MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR - GRATITUDE
Margaret A. Chesney, PhD
New Vice Chair – I am so pleased to announce that Dr. Lorenzo Cohen has just been elected to be the incoming Vice Chair by the Consortium’s Steering Committee! He will assume the office at the Members Meeting this May in Las Vegas. Lorenzo founded the Integrative Medicine (IM) Program at MD Anderson in 2002 and has represented the program on the Steering Committee since it joined the Consortium.
In 2012, as a member of the Research Working Group, together with Jun Mao and others from the Consortium, Lorenzo played a leading role in creating the special issue on Integrative Oncology for the JNCI Monograph that was published in November 2014. He also was one of the founding members and a past president of the Society for Integrative Oncology. His picture and bio are included below.
VA & The Consortium -- Academic health centers around the US, including many of the members of the Consortium, work closely with local Veteran Administration’s health care facilities. Some may not know that the Veteran Health Administration’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) is now a Consortium member. This office is working with the VA leadership and health care providers to transform the VA’s health system from the traditional medical model, which focuses on treating specific issues, to a personalized, proactive, patient-driven model that promotes whole health for veterans and their families.
The Director of this Office is Dr. Tracy Gaudet. Before joining the VA, she was well known to the Consortium for her former role as the founding Executive Director of the University of Arizona IM Program, and later the Director of Duke Integrative Medicine, one of the Consortium’s first eight members. Representing on the VA on the Steering Committee will be Alison Whitehead, of the OPCC&CT.
Meet the Consortium’s Vice Chair-Elect – Lorenzo Cohen, PhD
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) and Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen is a founding member and past president of the International Society for Integrative Oncology.
Dr. Cohen is passionate about educating others on how to prevent cancer and maintain optimal health across the lifespan. As the majority of cancers are preventable, Dr. Cohen is conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle factors can influence cancer outcomes.
Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting NIH-funded research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies such as stress management, music therapy, emotional writing and more aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes.