There are two public members and five physician members. A member may serve only two consecutive terms. Members sometimes serve beyond the end of their terms before a replacement is appointed. Each member also serves on one or more of the Board's committees.
Members of the Board
Candace Lapidus Sloane, M.D.
Chair, Physician Member
Dr. Sloane was appointed to the Board in 2011. She earned BS (Magna Cum Laude) and MD degrees from Tufts University. She interned in Pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and served her Pediatric Residency at New York Hospital. She was a Pediatric Fellow and Instructor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She later completed a Residency in Dermatology in the combined Boston University/Tufts University Medical School program, and was Chief Resident in Dermatology her third year. Dr. Sloane was previously board certified in Pediatrics, Dermatology, and Pediatric Dermatology. She served as an Instructor on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology Service and Director of the Community Health Center Initiative in Dermatology at Boston Medical Center; an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics and Director, Fellowship in Primary Care Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine; and as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. At Brown she was head of Pediatric Dermatology at Rhode Island Hospital, served as Dermatology Residency Director, and a Member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University until 2015. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Science at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the Adjunct Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital Boston. She has lectured widely in the US and Europe, and authored or co-authored many publications in Pediatrics and Dermatology. Her special area of research interest is atopic dermatitis.
George Abraham, M.D.
Dr. George M. Abraham is Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Associate Chief of Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts and Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine and the subspecialty of Infectious Disease.
Currently, Dr. Abraham serves as the Governor of the MA Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS). He is also one of 7 physicians that make up the Infectious Diseases Board of the ABIM, tasked with governing the certification of physicians in Infectious Disease. Prior to this, he has served on several committees of the MMS, as President of the Worcester District Medical Society, as the Chief Medical Officer of the Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.
He has received several awards including the AOA Volunteer Faculty Award and the Outstanding Primary Care Educator Award of UMass Medical School, the Leadership Award of the MA chapter of the ACP, the Phi Lambda Sigma honorary Membership, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, Massachusetts, among others.
Dr. Abraham earned his medical degrees (MBBS and MD) from the Christian Medical College, India, did his residency and chief residency and his infectious disease training at Saint Vincent Hospital/UMass Medical School, and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In addition to his professional career, he volunteers with his church in various outreach projects including a soup kitchen on Saturdays, has led medical mission trips to Mexico and rural (Katrina-devastated) Louisiana, and till recently used to do home visits on his 95-year old patient who was too old to be brought into the office.
Woody Giessmann, LADC-I, CADAC, CIP, CAI
Woody Giessmann, LADC-I, CADAC, CIP, CAI, was appointed to the Board in 2016. Mr. Giessmann is the CEO and founder of Right Turn. Inc. in Watertown, MA. Right Turn, Inc., established in 2003, assists those battling addiction with intensive outpatient, medication assisted treatment and an extended care housing program. Mr. Giessmann is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Interventionist. He became an addiction specialist after his experience as a professional musician. Mr. Giessmann received his BA in Human Service Management from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and a Masters Level Certificate in Community Human Service Management from Suffolk University (2005). He has worked at The Cambridge Health Alliance in Outpatient Addiction Services, and was instrumental in establishing the Cambridge Program of Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT) for the Department of Mental Health, which serves individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues. In addition, Mr. Giessmann served on the Client Advisory Board for Michael Botticelli from 1996-2001, the MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery)Board from 2008 to the present, and was appointed as ethics chairperson for the national Association of Intervention Specialists in 2014.
Julian N. Robinson, M.D.
Julian N. Robinson trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. His initial training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was at Guy’s Hospital, London and the Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals in Oxford, England. He pursued research in Reproductive Endocrinology as a research fellow at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Oxford University. After moving to America, he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Norfolk and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Faculty appointments include Maternal Fetal Medicine attending posts at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University in New York and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. He was the Medical Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston for 9 years. He is currently Chief of Obstetrics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. His professional interests include Quality and Safety and his clinical and research interests include obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, and twins. He has over 100 academic publications. He is a Diplomate of the Boards of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine in America and a Fellow of both the Royal and American Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Robin Richman, M.D.
Dr. Richman was appointed to the Board in 2013 and has been reappointed to the Board in 2015. Dr. Richman was chief medical officer and executive vice president for medical affairs at Reliant Medical Group (previously known as the Fallon Clinic) in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 2007 to 2013. In this role, she headed a group medical practice consisting of 240 physicians and 90 advanced practitioners. Before joining Reliant Medical Group, Dr. Richman was Vice-President of Quality and Patient Safety for Atrius Health. Prior to that, Dr. Richman was specialty director of OB/GYN services for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA), leading a large department that included 60 physicians and 20 midwives who delivered care at 17 different practices and 5 Greater Boston-area hospitals. She was also director of CME (continued medical education) for Atrius Health's 600-physician practice and a board member of CRICO/RME, the medical liability organization for the Harvard medical community. Before joining HVMA, Dr. Richman spent two years as the chief medical officer for Tufts Health Care Institute. She also held the chief medical officer position at Women's Health Management Solutions. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Richman was vice president and medical director of Tufts Health Plan, responsible for NCQA accreditation, member grievances regarding clinical events, all quality measurements and initiatives, and credentialing. She also served as the organizational clinical representative for state and regional legislative initiatives. On a national level, Dr. Richman served on both the Leadership Council and chaired the Women's Health Subcommittee for the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before turning to more administrative endeavors, Dr. Richman spent 13 years in private OB/GYN practice in association with Newton-Wellesley and Emerson Hospitals in the Boston area. At Emerson, she was the chief of obstetrics and gynecology from 1988 to 1990. Dr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Los Angeles County Women's Hospital and spent a year in a fellowship program at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Michael Medlock, M.D.
