Arti Prasad MD, Center for Life's founding Executive Director, is also the founding Section Chief of Integrative Medicine at the University of New Mexico's Health Science Center (UNM HSC). Dr Prasad is a Professor of Internal Medicine at UNM and holds an adjunct clinical professorship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona. She graduated from this program in November 2003 as an Associate Fellow under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Prasad has continually demonstrated excellent leadership skills at UNM which in part resulted in her being nominated and accepted into the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. She graduated from this program in April 2005. Under her able leadership, UNM HSC is now a member of the national Consortium of the Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Dr. Prasad grew up in India, has a lifetime of experience with Natural, Ayurvedic, and Integrative medicine, and practices compassion based holistic and Integrative medicine. She has received Certificates of Appreciation for community services rendered at Eye Camps and during the Union Carbide Gas Leakage Tragedy of 1984, Bhopal, India.
Dr. Prasad has received high recognition by her peers during her medical career, including the Dean's Award of Distinction for Outstanding Faculty Performance. She is involved in medical education, faculty development, and CME. She chairs the Biennial Symposium called SIMPLE (Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment) at UNM. In March 2010, she was awarded a grant from the Weil Foundation to create the nation's first Integrative Medicine Track for the Internal Medicine Residency program at UNM. She has been listed among the top 100 doctors of Albuquerque by the Albuquerque magazine in years 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In November 2009, Dr. Prasad was honored by Albuquerque Journal's SAGE Magazine as one of the 20 women in New Mexico for their accomplishments within the past two decades. In April 2010, she will represent UNM as the selected national delegate for the annual convention of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). In May 2010, Dr. Prasad will be awarded the UNM's Paul Bartlett Re Peace Prize for which she was the "winner alternate" in 2007. Also in May 2010, she was selected as one of 102 women nationwide to represent New Mexico for a national movement called "Vision 2020 - Women in Leadership."