WASHINGTONPresident Clinton included two cancer specialists on
the newly created, 11-member White House Commission on Complementary
and Alternative Medicine: George M. Bernier, Jr., MD,
hematologist/oncologist, University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston, and William R. Fair, MD, of Long Boat Key, Fla, former
chief of the urology service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,
and emeritus professor of urology, Weill Medical College of Cornell
The commission is charged with developing legislative and
administrative recommendations aimed at maximizing the benefits of
contemporary and alternative medicine (CAM). Psychiatrist James S.
Gordon, MD, director, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, will
chair the commission.
Other members include Sister Charlotte Rose Kerr, RN, of Baltimore, a
traditional acupuncture practitioner; Wayne B. Jonas, MD, of the
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and former director
of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine; Dean Ornish, MD, of
Sausalito, California, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research
Institute; and George Thomas DeVries III, of Rancho Santa Fe,
California, president and CEO of American Specialty Health.
Also, Joseph J. Fins, MD, director of medical ethics, New York Weill
Cornell Medical Center; Conchita M. Paz, MD, of Las Cruces, NM, a
family medicine specialist; Buford L. Rolin, of Atmore, Alabama,
health administrator for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians; Julia
Scott, of Washington, DC, president of the National Womens
Health Project; and Thomas Chappell, of Kennebunk, Maine, co-founder
of Toms of Maine.