The 2013 Bravewell Leadership Award Event

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Mehmet Oz, MD

Bravewell Hosts Its Final Leadership Award Event 

Any successful transformation requires champions who are willing to undertake the risks and sacrifices necessary to catalyze the change.  This is especially true in healthcare.  To encourage and sustain leadership in the field of integrative medicine, The Bravewell Collaborative created the Bravewell Leadership Award.

Over the last decade, Bravewell has conferred three leadership awards (2003, 2005, 2011) and presented six of the field’s early leaders with a Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award (2007).  On November 7, 2013, The Bravewell Collaborative held its fourth and final in Leadership Award Event.


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Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD

The Leadership Award Dinner 

To celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients of the Leadership Award as well as those of The Bravewell Collaborative and its partners, the Bravewell Leadership Award Dinner was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on Thursday, November 7, 2013.  Hosted by Christy and John Mack, Mehmet Oz, MD, presided as Master of Ceremonies. 

Two Bravewell Leadership Awards, each of which confers a $100,000 grant to assist the recipient in carrying out his/her mission to transform the culture of healthcare, were presented this year.   Recipients were Tracy Gaudet, MD, Director, VHA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and Myles Spar, MD, Director, Integrative Medicine at Venice Family Clinic's Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center.   Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of Medicine, delivered the keynote presentation.


Go  To hear speeches given by Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD; Tracy Gaudet, MD; and Myles Spar, MD, MPH

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Tracy Gaudet, MD


Tracy Williams Gaudet, MD, is the inaugural Director of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

In fulfilling its responsibility to optimize the health and healing of every veteran, VHA created the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.  This office is charged with ensuring VA transforms from physician-centered care to personalized, patient-centered care based on relationships — relationships built on trust and committed to positive results over the veteran’s lifetime.  Dr. Gaudet became director of this new office on January 17, 2011.

Dr. Gaudet was most recently the Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine (2001-2010), and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Health System in Durham, North Carolina. Under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine created a state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration of new models of patient-centered healthcare.

Dr. Gaudet co-founded The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and chaired its Membership Committee (2002-2004), as well as serving on the Steering, Executive, Education and Policy Committees. Prior to her work at Duke, Dr. Gaudet was the founding Executive Director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, helping to design the country’s first comprehensive curriculum in this new field, launching a two-year fellowship and then a two-year distance learning fellowship.

Dr. Gaudet is a recognized leader in the transformation of healthcare and actively leads public discourse on the vision and strategies needed to transform healthcare in the 21st century with members of both the medical and lay communities, as well as leaders in healthcare reform and policy. She speaks nationally through both public and professional venues ranging from The Institute of Medicine to The Oprah Show.  She has been featured in numerous national media, including the PBS nationally acclaimed special entitled “The New Medicine”, and was named by Shape magazine as one of the eleven women who shape the world.  In July of 2011, Dr. Gaudet was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare 2011” by Modern Healthcare. She is the author of Consciously Female, a book on integrative medicine and women’s health, and Body, Soul and Baby.  She also writes a regular column for Body + Soul magazine. 

Dr Gaudet received her BA degree in Psychology and Sociology and her MD degree from Duke University.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas in San Antonio.  She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and regularly teaches and writes for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  


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Myles Spar, MD, MPH


Myles Spar, MD, MPH, is the Director of Integrative Medicine at the Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center of Venice Family Clinic and Medical Director at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, California.  In both of these capacities, Dr. Spar teaches residents and medical students as a Clinical Instructor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

Having worked as a humanitarian with Doctors Without Borders in the field and on the board of directors of this Nobel Prize winning organization, Dr. Spar brings a broad perspective to his work as a physician.  He has a strong, long-term commitment to improving access among all populations to a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to health and to care that focuses on improving overall vitality and wellness, and views his role as being a partner with his patients, working with them to maintain optimal health and to invest in their own wellbeing. 

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Spar graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. After a year of research at Harvard Medical Center, Dr. Spar attended the University of Michigan Medical School, from where he graduated in 1993. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University and then pursued a fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA while earning a Masters in Public Health. Dr. Spar is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  In addition to his formal training in integrative medicine, Dr. Spar has completed coursework at the Institute for Functional Medicine and has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and the use of herbal and nutraceutical therapy for prevention and treatment of disease.

Dr. Spar has co-authored numerous papers related to integrative medicine and presents internationally on integrative medicine. He is currently editing a text on Integrative Men’s Health for Oxford University Press.


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The Bravewell Leadership Award

About the Award

Award recipients are physicians or other doctoral level professionals from North America who:

  • Are catalysts in advancing the field of integrative medicine
  • Have made significant contributions to the field of medicine and have demonstrated positive influence among their colleagues and those they serve
  • Embody and advance the principles of the Declaration for a New Medicine
  • Have a history of collaboration across disciplines and healing philosophies
  • Have a compelling vision for the future of medicine that inspires and encourages others
  • Are resilient change agents and role models in their communities

Leadership Award recipients are the change agents who have the greatest potential for influencing their peers and institutions, and who have the best opportunity to effect long-term change.


Past Recipients


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Ralph Snyderman, MD

On November 13, 2003, the inaugural Bravewell Leadership Award Evening was held in New York City. Before an audience of 450, Ralph Snyderman, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, accepted the $100,000 award.


Learn More  about the 2003 Bravewell Leadership Award event

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Brian Berman, MD

The second Bravewell Leadership Award Event was held on November 10, 2005, in New York City. Brian M. Berman, MD, the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, accepted the $100,000 award.


Learn More  about the 2005 Bravewell Leadership Award event

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The Pioneers of Integrative Medicine

On Thursday November 8, 2007, The Bravewell Collaborative hosted the Inaugural Pioneers of Integrative Medicine Award Event to honor six of the early leaders in integrative medicine whose work paved the way for a new era in American medicine. Those honored were Larry Dossey, MD; James Gordon, MD; Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD; Dean Ornish, MD; Rachel Remen, MD; and Andrew Weil, MD.


Learn More  about the Bravewell Pioneer Award event

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Mimi Guarneri, MD

On Thursday evening, November 10, 2011, The Bravewell Collaborative honored Mimi Guarneri, MD, as its third recipient of the Bravewell Leadership Award.  Nearly 400 people joined Bravewell members at the Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City to celebrate Guarneri’s accomplishments and the advancement of integrative medicine. The event was hosted by Christy and John Mack, with Mehmet Oz, MD, acting as Master of Ceremonies.


Learn More  about the 2011 Bravewell Leadership Award event