John Randall 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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Rick Scott

Brian M. Berman, M.D.Rick Scott is vice president of program development and operations for the Institute for Integrative Health. As a member of the leadership team for the Institute, he is involved with conceptualizing new programs, project implementation, and building infrastructure. Rick has been involved in the field of integrative health since the early 1990’s. Most recently he has directed the communications program at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Prior to moving to Maryland in Spring 2007, he was the manager of education programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While at UCSF (1996-2008), he received numerous awards from the School of Medicine for creativity, innovation, and initiative. From 2001-2007, he served as a senior member of the administrative management team at the Osher Center and played a key role on a five-year NIH/NCCAM education grant to integrate principles of integrative medicine and CAM content into the required and elective curricula at UCSF.

Rick’s education background includes undergraduate studies in Languages and Linguistics, completion of three years of a pre-ministerial program, certification in mediation for conflict management, and graduate work in both Library Science and Philosophy/Religion. Upon moving to San Francisco in 1994 to attend the California Institute of Integral Studies, he helped coordinate one of the first research studies on prayer/distant healing, published in the Western Journal of Medicine in 1998. He has also co-authored articles published in Medical Education and Academic Medicine. Inspired by stories of scientific discovery and of the new paradigms that shape our understanding, Rick is particularly interested in the mind-body-spirit connection and in the interface between beliefs and healing.

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