February 23-25, 2023 | New York Hilton, NY

2022 Conference Program

The 2022 Conference Program is still under development and subject to change. Additional sessions will be added as they are confirmed. 

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Day 1
Feb 17 2022
Day 2
Feb 18 2022
Day 3
Feb 19 2022

Plenary: COVID-19 Long Haul Syndrome-Exploring the Controversies and Pathways Forward

Post-COVID-19 Syndrome, often known as Long-Haul Syndrome, represents a complex multi-factorial phenomenon that is being observed clinically in a significant percentage of those individuals that have recovered from initial acute...
David Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, IFMCP, FACN
Thomas Fabian, PhD, CNTP
Richard Horowitz, MD
Gez Medinger
Bruce Patterson, MD

Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing

In this session, James S. Gordon, MD, the world’s leading expert in healing population-wide trauma, will present a comprehensive approach to trauma healing which emphasizes our capacity to transform a...
James Gordon, MD

Metabolomics in Clinical Practice: Interpreting Signatures

Integrative and Functional Medicine has laid significant groundwork for providing a format to apply metabolomics in practice, though it has been slow to incorporate newer findings. As the clinical application...
Betsy Redmond, PhD, MMSc, RDN

Microaggressions: Understanding What They Are, Why They Are Harmful to Health and How to Manage Them

In this session, Dr. Didwania will discuss various aspects of microaggressions. Microaggressions can potentially impact health outcomes. Patients may not feel comfortable sharing personal information with a clinician they view...
Aarati Didwania, MD, MSCI

Integrative Medicine and Vision

In his 40 years of practice as a holistic optometrist and acupuncturist, Dr. Marc Grossman believes that the eyes are an external representation of your body's inner workings. His approach...
Marc Grossman, O.D, L.Ac

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: The Interplay between Immunity and Neuroinflammation

The role of mast cells is complex. They are an important component of the innate immune system. Emerging research supports the role of mast cells in the adaptive immune system...
Tania Dempsey, MD

Social Determinants of Health

Health disparities negatively impact the health and wellbeing of communities of color and a leading cause of health disparities is social determinants of health. These social determinants of health contribute...
Nicola Finley, MD

Accelerating Healing and Clinical Results with IV Nutrition Therapy

According to functional medicine - and Hippocrates - the gut is where both health and disease begin. However, due to chronic stress, overuse of antibiotics, contamination of the food supply...
Andrew Wong, MD

An Integrative Approach to Breast Cancer: Time to Shift from Early Detection to Prevention

There seems to be an increase incidence of premenopausal breast cancer in the United States. Traditionally, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been blamed as a causative factor and also genetics...
Tara Scott, MD

Narrative Medicine: The Power of Story to Advance Personal and Community Health

Effective care of patients requires a deep understanding of self and patient. Narrative writing is the application of personal reflection, writing, and sharing to explore our own and others life...
Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH

Addiction in LGBTQ+ Communities and Crystal Methamphetamine Use Among Gay Men

Reflecting sweeping changes in our understanding of gender and sexuality over the past decade, this session will provide an informative and affirming discussion of addiction treatment for clinicians working with...
Petros Levounis, MD, MA

Genes, Microbes, & Metagenes: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Through the Lens of Systems Biology

For many years, mainstream textbooks typically characterized irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a psychosomatic disorder with a strong emotional component. Sophisticated molecular diagnostic techniques combined with genomic analysis have now...
Robert Rountree, MD

Keynote: The Evolution of Integrative Medicine

Modern scientific medicine has advanced rapidly, but those advances have not resulted in better health or health care. Ignoring the healing power of nature and the organism's intrinsic mechanisms of...
Andrew Weil, MD

Game Changer – Key Lessons from Elite Sport to Improve Patient Outcomes

In this talk, Dr. Bubbs will discuss the principles of human performance that translate to everyday clinical practice. He'll highlight the fundamental principles common across all diets and how understanding...
Marc Bubbs, ND, MSc, CISSN, CSCS

U.S. Drinking Water: Regulation, Contamination, Human Health Issues and What You Can Share with Your Patients

Compared to third world countries, the United States has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world. Despite this, U.S. drinking water has become increasingly contaminated with a variety...
Aly Cohen, MD, FACR

Improving Mental Health Outcomes and Combating Loneliness through Holistic Pathways and Mindfulness: A Case Study in Psychiatric Medication Management

