Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D. Champions a Proven Path to Better Health

Integrative MedicineABOIM® Diplomate Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D., the founder of the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine, recently spoke with The Chalkboard Magazine about his passion for practicing integrative medicine and the many reasons why this clinical specialty is one of the most important trends in wellness. When asked to define integrative medicine, Dr. de Mello stated that it draws from two distinct yet scientifically validated and complementary medical traditions: allopathic (traditional) medicine and Eastern healing practices, such acupuncture, herbal supplements, and meditation. He went on to explain that integrative medicine requires the development of a strong relationship between patient and practitioner. After a patient’s immediate health issue has been properly managed using traditional methods, the integrative medicine practitioner will recommend lifestyle changes designed to help address the root cause of the medical problem. The patient thus becomes a proactive participant in the effort to remain as healthy as possible. Integrative medicine, according to Dr. de Mello, is a proven path to better health that is justifiably joining the mainstream as the medical community recognizes the advantages of whole-person, holistic healing.

The Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, CA, takes a multidisciplinary approach to healing and wellness. Guided by the philosophy that illness is a personal story and not simply a set of pathologies, the Akasha team taps into the very best evidence-based therapies available to help each patient achieve optimal health encompassing the physical, mental, and spiritual realms. The latest technological and clinical advances in Western medicine are combined with scientifically validated Eastern modalities to treat the whole patient – not just individual symptoms.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® is a recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body in the United States. Through our Member Board, the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), we offer a path to certification for integrative medicine practitioners who are able to demonstrate complete mastery of the specialty. Please click here for an updated list of eligibility requirements and do not hesitate to contact the ABPS directly for additional information about the certification process and the objectives of our organization.


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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine