Integrative Pediatrics SIG

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SIG purpose/mission: 
The Integrative Pediatrics SIG provides an opportunity for members to meet annually at the PAS meeting to discuss the integration of all available modalities to optimize health in pediatric patients.

Current SIG goals:

  1. Provide a forum for SIG members to discuss education, research and clinical practice of integrative pediatrics
  2. Introduce all APA members to various aspects of integrative medicine
  3. Collaborate with members of other national pediatrics organizations to disseminate information about integrative pediatrics evidence and research.

Annual summary:
The 2016 PAS session began with a thank you to Dr. Erica Sibinga for her dedicated  service as the Integrative Pediatrics SIG Co-chair from 2010-2015 and a welcome to Dr. Sanghamitra Misra as the incoming SIG Co-Chair.  Dr. Martin Pusic (Emergency Medicine SIG co-chair) gave a brief presentation “Bridging Acupuncture to Pediatric Emergency Medicine.”   Dr. Shiu-Lin Tsai then welcomed our key note speaker Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Consultant for Alternative Medicine to the Air Force Surgeon General and Director of the US Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center at Joint Base Andrews, MD.  Dr. Niemtzow described how he introduced auricular Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) to the armed forces, and the wide use of BFA  in the US Army, Air Force and Navy. 

Following Dr. Niemtzow's address, Mark McDonald, MD (critical care pediatrician and medical director of Kosair Children's Hospital) and James Tsung, MD (pediatric emergency medicine physician and associate professor of pediatrics from New York) led a hands-on session on BFA.  The program was very well received by the 48 attendees.  Dr. Niemtzow generated great interest in BFA by demonstrating the technique on an attendee who suffers from foot pain.  Within minutes, her pain was lessened dramatically from the treatment.   Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and many attendees hope to introduce Auricular Battlefield Acupuncture in their own institutions.

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  AAP Section on Integrative Medicine

Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD, Columbia University Medical Center
Sanghamitra Misra, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

PAS 2014:

For information regarding the Integrative Pediatrics SIG session at PAS '14, please click here.

Speakers at PAS '14:

  • Alyssa H. Johnson, B.A. Ms. OM, L.A. and Lynn A. Gershan, MD
    Pediatric Integrative Medicine, University of Utah
    Title: Introduction of Acupuncture Into Treatment of Adolescent Headache in a Hospital-Based Integrative Medicine Program
  • Misra Sanghamitra, MD and Aditi Gupta, MD
    Academic General Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    Title: Introduction of Integrative Medicine Education To Pediatric Residents in Houston, Texas.

  • August 2014 Newsletter Article

    The Integrative Pediatric SIG welcomed attendees from North America and Europe at Vancouver this May. Dr. Elena Ladas who heads the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, gave the key note address. She introduced the audience to the many differing modalities used for her patients in the oncology group, and around the hospital including the PICU and NICU. In particular, nutrition was the focus of Dr. Ladas presentation where she also shared lessons learned from her research. The second half of our SIG meeting was devoted to two research posters: the first one was on the utilization of acupuncture in a headache clinic, and the second study was on the integration of complementary and alternative medicine education in a pediatric residency program. Overall feedback from participants positive, with particularly lively interactive discourse over the posters.

    SIG Chairs:
    Erica Sibinga

    Shiu-Lin Tsai

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    Current SIG Co-Chairs:

    Sanghamitra Misra, MD
    6701 Fannin St
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (832) 687-6367

    Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD
    3959 Broadway, CHN 1-116
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone: (212) 305-9825



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