Mukund S. Chorghade, Ph.D.
Dr. Mukund Chorghade is President of Chorghade Enterprises and Chief Scientific Officer, THINQ Pharma/THINQ Discovery, AGN Biofuels and Empiriko. He is also an adjunct research professor at Northeastern University and has appointments at Harvard and MIT. He provides synthetic chemistry and development expertise to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. He also provides consultations on collaborations with academic, government and industrial laboratories. He advises technology based companies on process re-engineering and project management of technology transfer; establishes strategic partnerships and conducts cGLP/cGMP compliance training and implementation in chemical laboratories. He oversees projects in medicinal chemistry, chemical route selection, manufacturing and formulation of bulk actives to finished dosage forms.
Dr. Chorghade earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Poona, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Georgetown University. He completed postdoctoral appointments at the University of Virginia and Harvard University, visiting scientist appointments at University of British Columbia, College de France/Universite’ Louis Pasteur, Cambridge and Caltech and directed research groups at Dow Chemicals, Abbott Laboratories, CytoMed and Genzyme. A recipient of three “Scientist of the Year Awards”, he is an elected Fellow of the ACS, AAAS and RSC and has been a featured speaker in several national and international symposia. He is active in ACS, AAAS, RSC, was NESACS and Brazosport Section Chair and serves on numerous professional Scientific Advisory Boards and Committees.
Patricia A. Deuster, Ph.D., MPH, Senior Fellow
Patricia A. Deuster, Ph.D., MPH, is a Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine; she is also a faculty member for the Neurosciences program. As Director of the Applied Human Biology Division and Graduate Program, Dr. Deuster is engaged in militarily relevant research and the direction of military graduate students in applied physiology. Dr. Deuster has been working in the area of nutrition and physical fitness for more than 25 years and is currently funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) to investigate mechanisms of obesity and exercise as a function of ethnicity. She is an invited speaker throughout DoD on issues related to nutrition, physical fitness, and health promotion and is the author/editor of multiple military resources. Some of her contributions to the DoD include “The Navy SEAL Nutrition Guide”, “The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide”, “Force Health Protection: Nutrition and Exercise Resource Manual” and “Peak Performance Through Nutrition and Exercise”. Dr. Duester has published over 90 articles in scientific journals as well as numerous book chapters and books. She has an MA in Physical Education, a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and Physiology, and an MPH with an emphasis in Epidemiology.
Carl Franzblau, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Carl Franzblau, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and associate dean Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University is recipient of the Distinguished Ph.D. Alumnus Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Franzblau is a member of the class of 1962 and was one of the first students to be awarded a Ph.D. at Einstein.
Einstein College of Medicine recognized Franzblau’s many achievements including his extensive publishing in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases focusing on the role of connective tissue proteins in those disease processes. His key role in describing the nature of the chemical cross-links in collagen and elastin as well as describing the synthesis of these structural proteins in cell culture was also highlighted.
At the National Institutes of Health, Franzblau served on the Advisory Councils of the Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and chaired the Cardiovascular A study section.
Franzblau has also developed City Lab Academy at Boston University School of Medicine which is a free nine-month academic and laboratory skills training program for qualified high school graduates interested in pursuing a career and further education in biotechnology.
Anna Jaffe is a young scientist whose vision includes that of creating a green sustainable future and has charted a career path of collaboration and innovation in groundbreaking research and technology. As a Civil and Environmental Engineering student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jaffe’s research focused on strategies to build internationally distributed teams capable of achieving systems oriented breakthrough solutions in a range of disciplines from agriculture to transportation. Most recently she has worked on an automated solution to delayed allergy testing. It is in this capacity that she joins the Health Studies Collegium as a fellow and researcher.
In addition to a remarkable academic career, Jaffe has been an invited presenter and panelist to events and organizations including Electronics New England, SolidWorks World, and MIT Sloan Fellows among others. Jaffe also contributed to the collaborative Oil Solution Initiative Visioning Summit, a study co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the Rocky Mountain Institute and has appeared in a number of documentaries and as a guest on NPR’s Science Friday.
