AIM Health Institute is led by the Board of Directors, which includes medical doctors, patient representatives, a medical school student representative, and representatives of the low-income community. AIM was created at the initiative and is supported by GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Please meet our Board:
Ronald G. Boston is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in engineering, a career pilot, and an experienced staff officer in various headquarters duties and organizational functions. He has a Masters Degree in Japanese history from the University of Washington and served as an assistant professor of history at the Air Force Academy. His resume includes numerous overseas assignments as well as senior positions at the United States Embassy in Switzerland and the United Nations in New York.
Ron plays a leading role in overseeing the Barbara Boston Cancer Fund. Ron and Barbara Boston (1947-2014) moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2000. Through Barbara’s years of work at the Center for Integrative Medicine, Ron has gained an appreciation of the value of complementary and alternative medicine, himself benefiting from a number of these modalities. He is personally interested in fitness and wellness. As a member of the board of AIM Health Institute, he hopes to see this proactive approach to health become available to a wider segment of the community in the furtherance of the work to which Barbara dedicated her career.
Luann Jacobs holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Indiana University. She studied Reiki Master Teaching at the Usui School of Natural Healing and Komyo Kai School of Hyakuten Inamoto. Prior to becoming a Reiki master teacher she has been a speech-language pathologist for 40 years working with adults with neurological disorders.
Ms. Jacobs has founded and coordinated Reiki and Biofeedback Services for the George Washington University and Medical Center, including for the GW Center for Integrative Medicine since its inception in 1998. In 2004 she started and currently directs Reiki Volunteer Program for palliative care, surgical, cardiac, and medical services at the George Washington University Hospital, and provides Reiki to the GW Breast Care Center. Ms. Jacobs teaches GW medical students and residents within the Integrative Medicine Track program at the GW School of Medicine. In 2000 she founded Reiki Partners, a group for practitioners in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area aimed at expanding their knowledge and practice in the field of Reiki/Biofeedback.
Dr. Wayne Jonas, MD, earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has held leadership positions with the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Health, and the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Samueli Institute, a non-profit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes and their application in health and disease. He is a widely published scientific investigator, a practicing family physician, Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, and Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.
Dr. Jonas was the Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995-1998, and prior to that served as the Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Mikhail Kogan, MD, is Chairman of the Board of Directors and the founder of AIM. Dr. Kogan graduated with a Medical Degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and is the Medical Director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.
Dr. Kogan is a founding board member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine, a board member of the Art of Healing Foundation, associate director of the Geriatric/Palliative Care Fellowships, director of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at GWU School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Integrative Medicine Track Program. He is also a volunteer attending physician at the Bread of the City Healing clinic that serves low-income and uninsured populations.
Michelle Madison is the Chief Executive Officer of the Unity Health Care Foundation and represents interests of the low-income community on the Board. After graduating from the Howard University with B.A. in Sociology, she has built a progressive 23-year career in operational management, staff leadership, development promotion, budget planning and oversight, strategic planning, project development, relationship cultivation and fundraising. Ms. Madison has been with Unity Health Care for more than 14 years and has held several key leadership positions throughout her tenure. She was hired in 1996 as the Director of Grants Management when Unity Health Care was formerly referred to as Health Care for the Homeless Project, Inc. that served solely the homeless population. In less than a year the Health Care for the Homeless Project was renamed Unity Health Care to reflect the change in mission and the provision of services to all residents living in the District of Columbia regardless of their ability to pay. Later Ms. Madison held the positions of Chief Program Officer and Chief Planning and Grants Management Officer, was appointed as the Vice President of what is now referred to as the Unity Health Care Foundation, and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in 2008. The Foundation is a separate nonprofit organization and its purpose is to raise financial resources that will support the mission-driven, programmatic, service and capital development needs of Unity Health Care, Incorporated.
Prior to her career at Unity, she held key leadership positions within the YMCA to include Director of Community Service and Executive Director for more than seven 7 years. Currently, Ms. Madison is a Usui, Kundalini and Tummo Reiki Master, as well as a Certified Life Coach.
Dr. Mehret Mandefro, MD, received her medical doctorate degree from Harvard University and her Master of Science in Public Health degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Amida Health, a health informatics company, and a founder and president of Truth Aid through which she speaks at conferences about HIV prevention, the social determinants of health, and patient engagement.
