Panelists- Medicine


Sylver Quevedo M.D.
Health Director, Duke Center for Integrative Medicine
Sylver Quevedo, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director of the Duke Integrative Medicine and Associate Professor in Medicine and Nephrology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Quevedo earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard's School of Public Health. His postdoctoral training included family and community medicine, internal medicine, studies in law and public policy at the Stanford Law School, and a fellowship in nephrology and medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. As Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Medical School, he served as Associate Chief of Nephrology and Medical Director of the Artificial Kidney Center at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford teaching hospital.

He was the founding director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and also served for three years as the Director of Clinical Programs at The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at USCF, where he was Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and held the Osher Foundation Chair in Integrative Medicine

John Pittman, M.D.
Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine
Treasurer, North Carolina Integrative Medical Society
John C. Pittman, M.D. received his B.S. in biology in 1980 and completed studies for a M.S. in biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Georgia in 1982. He received his M.D. degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1986 and attended the Pediatric Residency Program at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with an interest in Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Pittman began working as an Emergency Physician and was Emergency Department Director in Rocky Mount and Southport, North Carolina. It was in the Emergency Room setting that he realized how much lifestyle issues-especially diet and nutrition-were playing significant roles in the health of the patients he saw. Prompted by this, Dr. Pittman began exploring avenues of incorporating conventional and holistic medicine with nutrition into a clinical medical practice. In 1994, he established The Carolina Center, a facility where multiple healing modalities were brought together to help patients with chronic degenerative illnesses.Since that time, Dr. Pittman has intensified his training and has gained certification in chelation therapy, mercury detoxification, oxidative medicine, and bio-identical hormone replacement.

Elizabeth Vaughan M.D.
Vaughan Medical Center
Greensboro, NC
Elizabeth Vaughan M.D. is a fourth generation doctor who has practiced medicine for 27 years. She attended Duke and UVA for undergraduate and medical school. Though she spent 9 years in Emergency Medicine, she slowly became more interested in prevention and anti-aging. Since 1992 she has taken a holistic, integrative, functional approach to getting people healthy and keeping them that way. She embraces many avenues of evaluation and treatment including: food sensitivities, neurotransmitter imbalances, detoxification (including heavy metal chelation), bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, optimizing nutrition, and stress management.For her, each patient is unique so each evaluation and treatment plan isunique. She works in partnership with each patient to optimize their healthand wellness.

Susan Gaylord PhD
Program Director, UNC-CH, Program on Integrative Medicine
Susan A. Gaylord, Ph.D. is Director of the Program on Integrative Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where, since 1998, she has led the development of research, education, and clinical initiatives in complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine.  In 1995, she founded the multidisciplinary course “Principles and Practices of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM),” attended in the past twelve years by over 700 health professions students and faculty.  She is also course director for two other UNC CAM medical school electives: “Fieldwork in Complementary and Alternative Medicine” and “Introduction to Integrative Medicine.”

Ms. Gaylord was principal investigator on a five-year NIH grant to develop and evaluate innovative CAM educational methodologies for health professionals, and is currently principal investigator on an NIH grant to study Mindfulness for IBS, as well as co-PI (with Doug Mann, PI) on a grant to study Craniosacral Therapies for Migraine.  She is also the PI on a Blue-Cross Blue-Shield funded project to develop a pilot integrative diabetes management program in a rural underserved population in NC.  She is the founder and director of the UNC Mindfulness-based Stress and Pain Management program (with Douglas Mann, MD as co-director) and led the development of the interdisciplinary Integrative Medicine Consult Service in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.   She has played a leadership role in implementing the Planetree program (holistic, patient-centered care) at UNC Health Care, with its pilot program in the Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit, and is the chair of the Planetree Taskforce on CAM.

Her research interests include studies of outcomes and mechanisms of action of specific complementary therapies – including homeopathy, mindfulness, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture; the role of health beliefs in determining care pathways; cancer therapeutics; geriatrics; and women’s health issues.

Sharon Willingham M.D.
Asheville Integrative Medicine
Sharon Willingham is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her internship was in pediatrics and she completed a residency in psychiatry in Birmingham Alabama in 1985. She is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, and is certified in Myofascial Pain Management. She is a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine and a member of the North Carolina Integrated Medicine Society. She is currently practicing at Asheville Integrative Medicine in Asheville, NC.

Jane Garcia, ANP
Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research
Cornelius, NC
Jane Garcia has over 25 years of clinical and executive managerial experience in healthcare.She has worked at Advanced Concepts in Medicine in Cornelius, NC, as a Nurse Practitioner since 2003, providing health care for new as well as established patients. Ms. Garcia has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services from Nova University, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; is a graduate of the Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and has an Associates Degree in Nursing from Central Piedmont Community College, in Charlotte, NC. Her professional credentials include being a Licensed Registered Nurse, North Carolina; Certified Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner/UNC-Greensboro; Certified Occupational Health Nurse/American Board of Occupational Health Nurses; Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner/American Nurse Association; and Certified Quality Management Certificate Program (2003); and she is a member of the American Nurses Association.

Additionally, as part of her profession, Ms. Garcia has addressed the graduating class of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the Seventh Annual Conference of the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; Florida Nurses Association, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; has been a governor appointee to the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council representing Florida Nurses Association; and a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Breast and Cervical Cancer of the American Cancer Society.

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Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine

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Patient Coordinator, Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine