Associate Director of the Fellowship / Clinical Professor, Medicine
Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO is a Professor of Clinical Medicine
at the University of Arizona where she is the Associate Director of
the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for
Integrative Medicine. Dr. Alschuler received her undergraduate degree
from Brown University, Providence RI in 1988. She obtained her
naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University in Seattle WA in
1994 where she also completed her residency in general naturopathic
medicine. She is board certified in naturopathic oncology and
maintains a clinical practice. Previously, she was the department head
of naturopathic medicine at Midwestern Regional Medical Center ?
Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Dr. Alschuler is past-President
of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding
board member, Past-President and current Board member of the Oncology
Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is co-author of
Definitive Guide to Cancer, now in its 3rd edition, and
Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. The American
Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) recognized Dr. Alschuler
in 2014 as Physician of the Year. In 2020, she received the Sheikh
Zayed International Award in Naturopathy.
Burke, Molly K
Director of Online Education
Molly K. Burke joined the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
(AWCIM) at the University of Arizona in February of 2000. She has
enjoyed being a part of all aspects of creating and delivering online
educational offerings. As Director of Online Education since 2012, she
works with program directors, faculty, and the development team to
design, create, improve and maintain our many and diverse online
educational offerings. She is passionate about exploring new ways to
provide integrative medicine focused learning to health care
practitioners and patients.
Molly designed and co-directs the Integrative
Health and Wellness program (IHeLp), a 6-month interprofessional
online certificate program, and the
Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching certification - an
approved program recognized by the National Board in Health and
Additionally, she has led efforts at AWCIM with offerings for
the public - the largest being My Wellness Coach, a
mobile health app based on motivational interviewing, integrative
principles, and health coaching. She has engaged in
researching the app across a diverse population and how it supports
health behavior changes. She led the development and launch of CanHEAL,
an integrative cancer resource toolkit for patients, caregivers, and
Prior to joining the Center, Molly earned a 1000 hour
certification in massage therapy. She has a bachelor's degree in media
arts and an MFA in creative writing - both from the University of
Arizona. She has been a board member of IM4US (2018-2020).
Chiasson, Ann Marie
Director of the Fellowship / Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Fellowship
at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and an Associate
Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the
University of Arizona. Dr. Chiasson graduated with honors from
Dalhousie School of Medicine in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed a
residency in Family Medicine at the University of British
Columbia. She is board certified in Integrative Medicine, Family
Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Chiasson currently
serves on the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She has
practiced Integrative Family Medicine in the United States and Canada
and has served as a medical director for Valor Hospice, as an
associate medical director for Casa De La Luz Hospice, and as the
medical director of The Haven ? a Women?s Addiction Recovery Center in
Tucson, Arizona. Stimulated by a life-long interest in the healing
capacity of meditation, consciousness and energy healing, Dr. Chiasson
studied extensively with indigenous healers in Mexico. She has
authored Energy Healing- The Essentials of Self Care (Sounds True,
2013) and co-authored Self-Healing with Energy Medicine with Dr.
Andrew Weil (Sounds True, 2009). Dr. Chiasson teaches nationally on
topics in Integrative Medicine, Pain Management, Mind-body Medicine
and Energy Medicine.
Crocker, Robert (Rocky)
Director, Strategic Clinical Planning and Implementation / Co-Director, IHeLp / Co-Director, IHW Coaching / Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
Robert Crocker joined the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in 2012. His first task was to open the Integrative Health Center in Phoenix and is instrumental in future health centers. He has been involved in the development of the Integrative health and lifestyle program, has been a key leader for the Integrative Health Coaching Program, and is deeply involved in the IMPACT study for clinical outcomes.
Prior to coming to AzCIM, Dr. Crocker was with American Specialty Health (ASH) as its chief medical officer. He was involved in the management and ongoing development of the company's medical management programs and products, as well as oversight of ASH's clinical service operations.
Dr. Crocker had a distinguished career in private practice and as national medical director for both UNICARE/Cost Care and WellPoint Health Networks. He also previously served as chief of staff at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, and as a part-time clinical instructor in the University of Mississippi's family medicine program.
Dr. Crocker is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and has held leadership positions in many industry organizations, including America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO). In addition, Dr. Crocker served on the board of directors of URAC from 2001 through 2010 including serving as chairman of URAC's board of directors.
