Speakers

Dr. Adam Gavsie, MD, CFPC

Dr. Adam Gavsie is a family physician who completed his medical degree and Family Medicine residency at McGill University. He started his career practicing Rural and First Nations Medicine in some of Canada’s remotest areas including northern Ontario, Nunavik (northern Quebec) and the Yukon Territory. His yoga background propelled him to explore Integrative and Holistic Medicine, which then led to training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and instructor certification in Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga. He is an Integrative Medicine fellow through the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson and a member of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Gavsie is an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at McGill University and is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents both in his clinic and at the medical faculty.


Dr. Mark A. Ware, MBBS, MRCP (UK), MSc

Dr. Mark Ware is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. He is Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, co-Director of the Quebec Pain Research Network and Executive Director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids.


Dr. Howard Bergman, MD, FCFP, FRCPC

Howard Bergman is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine, Medicine, and Oncology, and the first Dr. Joseph Kaufmann Professor of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Bergman served as Vice-President, Scientific Affairs of the Fonds de la recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ), Quebec’s health research funding agency. From 1993 to 2009, he was Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University and the Jewish General Hospital. In 2001-2002, he was interim Physician-in-Chief and Chief of the Department of Medicine of the Jewish General Hospital.

Dr. Bergman is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). He is a past president of the Canadian Geriatrics Society, which awarded him the Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award; and a past chair of the Institute of Aging Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is internationally renowned for research driving policy change in primary care, integrated care, aging, chronic disease and frailty, with more than 165 publications. This year he received the College of Family of Family Physicians of Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Family Medicine research.

As a member of an independent Commission struck by the Quebec Government to propose health care reform, he recommended the medical home in Quebec – the Family Medicine Groups (GMF). At the request of the Quebec Minister of Health, he authored the Quebec Alzheimer Plan and is presently working on its implementation. He co-created The Canadian team for healthcare services/system improvement in dementia care. Dr. Bergman served as a member of the CAHS Expert Panel on improving chronic disease outcomes through health system transformation which in 2010 tabled its report: Transforming Care for Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions: Put People First, Expect the Best and Manage for Results.


Patricia Dobkin, PhD

Dr. Dobkin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at McGill University for the past 23 years. She is affiliated with McGill Programs in Whole Person Care and she teaches undergraduate and medical students out of the Departments of Social Studies in Medicine and Psychology. Dr. Dobkin obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the United States, interned at Rochester (New York) Medical Center and completed her post-doctoral training at McGill University. Her specialty is Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Dobkin has published >100 articles and book chapters in medical and psychological journals and has presented her work internationally in various conference venues. She works in English and French.

Dr. Dobkin has provided and studied psychosocial programs entitled, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice for the past 10 years. While most research pertaining to these programs show positive mental and physical health outcomes, relatively few have examined the processes underlying these benefits. Moreover, there is a paucity of research with regard to how MBSR impacts health professionals’ well-being. She, along with her students and colleagues, is filling this gap. Dr. Dobkin is also the Editor of Minfdul Medical Practice: Clinical Narratives and Therapeutic Insights (Springer 2015) and Co-author with Dr. Craig Hassed of Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators (Springer, 2016).


Dr. Benjamin Kligler, MD

Dr. Benjamin Kligler is National Director of the Integrative Health Coordinating Center at the Veterans Health Administration and former Vice Chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is Associate Professor of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kligler is Co-Director of the Beth Israel Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine, which accepted its first fellows for training in January 2002, and also teaches in the Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice. He is former Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine, and is the author of Curriculum in Complementary Therapies: A Guide for the Medical Educator, and co-editor of Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill in 2004. Dr. Kligler is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Kligler is board-certified in Family Medicine and also holds certifications in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and acupuncture. 


