Langevin Named Director of Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
- By Jennifer Nachbur
Helene Langevin, M.D., University of Vermont professor of neurological sciences, has been appointed director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Langevin, who assumed the new position on November 1, 2012, replaces the Center’s founding director David Eisenberg, M.D., executive vice president of the Samueli Institute, who served as the Center’s leader for 10 years.
A member of the UVM faculty since 1996, Langevin has served as the director of the UVM Program in Integrative Health since 2009 and holds a secondary appointment in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. While serving in her new role at the Osher Center, she will retain a part-time research appointment at UVM.
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, established in 2002, is a joint program of HMS and BWH, and is supported by a generous gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Center’s mission is to facilitate collaborations among faculty both within institutions and across institutional boundaries. The Center’s research focuses on the evaluation of complementary and integrative medical therapies, the delivery of educational programs to both the medical community and the public, and the investigation of designs for sustainable models of complementary and integrative care delivery within an academic setting.
“I believe that the development of integrative medicine is an important component of medical and scientific progress,” says Langevin. “Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have shown tremendous commitment and support for the Osher Center, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue the Center’s mission in this rich academic community.”
In addition to serving as director of the Center, Langevin will hold an academic appointment in the division of preventive medicine within the department of medicine at BWH.
Langevin received her M.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and completed both an internal medicine residency and endocrine and metabolism fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Her research focuses on understanding the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain, and the mechanism of effect of acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies.