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DHHS Secretary Names Five to NCCAM Advisory Council


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For Immediate Release:

Monday, September 8, 2003

DHHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced five appointments to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM), the principal advisory body of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Council, which meets three times a year, is composed of physicians, scientists, licensed alternative and complementary medicine practitioners, and representatives of the public who contribute their time and expertise over a 4-year term. Council members offer advice and recommendations on the prioritization, conduct, and support of complementary and alternative medicine research, including research training and disseminating health information derived from NCCAM’s research.

New NACCAM members include:

  • Deborah J. Cotton, M.D., M.P.H., vice chairman for veterans affairs, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, and professor of public health in epidemiology and biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Roxbury, MA;
  • Jonathan R.T. Davidson, M.D., professor, Department of Psychiatry, and director, Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC;
  • Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., M.S., chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC;
  • Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and clinical assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; and
  • Larry A. Walker, Ph.D., director, National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

Deborah J. Cotton, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Cotton is professor of public health (epidemiology and biostatistics) at the Boston University School of Public Health, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and assistant provost at Boston University Medical Campus. She earned her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine. Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Cotton was among the earliest physicians in the United States to treat AIDS patients. Her research has focused on the clinical epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and infections related to cancer. She has published extensively in her areas of expertise, including as co-editor of The Medical Management of AIDS in Women, one of the first textbooks on AIDS in women. Since 1989 she has been editor of AIDS Clinical Care, a newsletter for physicians. Dr. Cotton is editor of the New England Journal of Medicine’s AIDS Clinical Care column.

Jonathan R.T. Davidson, M.D. Dr. Davidson is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at University College Hospital Medical School in London. In addition to board certification in psychiatry in the United States, he is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom) and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Davidson has conducted many treatment outcome studies, which evaluated medicines or psychotherapy in schizophrenia, depression, traumatic stress, and anxiety. He serves on the board of directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He is actively involved in research on complementary and alternative treatments and received professional training in homeopathic medicine in the United Kingdom.

Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., M.S. Dr. Leshner is chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and editor of Science magazine since December 2001. AAAS, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1848 and is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific and engineering society. Dr. Leshner earned his doctorate in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. Prior to joining AAAS, Dr. Leshner served as director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health, supporting over 85 percent of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. An author or coauthor of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, he serves on the editorial review board of Review of General Psychology. Dr. Leshner has received many awards and commendations throughout his career for his work in behavioral medicine, psychology, and drug abuse, including two honorary doctorates.

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. Dr. Low Dog is assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and clinical assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, at the University of New Mexico. She earned a medical degree from the University of New Mexico where she completed postdoctoral training. Her main research interest is herbal medicine and its role in modern health care. Dr. Low Dog has particular expertise in Native American traditional medicine. She is an herbalist and teacher, having served as president of the American Herbalist’s Guild. In July 2000, Dr. Low Dog was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. As chair of the United States Pharmacopoeia’s Dietary Supplements and Botanical Expert Committee, Dr. Low Dog helps oversee the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements. She is a member of the editorial board for Alternative Therapies in Woman’s Health, and has published many articles on women’s health, including integrative approaches to premenstrual syndrome, menopause, and breast cancer.

Larry A. Walker, Ph.D. Dr. Walker is director of the National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. He earned a doctorate in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. Among his research interests are bioassay development for natural products screening and bioassay-directed fractionation; evaluation of herbal/botanical remedies; renal/cardiovascular pharmacology; and hormonal control of renal function. Dr. Walker has served on a number of NCCAM grant review panels, and has published in his areas of expertise in many journals. He currently serves as editor of the Journal of Biomolecular Screening and Phytotherapy Research.

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