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CIM Executive Member Bios

Kallenberg Gene Kallenberg, M.D.
Executive Director - Center for Integrative Medicine 
Chief, Division of Family and Preventive Medicine (FPM)
Professor of Clinical FPM and Medicine

Gene “Rusty” A. Kallenberg serves as UCSD School of Medicine Division Chief of Family Medicine, Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Director of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Kallenberg oversees all clinical programs in Family Medicine as well as research conducted by the faculty of the Division of Family Medicine and family medicine physician training programs.  Dr. Kallenberg has been involved in academic medicine actively practicing and teaching medical students and residents since 1979. After serving as the director of the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program from 1979-1982 he moved to the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington DC, where he developed and led the Division of Family Medicine. At GWU he became very involved in the development of the new medical school curriculum, community-based apprenticeship programs and the development of service-learning experiences for students and residents. He ultimately became an Assistant Dean for Curricular Projects and served in that role for 4 years before coming to UCSD.

One of many doctors in his family, Dr. Kallenberg developed his interest in medicine early from observing his father's approach to patient care in his general practice in Cincinnati. He has learned the importance of being sensitive to people's needs and educating them about their health care. He has also learned that getting to know one's patients and establishing long-term relationships with them and their families provides one of the greatest rewards of being a physician.

MacElhern Lauray MacElhern, MBA
Managing Director - Center for Integrative Medicine
University of California, San Diego

As Managing Director of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, Lauray MacElhern oversees the business administration, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, management, and development of the Center and its four mission areas and related committees: Clinical, Education, Research, and Community Outreach. Lauray is co-founder, teacher, and trainer of the UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking program and the UCSD Integrative Nutrition program. She is also elected Clinical Chair of the prestigious 69-member Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Lauray joined UCSD after running a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, The Cancer Project, dedicated to nutrition education and research for cancer prevention and survival. As part of that role, she worked with and trained more than 100 chefs around the world on how to teach the organization’s award-winning cooking and nutrition courses. Under her leadership, the organization reached millions through its public outreach efforts and within community centers, hospitals, and medical centers in more than 160 cities across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Panama, Jamaica, India and Spain. For the past decade, Lauray has specialized in technology, management, marketing, and leadership roles contributing to the successful start-up of three ventures. She has achieved formal recognition from NASA and the Telly Awards for her work. From an early age, Lauray has been personally immersed in healing cooking, naturopathy, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and commerce through coursework in the Wharton School and Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and advanced degree coursework in nutrition sciences through extension programs at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and American University. She earned her MBA from Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.

ellen_beck_photo Ellen Beck, M.D.
Education Director - UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
Director of Community Education - UCSD Division of Family Medicine

As a family physician, Dr. Ellen Beck’s primary interest is teaching and practicing a mind, body, and spirit approach that helps to create an environment in which a person can take charge of their health and achieve joy and wellbeing. Dr. Beck is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, the Director of Medical Student Education for the Division of Family Medicine of UCSD School of Medicine, and the Director of Education for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. She is the Co-Founder and Director of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, as well as Director of the national faculty development program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved, and a year-long UCSD based Fellowship in Underserved Health Care. Each of these programs is based on a core philosophy that is empowering, humanistic, and transdisciplinary and sees the community as teacher.

Dr. Beck and her programs have won national and state awards including the 2014 Kennedy Center-Steven Sondheim Inspirational Teacher award, the 2013 UC San Diego University Wide Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity Award, the 2013 McGill Faculty of Medicine Alumni Global Community Service Award, the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award (for teachers who have inspired their former students), the 2012 National Health Heroes Award, the 2011 WebMD Magazine Health Hero award, the 2010 James Irvine Foundation California Leadership Award (which recognizes Californians implementing innovative, effective solutions to significant state issues), KPBS 2010 Local Hero Diversity Award, the 2008 LEAD San Diego Visionary Award for Diversity, 2006 American Red Cross Real Heroes Award for medical hero recognition, the 2006 Blue Cross of California Community Service Award, the Norman Cousins Award for a medical education program that fosters relationship-centered care, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Innovation award and the California Academy of Family Practice 2002 Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence. The Free Clinic Project was featured in a PBS documentary about integrative medicine called The New Medicine as a model of integrative care with the underserved.

