and Acupuncture from the New York College for Wholistic Health, Education and Research. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Adelphi University, as well as an MA in Nursing from New York University. Dr. Anastasi has written several articles on symptom management and CAM therapies in HIV/AIDS and has been awarded many research grants including one from NCCAM titled, Acupuncture and Moxibustion: A Randomized Controlled Trial for Chronic Diarrhea in Persons with HIV.
Brian Berman, M.D. is Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine. Trained in family medicine and pain management as well as complementary medical approaches such as acupuncture, Dr. Berman has dedicated his career to evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine. In 1991 he founded the first U.S. academic medical center-based program for complementary medicine. He is principal investigator (P.I.) of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) specialized center grant for the study of complementary medicine in the treatment of arthritis and related disorders and P.I. or co-P.I. on a number of large NIH and Department of Defense-funded clinical trials on modalities such as acupuncture and mind/body therapies. The results of his research and of systematic reviews he has conducted of the literature in complementary medicine have been published in journals such as Pain, Rheumatology, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Family Practice. Dr. Berman chaired 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 the NIH advisory committee for 6 years. 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, and is Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
Margaret Buhrmaster is the Director of the Office of Regulatory Reform (ORR) for New York State. The ORR was originally created to support the Governor’s Regulatory Reform agenda and facilitate a more efficient and user-friendly rule making process, and is now also a central resource for research, policy development, and identification of legal/regulatory issues relating to the practice and use of CAM. Prior to serving as Director, Ms. Buhrmaster served as a Legislator for Schenectady County, New York.
Gerard N. Burrow, M.D. is Dean Emeritus of the Yale University School of Medicine. He was also the David Paige Smith Professor of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale. Prior to coming to Yale, he