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Upcoming Webinars


Webinars are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.  Exceptions are noted.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Herbal and Traditional Medicine in Integrative Oncology
Presented by Dr. Eran Ben-Arye
12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/9:00 am PT

Herbal medicine is a central modality in integrative oncology, especially in societies with high affinity to traditional medical systems such as Chinese, Kampo, Ayurvedic, Greco-Arab, European, and Anthroposophic medicine. Many leading cancer centers provide consultations in integrative medicine, with patients increasingly referred by oncologists and healthcare providers for evidenced-based guidance on the effective and safe use of these therapies (e.g., herb-drug interactions). Despite the high prevalence of herbal medicine use by oncology patients (30-50% during chemotherapy), many cancer centers oppose including such consultations in their palliative care programs. This approach conflicts with open and non-judgmental doctor-patient communication, particularly with patients whose health-belief model is strongly affiliated with herbal and traditional medicine use.

The keynote lecture will present an integrative oncology approach, in which the herbal medicine consultation adopts a cross cultural-sensitive approach, respecting both patient autonomy and evidence-based aspects of the integrative care program. The integrative and palliative context of the patient-centered and treatment-tailored multi-modality program will be addressed, respecting patient narratives and concerns while seeking to improve quality of life. Initiatives in medical education addressing the use of traditional herbal medicine in supportive cancer care will be discussed, and venues for international collaboration among leading integrative oncology centers and the Society for Integrative Oncology proposed.

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Eran Ben-Arye has an MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specialized in family medicine at the Department of Family Medicine, The Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, The Technion, Israel. Prof. Ben-Arye developed and instructed in a complementary medicine education program in the Division of Complementary Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. He is the co-founder and director of the Unit of Complementary and Traditional Medicine at the Department of Family Medicine, Haifa, and the director of the Integrative Oncology Program within the Haifa and Western Galilee Oncology Service, Lin, Zebulon, and Carmel Medical Centers, Clalit Health Services. Prof. Ben-Arye is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, The Technion, and is a founding member and former Chairperson of the Israel Society for Complementary Medicine of the Israel Medical Association.

His research interests include integrative and complementary medicine, family medicine, integrative oncology, medical education, doctor-patient communication, evidence-based medicine and research, and traditional and cross-cultural medicine. He has authored and co-authored over 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and 10 chapters in oncology textbooks. Prof. Ben-Arye has constructed and co-conducted more than 14 controlled clinical studies in the area integrative medicine.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Mental Health and Well-Being in a Time of Social Distancing
Presented by Stephen Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, Noshene Ranjbar, MD and Chelsea Rothschild, PhD
12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/9:00 am PT


During this webinar, three panelists will discuss the realities of stress and isolation on mental health during the pandemic and explore means to support patients and clinician well-being. Panelists will provide practical resources during the session including clinical applications of mind-body medicine. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the biopsychosocial model and aspects of mental health and well-being.
  • Differentiate between post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth.
  • Understand the clinical applications of mind-body medicine as it applies to stress and trauma, trauma-spectrum conditions and post-traumatic growth and empowerment during this global pandemic.


Stephen Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapy Supervisor (Whole Health), VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Noshene Ranjbar, MD, Medical Director, Integrative Psychiatry Clinic, Banner-University of Arizona Medical Center

Chelsea Rothschild, PhD, Program Manager, Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, Clincial Health Psychologist, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Sessions will be recorded and will be available for viewing on the Consortium's Members Only section of the website (www.imconsortium.org). If you are faculty or a staff member of a Consortium member institution, you can obtain a login for the Member's Only section of the website. Please contact info@imconsortium.org with any questions.