This presentation will examine the role of integrative health and holistic wellness in combating the loneliness pandemic. Topics include issues of overprescribing and overdiagnosis within the context of traditional clinical...
Roberta Stanhope, ARNP, PMH, CNS, BC

Technological Addictions: The New Frontier of Addiction Psychiatry

Addiction to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and opioids can be devastating, as we all know. But video games, online porn, internet gaming, internet gambling, and other technological...
Petros Levounis, MD, MA

IFM Presents: The Potential to Reverse Biological Aging Through Diet and Lifestyle

DNA methylation is a well-researched, primary epigenetic process that has been used to establish biological age assessments, namely DNA methylation “clocks,” which act as surrogate markers of age-related morbidity and...
Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP

Finding Value in Genetic Testing Today

In a 2019 poll 74% of practitioners did not know which genetic test to trust. In this presentation we will explore the different types of genetic tests in the marketplace....
Yael Joffe, PhD, RD, FACN

Four R’s for Flourishing in Healthcare and in Life: Reflection, Relationships, Resourcefulness, Resilience

Healthcare professionals, faculty, and trainees are at risk for stress and burnout, which can impact wellbeing, optimal patient care, and effective leadership. More recently, pandemic-associated stressors have posed significant emotional,...
Hedy Wald, PhD

Post COVID Mental Health – What’s the Right Treatment?

It is well known that post COVID syndrome includes a high percentage of patient experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms, including delirium, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This syndrome does have...
Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc

Gut-Skin-Hair Axis: The Science of Oral Probiotics and Prebiotics

The role of the gut microbiome in relation to skin health and dermatology has gained more interest in the clinical practice setting. This lecture will review the mechanisms by which...
Raja Sivamani, MD, MS, AP

One Size Fits All: The Benefits of Exercise

This presentation will provide an overview of the scientific evidence supporting the utility of exercise in maintaining health and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, cancer, coronary...
Neil Skolnik, MD

Plenary: Culinary Medicine – Cooking up Health: Anytime, Anyplace

There is growing recognition that solving the obesity epidemic and its downstream health consequences depends on preventative efforts at the individual, community and public health level. Health professionals are on...
Melinda Ring, MD

Plenary: IFM Presents: The Functional Medicine Approach to Acute and Chronic COVID-19: Successful Strategies for Clinicians

This presentation, given by Joel M. Evans, MD, the Co-Director of Institute of Functional Medicine's Course on COVID-19 and the leader of the project to create the IFM Clinical Guide...
Joel Evans, MD

The Role of a Health Coach in a Global Pandemic

Front-line emergency personnel are usually what comes to mind when people think of health professionals during the COVID-19 crisis. But the role for certified professional health coaches is vitally important,...
Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, NBC-HWC

The Healthy Microbiome of the Mouth: Is Sterilizing the Mouth Causing Cardiovascular Disease?

Dysbiosis in the oral microbiome, as seen in the gut, will lead to inflammation, illness and disease well beyond the oral cavity. There are over 700 species of bacteria in...
Reid Winick, D.D.S.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques for Healthcare Providers

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the leading forms of talk therapy, uses a variety of interventions to address common thought distortions. Stressors associated with the Covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated...
Aaron Sutton, LCSW, BCD, CAADC

Increasing Fulfilment and Reducing Frustration in Your Practice

As we care for others, healthcare providers have had their own considerable challenges. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, far too many have struggled with burnout and the pandemic has made...
Jay Winner, MD, FAAFP

Advanced Course: The Cellular Signals that Influence the Causes of Autoimmune Diseases and the Pathways to Repair

Improved cellular efficiency has the ability to promote favorable outcomes for metabolic, infectious and autoimmune disease regardless of the etiology. Metabolic flexibility of the cell modulates interaction of cell metabolism...
William Seeds, MD

The Endothelial Glycocalyx and Cardiovascular Disease: Revolutionary Concepts and Treatment

As the field of glycomics continues to expand, so does research into the endothelial glycocalyx, a glycan-based structure essential to vascular and systemic health. Yet awareness of this important protective...
Mark Houston M.D., M.S., MSC, ABAARM, FAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH, FACN, DABC

Cannabis and Cannabidiol (CBD): State of the Science in 2022

With cannabis becoming more readily available in multiple states, healthcare professionals need to have the most updated information available on cannabis and cannabidiol to help patients make informed decisions. This...
Kevin Hill, MD, MHS

* Conference program is subject to change. 

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