Our Faculty

Xiaotian Shen, MD (China), MPH, LAC

Department of Acupuncture

MPH, Hebrew University, 1999
BMed, Chengdu University of TCM, 1993

Xiaotian Shen has taught acupuncture and herbal medicine at two colleges in China and was a traditional Chinese medicine physician at the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu College of Medical Continuing Education. In addition to contributing to various professional journals, Shen serves as a member of the NCCAOM exam-writing committee and is a certified examiner of Clean Needle Techniques. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences on topics such as the use of traditional Chinese medicine in treating patients with multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, and diabetes; and on the interactions between Chinese herbs and pharmaceuticals. Shen, who served as Director of Clinical Studies at AOMA (2003-2010), has been  a member of the faculty since 1999.

Research areas

Traditional Chinese medicine

Professional Memberships

Site team visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

Licenses and Certifications

Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Acupuncture License

Certified Clean Needle Techniques (CNT) instructor and examiner for the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)

Honors and Awards

Excellent Youth School Volunteer: Youth Volunteer Society of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chengdu, China, 1996 – 1997.

Outstanding Practitioner: Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Teaching Hospital.  Chengdu, China, 1995-1997.


1.  A summary of Chinese medical nomenclature debate. The American Acupuncturist. 2007: Vol.39:16

2.  An extra thought about nomenclature of Eight Extraordinary Channels. The American Acupuncturist. 2006: Vol.37:12

3.  Review of an article about Acupuncture for Chronic Headache in British Medical Journal. American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2004: Vol.5(2).

4.  Traditional Chinese medicine—Ancient medicine for the modern world. Enjoy Whole Health, July – August 2003

5.  Traditional Chinese medicine. INSIDE Austin MD Magazine – May/June 2010


1.  “The International Standard Scheme for Scalp Acupuncture” AAAOM 2008 Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois, Oct 2008

2.  An introduction to Chinese herbology. College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin.  Austin, TX, May, 2008

3.  Diabetes: Treatment and prevention with TCM. AAAOM 2007 Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon, Oct 2007

4.  Treat rheumatoid arthritis with TCM. CEU presentation Chicago, Illinois, May 2007

5.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment for diabetes. CEU presentation. San Diego, California, July 2007

6.  Women’s health and traditional Chinese medicine. CEU presentation.  Honolulu, Hawaii, September, 2007

7.  Translating traditional Chinese medicine. Conference of Experts in Medical Translation. Chengdu, China, April 2007

8.  Understanding diabetic cardiovascular diseases from a traditional Chinese medical perspective. AAAOM 2006 Annual Conference. Phoenix, Arizona, Oct 2006

9.  Traditional medicine can treat diseases without hurting bears. International Conference of World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). Toronto, Canada, November, 2005

10. Actions and Interactions between Drugs and Chinese Herbs. Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine Conference. East Rutherford, NJ, Oct 2005

11. Traditional medicine for the modern society. School of Nursing, University of Texas at Houston.  Houston, TX, May 2005

12. Treating multiple sclerosis with TCM. Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine Conference. East Rutherford, NJ, Oct 2004

13. Basic elements of Traditional Chinese medicine.  Austin Community College.  Austin, TX, Oct 2003

14. Hepatitis C and traditional Chinese medicine. Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine Conference. East Rutherford, NJ, Oct, 2003

15. Guest speaker: KOOP Radio Station. Program topic: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  Austin, TX, April 2003

16. Ethics, professional responsibility, and the practice of Oriental medicine. Southwest Symposium. Austin, TX, 2001