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NCE - 2015
October 24-27, 2015
Washington, DC


Section on Integrative Medicine
NCE 2014
San Diego

Pediatric Integrative Medicine: Treatment Approaches to Common Conditions (H-1083)
Marriott Marquis - Delmar Room
Saturday, Oct 11th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kathy Kemper, Sanford Newmark and Joy Weydert

Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain in Pediatrics
Convention Center - Room 29 CD
Monday, Oct 13th 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Ana Maria Verissimo

Difficult Scenarios in Pediatrics (I-3138)
Conventiona Center - Room 7 B
Monday and Tues, Oct 13th and 14th 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cora Breuner

Special Diets and Supplements - Are They Safe in Children?
Convention Center - Room 31C
Tuesday, Oct 14th 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Sanghamitra Misra and Ana Maria Verrisimo


Section on Integrative Medicine
NCE 2013

Section Program:  Saturday Oct 26 1pm-4pm (H1067): 
Orange County Convention Center, Room W304E
Cora Breuner, MD, FAAP, John Mark, MD, FAAP, Karen Olness, MD, FAAP
Educational Opportunities in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, Update on Environmental Medicine and Children’s Nutrition The Section H Program of the SOCIM will focus on educational opportunities for the clinician in the rapidly evolving field of pediatric integrative medicine, and provide attendees with a detailed overview of programs and resources available in the clinical and academic settings to help them be better prepared to meet the rising demand for pediatricians knowledgeable in this area. The session will also provide an update on evolving research in the area of environmental medicine, especially as it relates to children’s nutrition, and provide tools and resources for the pediatricians to become a more effective advocate for their patients and their families.

The Integration of the Mind Body Connection to Clinical Practice:  (S2101)
Sunday, Oct 27 2:00pm-3:30pm
Cora Breuner

The Dalai Lama believes that happiness and health are a coalition between one’s external situation and internal state of mind. He has sought to bridge the philosophies of Western science with Buddhist scholars using scientists’ own requests to look at our inner world. Sheldon and associates have shown that chronic stress, less diverse social networks and low levels of positive emotional style increase the probability of acquiring a common cold when exposed to an upper respiratory virus. Major depression is associated with a marked decline in Varicella Zoster Virus specific cellular immunity through immune altering modulators. These include neuroepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, and cortisol. In this workshop data will be presented on the bidirectional interactions between stress reduction behaviors, the nervous and immune systems. We will explore the psychoneuroimmunology of Reiki, yoga, meditation, massage, therapeutic touch and guided imagery. Techniques for discussing the science of the mind body connection with the skeptical patient/ family will be provided. Questions from the attendees are encouraged.

Heavy Petal A to Z: Herbs from Arnica to Zingiber in the Adolescent Patient:  Selected Short Subject (F1053)
Saturday, Oct 26 9:30am-10:15am

Cora Breuner
Herbal medicine in the United States is a vast subject which can be looked at from many different perspectives. A historian would look at the natural progression of herbs in the context of modern medicine, and a pharmacologist would observe safety and efficacy standards. As health care providers we tend to share beliefs of many subgroups with the utmost importance being the health of our patients. From the Harvard studies on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in 1990 and 1997, the use of self-prescribed herbal remedies within the U.S. increased from 2.5% in 1990 to 12.1% in 1997. The proportion of individuals consulting practitioners of herbal medicine rose from 10.2% to 15.1% and they spent around $5 billion on herbal medicines. Nearly one in five individuals taking prescription medicines was also taking herbs or high-dose vitamin supplements. Importantly, the herbal medicine user takes conventional prescribed or self-prescribed drugs concomitantly which increases the potential for herb-drug interactions. In this workshop participants will get a brief update on the usage patterns of herbals medicines in the adolescent population. The most commonly used herbal medicines will also be discussed as well as less well know herbs such as Arnica, Astralagus, Camellia and Butterbur. Emphasis will be placed on the efficacy and safety of herbal medicines. Participants are encouraged to being questions and their own cases to the workshop. A bibliography, resource list will be distributed as well as information on how to receive up to the minute updates on herbal medicines.

Organic Food and Children:  Selected Short Subject (F3111)
Monday, Oct 28 4:00pm-4:45pm
Organic food for children is a topic of national interest. Families are requesting information from their pediatricians. This session will update physicians on the process of organic food production, research related to organic and non organic milk, reliable sources of organic food, and how to respond to typical questions from families.



