Integrative Pediatrics SIG

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SIG purpose/mission:
To further the newly emerging field of integrative pediatric which focuses on the integration of all available modalities to optimize health in all 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:
We had a wonderful PAS session this year in Toronto!  Although we were scheduled as the last session of the entire conference, we had approximately 20 dedicated attendees. We started with a welcome by Dr. Sanghamitra Misra, Co-Chair, APA Integrative Pediatrics SIG. Dr. Misra thanked Dr. Shiu-Lin Tsai for her seven years of service as Co-chair of the APA Integrative Pediatrics SIG and provided her with a small token of appreciation! Dr. Tsai thanked the leaders in integrative pediatrics such as Dr. David Steinhorn and Dr. Kathi Kemper who were also in attendance. Dr. Tsai then introduced our incoming SIG Co-chair Dr. Danielle Graff and our esteemed keynote speaker Dr. Melanie Brown.

Dr. Melanie Brown is an Integrative Medicine, Pain and Pediatric Palliative Care physician and clinical medical ethicist. She is the Program Director of Integrative Medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Brown received fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Chicago; Clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; Medical Education through the Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) at the University of Chicago and Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.  She also received her Acupuncture training from the Helms Institute and Hypnosis through ASCH and NPHTI.   

Dr. Brown conducted an informative session on integrative medicine techniques for palliative care followed by a hands-on session on the Magic Glove technique. Everyone in attendance learned the technique and can practice it with patients as soon as they get back to their own institutions!    For the last portion of the SIG session, Dr. Danielle Graff introduced our three featured integrative pediatrics research posters.  1.“” Presented by Dr. Erica Sibinga  2.“ "Mindful Journeys: An Innovative Approach to Helping and Healing for Parents Facing or Dealing with Loss of a Child" Presented by Dr. David Steinhorn  3. “Addressing Pain with Integrative Medicine at a Large Freestanding Children’s Hospital” Presented by Dr. Sanghamitra Misra  

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  

Complex Care SIG, Palliative Care groups, and American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Danielle Graff, MD,Other, FAAP
571 S. Floyd
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) .62-7212

Sanghamitra Misra, MD
8080 North Stadium Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: (832) -47-1217

Current SIG Mentor:

Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH
1915 Chateaugay Way
Blacklick, OH 43004
Phone: (336) 716-9640




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