Dr. Patricia Lebensohn, MD

Dr. Patricia Lebensohn comes to the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine after serving in different faculty roles at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine since 1993. Dr. Lebensohn is a graduate of the Center's Fellowship in Integrative Medicine class 2005. She was the Family Medicine Residency program director from 1999-2007. She is presently serving as one of the Mentors for the Societies program in the College of Medicine and she is the director for the Integrative Medicine in residency program. Dr Lebensohn also continues to serve as a clinical faculty for the Family Medicine residency and coordinates the Integrative Family Medicine program at the U of A.

Dr. Lebensohn is a board certified family physician who has additional training in psychiatry and family therapy. She received her medical degree from the National University of Rosario, Argentina in 1982. Dr. Lebensohn completed a psychiatry residency in Argentina in 1987 and a Family Medicine residency at St. Josephs Health Center in Syracuse, NY in 1993. She also has extensive training in family systems therapy. Dr. Lebensohn continues to provide full spectrum family medicine including prenatal care and delivery. In addition to integrative medicine, she has a special interest in maternal-child health, women's health, behavioral health, and cross-cultural aspects of medicine.


Lynda Balneaves, PhD 

Professor Lynda Balneaves is the Director of the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto. Professor Balneaves is also appointed as an Associate Professor to the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She also holds the Kwok Yuen and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine and is a Scientist II in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care (POPC) at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Professor Balneaves is a leader in supporting people living with cancer in making evidence-based decisions about complementary therapies. She is developing and evaluating a variety of education and decision support tools for patients, families and health professionals faced with decisions related to complementary therapies in conventional care settings and within the community. She is also involved in studies evaluating complementary therapies.


Dr. Helene Langevin, MD, PhD

Dr. Helene Langevin received an MDCM degree from McGill University in 1978. She did a post doctoral research fellowship in Neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Professor in Residence of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is also a part-time Professor of Neurology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded studies investigating the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of manual and movement based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue. Dr. Langevin was appointed as Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in November 2012. Through translational research, the Osher Center aims to test and implement integrated patient care, positioning itself as a thought leader in forging medical connections at the physiological, clinical, and community levels. In order to fulfill this mission, the Osher Center’s strategic vision is to build a “center without walls.” This consists of a network of integrative medicine research, education and patient care throughout HMS, with ties to the Osher Centers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Northwestern University, and Vanderbilt University.


Dr. Esther Sternberg, MD, PhD

Dr. Esther Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain's stress response on health: the science of the mind-body interaction. A dynamic speaker, recognized by her peers as a spokesperson for the field, she translates complex scientific subjects in a highly accessible manner, with a combination of academic credibility, passion for science and compassion as a physician. Currently Professor of Medicine and Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Dr. Sternberg is Founding Director, of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, a unique interdisciplinary Institute linking biomedical, health professionals and design professionals to research and create places supporting health and wellbeing. She received her M.D. degree and trained in rheumatology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She previously served on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1980-86); was Senior Scientist and Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health (1986-2012); and was Research Professor at American University (Washington, DC). In addition to numerous publications in leading scientific journals, she is reviewer and editorial board member for many scientific journals, has edited several textbooks, has authored two popular books: The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (W.H. Freeman & Co., 2000, paperback H. Holt 2001; Dutch 2001, Chinese 2002; Japanese 2005) and best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being (Harvard University Press, 2009; paperback 2010; German 2011; Korean 2013); and created and hosted a PBS television special, The Science of Healing, based on her books. She has advised numerous national and international organizations on the impact of place on wellbeing, including the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Surgeon General, and the Vatican.  Among her many honors and awards, she was named by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as one of “300 Women Who Changed the Face of Medicine".


Dr. Sunita Vohra, MD

Dr. Sunita Vohra is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She is Founding Director of the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE) Program, Canada’s first academic pediatric integrative medicine initiative, and the PedCAM Network, a national pediatric research and education network. Dr. Vohra has training in pediatrics, clinical pharmacology, and clinical epidemiology with expertise in systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, N-of-1 trials, active surveillance and safety research.