Advisory Board


ablman_altphotoMichael Ableman

Founder & Executive Director Emeritus
Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

Foxglove Farm and the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture

Mr. Michael Ableman is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, a non profit organization based on one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in southern California, where he farmed from 1981 to 2001.  The farm has become an important community and education center and a national model for small scale and urban agriculture. Mr. Ableman currently farms at Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia where he directs the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture. Mr. Ableman has started food gardens at the Santa Barbara AIDS Hospice, an 11-acre farm at the Midland School, and a market garden at the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts. Working with low-income communities from LA and NYC to organizations as diverse as the Esalen Institute and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Mr. Ableman’s work as an educator and consultant has helped to inspire numerous projects and initiatives throughout the world. Mr. Ableman is also a writer and photographer having published three books on diverse topics in both national and global agriculture and farmland preservation. His most recent book “Fields of Plenty; A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it” was published in 2005. He lectures extensively throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His work has been featured in National Geographic, on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, in the Utne Reader, Gourmet Magazine, and in the Los Angeles and New York Times. An award-winning film about Ableman’s work, Beyond Organic, narrated by Meryl Streep aired nationally on PBS in 2001.

StephenDevriesStephen Devries, MD

Associate Professor
Division of Cardiology, Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Dr. Stephen Devries is a preventive cardiologist with a longstanding interest in integrative approaches. He attended medical school and completed his training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Devries went on to cardiovascular subspecialty training at Washington University and later completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Devries was recruited to Northwestern University in 2007, where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and has a busy preventive cardiology clinic emphasizing integrative approaches. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he served as director of the Integrative Program for Heart Disease Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Devries previously authored the weekly column “Heart Beat” in the Chicago Sun-Times and lectures nationally on integrative approaches to prevention of heart disease. Most recently, he authored a book published “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol.”

Aviad Haramati, PhD

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Dr. Aviad Haramati is tenured Professor in the Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he received a PhD in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and came to Georgetown in 1985 after spending 5 years at the Mayo Clinic. For over 20 years, Dr. Haramati’s research focus was on regulation of kidney and electrolyte physiology during growth and in pathophysiological states such as heart failure. Currently, his activities are centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. Dr. Haramati was principal investigator of an NIH grant that funded a broad educational initiative aimed at incorporating complementary, alternative (CAM) and integrative medicine into the medical curriculum at Georgetown and currently co-directs the graduate program in Physiology—CAM Track. The goal of the initiative is not to train practitioners of CAM, but rather to educate skillful, knowledgeable physicians and scientists who understand the role of CAM in healthcare and are capable of discussing these issues with their patients. Dr. Haramati has a deep interest to improve medical education across the globe, especially with regard to the intersection of science, mind-body medicine and professionalism. He currently works with a number of medical school deans and educators in North America, Europe and Israel. Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 30 years, and his teaching effectiveness has been recognized with numerous teaching awards. In addition, he is the past-president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, chaired the organizing committee for the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, held in May 2009 in Minneapolis, MN and again chairs the next conference to be held in May 2012 in Portland, Oregon.

Paul HerscuPaul Herscu, ND, DHANP

Chief Executive Officer
Personalized Pharmaceutical Systems

New England School of Homeopathy

Dr. Paul Herscu is a naturopathic physician, biomedical researcher and internationally-sought out speaker. In 2008, he established the Herscu Laboratory a multi-disciplinary non-profit medical research center focused on integrating diverse fields of medical and biological science, as well as public health and education. He is a founder and CEO of Personalized Pharmaceutical Systems, a company aimed at improving individual-specific targeting of drugs and clinical prediction tools related to the prevention of adverse effects. He also serves as CEO for Whewell Biosceiences, a drug development and rediscovery company. Through these organizations, he has pursued research on angioedema diagnosis and differentiation, ADHD subpopulation and treatment response research, influenza treatment studies, public health readiness in alternative medicine, and drug discovery and development. Dr. Herscu is also the founder and co-director of The New England School of Homeopathy, and founded The New England Journal of Homeopathy which was published from 1992-2002. He teaches at a number of leading schools of homeopathy around the world and has maintained a private practice specializing in the treatment of pediatric neurological disorders with an emphasis on autistic spectrum disorders, since 1986. His most notable contribution in homeopathy is the development of the analytical method called “Cycles and Segments.” He is the author of several books on homeopathy including, The Homeopathic Treatment of Children: Pediatric Constitutional Types, and has published numerous articles in major peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Herscu was born in Romania, lived in Israel and then emigrated to the United States in 1969. He graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1986.