Russell Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Dr. Russell M. Jaffe is a Senior Fellow with the Health Studies Collegium. Dr. Jaffe received his MD degree from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1972. He completed his residency training in Clinical Pathology at the National Institutes of Health, where he was on the permanent staff as a practicing molecular biologist and molecular pathologist. In addition, he has studied extensively in the area of nutrition. He was asked by Norm Shealey to be the founding chairman of the Scientific Committee of the American Holistic Medical Association. He was the first Course Director of “Oriental Medical Strategies in Western Medical Practice.” This was the first program recognized by N Y State for licensure certification based on being a diplomate of this training program. Most graduates of this program are now instructors in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture training programs throughout the world. In 1984, Dr. Jaffe developed the lymphocyte response assays (LRA) by ELISA/ACT tests. These tests enable physicians to examine the responses of patients’ immune systems to challenges. Delayed allergy for up to 436 common substances can be ruled in or ruled out in terms of delayed hypersensitivity by functional LRA by ELISA/ACT or MELISA tests. Dr. Jaffe’s special research interests include “Nutritional Immunology, Evoking the Human Healing Response,” and “Treatment protocols for chronic, autoimmune illness.” His appointments include those with the National Institutes of Health and Clinical Center, CPD, Bethesda, MD where he was a Resident and later served as Senior Staff Physician, Clinical Pathology Department. He was Director of the Princeton BioCenter and served on the Board of Governors for the Light Foundation. Click here to read a more detailed professional profile of Dr. Jaffe.
Michael Lerner, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Michael Lerner, Ph.D., is President and founder of Commonweal. His interests include mind-body health, with a special interest in cancer; high-risk children and young people; and the architecture of an environmentally sustainable future. Lerner is the founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program.
Dr. Lerner received his B.A. from Harvard in 1965 and his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1971. After serving as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science at Yale Graduate School and Yale Medical School, Lerner was named a founding associate of the Carnegie Council on Children. In 1973 he founded Full Circle, a residential treatment center for children with learning and behavioral disorders in Marin County. In 1976 he founded Commonweal. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his contributions to public health, and in 1990 was named a United States-Japan Leadership Fellow. In 1988-90, he served as Special Consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment for its landmark study, Unconventional Cancer Treatments. He also serves as President of the Jenifer Altman Foundation.
Jack Lewin, MD
Jack Lewin MD is Principal and Founder of Lewin and Associates Health Innovation Strategies, a Washington DC health consulting firm focused on both the clinical and business aspects of health policy, including data-driven quality improvement, and delivery and payment system innovation. Serving on the boards of the National Coalition on Health Care, eHealth Initiative, and National Health Council, he assists them and physician, hospital, patient, and payer constituencies in navigating change during a time of tumultuous but opportunity-rich transition.
Lewin was CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) from 2006 through April 2012. The 41,000-member ACC represents over 90% of US cardiologists, 5000 CV nurses and clinicians, and over 5000 international members. The ACC, with its distinguished reputation among professional societies for leadership in the measuring quality and outcomes to improve physician/hospital performance, is also publisher of the esteemed Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and is recognized as the world leader in cardiovascular education and clinical guidelines development. Lewin was named an honorary Fellow of the ACC. Prior to ACC, Lewin was CEO of the 35,000-member California Medical Associationfor eight years. From 1986-1994, he was Hawaii’s Director of Health, overseeing 6500 employees and a $1+ billion budget, and where he helped Hawaii achieve near-universal access to health care and revitalize statewide public health systems. He also was CEO of Hawaii’s 12-facility statewide public hospital system. Before that, as a Commissioned Officer in the USPHS, he was the founder and first Director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health, serving the needs of America’s largest Indian tribe.
Trained in internal medicine, Lewin has also enjoyed many years of practicing primary care medicine during his career in Arizona, Hawaii, and California. He serves on numerous national boards and advisory bodies, including being founder and President of the Physicians’ Foundations, which are among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the nation, focused on promoting quality, patient safety, and health information technology adoption, and President of the national Patient Safety Institute. He was an advisor on health policy to President Clinton.
