Prof. Elad Schiff begun his medical studies in complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), concurrently, studying conventional medicine at Hadassah and later on at the Technion Faculty of Medicine. Following his residency in Internal Medicine at Bnai Zion Medical Center, Prof. Schiff completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine, at the University of Arizona. In 2010, he opened the Integrative Medicine Services at Bnai Zion Medical Center, through which CAM treatments are provided in the hospital’s departments, highlighting CAM provision to in-patients with complicated, acute medical conditions. He is the director of Internal Medicine B, and the Integrative Medicine services at Bnai-Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Technion. Prof. Schiff has conducted and published outcomes of many studies, focusing on CAM in the hospital setting.
Since 2022, he is the Chairperson of the Israeli Society for Complementary Medicine.
Gali Stoffman, MD, is an integrative medical doctor, who specializes in Pediatric Chinese medicine. Dr. Stoffman acquired her MD at the Sackler Medical Faculty of Tel Aviv University. Since 2019, Dr. Stoffman serves as the director of the Integrative In-patient Services of Barzilai Medical Center, Israel. From 2020 she is also the Medical Director of Maccabi Tivi, the Complementary and Integrative Medical Services of Maccabi Healthcare Organization (HMO) Israel. In addition to her clinical activities, for the past thirteen years, Dr. Stoffman has been teaching a one year long post-graduate program of Pediatric Chinese Medicine, in collaboration with Mr. Julian Scott (England), as well as teaching Pediatric Chinese Medicine, within integrative medicine programs in the Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University and Technion Schools of Medicine. Dr. Stoffman teaches pediatric Chinese Medicine seminars in various TCM schools in Europe and has served as key Speaker on several occasions in Pediatric Day of the Rothenburg TCM Congress, Germany. She has authored various articles and a textbook chapter concerning TCM treatment in children.
Dr. Stoffman is an elected board member of the Israel Society for Complementary Medicine of the Israel Medical Association, since 2019.
Miek Jong (PhD) is the head of Norway’s National Research Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM) and professor in Health Services Research at the Arctic University of Norway. She is also a lecturer in Public Health at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden. Prof Jong earned her master degree in Medical Biology in 1993 from the University of Amsterdam, and her PhD in Medicine in 1997 at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She immigrated to Sweden in 2018, and to Norway in 2020. Prof Jong’s particular interests include supportive care in cancer, with specific focus on wilderness therapy in addition to other CAM modalities and self-help techniques.
Benno Brinkhaus, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology is currently Head of the project division for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM), Head of the Charité outpatient clinic for CIM, and deputy director of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.
Previously, Benno served as coordinator of student education (2005-2012) and Acting Director of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics (2014). From 1994-2001, Prof. Brinkhaus worked as a physician and research associate in the Medical Department I, Friedrich Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany where he was also head of the CIM department between 1995-2001.
Benno has been at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany since 2001, where he is the principal investigator of several projects including more than 30 RCTs in the field of CIM funded amongst others by the EU-FP7 programme, and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), German ministry of Research (BMBF) and German ministry of family (BMFSFJ) and member of different medical and acupuncture societies, reviewer of national and international medical journals.
Prof Haramati is a graduate of Brooklyn College (CUNY), he received a PhD in Physiology from the University in Cincinnati College of Medicine, and came to Georgetown 38 years ago, after 5 years at Mayo Clinic. In 2013, he was named the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at GUMC. His research interests for over 25 years addressed renal and electrolyte homeostasis, but in the past two decades he has focused on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained.
Dr. Haramati has taught physiology for over 40 years and been recognized with 11 Golden Apple awards from medical and graduate students at Georgetown. In addition, he was awarded the Arthur C. Guyton Teacher of the Year award by the American Physiological Society, the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Master Scholar Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), and named Distinguished Educator by the GUMC Teaching Academy for Health Sciences. He chairs the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies of the AAMC and currently serves on the AAMC Board of Directors. Dr. Haramati has advocated that mindful practices together with small groups be integrated in the training of health professionals to foster resilience and improve well-being in the learning and work environments at academic health centers. He has been a visiting professor at over 100 medical schools worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Georg Seifert is a senior physician in paediatric oncology and professor of naturopathy and integrative medicine in paediatrics at the Charité in Berlin and at the University of Sao Paulo, where he researches Brazilian naturopathy and traditional medicine.