Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Another area of research in the Department concerns complementary medicine and mind-body interaction. An R-21 Exploratory and Development grant, “Psychoneuroimmunology, Stress and Healthy Aging in Hispanics,” was awarded to enhance our capacity and environment for research in this area. A current effort is exploring prevention of cancer through community-based efforts.  The main emphasis of the program is to integrate evidence-based information on alternative therapies into the medical curriculum.   The Department also has an Integrative Medicine track in the Residency program. 


Sierpina V, Dalen JE. The future of integrative medicine. American Journal of Medicine. 2012. 126(8): 661-662.

Lebensohn P, Klinger B, Dodds S, Schneider C, Sroka S, Benn R, Cook P, Guerrera M, Low Dog T, Sierpina V, Teets R, Waxman D, Woytowicz J, Weil A, Maizes V. Integrative medicine in residency education: developing competency through online curriculum training. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2012. 4(1): 76-82.

Olson M, Robinson D, Springer P, Geske J. Mind-body therapy: attitudes, beliefs and practices of graduate faculty and students from accredited MFT programs in the U.S. and Canada. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2011. 7(5): 320-325. 

Sierpina, V. The Healthy Gut Workbook. New Harbinger. October 2010.

Sierpina V, Astin J, Giordano J. Mind-Body Therapies for Headache. American Family Physicians. Nov 2007, 76(10):1518-22.

Waters D, Sierpina V. Goal-Directed Health Care and the Chronic Pain Patient: A New Vision of the Healing Encounter. Pain Physician. November 2006, 9:353-60.

Sierpina V, Sierpina M, Loera J, Grumbles L. Complementary and integrative approaches to dementia. Southern Medical Journal. June 2005, 98(6):636-45.

Frenkel M, Ben-Arye E, Baldwin C, Sierpina V. Approach to communicating with patients about the use of nutritional supplements in cancer care. Southern Medical Journal. 2005, 98(3):289-94.

Sierpina V, Frenkel M. Acupuncture: A clinical review. Southern Medical Journal. 2005, 98(3):330-37.

Raji M, Mishra D, Sierpina V. Trigeminal neuralgia in an octogenarian: sustained clinical response to acupuncture. EXPLORE: Journal of Science and Healing. 2005, 1(1):46-7.

Sandor, M, Sierpina V, Vanderpool H, Owen S: Spirituality and clinical care: Exploring developmental changes in nursing and medical students. EXPLORE: Journal of Science and Healing. 2006, 2(1): 37-42.

Frye A, Sierpina V, Boisaubin E, Bulik R. Measuring what medical students think about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM): A pilot study of the complementary and alternative medicine survey. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2005, 11(1):19-32.


Sierpina, V. (PI): Reducing Cancer Risk Through Social Marketing and Community -Based Education (Planning Grant). Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), 04/10-08/10 ($15,000).

Sierpina, V. (PI): Psychoneuroimmunology, Stress and Healthy Aging in Hispanics. NIH/NIA Grant #: R-21 AGO23951, 2004-2010 ($900,000).

Islam, J. (PI), Sierpina, V.: CoEnzyme Q 10, Statins, and Myotoxicity, John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund for Biomedical Research. 2003-2006 ($35,000)

Sierpina, V. (PI): Evidence-based Curriculum in Alternative Therapies. NIH/NCCAM Grant #: AT00586-05. 2000-2005 ($1,500,000).
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