Charles Elder, M.D., a Senior Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, discusses the increasing role of integrative medicine in American healthcare, and the particular importance of the TM technique and Maharishi AyurVeda® approaches to health. He also talks about his published research on the effect of TM practice on resilience and overcoming burnout.
Dr. Elder received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (F.A.C.P). He served as a primary care internist at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) for 30 years, and as the physician lead for the complementary and integrative medicine program at KPNW for 20 years.
In this capacity, Dr. Elder offered a referral-based Ayurvedic clinic for Kaiser patients, advising patients in the areas of diet, exercise, herbal medicine, mind-body practices, and other medicine modalities. He has also provided leadership in shaping and implementing policy related to the management of chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, and other benefits.
Charles Elder, M.D., a Senior Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, discusses the increasing role of integrative medicine in American healthcare, and the particular importance of the TM technique and Maharishi AyurVeda® approaches to health.
At the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Dr. Elder has served as principal or co-investigator on a range of federally funded studies evaluating mind-body and other complementary medicine interventions in chronic disease management. He also held a clinical faculty appointment at Oregon Health and Science University for over two decades, mentoring and teaching residents and students in both internal and integrative medicine settings.
Dr. Elder currently serves as the Executive Director for the Fellowship M.S. in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda for Medical Professionals at the College of Integrative Medicine, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa.
TM Talks co-host Mario Orsatti, Senior Teacher of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, and co-host Lea Cho, interviewed Dr. Elder on February 26, 2023.
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