Some Notes on
Leanna J. Standish, N.D., Ph.D., Dipl.Ac.

Stephen Barrett, MD

In February 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced that it was assembling a committee to identify major scientific and policy issues in "complementary and alternative medicine" ("CAM") research, regulation, training, credentialing and "integration with conventional medicine." As part of this process, it posted the names of 15 appointees and asked for public comment about their suitability. I replied by challenging nine of the proposed members. Here are IOM's biographical sketch of Leanna Standish and the comments I submitted. After the comment period ended, she was dropped from the proposed committee.

IOM Description (February 2003): Leanna Standish is Senior Research Scientist, former Director of the Bastyr University Research Institute from 1987-2001, AIDS Research Center Principal Investigator and Director of the Bastyr Hepatitis C Clinic. She is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist with a 25-year career as a research scientist in experimental neuroscience with numerous publications. Her clinical practice specializes in cancer, AIDS, Hepatitis C and neurological diseases. Prior to her work in natural medicine research and naturopathic medical practice, she served for two years as Visiting Scientist and Senior Fellow at the University of Washington?s Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Standish also directs the Breast Cancer Research Program at Bastyr University and was appointed as a member of the Advisory Council for NIH?s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 1999-2001, and has served on the NCI Cancer Advisory Panel for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Currently she is principal investigator on several NIH/NCCAM funded research projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS and basic neurophysiological research on mind/body interaction. In September 2000, she was named by Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle?s Top Doctors. Dr. Standish teaches a course within the Spirituality, Health and Medicine program at Bastyr University that focuses on scientific evidence from physicians and biology that addresses some of the propositions emerging out of modern spiritual disciples. Her scholarly interests include philosophy, biology, consciousness science, and medicine.

My Comments (Posted on February 23, 2003)

Overview of IOM "CAM" Committee

This article was revised on January 15, 2005.

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