BORIM Board Members

The Board consists of seven members who are appointed by the Governor to three-year terms.

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

Julian N. Robinson, M.D.
Chair, Physician Member

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.

Woody Giessmann, LADC-I, CADAC, CIP, AIS
Vice Chair, Public Member

Woody Giessmann, LADC-I, CADAC, CIP, AIS, 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.

Holly Oh, M.D.
Physician Member

Dr. Holly Oh is the Chief Medical Officer and a Pediatrician at The Dimock Center. Since 2000, she has been caring for families at Dimock, a community health center serving Boston’s inner city neighborhoods.  She is committed to improving operational systems and community resource integration in health care to provide patients—particularly those in resource-challenged settings-- with an excellent care experience. Dr. Oh is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and trained at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics (Boston Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Boston).

She spent a fellowship year in 2011 at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement studying organizational leadership, change management and the tools for quality improvement.  Since returning to Dimock in 2012, Dr. Oh has focused on building the organization’s capacity for improvement, and has lead efforts for innovative integration of medical, behavioral health and community resources for families and communities.  She also currently serves as the Chair of the Quality Committee of Community Care Cooperative (the only primary care-led Medicaid ACO in Massachusetts), and is an appointee of the MA EOHHS Quality Measure Alignment Task Force and the MassHealth/DSRIP measure subcommittee.

Nawal M. Nour, MD, MPH
Physician Member

Dr. Nawal Nour is the Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She holds the Kate Macy Ladd Professorship at Harvard Medical School.  Prior to assuming the Chair role, Dr. Nour served as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Faculty, Trainees and Students, since 2018.   In addition, she was the director of Ambulatory Obstetrics and Gynecology Practices for two decades and became the director of Global Women’s Health in 2008. 

Dr. Nour established the world-renowned African Women’s Health Center in 1999 which provides appropriate holistic health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston. As the founder and current director, Dr. Nour was honored as a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for creating the country’s only center of its kind that focuses on both physical and emotional needs of women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting. 

Dr. Nour sat on several boards including Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital (3 terms), Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization, American University of Beirut and World Peace Foundation.  She has also chaired international committees for the United Nations, World Health Organization and national committees that address reproductive health, human right, diversity, equity and inclusion issues.  She has published numerous research articles on all of these issues including a book Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low Resource Settings  in 2016.

Dr. Nour was born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England. She came to the United States to attend Brown University.  She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed an Ob-Gyn residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. She is considered an international leader in her field and has received numerous awards including honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College.

Booker T. Bush, MD
Physician Member



Frank M. O’Donnell, JD, MPA
Public Member

Mr. O’Donnell is a National Security Executive with 20 years of specialized experience in managing national defense and intelligence programs for U.S. government entities. Mr. O'Donnell has applied his broad understanding of national security to support programs for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Department of Defense (DoD), Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), DoD Guantanamo Military Tribunals, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), Africa Command (AFRICOM), National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. Department of State (DoS) and other Intelligence Community (IC) entities. 

Currently, Mr. O’Donnell is the President and co-Founder of Mission First Consulting. Mission First professionals provide solutions which support the full lifecycle of preparing for, protecting against, detecting, reacting to and actively responding to the full range of threats facing US interests here and abroad. Frank holds a Certificate in Advanced Negotiation for Senior Executives from Harvard University Law School; a Law Degree from Suffolk University Law School and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. 

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 and Continuing Acupuncture Education Subcommittees.

Wei “Vivien” Zhang, Lic. Ac., Secretary

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”). 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.  She was appointed to the COA in 2016.  Ms. Zhang currently serves on the Continuing Acupuncture Education Subcommittee.

Joseph F. Audette, M.D.

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. He currently serves as the Secretary for the Committee on Acupuncture and is on the Licensing Subcommittee.

Linda Robinson-Hidas, Lic.Ac.

Ms. Robinson-Hidas graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine located in San Francisco, California where she received a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in November 1989. She also has a BA from Rutgers University. Since 1991, Ms. Robinson-Hidas has been in private practice in western Massachusetts, most recently at The Acupuncture Works in Amherst. She has also practiced acupuncture in California and Vermont.  She currently chairs the Public Education Committee of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts where she previously served as President. She also serves as a delegate to the American Society of Acupuncturists where she chairs the Herbal Medicine Committee. Ms. Robinson-Hidas was appointed to the Committee on Acupuncture in 2019.


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