Dr. Lewin received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his M.D. from the University of Southern California.
Amory Lovins, Senior Fellow
Amory Lovins, a MacArthur Fellow and consultant physicist, has advised the energy and other industries for more than three decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. He is published in 29 books and hundreds of papers and his work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, nine honorary doctorates, honorary membership of the American Institute of Architects, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Jean Meyer, Time Hero for the Planet, and World Technology Awards. A Harvard and Oxford dropout and former Oxford don (receiving in consequence an Oxford MA by Special Resolution), Mr. Lovins advises industries and governments worldwide, and has briefed 19 heads of state. Mr. Lovins co founded and is chairman and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), an independent, market-oriented, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, nonpartisan think-and-do tank that creates abundance by design. Much of its path finding work on advanced resource productivity (typically with expanding returns to investment) and innovative business strategies is synthesized in Natural Capitalism (www.natcap.org). This intellectual capital provides most of RMI’s revenue through private-sector consultancy that has served or been invited by more than 80 Fortune 500 firms, lately redesigning $30 billion worth of facilities spanning 29 sectors. RMI spun off E SOURCE (www.esource.com) in 1992 and Fiberforge, Inc. (www.fiberforge.com), a composites engineering firm that Mr. Lovins chairs, in 1999; its technology permits cost- effective manufacturing of the ultra light-hybrid Hypercar® vehicles he invented in 1991. His 28th book is Small Is Profitable (www.smallisprofitable.org), an Economist book of the year that was published in 2002, and his Pentagon- cosponsored 29th book, Winning the Oil Endgame (www.oilendgame.com), in 2004.
Edward Morris is a well-respected expert in Health Policy. He has inspired clinicians, researchers, legislators and policy makers to institutionalize the principles of proactive prevention and health promotion. Morris began his career in the field of public education in New York State, 1962-1984, where he held the positions of School District Administrator; School Principal; and Associate Examiner, NYC Board of Examiners.
In 1985, Morris embraced the arena of national health care. He has been an activist in addressing issues of societal health and health policy. Benefiting from his passion for teaching, he has worked to convince “players” in today’s national debate that prevention is the ultimate road to quality and affordable care. Morris’ proposals have been applied in research, professional training and practice, legislation and insurance. Notable examples include: Project Administrator, Arkay Foundation, 1998-2002, developed the bi-coastal UCSF/Georgetown University clinical trials “Using Dietary Restrictions and Vitamin Supplements in the Treatment of ADHD”; Convener, “Medical Leadership In the Drug Crisis,” round tables joining distinguished academicians & government officials, 1997 State of the World Forum; Policy and Political Strategist, California Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2002-2004, coordinated the UCSF study “Profiling the Professions” and the legislative campaign which gained licensure for Naturopaths in California.
Morris is Co-founder of the rehab center “Recovery Without Walls,” 2003-present; distinct for combining psychology and pharmacology with clinically targeted nutrition and micro-nutrient supplementation. Morris currently delivers seminars which examine the science and wisdom that lend evidence to biologically competent lifestyle choices. “Transitions for Life; Nutrition, Attitudes and Behaviors” is presented to health professionals at Virginia Mason Medical Center, University of Washington, Bastyr University, and Seattle Healing Arts Center. The curriculum explores the interactive factors that evoke the mechanisms of mind/body health
Edward Morris received his BS and MA degrees from New York University where he added three years of doctoral study concurrent with his service as Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Educational Administration.
Robert A. Nash, MD, Senior Fellow
Dr. Bob Nash is a 1959 graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds a Master’s degree in electronics engineering. He is Board Certified in Neurology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Nash has the honor of having been designated a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a distinction held by only about 10-percent of the neurologists in this country. He is also a Fellow of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a distinction held by only approximately 20 physicians worldwide.
Dr. Nash has been in the solo practice of neurology since 1976 and has, for more than fifteen years, incorporated other modalities such as acupuncture, nutrition counseling, vitamins and minerals into his practice. He has been practicing metals detoxification (also known as chelation therapy) since 1995.
