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Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship:
The Mind-Body Interface in Health and Healing

Sanghvi Memorial Lecture

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 29 from noon-1 p.m. for the 2024 Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship featuring Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH, Research Director at the Harvard Osher Center for Integrative Health

headshot of Gloria YehMeet Gloria Yeh, MD, PhD

Dr. Yeh is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research program is based in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she serves as the Division’s Director of Mind-Body Research, and Director of the HMS Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (NIH T32 postdoctoral training fellowship).

Dr. Yeh’s primary research focus is efficacy and mechanism of mind-body exercise in complex chronic illness. She is an internationally recognized leader in the field of mind-body research, including tai chi, yoga, and meditation. She is principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of NIH-funded studies investigating mind-body exercise, including two R01’s investigating tai chi and meditative breathing in patients with COPD.

Dr. Yeh has experience in the design and conduct of mind-body clinical trials, and expertise in mind-body intervention development and adaptation for chronic disease. Her research has investigated physiological, psychosocial, and behavioral outcomes such as exercise capacity, cardiorespiratory efficiency, physical activity, quality of life, mood, and self-efficacy.

Dr. Yeh is actively involved in teaching and training. She serves as academic and research mentor to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows and as clinical faculty preceptor to medical residents in the Department of Medicine. She is also a primary care physician at BIDMC Healthcare Associates. Nationally, Dr. Yeh is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and serves as a member of the NIH National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health.

About the Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship

The Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship on the Mind-Body Interface in Health and Healing is an annual endowed lectureship exposing health care professionals and interested community members to the importance and benefit of complementary medicine. It was created through a generous gift from University of Cincinnati cardiologist Vijay Sanghvi, MD, and his daughters.

Sanghvi, an adjunct professor in the division of cardiovascular diseases at UC, provided the department of family and community medicine with seed funding to launch this lecture series in dedication to his wife, Khushman Sanghvi, also a physician, who lost her battle with cancer.

"She strongly believed in the interface between the mind and body—the power of the mind to influence the body,” he says, adding that she used complementary techniques throughout her treatment. "The mind has healing powers, but the question is how can we integrate and leverage the natural processes that our mind and body possess into traditional medical practices?

"As physicians, we’re not widely exposed to integrative and complementary practices—only medicine and surgery—and we often don’t have time to educate ourselves on these applications. If we can hear from these experts on how to use and understand these practices, we can educate ourselves and enhance our patients’ experiences and ultimately be more effective at what we do.”

Sian Cotton, PhD, associate professor in the department of family and community medicine, faculty director of the lectureship and an outcomes researcher who has studied the benefits of complementary and integrative medicine, says there is a need for this type of education in medicine to improve the way future physicians practice and care for themselves.

"Conventional medicine focuses on pharmaceuticals and surgical applications to help patients, but complementary and alternative medicine practices, like relaxation or meditation, stress management techniques, healthy nutrition and lifestyle and other methods, have been shown to help both chronic and acute conditions. In medical school, students are not introduced to these concepts as a way to enhance treatment and improve overall wellness.

"This lectureship will help to bring awareness to the evidence for these integrative medicine techniques and will feature the latest practices and research to inform and also to improve patient and physician wellness.

"We’re hopeful that this lecture series, possible because of Dr. Sanghvi’s gracious gift, will expose our community and our institution to a new and growing side of medicine—one focused on prevention and wellness and on using all modalities to enhance health and well-being,” Cotton continues. "Many patients are using these techniques anyway to cope with conditions.

"As medical practitioners, we need to be aware of the evidence behind these techniques and learn ways to incorporate them into our practice and into our own lives for best possible outcomes. We’re excited for this opportunity to educate and learn more about integrative medicine here at UC and UC Health.”

Past Recordings of Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship on the Mind-Body Interface in Health and Healing

2019 Dr. Peter Wayne: Bringing the Body Back Into Mind-body Medicine Research
2016 Dr. David Eisenberg: Nutrition and Mindfulness in an Era of Obesity and Diabetes - Might Teaching Kitchens Serve as a Catalyst for Personal Transformation?
2015 Dr. Dave Rakel: The Clinician Effect: How You Trump Pills
2014 Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer: Cultivating Wellbeing in Our Lives and Communities
2013 Dr. Benjamin Kligler: Mind -Body Approaches in Pain Management: Challenge and Opportunity
2012 Dr. Aviad Haramati: The Imperative for Incorporating Mind-Body Medicine in the Training of Health Professionals​

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