Dr. Crocker holds a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry from Mississippi College, he later graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and he is a graduate of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He has served as a health consultant, provided oversight of previous humanitarian relief efforts in Central Asia, and more recently has been working with aboriginal communities in Australia.
Director of Business Development
Director of Operations
Medical Director / Director of Integrative Medicine Distinction Track / Professor, Medicine
Randy Horwitz.MD, PhD is the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
He received a BS (Biochemistry) and an MD from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from the University of Florida (Immunology & Molecular Biology). He completed postdoctoral research training at the National Institutes of Health, residency training in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals, Cleveland (Case Western Reserve University), and a three-year fellowship in Allergy & Clinical Immunology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Horwitz also completed a Residential Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, with a focus on mind-body approaches to illness. He is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Clinical Immunology, and Integrative Medicine.
In 2012, his textbook Integrative Rheumatology was released (Oxford University Press). In 2016, Dr. Horwitz was appointed to the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and USMLE test committee for Immunology. He also served as the Founding Chair of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM).
Director of Academic Collaborations
Dr. Lebensohn, a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the
University of Arizona, is a family physician with training in
She grew up in Argentina, where she completed her medical,
psychiatric, and family therapy training. After immigrating to the US,
Dr. Lebensohn did a family medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital
in Syracuse, NY.
In 1993, Dr. Lebensohn joined the faculty at the University of
Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine and has been
teaching medical students and residents since then. She completed a
fellowship in faculty development in 1994 and Integrative Medicine in
2005. She created and developed several innovative programs in the
family medicine residency: a longitudinal behavioral health program;
4-year residency options for UA family medicine residents: sports
medicine, fellowship, and the Integrative Family Medicine program. Dr.
Lebensohn served as the family medicine residency program director for
8 years and is presently one of the mentors for the Societies program
at the UA College of Medicine.
Personally, she has two adult children and five grandchildren
and loves to be physically active in nature: biking, swimming, bike or
backpaking and practicing yoga She enjoys experimenting in the
kitchen, making vegan dishes. She has a passion for teaching
physicians in training to be true healers and to find joy in the art
Tara is Chairperson of LENS Ventures. LENS is lauded for its' options-made model-a unique approach to opening new markets and focusing on platforms. With an eye to innovation, Tara has triggered strategic entrepreneurial change within such companies as American Express OPEN, Nokia and BestBuy, focusing on innovation, next generation strategies, new markets, investments and acquisitions. In the start-up realm, Tara lead the strategy for Ribbit, which was acquired by British Telecom in 2008, and served on the board of Discovery Mining, which was acquired by Interwoven in 2008.
Tara is the technology Co-Chair of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. The innovation work in the Markle reports has influenced fundamental restructuring of how our government views intelligence and national security in our post 9/11 world. Tara is also known as the "Ambassador from Silicon Valley" on the Embassy of the Future Commission where she serves with 26 former Ambassadors to bring innovation to the State Department by "rethinking US embassies around the world."
She also founded three technology companies that were trailblazers in new markets and was on the founding board of TRUSTe, a leader in online privacy.
Earlier in her career, Tara was President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) where she worked to galvanize global initiatives in areas of intellectual property, encryption, and privacy.
Tara has been published in Wired, Business 2.0, Business Week, and the Harvard Business Review. She is an active delegate at the Aspen Institute, Fortune Brainstorm, and Fortune Most Powerful Women Summits. She has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, and UC Berkeley and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio. Most recently, she spoke about "risk vs. mission" at TED India where she affirmed that in order to allow for success and innovation, companies must "re-calibrate legal, ops, and management to make sure requirements aren't getting in the way of the mission."
Tara is also the CEO of Net Power & Light; currently in stealth.
Executive Director / Andrew Weil Endowed Chair in Integrative Medicine / Professor, Medicine / Professor, Public Health
Dr. Victoria Maizes is Executive Director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health. Internationally recognized as a leader in integrative medicine, she stewarded the growth of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine from a small program educating four residential fellows per year to a designated Center of Excellence training more than 1000 residents and fellows annually.
Dr Maizes has pioneered multiple innovative educational programs including the Integrative Family Medicine Program, and Integrative Medicine in Residency, two national models for educating primary care physicians. As founding co-chair of the education committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Maizes led a team of educators developing objectives for medical students in integrative medicine.
A graduate of Barnard College, Dr Maizes received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Maizes speaks worldwide to audiences on integrative medical education, women’s health, healthy aging, nutrition, and cancer. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on integrative medicine and is the co-editor of the Oxford University textbook Integrative Women's Health and the author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child. Dr Maizes serves as the co-host of the Body of Wonder podcast with Dr Andrew Weil.
