About the Consortium
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine—a group of highly acclaimed medical schools that deliver integrative care in their clinical centers—was formed is to make a qualitative difference in people's health by advocating an integrative model of healthcare that incorporates mind, body and spirit.
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine helps transform medicine by promoting rigorous scientific studies, creating new models of clinical care, and evolving innovative educational programs that integrate the principles of biomedicine, the complexity of human beings, the intrinsic nature of healing and the rich diversity of therapeutic systems. The Consortium provides a unified means to move the field forward in a way that no one institution would be able to do on its own.
The Consortium defines integrative medicine as "the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing."
The Consortium steering committee is comprised of one representative from each of the 39 member institutions. Victor Sierpina, MD, and Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP, were elected Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the Consortium at the organization’s Sixth Annual Meeting at Georgetown University in November 2007. Dr. Sierpina is the W.D. and Laura Nell Nicholson Professor of Integrative Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. Dr. Perlman is the Hunterdon Endowed Professor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Executive Director and Associate Professor, Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Newark, New Jersey.