Dr. Beck completed her medical training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After working in remote areas in northern Canada and in community geriatrics and mental health in Montreal, she joined McGill University as faculty where she was based at a local community health center and directed a clerkship in primary care and geriatrics. She joined the faculty of UCSD School of Medicine in 1987. She is the mother of three young adult daughters.

saxe_photo Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Research Director and Preventive Medicine Physician 
Medical Director, UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking Program  
Executive Committee - Center for Integrative Medicine

Dr. Gordon Saxe is the Director of Research, a preventive and integrative medicine physician, a founding member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, and co-developer of the UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking Program. He is also the recipient of a prestigious NIH Career Development Award from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Saxe is a national expert in cancer and complementary and alternative medicine, and most well-known for his pioneering work in the combined use of a plant-based diet and body-mind stress reduction to control the progression of advanced prostate cancer.  His previous studies have included: epidemiology of diet and cancers of prostate, breast, and pancreas; diet and body-mind exercise to control spread/of advanced prostate cancer; and diet and gene expression in prostate cancer. His background in complementary and alternative medicine includes study of: nutritional healing: diet, vitamins/minerals, herbals, and other non-drug medicines; exercise modalities: yoga, t’ai chi, and other body-mind approaches; and eastern and western systems: Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy, macrobiotics, and natural hygiene. Prior to coming to UCSD, Dr. Saxe was the Medical Director for the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.  He received his M.D. at Michigan State University, his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, and his M.P.H. in Nutrition at Tulane University. He completed residency training at the University of Massachusetts and is board certified in Preventive Medicine.

Hickman photo Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D.
Founder and Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
Executive Committee, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family & Preventive Medicine

Dr. Steven Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Family & Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Hickman also serves on the Executive Committee of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.  Dedicated primarily to his role as Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness within the Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Hickman is also engaged in the psychological care and support of people coming to terms with pain and illness. Dr. Hickman founded the UCSD Center for Mindfulness in 2000, and has since taught over 40 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, as well as adapting the program for nurses and for medical students. His focus on mindfulness has two dimensions: mindfulness as a practice to be taught to patients and mindfulness as a central component of psychological and medical treatment. Thus, the Center for Mindfulness has as its purpose both the fostering of mindfulness-based interventions for patient care, and professional training and development for psychotherapists, physicians and other healthcare providers in mindfulness-based interventions.

Aaron Cook Aaron Cook, L.Ac.
Director of Acupuncture Services 
UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

Aaron Cook serves as the Director of Acupuncture Services and acupuncturist for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, and is a founding member of its Executive Committee.  As a WebMD Fellow and a faculty member in the department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Aaron has been instrumental in the development of the acupuncture program at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, and the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Aaron has enjoyed being active in many community projects and positions. He has developed an integrative wellness program at Camp Agape, an annual retreat for families of children with cancer, and has traveled internationally with the U.S. Navy and with UCSD to promote the use and the integration of Traditional Oriental Medicine.  Aaron is a licensed acupuncturist. He received his Masters degree in Oriental medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2003, and currently teaches pediatric acupuncture and massage at the College. Aaron is a clinical supervisor at many of Pacific’s off-site clinical programs including Rady Children’s Hospital, Downtown Geriatric clinic and the UCSD free-clinic.

Erin E. Raskin, DACM, L.Ac. Erin E. Raskin, DACM, L.Ac.
Doctor Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Director, Inpatient Integrative Medicine
Executive Committee - UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

Erin E. Raskin, DACM, LAc is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She has been involved in various aspects of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) for over 35 years. One of her favorite topics is Yǎng Shēng (nourishing life) which refers to the wisdom of self-care, lifestyle medicine, movement, meditation, nutrition, detoxification, sexuality, sleep, nature, music, art, creativity, gratitude, spirituality and natural healing.  Yǎng Shēng is a key aspect of TEAM that informs our health, aging, living and dying.

At UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Raskin is helping to bring integrative medicine services into the UC San Diego Health hospitals. She is also a clinician at UCSD Student Health Services. In addition, her eco-friendly office is in San Diego where she has been in private practice since 1992. She joined the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine faculty in 1995 and has been a clinical supervisor at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, Seniors Clinic and Veterans Clinic. She is a health educator to her patients, the public and colleagues.

In 1988, Dr. Raskin was certified as a Hatha Yoga teacher and enrolled in the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She studied in China, India, apprenticed with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan for 10 years and is a lifelong student of ancient Eastern healing arts and modern science.
Dr. Raskin enjoys blending the wisdom from different healing traditions. She cultivates her own Qi with many self-care activities including yoga, meditation, cooking, ceramics class, singing, art, solitude, nature and time with hubby, family and friends.

Slater photo Daniel Slater, M.D.
Education Committee - UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
Board Certification in Family Medicine & Holistic Integrative Medicine
UCSD Family and Integrative Medicine Physician

More than twenty years of experience as a physician taught Dr. Daniel Slater that treating a person's health, not their disease or diagnosis, is the best approach. Dr. Slater partners with patients to tailor their health care, and develops relationships built upon trust and communication. Dr. Slater’s clinical interests are integrative and holistic medicine, underserved populations, natural supplements, diet & nutrition, herbs, lifestyle improvement, dermatology, allergies, and caring for infants and children. As a part of the UC San Diego Family Medicine Residency program, Dr. Slater participates in training residents as well as teaching UC San Diego medical students. As he practices and teaches, he also continues to study in an Integrative Medicine Fellowship. Prior to his role with UCSD, Dr. Slater was a Family Physician at Kaiser Permanente for 18 years.  He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the UCSD School of Medicine, followed by the Santa Monica Family Medicine Residency Program. 

