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Dr. Scarlet Soriano joins the Leadership Program

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Leadership Program graduate Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM, as the new Executive Director of Duke Health and Well-Being and Director of the Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being.

Dr. Soriano is an internationally recognized expert in Integrative Medicine and comes to us with vast experience in community-based health. Dr. Soriano is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Swedish Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Seattle, WA. Following her residency, she served as Co-Chief of Staff in the Indian Health Service in Zuni, New Mexico, before becoming Medical Director of the Tanya Edwards MD Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Soriano served at Boston Medical Center as Director of Group Visits and Wellness-Based Healthcare Transformation, designing innovative group medical visit models, providing clinical oversight at the Center for Integrative Medicine and Healthcare Disparities, as well as working to enhance employee wellness initiatives through Boston Medical Center’s Department of Human Resources.

Dr. Soriano serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and is a founding member of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Committee of the AIHM. She is also an active member in the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Dr. Melinda Ring Joins the Leadership Program Core Faculty

The Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being is pleased to announce that Melinda Ring, MD, FACP, ABOIM, will be joining the program as a Core Faculty member beginning in 2019 with the start of the program’s fifth cohort. Dr. Ring, who has been a frequent guest speaker in the program, serves as the Executive Director of the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University.

While earning her medical degree and completing her internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago, Dr. Ring’s passion for complementary and integrative medicine evolved along with her holistic philosophy of needing to treat the whole person to achieve true health and healing. Following residency, she completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil.

In her role at Northwestern, she maintains an active integrative medicine consult practice, oversees the medical trainee integrative medicine and culinary medicine education,  and conducts research. Her expertise is reflected in her contribution to academic textbooks, lectures and research articles and her first consumer book on integrative women’s health, The Natural Menopause Solution. She is also active on several national policy committees, including the board of the integrative medicine credentialing exam, Her interests include women’s health, food as medicine, dietary supplements, mindfulness and the healing power of nature. She is passionate about raising awareness of the power of integrative medicine to heal ourselves and our healthcare system.

Dr. Ring joins Ben Kligler, MD, MPH, as Core Faculty members.


Webinar: International perspective on establishing integrative health

Tuesday, August 14
In a pre-recorded webinar, Efrat Suraqui, alumna of the Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being at Duke University and physical medicine rehabilitation resident physician at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel, shares her international experience of overcoming challenges of establishing a new model of care within a health system in Israel and what others can learn as they look to disrupt the current system of care.

On-demand webinar on the Convergence in Health Creation: How Integrative Health Leaders are Shaping (and Can Shape) the Medical Industry


Watched a pre-recorded one-hour webinar with John Weeks, writer, speaker, organizer, and executive in Integrative Health. In the presentation, Weeks presents a rich and detailed timeline of integrative health, outlining how leaders have and can shape the medical industry.

Viewers will gain insight into the evolution of integrative health and medicine amidst efforts in the United States to move healthcare payment and delivery from volume to value. Weeks will also cover emerging advancements in this transitional moment and the transformative impact of integrative health and medicine.


New Joint Commission Guidelines Require the Availability of Nonpharmacologic Modalities for Pain Management

The Joint Commission recently announced the implementation of new and revised pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1, 2018, for its accredited hospitals. These new and revised requirements were developed through a rigorous research, evaluation, and review process.  They include:

1)    The hospital has a leader or leadership team that is responsible for pain management and safe opioid prescribing and develops and monitors performance improvement activities.

2)    The hospital provides nonpharmacologic pain treatment modalities.

3)    The hospital provides staff and licensed independent practitioners with educational resources and programs to improve pain assessment, pain management, and the safe use of opioid medications based on the identified needs of its patient population.

Nonpharmacologic modalities are the hallmark of Integrative Healthcare, with twenty years of research informing the protocols.

You can learn what these are and how to implement them in a hospital setting on the Leadership Program in health and Well-Being at Duke.

Some immediate resources include:

  • The American Academy of Pain Management has issued new guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain.

  • The April British Medical Journal focuses on the use of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) in three conditions with a high incidence of chronic pain: back pain, neck pain and rheumatoid arthritis. The article summarizes the mechanisms of action and clinical studies on the efficacy of CIM modalities such as acupuncture, mind-body systems, dietary interventions, and herbal medicine and nutrients.

  • The Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice special issue on Integrative Medicine includes review articles on integrative medicine in primary care and integrative medicine for persistent pain as well as many others.


Webinar Now Available: Establishing an Integrative Healthcare Program

On Thursday, August 3, Leadership Program alumni Drs. Chiti Parikh and Alka Gupta presented a webinar on the lessons learned from their experience establishing and expanding an Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program at NewYork-Presbyterian, in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine. Watch this webinar to learn more about the challenges and opportunities they faced, what worked and how they see the future unfolding.


ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Evolving Economics of Integrative Health

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University hosted a webinar on the economic models of Integrative Health and Medicine. John Weeks, a writer, speaker, and organizer, presented past and current economic models of the field. In his presentation, Weeks describes the challenges and obstacles for Integrative Health associated with volume-based payment and delivery models, while introducing participants to methods that leaders of existing clinical programs are developing to shape their value propositions to sponsoring organizations in an often misaligned economic environment.

2017 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH has been selected as the 2017 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award Consortium’s Bravewell Distinguished Service Awardrecipient. The Consortium’s Bravewell Distinguished Service Award honors a Consortium member for their tireless contribution to the Consortium’s mission.


Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPHDr. Benjamin Kligler is National Director of the Integrative Health Coordinating Center at the Veterans Health Administration and former Vice Chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kligler is Co-Director of the Beth Israel Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine, is a Core Faculty Member in the Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being at Duke University and also teaches in the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice. He is former Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health and is the author of Curriculum in Complementary Therapies: A Guide for the Medical Educator, and co-editor of Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill in 2004. Dr. Kligler is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Kligler is board-certified in Family Medicine and also holds certifications in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and acupuncture.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Leading Simply in a Complex System

Wednesday, March 15 | 2 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being at Duke University core faculty members Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, and Lori Knutson RN, BSN, HNB-BC, presented a 45-minute educational webinar on leading with an intrapreneurial style, including Theory U and “presencing” skills.

During the webinar, Knutson describes how to channel presence, purpose, and potential to create meaningful change and inspire transformation. The presentation includes guidance, philosophies, and real-life examples to help break through complexities in the health system and encourage leaders to work within the system in a new, more conscious, intentional, and strategic way.

Archived Webinar: Critical Elements Of Success In Integrative Leadership

On Aug. 10, 2016, The Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being at Duke University held an informative webinar on the critical elements of success in Integrative Leadership including presentations by Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP, and Michael C. Aquilino, and a question and answer period by these core faculty members.

The archived webinar can now be watched on-demand from the Leadership Program website to learn more about key philosophies of Integrative Leadership and tools for developing effective leadership skills, building a mission-based culture and fostering better engagement and alignment in teams.

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