Director of Integrative Medicine in Residency and Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Ricker graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in
Biology and from the University of Arizona with her degree in
Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Oregon Health
and Science University, in Portland Oregon. After residency, Dr.
Ricker served as Chief Resident and Faculty Development Fellow. During
this fellowship year Dr. Ricker also completed the Fellowship in
Integrative Medicine though the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative
Medicine and is certified as a diplomate of the ABOIM.
Dr. Ricker is a Professor in the Department of Family and
Community Medicine. She practices outpatient Family Medicine. She is
the Director for the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program at the
Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.
Director of Research / Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine /
Founding Director, Institute on Place, Wellbeing, & Performance /
Inaugural Andrew Weil Endowed Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine
Member / BIO5 Institute / Arizona Arthritis Center
Dr. Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries in
brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain's stress
response on health: the science of the mind-body interaction. A
dynamic speaker, recognized by her peers as a spokesperson for the
field, she translates complex scientific subjects in a highly
accessible manner, with a combination of academic credibility, passion
for science and compassion as a physician.
Currently Professor of Medicine and Research Director, Andrew Weil
Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Dr.
Sternberg is Founding Director, of the UA Institute on Place,
Wellbeing & Performance, a unique interdisciplinary Institute
linking biomedical, health professionals and design professionals to
research and create places supporting health and wellbeing. She
received her M.D. degree and trained in rheumatology at McGill
University, Montreal, Canada. She previously served on the faculty at
Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1980-86); was Senior Scientist
and Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health (1986-2012);
and was Research Professor at American University (Washington, DC)
In addition to numerous publications in leading scientific journals,
she is reviewer and editorial board member for many scientific
journals, has edited several textbooks, has authored two popular
The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and
Emotions (W.H. Freeman & Co., 2000, paperback H. Holt
2001; Dutch 2001, Chinese 2002; Japanese 2005) and best-selling
Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being
(Harvard University Press, 2009; paperback 2010; German 2011; Korean
2013); and created and hosted a PBS television special,
The Science of Healing, based on her books. Dr. Sternberg
is a regular contributor to the "Books et al." section of
Science Magazine and writes a column for Arthritis
Today (readership 4 million). She lectures nationally and
internationally to lay and scientific audiences and is frequently
interviewed on radio, television, film, Web, and print media on the
mind-body connection; place and wellbeing; 'stress and illness';
spirituality, love, and health; including on NPR Radio's Krista Tippett's
Speaking of Faith,
On Being, Science Friday; PBS Television's The New
Medicine, Life (Part 2;international radio and
television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Australian Broadcasting
Corporation, Voice of America).
While at NIH, Dr. Sternberg served as Chief of the Section on
Neuroendocrine Immunology & Behavior, National Institute of Mental
Health; Director, Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH/NIH;
Co-Chair NIH Intramural Program on Research on Women's Health; and
established and directed the NIH-Quebec Fonds de Recherche
International Research Career Transition Award Program. Her numerous
original scientific and review articles and textbook chapters are
published in leading scientific journals including Science,
Nature Reviews Immunology, Nature
Medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine, Scientific
American and Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences. In recognition of her work, she received the Public
Health Service's Superior Service Award; Arthritis Foundation's
William R. Felts Award for Excellence in Rheumatology Research; United
States Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service
Staff Recognition Award; FDA Commissioner's Special Citation; NIH
Director's Challenge Award; NIMH Director's Merit Award; elected to
the American Society for Clinical Investigation; Committee member of
the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine; testified
before Congress; World Health Organization advisor; member of the
National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Literature Selection Technical
Review Committee for selection of journals for PubMed. Dr. Sternberg
has lectured and keynoted at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington,
D.C.); Nobel Forum (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm); Royal Society of
Medicine (London, UK); Woman's Heart Day (Madison Square Garden NYC
& Verizon Center Washington, DC), TEDx Tucson. She has chaired
many national and international scientific conferences; is
past-President of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation;
moderated a panel with the Dalai Lama (2005); was a panelist at the
United Nations (Sept. 11, 2008); co-directed a concurrent NLM
Exhibition and video on "Emotions and Disease"; invited
delegate Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit.