Dr. Michael Medlock was an assistant visiting surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and a neurosurgeon at North Shore Medical Center Salem Hospital for over 17 years. Dr. Medlock served as Chief of Neurosurgery at North Shore Medical Center and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Medlock is the President of the Massachusetts Society of Neurosurgeons. He is on the Massachusetts Medical Society's delegation to the American Medical Association and their Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication task force. He received his M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1984 and his bachelor degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.
After retiring from his operative neurosurgery practice, Dr. Medlock began providing substance use disorder care to patients at North Shore Community Health Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center in Salem, MA.
Mr. Paul Gitlin, J.D.
Paul Gitlin is an attorney with Rubin and Rudman LLP in Boston where he specializes in health, administrative and corporate law. Mr. Gitlin represents clients in transactional matters, including the purchase, sale and reorganization of businesses and general litigation before federal, state and administrative bodies. Previously, Gitlin served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Consumer Protection Committee. Mr. Gitlin is a former member of BORIM (1988-1995), serving most recently as Chairman of BORIM from 1993-1995. Mr. Gitlin received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1971 and bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.
Members of the Committee on Acupuncture
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. Chairman 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. Chairman 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. Chairman 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 1982 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.
Wei “Vivien” Zhang, Lic. Ac.
Wei Zhang, MB, MS, Lic. Ac., earned her degree from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1994. In 2007, Ms. Zhang also received her Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College, Graduate School for Health Studies. Since March 2000, Ms. Zhang has been licensed to practice acupuncture in Massachusetts. She notes that she has over 19 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that she wishes to offer the COA. For over ten years, Ms. Zhang was an instructor at NESA, where she also supervised in the Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinics. Currently, Ms. Zhang practices acupuncture at her private practice in Dracut and Westford, as well at Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”). At MGH, Ms. Zhang has provided acupuncture treatment in the Stop Hypertension with Acupuncture Research Project; has assisted women control menopausal hot flashes; and serves as an Acupuncture Investigator in the Translational Pain Research Center. She also worked as a consultant for AOM pharmacies, a large dietary supplement company for two years. Ms. Zhang has also contributed to publications in the Journal of Beijing University of TCM and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and been published in TCM World of Beijing University of TCM. Ms. Zhang believes that her experience of serving “at different acupuncture and health care organizations over the past years” will allow her to offer her “knowledge and experience,” to serve and fulfill the mission of the COA.
Robin Richman, M.D., Physician Member
Dr. Richman was appointed to the Board in 2013 and has been reappointed to the Board in 2015. Dr. Richman was chief medical officer and executive vice president for medical affairs at Reliant Medical Group (previously known as the Fallon Clinic) in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 2007 to 2013. In this role, she headed a group medical practice consisting of 240 physicians and 90 advanced practitioners. Before joining Reliant Medical Group, Dr. Richman was Vice-President of Quality and Patient Safety for Atrius Health. Prior to that, Dr. Richman was specialty director of OB/GYN services for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA), leading a large department that included 60 physicians and 20 midwives who delivered care at 17 different practices and 5 Greater Boston-area hospitals. She was also director of CME (continued medical education) for Atrius Health's 600-physician practice and a board member of CRICO/RME, the medical liability organization for the Harvard medical community. Before joining HVMA, Dr. Richman spent two years as the chief medical officer for Tufts Health Care Institute. She also held the chief medical officer position at Women's Health Management Solutions. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Richman was vice president and medical director of Tufts Health Plan, responsible for NCQA accreditation, member grievances regarding clinical events, all quality measurements and initiatives, and credentialing. She also served as the organizational clinical representative for state and regional legislative initiatives. On a national level, Dr. Richman served on both the Leadership Council and chaired the Women's Health Subcommittee for the American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before turning to more administrative endeavors, Dr. Richman spent 13 years in private OB/GYN practice in association with Newton-Wellesley and Emerson Hospitals in the Boston area. At Emerson, she was the chief of obstetrics and gynecology from 1988 to 1990. Dr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Los Angeles County Women's Hospital and spent a year in a fellowship program at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Richman is the Board appointed physician member of the Committee on Acupuncture.