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Timothy Birdsall, ND: Facilitating Hope In Integrative Cancer Treatment

Interview by Frank Lampe and Suzanne Snyder

As vice president of integrative medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), Timothy Birdsall, ND, oversees a unique treatment model that combines state-of-the-art conventional medical treatments with scientifically supported complementary therapies. CTCA cancer experts deliver this care in a patient-centered environment designed to meet the special, whole-person needs of cancer patients.

A well-known lecturer and naturopathic physician, Dr Birdsall is a sought-after presenter at medical conferences worldwide. He earned a doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, where he served on the faculty for 5 years. He is also a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

In January 2008, US Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt appointed Dr Birdsall to serve a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the National Institutes of Health. Dr Birdsall’s professional achievements also include serving as speaker of the house of delegates and vice president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In addition, he currently services on the board of directors of the Oncology Academy of Naturopathic Physicians and is chair of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

Dr Birdsall was the founding editor in chief of Alternative Medicine Review, the fi rst peer-reviewed medical journal edited by naturopathic doctors to be indexed on MEDLINE. He coauthored the book How To Prevent and Treat Cancer With Natural Medicine. Currently, Dr Birdsall serves on the editorial consultants board for the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies. For his extensive experience in the area of naturopathic medicine, Dr Birdsall has been recognized in American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who Registry of Global Business Leaders.

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