Weidong Lu, MB, MPH, PhD, Lic. Ac., Chairman
Weidong Lu is Professor of Chinese Medicine at The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has also been Chairman of the Chinese Herbal Medicine Department at NESA. Dr. Lu is a researcher and Lead Oncology Acupuncturist at Leonard P. Zakim Center of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Originally trained as a physician specializing in Chinese Medicine in China (MB, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, ’83), he has been actively practicing acupuncture for cancer patients at DFCI for over 12 years, while conducting NIH-funded clinical trials in acupuncture. Dr. Lu is the first recipient of the Bernard Osher Foundation/The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) CAM Practitioner Research Career Development Award (K01). He is the co-leader of an NIH-funded acupuncture trial for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia in ovarian cancer and the principal investigator of an NIH-funded acupuncture trial for dysphagia after chemoradiation therapy in head and neck cancer. He has published over 20 journal articles in the field of Integrative Medicine. He received his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and his PhD in Integrative Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lu has served as Chairman of the Committee on Acupuncture since 2004.
Nancy E. Lipman, Lic. Ac., M. Ac., Vice Chair
Nancy Lipman graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University for Integrated Health) in 1991. She also has a BA from Wesleyan University. Ms. Lipman has been in private practice at Bigelow Street Healing Arts in Cambridge since 1993 and has also worked as a staff acupuncturist at Spectrum Medical Arts and Cambridge Health Associates. She has taught Five-Element Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge and at the New England School of Acupuncture. She has also lectured and taught classes in the Boston area for nurses, the elderly, and others. Ms. Lipman was a founding member of the Massachusetts Acupuncture Society (now AOMSM) and served on the Board. She was appointed to the Committee on Acupuncture in 1997 and has served as Vice Chair since 2004. Ms. Lipman has served on the Education Subcommittee, the Licensing Subcommittee, and is currently a member of the Complaint Subcommittee.
Joseph F. Audette, M.D., Secretary
Joseph Audette earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1991 and completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1995 and is board certified in PM&R and Pain. While in New York, he trained at the Tristate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For the last 17 years, he has been active on both a research basis and clinically integrating Chinese and Complementary and Alternative Therapies into conventional care, and he was instrumental in helping to develop the Osher Clinical Center For Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is currently Chief of the Department of Pain Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Dr. Audette was appointed to the Committee on Acupuncture in 2004 and in 2008 he was appointed to serve as the Secretary for the Committee on Acupuncture.
Amy M. Soisson, JD, Public Member
Amy Soisson was appointed to the Committee on Acupuncture in 1997 as a Public Member. She practices law and is the Managing Attorney at The McCormack Firm, LLC, in Boston. She earned her BA degree (cum laude) from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD (now Loyola University) in 1985 and her JD degree (cum laude) from Suffolk University Law School in 1985. Attorney Soisson is admitted to practice before all courts in Massachusetts as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also serves on the Human Rights Committee for the Kennedy Donovan Center in Foxboro, MA. Attorney Soisson served on the Committee on Acupuncture Continuing Education Committee and is currently a member of the Committee on Acupuncture Complaint Subcommittee.
Michael E. Henry, M.D., Physician Member
Dr. Michael Henry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He then assumed the medical directorship of the university’s affiliated unit for mentally ill deaf people. After two years as director, he accepted and completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the Intramural Program of the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Henry subsequently joined Abbott Laboratories as the Associate Medical Director of the team developing Sertindole, a novel antipsychotic medication. Shortly after completion of the new drug application, he moved to McLean Hospital to become the Director of the Electroconvulsive Therapy Service. After 10 years as Director, he switched to a research affiliation at McLean Hospital and joined St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton as the Chairman of Psychiatry. Subsequently, he was appointed Vice President of Mental Health for Steward Health. During his tenure at Steward Health, Dr. Henry received recognition for his outstanding teaching from the Tuft’s University Medical Students and received the annual teaching award from the psychiatry residents in 2010. He also held the position of Director of Residency Training and was the Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Medical Education. He is currently the Director of Somatic Therapy and Medical Director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Henry’s research interests have been focused on the use of brain imaging techniques to study mood disorders and facilitate drug discovery. He has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters and has presented this work both nationally and internationally. Dr. Henry was appointed to the Board in August 2013. Dr. Henry is the Board appointed physician member of the Committee on Acupuncture.