He is a published author of several peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Nash’s first book, Common Sense Medicine, was published in 2001. He is past Chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and member of the National Institutes of Health Data Safety Management Board for the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy. This is an ongoing NIH study to prevent second heart attacks or avoid cardiac surgery.
Dr. Nash is acknowledged as one of this country’s leading experts in toxicant metals and their health consequences. While Dr. Nash retired from full-time private practice in 2010, he continues to remain active in medicine.
Norman Schwartz, MD
Norm Schwartz, MD, is an integrative medicine specialist with over twenty years experience and an extensive background in treating complex chronic health problems. Formerly medical director of Integrative Medicine for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin he is now in private practice. He uses a first line, proactive, low risk, high gain approach to treat a wide range of chronic unwellness, including: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, stomach and colon disorders, chemical sensitivity, autoimmune disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer. He has a special interest in helping individuals and families who are dealing with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders using biomedical treatments developed by the Autism Research Institute. As a Defeat Autism Now practitioner he approaches autism as a medical disorder that can be treated and often sees positive change and significant improvement.
Dr. Schwartz has a compassionate, progressive approach using functional and metabolic testing to accurately assess individual causes of chronic illness. He combines behavioral and educational interventions along with nutrients, natural remedies, and pharmacological medications if needed, to support restoration of healthy physiology. He also assesses toxic burden and environmental exposures and sensitivities to create targeted detoxification protocols.
Artemis P. Simopoulos, MD
Dr. Artemis P. Simopoulos is a Fellow with the Health Studies Collegium. She is the founder and president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C. since 1990. Dr. Simopoulos was a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in 1991, secretary/treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the editorial board of the ISSFAL newsletter from 1994 to 2000. She is the founder and president of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/ Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and founder and chair of the World Council on Nutrition, Fitness and Health (WCNFH).
A graduate of Barnard College in New York with a major in chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, she is a physician and endocrinologist whose research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was on the nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders, evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids, and the importance of a balanced ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development. She is the author of The Omega Diet (Harper-Collins, 1999) and has edited numerous books and journal supplements, in addition to publishing over 300 scientific papers. She has been the editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1989.
Al Augustine, Esquire (profiles coming soon)
Jamie Larkin (profiles coming soon)
Susan J. Radcliffe, RD, CCN, Nutrition and the Alkaline Way
Susan J. Radcliffe, RD, CCN is a practicing clinical nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition. She is one of the first five nutrition professionals in the country to have dual certifications as both an RD (Registered Dietitian) and a CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist), with memberships in both the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists and the Academy of Environmental Medicine, and past membership with the ADA (American Dietetic Association). Susan has been in private practice for 17 years. During this period she has studied the many facets of alternative and conventional nutrition. Her work has led her to the further study of supportive treatment modalities and unique testing options that complement both these approaches. She is also certified in Dark Field Microscopy & Iridology. Susan has multi faceted experiences in the field of nutrition, working both in physicians’ offices and in the field providing education. She has edited books for noted authors such as Robert Atkins, Buck Levin and Robert Crayhon. As part of an innovative laboratory sciences company known for their unique work and one of a kind approach to testing for delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities, she held positions including Registered Dietitian, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, & Director of Education and Field Operations. During this time, Susan was instrumental in the education of physicians and staff in the use of the test and helped offices develop and institute nutritional protocols to support the results of this testing. She contributed to publication of the book, The Joy of Food: The Alkaline Way. The power of the biochemical impact of food on body chemistry to enhance wellness continues to be the cornerstone of her success in private practice. Beyond nutrition, Susan’s interest in health, balance and wellness includes serving the elderly, and those with both physical and mental challenges. Susan works with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) as a Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Mentor and Lead Evaluator to certify new instructors. As Assistant Director for the TRAC therapeutic riding program at Centenary College, she is also able to apply her clinical skills to the equine and canine worlds. With preventive health a prime directive, Susan is uniquely positioned to further HSC’s intiatives in this area.
Officers & Directors (profiles coming soon)
Tom Trezise, Vice President and Treasurer