Cora Breuner, MD (SOCIM Member),
Larry Rosen, MD (SOCIM Chair), and
Kathi Kemper, MD, (SOCIM Past Chair



Sunita Vohra, MD, FRCPC, FAAP giving a plenary session on Pediatrics and CAM at ICCMR



pic SOIM
ICCMR President, Claudia Witt with Kathi Kemper, MD, FAAP, in Chendu China, May 2011


2012 NCE presentations coming soon!

2011 NCE presentations coming soon!

2010 NCE Section Program Slide Presentations - The Well Pediatrician

ICCMR 2010 presentations now available:

General ICCMR presentation
Mind, Body, Caregiver Stress presentation
Snake Oil presentation

ICCMR 2011 presentations coming soon!

Pediatrics in the Islands...Clinical Pearls 2010
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, Hawaii
Slide Presentations:

Beating the Blues
CAM Headache
CAM Herbs
CHE_Impact of Cumulative Stressors on Health
Healthy Lifestyle
Who, Me Stressed?

AAP Pedialink Hot Topics:
Integrative Medicine for Colds and Flu

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The following PowerPoint presentations were prepared and presented by members of the Section on Integrative Medicine at various conferences. They have been converted to Adobe PDF format for posting on this Web site.

***Inclusion of these slides on the SOIM webpages does not imply SOIM or AAP review or endorsement of the content.


SOCIM Overview (PowerPoint Presentations)
CAM You Can Use: Preventing Headaches
Promoting Healthy Moods in Teens
Natural Therapies for Adolescent Depression
ADHD: Diagnosis and Treatment
NCCAM Launches Online Continuing Education Series
SOCIM Listserv

SOCIM Overview
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair
Integrative Pediatrics
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM ChairCAM and Integrative Pediatrics
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM ChairOverview of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM ChairIntroduction to Herbal Medicine
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair
and Cora Brenner, MD, MPH, SOCIM Member presented at AAP National Conference & Exhibition, San Francisco.Holland Slides
Complementary, Holistic, & Integrative Medicine: Does American Experience Help Holland?
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM ChairHolland Slides Slotesvaart
Integrative Medicine - Good Medicine
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM ChairHerbal Jeopardy (click on slide for each multiple choice and answer)
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair at AAP National Conference & Exhibition, San Francisco.Integrative Pain and Symptom Management
William Zempsky, MD, FAAP and Timothy Culbert, MD, FAAP

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CAM You Can Use: Preventing Headaches
Kathi J. Kempter, MD, MPH, FAAP, SOIM Chair presented at Grand Rounds at Brenner Children's Hospital on December 12, 2008.

David Becker, MD, MPH, SOIM Member presented to the Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group at the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference on May 1, 2006 in San Francisco, California CAM Therapies in the Management of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Lawrence Rosen, MD, SOIM Vice Chair Asthma - Complementary Therapies
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair GI Disorders - Herbs and Supplements
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair

Promoting Healthy Moods in Teens
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair presented
October 2008 at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, Boston, MA.

Natural Therapies for Adolescent Depression
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair presented at the North Carolina Psychiatric Association meeting in Asheville, NC as part of a CME program.

ADHD: Diagnosis and Treatment
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair The Integrative Approach to ADHD
Sanford C. Newmark, MD, FAAP, SOIM Member presented at Grand Rounds. Natural Therapies for Depression
Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, SOIM Chair Complementary Medicine for the Pediatric Primary Care Office
SCOQIM members, Lawrence Rosen, MD and Timothy Culbert, MD, presented at the 2008 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. CAM Therapies in Children's Hospital: Are We Ready?
Lawrence Rosen, MD, SOIM Steering Committee Member presented at the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality Forum on March 16, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. Parent and Child Stress Reduction in the Hospital Setting Following Two Complementary (CAM) Interventions: New Approach to Family Centered Care

Sheila Wang, PhD

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NCCAM Launches Online Continuing Education Series

A new online Continuing Education Series in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) was launched by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This seminar series offers health care professionals and the public the opportunity to learn more about CAM therapies and the state-of-the-science about them through video lectures by experts in their fields.Health care professionals can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. This user-friendly resource is available free-of-charge at

ListservsAAP SOCIM Listserv
: All members of our section are eligible for participation in the listserv. Content focuses on AAP section information as well as clinical, educational and research topics of relevance to the membership. To sign up, contact Teri Salus at Tsalus
IPIM-Network: The International Pediatric Integrative Medicine Network is a listserv independently moderated by Larry Rosen, MD.  With over 300 multidisciplinary members from across the world, the IPIM-Network provides a forum for clinical and advocacy discussions, as well as for notices of educational and research opportunities through its partnership with the Canadian PedCAM network and the UK's CCTN listserv. To sign up, send an email to and note your professional affiliation in the body of the email. For further information on the AAP SOIM or for questions or concerns, please call 847/434-7920.

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