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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Brian M. Berman, MD, LAc


        Brian M. Berman, MD, LAc


Dr. Brian Berman is a tenured Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine and President and founder of the Institute of Integrative Health.  Trained in family medicine and pain management as well as complementary medical approaches such as traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy, Dr. Berman has dedicated his career to evaluating the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of complementary and integrative medicine.  In 1991, he founded the first U.S. academic medical center-based program for integrative medicine. 

Dr. Berman is one of the most highly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in the area of integrative and complementary medicine, receiving over $30 million over the past 16 years.  He was the principal investigator of two NIH specialized Center grants for the study of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  One of the centers focused on the treatment of arthritis and related disorders, and the other was an international collaborative center with Hong Kong and is focused on irritable bowel syndrome.  These center grants build on 10 years of work from his two previous NIH center grants and an NIH international center planning grant that has built collaborations with leading institutions in Hong Kong, Australia and the U.S. As part of these grants, Dr. Berman was a principal investigator of a Phase II clinical trial and co-investigator in a second clinical trial. In 2004, Dr. Berman’s landmark study showing acupuncture to be a safe and effective therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee was published as the lead article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  His research publications include 3 books and over 200 articles in leading medical journals focused on traditional Chinese therapies, such as acupuncture, herbs and Qi Gong, mind/body therapies, and integrative medicine approaches for a wide range of chronic health disorders.  Many of his publications involve systematic reviews in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and clinical trials in CAM and pain management.

A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Berman was honored with the prestigious Bravewell Leadership Award for Integrative Medicine in 2005.  The award “celebrates and supports visionaries who have committed their medical careers to transforming healthcare in America and ushering in a new practice of medicine.” He was chair of the ad hoc advisory committee to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine when it opened in 1992, as well as the report to the NIH on alternative medicine.  Subsequently, he served on their advisory committee for 6 years, and began serving again in 2010.  In 1996, Dr. Berman also helped found and now serves as field coordinator for the Complementary Medicine field of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization dedicated to evaluating all medical practices.  He was a panel member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine’s report on complementary medicine, published in 2005, and was the first chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, which currently has 49 North American universities and health centers in its membership.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe the theories of acupuncture for mental health.
2.  Discuss 
the evidence for acupuncture for mental health.
3.  A
ppropriately refer to an acupuncturist for mental health disorders.


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