Brian Berman, MD
Brian Berman, MD
Professor, Family & Community Medicine
Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
Integrative Family Physician
Brian Berman is Professor of Family & Community Medicine and the founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, the first center for research, education and clinical care in complementary and integrative medicine based in a U.S. academic health center. A family physician and pain management specialist, Dr. Berman significantly changed his own practice of medicine over twenty years ago to a broader, integrative approach that includes complementary therapies and mind/body approaches, and has introduced this approach into the Center’s clinic and other clinical practices at the University of Maryland. Dr. Berman’s desire to see integrative medicine receive wider acceptance has resulted in his becoming one of the most highly funded NIH researchers in this field over the past seventeen years.
Recently, he was principal investigator of two NIH-funded centers studying traditional Chinese medicine, one of which was an international center with colleagues in Hong Kong. With over 250 peer-reviewed publications and three books, he published a lead article in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. On the national and international front, Dr. Berman has taken a leadership role in promoting integrative medicine, based on a firm evidence-based approach. He chaired the ad-hoc advisory committee to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine when it opened in 1992 and subsequently served on their advisory committee for 6 years, and he is once again serving on the Advisory Board. He was the first chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, composed of more than 50 North American universities, and served on the Institute of Medicine panel on complementary medicine, whose report was released in January 2005. Dr. Berman also co-founded and coordinates the complementary medicine field within the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization dedicated to evaluating all medical practices through systematic reviews of the research literature. At a ceremony in New York City in November of 2005, Dr. Berman was awarded the Bravewell Leadership Award, which “pays tribute to an outstanding person who is transforming healthcare through integrative medicine.”