Michael Kurisu, D.O.
UCSD School of Medicine Faculty 
UCSD Family, Integrative, and Osteopathic Medicine Physician
Executive Committee - UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

Michael Kurisu, D.O. is an Osteopathic physician with extensive training in an array of hands-on techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of many different chronic disease states. The internal capacity to heal is the cornerstone of Dr. Kurisu’s approach to medicine. He has received extensive training in both the alternative health field as well as conventional allopathic medicine allowing him to integrate all aspects of health as it pertains to each patient. Dr. Kurisu is a board certified in Family Medicine. He completed his training at UCSD and has since developed an Integrative Primary Care practice that is based upon the humanistic model of creating a ‘Patient Centered Medical Home’ as established through the Joint Principles of the Primary Care Collaborative. Dr. Kurisu is also board certified in Holistic and Integrative Medicine. He is on the Executive Committee for the Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSD, guest faculty at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, consulting Integrative physician at the San Diego Cancer Center as well as Sharp Memorial Medical Center. He applies evidence-based integrative therapies for management of complicated, chronic disease states and works closely with many different health care practitioners in the community. Currently, Dr. Kurisu holds faculty positions at several different medical schools. He thoroughly enjoys teaching and his private practice is a national training site for Osteopathic medical students.

MelanieFiorella Melanie Fiorella, M.D.
Integrative, Family and Reproductive Medicine
Certified by the Board of Family Medicine & American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Director of Integrative Medicine in Residency Program – Center for Integrative Medicine

Melanie Fiorella, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine as well as the Department of Reproductive Medicine at UC San Diego (UCSD).  She serves as a founding member on the Executive Board of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine and is the Director of the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program.

Based on her long history of yoga and meditation practice, Dr. Fiorella has spent her career integrating her knowledge of the benefits of mind-body-spirit practices with her study of Allopathic medicine.   She is passionate about helping patients discover their personal state of optimal health and supporting them in maintaining it.  She utilizes the full spectrum of Integrative Medicine, starting with the fundamentals of a healthy diet, appropriate exercise and a healthy stress response.  The “Sister Sciences” Yoga and Ayurveda are of special interest to Dr Fiorella. She is a certified Yoga teacher at the 200h level and has completed Level One Ayurveda training for health professionals through the Scripps Clinical Ayurveda Program. She finds these ancient systems to be of particular benefit in many areas of Women’s Health as well as gut and mood disorders. Dr. Fiorella is also applying her knowledge in Integrative Medicine to a research team that is investigating ways to help women modify their risk factors for breast cancer.

Educating other clinicians about the many uses for integrative medicine is also of central importance for Dr. Fiorella.  As a founding member of the Education Committee for the CIM, Fiorella works with a diverse integrative team to train Residents and Medical Students, her colleagues, and the public.  She shares the goal that many in the field have of making Integrative Medicine “just good medicine.”  Dr. Fiorella completed her medical school training at the University of Buffalo, where she was awarded membership into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, and came to UCSD for her residency training in Family Medicine.  After serving as Chief Resident, she stayed on as faculty at UCSD and subsequently completed her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona.  Personally, Dr. Fiorella loves cooking with fresh ingredients, being outdoors, practicing yoga and meditation, and especially being home with her husband and two children.

Photo of Hollis King Hollis King, DO
Osteopathic Physician
UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

Hollis H. King, DO, is a board-certified osteopathic physician. He has a whole-body approach to medicine and is highly experienced in osteopathic manipulative treatment, a type of hands-on care that diagnoses and treats illness and injury by moving a person’s muscles and joints to ease pain and increase mobility. Dr. King provides care for patients of all ages, and helps people adopt lifestyle changes aimed at disease prevention. His research interests include Alzheimer's disease, autism, glaucoma, migraine headaches, traumatic brain injury, gastrointestinal diseases, metabolic disorders, pediatrics, psychiatry, and sleep research. He has been published in numerous medical journals, including The Journal of American Osteopathic Association and Lymphatic Research and Biology.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. King was the residency director in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Wisconsin Medical School. Before that, he was a professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in, Mesa, Arizona and the associate executive director of the Osteopathic Research Center at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. King earned his degree in osteopathic medicine from UNT Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. King is board-certified in family practice. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and member of several professional societies, including the American Osteopathic Association, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and the American Psychological Association. Dr. King also serves on the research committee for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and editorial advisory board for The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. In 2002, Dr. King was awarded Physician of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.