She served as a health policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and was a research faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Mandefro has won numerous fellowships, including being selected as a White House Fellow in 2009 and Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar in 2007. She recently led successful capital campaign, development, production and distribution of two feature length award-winning films about the social determinants of health that will broadcast on PBS in the United States and have a theatrical release in 16 countries.
Dr. Nisha Money, MD, is a military veteran Major (former), a preventive medicine physician with a specialization in integrative medicine and global health, who holds both a Medical Degree and a Master of Public Health Degree. Her recent positions include United States Air Force Flight Surgeon; Medical Commander for Homeland Security and Initial Disaster Response Teams; Chief of United States Air Force Fitness for the Surgeon General; and Head Physician Epidemiologist for Dodd’s Global Emerging Infections Surveillance & Response. Dr. Money holds dozens of military training certifications including Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties; Military Health Promotion & Wellness; Physician’s Medical and Scalp Acupuncture certification; Body-Mind-Spirit Medicine therapeutics; and Physician’s Yoga Therapy for chronic disorders, to name a few. She also has spearheaded communication pathways and capacity building efforts between the United States, the World Health Organization, NATO, and foreign public-private sector agencies for medical humanitarian missions and holistic health therapies.
Dr. Money has recently transitioned from active duty military and is now the director of the Global Healing Initiatives Institute.
Seth Morrison represents the patient community on the Board. Mr. Morrison holds a Master’s degree in Library Science in educational media. He is currently a Principal at Seth Morrison Consulting, where he is engaged in providing independent marketing/operational consulting services, supporting clients from initial analysis and strategic planning stages through implementation of solutions, and defining and executing organizational start-ups and turnarounds. Mr. Morrison has been a patient at GW Center for Integrative Medicine for several years. Having benefited from its services, he is eager to bring it to the underserved community. He volunteers for the Taproot Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change. As a Strategy Consultant, Mr. Morrison assisted with projects for the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, and for the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.
Prior to that, Mr. Morrison served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Initiatives at the CTAM (Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing).
Dr. John Pan, MD, graduated from George Washington University Medical School in 1970, finished his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1974, and was appointed Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at GWU Medical Center. He is the founder of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. He created the Center for Integrative Medicine at GW in 1998 to explore the study and practice of medicine beyond the conventional realm, and had served as its Medical Director until 2013.
Dr. Pan recently retired from his position as the Medical Director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. In the past, he also served as the Steering Committee Member and was an Executive Committee Member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
Glenn Sabin represents the patient community on the Board. He is a media, marketing and business development veteran who created a comprehensive, integrative oncology approach to achieve a complete pathological remission of his CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia)—considered an “incurable” disease—without conventional intervention. Mr. Sabin’s case has been chronicled through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his personal oncologist, Lee M. Nadler, MD, Dean of Clinical and Translational Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
A staunch proponent and leader in the area of integrative medicine, Mr. Sabin is a board member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. After a 25-year career running a media and content marketing company, in 2009 Mr. Sabin launched FON Therapeutics, which was born out of his personal journey with cancer. He devotes energy to advancing medical research models, and helping integrative health enterprises and providers grow their companies and practices. Mr. Sabin has a uniquely relevant perspective on the business, policy and scientific matters specific to integrative healthcare and lectures on these topics across the country.
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Kami Nicole Veltri represents the medical student community on the Board. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience from the University of Florida, she moved to Guatemala to learn Spanish and work with medically underserved communities. Upon her return and following her passions for health and service, she enrolled at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she is a student in the Integrative Medicine Track. As a medical student in DC, Kami has had opportunities to represent Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Public Citizen in the fight for health care justice. She firmly believes in health care as a human right, and is excited to bring integrative medicine out of the boutiques and into the community.
During her first year in medical school, Kami served as the Community Outreach Chair for SALUD, a student organization focused on Latino health, and volunteered with the Healing Clinic Outreach team to provide nutritional education at Bread for the City and the Ward 8 Farmers’ Market. More recently, she served as the Student Director for the 2014 Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM) and currently serves as a Co-Leader for the Student Leadership Group within the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Seeking education beyond the classroom, Kami is now taking time off from her conventional medical education and works at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine.