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Board of Directors

Ning Ma, LAc
President and Chairman

In 2004, Dr. Ma founded the Chinese Medical Science Foundation (CMSF). He serves as its Board Chair and President. Dr. Ma's vision is to integrate acupuncture within the mainstream medical system thereby making acupuncture widely available.

As a first step to realizing this vision, Dr. Ma developed a groundbreaking program: The Acupuncture Fellowship Program (AFP). The AFP fully integrates a team of acupuncturists within inpatient and outpatient units at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. He is currently an allied health professional at St. Vincent's and is the primary supervisor of the Fellows in the AFP.

At Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, Dr. Ma serves as a member of the teaching faculty and was the Department Chair of Clinical Practice for five years. His private practice in Manhattan, Cornerstone Acupuncture, specializes in neurology and musculoskeletal conditions. He is also an expert in treating cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

At the age of 32, Dr. Ma was the youngest physician to be appointed as a medical director in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong province in China. Shandong province comprises 92 million people and the capital has nearly six million people. As the Director of Neurology, he had 30 medical professionals reporting to him and managed a unit of 40 inpatient beds.

In 1992, the Committee of Science and Technology of Shandong Province awarded Dr. Ma the Science and Technology Award for Medicine based on his clinical study, "Herbal Ointment Treating Chronic Cholecystitis". In 1994, the Shandong Province Health Department selected Dr. Ma as one of the ‘top young physicians' of the entire province.

Since arriving to the United States, Dr. Ma has given lectures and grand round presentations to many hospitals, medical schools, and conferences. The following include some sample topics: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Acupuncture Protocols in Stroke Treatment, and Acupuncture: Symptom Management of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Treatment.

Dr. Ma received his medical doctor degree from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. His residency was at Shandong University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an urban hospital with over 800 patient beds, where he specialized in neurological diseases.

Philip Shen, MBA
Vice Chair

As a consultant for Computer Sciences Corporation's Health Services practice, Mr. Shen advised health care systems on strategy and operational reengineering. He also served as a health education Peace Corps volunteer in an 800-person village located in Cote d'Ivoire for over two years.

Mr. Shen currently works at J.P. Morgan in equity research covering the Machinery sector. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was the Director of Business Development of Qbit, a high technology firm developing lossless data compression technologies. He was also the Vice President of Corporate Development of a privately-held business process outsourcing firm focused on financial services.

Mr. Shen holds a BS in Computer Science from Brown University and received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Kathy Hatgis
Vice President of Operations

Kathy Taromina, LAc
Vice President of Development

Jonathan Ching, Esq

Jonathan Ching serves as an Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan in the credit hybrids trading group. Mr. Ching provides advice on structuring, legal and documentation issues arising from complex credit derivative transactions.

He also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating financial contracts and in representing and advising corporations and other business entities in the formation of new entities and joint ventures, corporate governance, contract negotiations, licensing agreements, shareholder agreements and employment agreements.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Ching was an attorney with the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in New York, specializing in derivatives and financing transactions.

Mr. Ching is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

Mr. Ching received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Southern California (1996) and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law (2002), where he was an Editor of the Fordham Moot Court Board and a member of the Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Ying An, LAc
Chair of Academic Committee

Dr. An is on the faculty of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, teaching biomedical and Chinese medical perspectives in psychiatry, immunology and cardiology. She also has a private acupuncture practice in Westfield, New Jersey.

As a resident at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, she specialized in treating ENT disorders, and headed a study demonstrating that through the integration of Western and Traditional Chinese medicine, the survival rate of patients with certain cases increased and side effects caused by surgery and radiation were significantly relieved. Her paper "Integrative Treatments including Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Acupuncture of Neoplasm of the Head and Neck" was presented at an annual TCM ENT meeting.

Dr. An graduated from the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received her M.S. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University, Michigan. She pursued biomedical research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, focusing ons genetic analysis in families with asthma.

Roberta Lee, MD
Dr. Lee is medical director of the Center for Health and Healing, director of continuing medical education and co-director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel's Continuum Center for Health and Healing (CCHH) in New York City. She is a board certified internist who received her medical degree at George Washington University Medical School.

Dr. Lee's integrative medical interests are focused in ethnomedicine. She served as a general practitioner in the Micronesian islands as the recipient of a Public Health Service scholarship, where where she witnessed many patients receiving interesting indigenous treatments from traditional healers, some with quite amazing outcomes. This experience served as a catalyst for her eventual post-doctoral training at the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine directed by Andrew Weil, MD.

For the last seven years she has traveled back to Micronesia as the ethnomedical specialist in an interdisciplinary team of biologists, ethnobotanists, ecologists and conservationists from The New York Botanical Garden, National Tropical Garden, Nature Conservancy and College of Micronesia. The collaborative effort is a ten-year project. Her focus has been the traditional uses of kava, a plant important in the local culture. Her research interests include studying a cross-section of cultural and botanical influences on health, healing and promotion of wellness in chronic disease. Dr. Lee is an Honorary Research Associate at The New York Botanical Garden in the Institute of Economic Botany. She is a regular contributing editor and writes a column entitled "Notes from the Field" with her colleague Dr. Balick in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. With Dr. Benjamin Kligler, she is co-author of Integrative Modalities (McGraw-Hill, 2004).

Pamela Call, MD

Zhujun Li, MD