Woodson C. Merrell, MD
Woodson C. Merrell, MD, ScD (hc) is a leading expert in integrative medicine. An assistant professor of medicine at Mt Sinai School of Medicine and attending physician in Depts of Medicine at Mt Sinai West and Mt Sinai Beth Israel Medical Centers in NYC, he has been involved in academic medicine for nearly his entire career. In 1998 he founded and served as executive director for what was the nation’s largest and most comprehensive integrative medical center, The Center for Health and Healing (CHH) at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC. This grew to 40 providers, seeing 6,000+ patients/month in a 26,000 ft feng shui/green-designed facility. All primary care specialties (Fam Med, Int Med, Ob-Gyn & Ped) were served, as well as Cardiology, ENT, Physiatry, Psychiatry and Psychology, Podiatry, Dermatology, Chiropractic and Osteopathy, (functional) Nutrition, Massage, Yoga, Acupuncture, Mind-body practices, PT, OT and sports training. Dr. Merrell directed this until 2015. From 2008 until 2015 he served as inaugural Chairman of the Dept of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel (one of few in the nation offering a full hospital Dept for integrative care). He successfully partnered with Dean Ornish to offer his formal cardiac rehab program at CHH. While at the Center he oversaw not only a robust clinical operation but ongoing CME and fellowship training programs in Integrative Medicine, Contemplative Care, and Acupuncture, as well as numerous research projects and publications (one showing adding a concierge, staff retraining and yoga could save the Oncology Floor up to $1 million per year in medication costs). He was very successful in philanthropic outreach to support the Center ($25 million in 16 years—including NIH & NLM grants). He has served on the Boards of the NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct, NY State Board of Acupuncture, the Institute of Functional Medicine, and on the Steering, Executive, Membership and By-laws Committees for the birthing of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine in 2005. He started one of the nation’s early medical school courses in CAM at his alma mater Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993. He has chaired CME conferences on Allopathic-Chiropractic integration, Tibetan medicine (x 2), Nutritional Therapeutics (with Alan Gaby, MD), Native American Medicine, and for the last 10 years the annual Integrative Healthcare Symposium in NYC (www.ihsymposium.com and www.integrativepractitioner.com ).