Renowned Alternative Medicine Researcher and Medical School Graduate to Speak at Alumni Event

September 7, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., nationally known in the field of complementary and alternative medicine, will be the featured speaker for Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Alumni Weekend Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Jonas, who graduated from the medical school in 1981, will speak at 2 p.m., Friday,

Sept. 30, in Babcock Auditorium of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The event is open to the public, and parking is free. The topic will be “General Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Promises and Pitfalls.”

Jonas, director of the Samueli Institute for Information Biology in Alexandria, Va., has conducted research on health promotion and disease prevention, complementary medicine, spirituality and research quality. Jonas was previously the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

In addition to his conventional medical training, Jonas has studied diet and nutritional therapy, homeopathy, mind/body methods, electro-acupuncture and clinical pastoral education. He has written more than 150 publications, made hundreds of presentations around the world and serves on the editorial boards of seven peer-reviewed journals.

A fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Jonas has served on numerous university, NIH and government committees and review groups, including the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.


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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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