Academic Leadership

John S Finnell ND, MPH, MS, Dipl OM, LAc

Director, DAOM Program and Research

MPH, University of Washington, 2012
ND, Bastyr University, 2008
MSAOM, Bastyr University, 2008
MS, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1998
BA, Austin College,1995

Prior to beginning his career in integrative medicine, Dr. Finnell completed a Master’s of Science in environmental engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.  He subsequently earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in addition to a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health

Dr. Finnell completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). He also lead and participated in numerous research studies, including “Vitamin D and Aging: Unraveling the Regulatory Axis between Vitamin D and Klotho”, funded by NCCAM (2009-2012), and “A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of High-quality Vitamin D3  Nutritional Supplements to Replete Serum Vitamin D”, funded by the Diabetes Action Research & Education Foundation (2009-2011). 

A frequent presenter at professional conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, his work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Finnell’s strong research background and clinical experience as naturopathic and Chinese medicine practitioner bring an evidence-based and integrative perspective to AOMA’s doctoral program. 

Research and academic interests:

  • Lifestyle and environmental determinants of health: health-span optimization, chronic disease prevention, and lifestyle education for the improvement of quality of life
  • Nutrition and botanical medicine: nutritional epidemiology, whole foods nutrition, dietary interventions, caloric restriction, medically supervised fasting and pharmacognosy
  • Integrative medicine: models of inter-professional clinical education and practice, integrative patient-centered medical home, and patient centered outcomes research
  • Translational medicine: proteomics, nutrigenomics, metabolism and aging

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Dean of Academics

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Director, DAOM Program and Research

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