David KatzDavid Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

Integrative Medical Center
Griffin Hospital, Yale University

Associate Professor
School of Public Health
Yale University

Dr. David Katz is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Associate Professor (adjunct) in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Katz is the Director and founder (1998) of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT, and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, whose mission is to reduce obesity in children and adults. He was formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for over eight years. Dr. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers along with numerous textbook chapters and 12 books to date. He has twice been recognized by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of America’s top physicians in Preventive Medicine and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health in 2009.  Also in 2009, Dr. Katz was nominated for the position of U.S. Surgeon General by the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine, as well as several other national and international organizations. He and his wife, Catherine, have five children.

Victoria MaizesVictoria Maizes, MD

Executive Director
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Associate Professor
Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health
University of Arizona

Dr. Victoria Maizes is Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and an Associate Professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health. A graduate of Barnard College, she received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, College of Medicine, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Maizes stewarded the growth of the Program in Integrative Medicine from a small program educating four residential fellows per year to a designated Center of Excellence training over 250 residents and fellows annually. She helped create the comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine that is now used for fellows and pioneered multiple innovative educational programs including the Integrative Family Medicine Program, and Integrative Medicine in Residency, two national models for educating primary care physicians. Dr. Maizes is also recognized as an international leader in the field of integrative medicine. As founding co-chair of the education committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Maizes led a team of educators developing objectives for medical students in integrative medicine. She was twice voted by her peers to serve on the executive committee of the Consortium, a position she currently holds. Dr. Maizes lectures internationally to academic and community audiences and is a sought out speaker on topics including integrative medical education, women’s health, healthy aging, nutrition, and cancer. She is the editor of the soon to be released Oxford University text Integrative Women’s Health.  She was named one of the world’s 25 intellectual optimists by ODE magazine in 2009. She lives in Tuscon, AZ and is married with three children.

Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Director of Native Health Services
Sanford Health Systems

Chief Executive Officer
American Indian Health Policy Management

Dr. Donald Warne comes from a long line of traditional Lakota healers. In addition to a solid background in traditional healing, Dr. Warne holds an MD from Stanford University and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.  Dr. Warne’s traditional name is Pejuta Wicasa, which means Medicine Man. He is also a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. He is founder and CEO of American Indian Health Policy Management, an Indian-owned company whose motto is:  “Improving healthcare in Indian country.” Dr. Warne is an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, where he teaches classes on American Indian Health Law and Policy.  He is Director of Native Health for the Sanford Health Systems in South Dakota, as well as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.

Beau WeillBeau Weill, MD

Doernbecher Healthy Lifestyles Clinic
Oregon Health Sciences University

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Oregon Health Sciences University

Dr. Beau Weill is an esteemed pediatrician who specializes in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. He is the Founder and Director of the Doernbecher Healthy Lifestyles Clinic at Oregon Health Sciences University which uses an integrative approach in the treatment of childhood obesity. In 2008, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) formed an obesity focus group, “Focus on a Fitter Future.” Under the leadership of Dr. Weill, the Healthy Lifestyles Clinic was one of 16 obesity programs selected nationally to participate. Their efforts include examining and refining the successful components of obesity programs and making recommendations in the areas of program development, data collection and benchmarking. Dr. Weill received his medical degree in 2003 from Albany Medical College in New York. He completed his Pediatrics residency at OHSU in 2006, where he also served as Chief Resident from 2006-2007.

Heather ZwickeyHeather Zwickey, PhD

Helfgott Research Institute

Dean of Research, Associate Professor
National College of Natural Medicine

Dr. Heather Zwickey, Director of Helfgott Research Institute, Dean of Research at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), and Associate Professor of Immunology, trained at the world renowned National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. She received a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. Her research there examined the role of Dendritic Cells in autoimmune responses. At Helfgott, Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine. Currently, she heads several pilot studies looking at the effects of botanicals, hydrotherapy, energy medicine, and diet on immunological parameters. Dr. Zwickey is currently working to build a Practice-based Research Network in Naturopathic Medicine which will collect data from patients seen by naturopathic physicians in clinical practice. In addition to her work at Helfgott, Dr. Zwickey has an appointment in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland. She maintains collaborations with investigators at OHSU, as well as the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland and Pontificia Universidade Catolica Do Rio Grange Do Sol in Porto Alegre, Brazil.