Chairman, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC

Woodson C. Merrell, MD, ScD(hc) is the M. Anthony Fisher Director of Integrative Medicine at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City. This Center is part of Beth Israel Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility, the nation's largest and most comprehensive primary care-based academic integrative medical center, is dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical care, education, and research for both consumers and medical professionals, combining the best of evidence-based conventional medicine, complementary/alternative medicine and indigenous medical/wisdom traditions.

Dr. Merrell is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at his alma mater Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he started one of the nation's first courses in integrative medicine for medical students in 1994. He is also visiting assistant professor of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Merrell has had a busy private practice in integrative internal medicine since 1985 in New York City. He is an attending physician in the Departments of Medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Centers. He has expertise and special interests in mind-body therapies, acupuncture, botanical therapies, nutrition and nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and indigenous healing systems.

Dr. Merrell has been a consultant to many hospitals, medical centers and medical schools to help increase their integrative approach to health care. He is a frequent major media guest, both regionally and nationally, including CBS Morning Show, CNN, MSNBC, WABC, The View, NPR, WBAI, Sirius, Time, Forbes, Barrons, Leaders, W, Elle, Self, O, Huffington Post, Psychology, ABC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Post and the NY Daily News. His book The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel Ten Years Younger, co-authored with his wife, health science writer Kathleen Merrell, was published by Free Press/Simon and Schuster in September 2008.

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