For her accomplishments, which galvanized establishment of the
field of brain immune interactions, Dr. Sternberg is recognized and
the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women physicians who
changed the Face of Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/),
and by NIH with the Anita B. Roberts "Distinguished Women
Scientists at NIH" Lectureship (2012). In recognition of her
contributions to medicine & leadership in Neuroimmunology, Trinity
College Dublin (Ireland) awarded Dr. Sternberg an Honorary Degree of
Doctor in Medicine (Doctorate Honoris Causa) on the 300th anniversary
of Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. For her leadership at
the interface of the fields of design and health she is advising the
US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, the
US General Services Administration, the Institute of Medicine and the
US Department of Defense on the impact of the built and natural
environment on human health outcomes. In 2012 she was invited to
Keynote the Vatican's 27th Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers
and met with Pope Benedict XVI on the subject of the impact of Place
on Wellbeing and Spirituality. <www.esthersternberg.com><http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/about/directors/sternberg>
Founder & Director / Professor of Medicine and Public Health / Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Medicine
Andrew Weil was born in Philadelphia in 1942, received an A.B. degree
in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964 and an M.D. from Harvard
Medical School in 1968. After completing a medical internship at Mt.
Zion Hospital in San Francisco, he worked a year with the National
Institute of Mental Health, then wrote his first book, The Natural
Mind. From 1971-75, as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World
Affairs, Dr. Weil traveled widely in North and South America and
Africa collecting information on drug use in other cultures, medicinal
plants, and alternative methods of treating disease. From 1971-84 he
was on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum and
conducted investigations of medicinal and psychoactive plants.
Dr. Weil is the founder and Director of the Andrew Weil Center for
Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he also holds
the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Medicine and is Clinical
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health. The Center is
the leading effort in the world to develop a comprehensive curriculum
in integrative medicine. Graduates serve as directors of integrative
medicine programs throughout the United States. Through its Fellowship
and Integrative Medicine in Residency curricula, the Center is now
training doctors and nurse practitioners around the world.
Dr. Weil is the editorial director of the popular website, Dr.
Weil.com (www.drweil.com), and
appears in video programs featured on PBS. He can be found on Facebook
at www.facebook.com/DrWeil and
Twitter @drweil. Dr. Weil is the founder and Chairman of the Weil
Foundation, and the founder and co-Chairman of Healthy Lifestyle
Brands. He is also a founder and partner of the growing group of True
Food Kitchen restaurants. In 2017, he joined Seabourn and The Onboard
Spa by Steiner in their ?Spa and Wellness With Dr. Andrew Weil?
mindful-living program, offered on all of its cruise ships. Dr. Weil
writes a monthly column for Prevention magazine and the popular Dr.
Andrew Weil?s Self Healing monthly newsletter. A frequent lecturer and
guest on talk shows, Dr. Weil is an internationally recognized expert
on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and the reform of medical
education. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Andrew Weil is the author of many scientific and popular articles and
of 15 books: The Natural Mind; The Marriage of the Sun and Moon; From
Chocolate to Morphine (with Winifred Rosen); Health and Healing;
Natural Health, Natural Medicine; Spontaneous Healing; 8 Weeks to
Optimum Health; Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide
to Food, Diet, and Nutrition; The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a
Better Body, Life, and Spirit (with Rosie Daley); Healthy Aging: A
Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being; Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of
Medicine That Can Transform Our Future (issued in paperback (with new
content) as You Can?t Afford to Get Sick); Spontaneous Happiness; True
Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure (with Sam Fox and Michael
Stebner); Fast Food, Good Food; and the recent Mind Over Meds: When
Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better ? and When to Let
Your Body Heal on Its Own. Oxford University Press is currently
producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series of volumes
for clinicians in various medical specialties with Dr. Weil as the
series editor: Integrative Oncology (co-edited with Dr. Donald Abrams)
(2009, rev. 2014); Integrative Psychiatry and Integrative Pediatrics
(2010) and Integrative Women?s Health (2010, rev. 2015); Integrative
Rheumatology and Integrative Cardiology (2011), and Integrative
Gastroenterology (2011, rev. 2019), Integrative Men?s Health and
Integrative Dermatology (2014), and Integrative Nursing (2014, rev.
2018), Integrative Pain Management (2016), Integrative Environmental
Medicine and Integrative Geriatric Medicine (2017), Integrative
Preventive Medicine, Integrative Psychiatry and Brain Health,
Integrative Sexual Health, and Integrative Addiction and Recovery
(2018) have been published, with more volumes planned.