Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Director of the Fellowship
Dr. Low Dog's extensive career in studying natural medicine and its role in modern health care began more than twenty-five years ago. She studied midwifery, massage therapy, and was a highly respected herbalist, serving as President of the American Herbalist Guild and running a teaching clinic in Albuquerque, before going on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Low Dog has been with the Center for Integrative Medicine since 2000 and currently serves as the Director of Education, as well as being a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, Dr. Low Dog has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and she just recently completed her 3 year term in February 2007 as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Tieraona has served as the elected Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Committee since 2000. Her many honors of distinction include the Martina de la Cruz medal for her work with indigenous medicines (1998), Time magazine's 'Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine' (2001), the Burt Kallman Scientific Award (2007) and NPR's People's Pharmacy award (2007).
Dr. Low Dog is the author of Complementary and Integrative Approaches to Women's Health (Elsevier publisher) and has written numerous chapters for medical textbooks on integrative treatment approaches to endocrine disorders, diabetes, women's health, cardiovascular health, pain, and the use of herbs in children. She is an internationally known speaker on topics ranging from the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements to integrative approaches to women's health; with more than 30 publications to her credit. She serves on the editorial/advisory boards of Menopause and Explore journals, Prevention magazine and the American Botanical Council. She has appeared on E!, ABC's 20/20, CNN, and is a frequent guest NPR's The People's Pharmacy.Tieraona has studied the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do since 1978 and currently holds the rank of third degree black belt. She enjoys spending time with her children, hiking, cooking and traveling.
"Science and Nature have provided the threads for the tapestry of my life. Learning about DNA, molecules and the biochemistry of life has awed and inspired me - allowing me to expand my vision of the world, while Nature continues to provide a steady, gentle path for my soul to follow. The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built."
Please note that Dr. Low Dog does not see patients at our Tucson Clinic. More information about Dr. Low Dog is available at her website: DrLowDog.com