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New Leadership for Program in Integrative Medicine

Release Date: 04-01-2009

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Phone: 802/656-7875 Fax: 802-656-3961

Mildred Reardon, M.D., clinical professor of medicine and faculty member in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine has announced that Helene Langevin, M.D., research associate professor of neurology and orthopaedics & rehabilitation, has been named director of the Program in Integrative Medicine. Philip Trabulsy, M.D., clinical assistant professor of orthopaedics & rehabilitation, will serve as the Program's clinical program leader and the UVM representative to the steering committee for the national Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. Tania Bertsch, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of clerkship programs, will continue as the Program's education program leader.

Langevin, an accomplished researcher in the field of integrative medicine with a focus on acupuncture, was awarded one of the first R01 grants funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 1999. Her first study, which focused on the biomechanical effect of acupuncture needling, established that connective tissue was involved in producing the "tug" resulting from acupuncture needling. Her innovative research has expanded to demystify acupuncture, gaining national and international attention, and has for the last several years focused on the study of the effects manual and movement-based therapies have on connective tissue. Langevin received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, and served her medical residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A licensed acupuncturist, Langevin joined the UVM faculty in 1996.

Trabulsy's clinical interests focus on the non-operative management of a wide array of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders, with a treatment philosophy centering around the holistic care of the patient utilizing evidence-based modalities of both conventional and complementary and alternative practices. He is currently a second-year fellow in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. This nationally-recognized program, directed by Andrew Weil, M.D., one of the pioneers and innovators in the field of integrative medicine, provides a forum for exploring the best of complementary, alternative and conventional medicine with an emphasis on evidence-based scientific inquiry. Dr. Trabulsy received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, and joined UVM/Fletcher Allen in 1996.

The Program in Integrative Medicine was established in 2007 to facilitate collaboration among faculty engaged in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research, education and patient care, in conjunction with UVM's membership in the prestigious Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. The Program combines strong, synergistic interdisciplinary CAM research, an integrated curriculum incorporating CAM throughout medical education, and innovative network-based clinical initiatives bridging CAM and conventional medicine. Faculty from across the University are engaged in research areas such as fall prevention and pain management, and initiatives in patient outcomes, medical student education and development of a community referral network are underway.