AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

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Academic Leadership

Qianzhi 'Jamie' Wu, LAc, MD (China)
Vice President of Faculty
MMed, Chengdu University of TCM, 1985 BMed, Lu Zhou Medical College, 1982

Qianzhi Wu began his acupuncture studies as the apprentice of a veteran “barefoot doctor” in China, later enrolling for seven years of systematic training. Over a ten-year period, he taught acupuncture, Chinese bodywork, foundations of Chinese medicine, and Chinese medical qigong as associate professor at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the three oldest and most prestigious TCM universities in China. He was also a chief acupuncturist at Chengdu University’s teaching hospital. From 1987 to 1992, he was a major contributor to the Depository of Questions used by the Sichuan Province’s equivalent of the US National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In 1992, he received a provincial award as an excellent instructor. In 1994, the China Ministry of Education advocated the “211 Project,” a project for national higher education reform. As chief contributor and leader for the design of the “211 Project” for Chengdu University of TCM, Wu was involved in redesigning TCM programs and curriculum for the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels and was highly honored by the academic committee of the university. Wu has published six Oriental medicine books (four of them as the primary author) and many papers in China, Germany, and the United States. Wu is a past commissioner of NCCAOM and served as the chairman of the Chinese Herbology and Asian Bodywork Examination Development Committees of NCCAOM. He has been an AOMA faculty member since 1996.

Yuxin He, LAc, PhD, MD (China)
Dean of Academics
DMed, Liaoning College of TCM, 1994 MMed, Nanjing University of TCM, 1989 BMed, Jiangxi College of TCM, 1986

Yuxin He was an associate professor of TCM at Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He earned his degrees and taught in five of China’s top medical schools. He was one of two post-doctorate researchers in the field of TCM in China prior to 1995, in a program designed to develop excellent young scientists and academic leaders in the profession. He has a broad base of experience with the higher education system of TCM and has contributed invaluable academic suggestions for AOMA’s acupuncture and Chinese herbal training program and curriculum in the past several years. He also has extensive research and teaching experience and has published more than two dozen professional papers and books. He is a committee member of the Chinese Herbology Examination Development Committee of the NCCAOM and has been an AOMA faculty member since 1996.

Dongxin Ma, LAc, PhD, MD (China)
Director, Department of Herbal Studies
DMed, Beijing University of TCM, 1997 MMed, Heilongjiang University of TCM, 1993 BMed, Heilongjiang University of TCM, 1990

Dongxin Ma practiced Oriental medicine and taught foreign students in China and Sweden for more than eight years. He studied under Professor Mianzhi Wang, a well-known 19th generation Chinese medicine expert specializing in Chinese herbal formulas. As an educator and clinical expert in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Ma has published numerous research papers and books, and has participated as a presenter in several international conferences in the field. He has been an AOMA faculty member since 1999.

Raja Mandyam, MD (India)
Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences
MBBS, Bangalore University, 1966

Raja Mandyam obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians, London in 1974 and held a consultant post at Medway Hospital in Kent, England, specializing in intensive care. He has worked worldwide and has held consultant physician positions in England, India, Papua New Guinea, and Saudi Arabia. He taught for more than 10 years at a medical school in Bangalore, India. Mandyam is interested in the adaptation of modern medicine for trans-cultural settings and extending healthcare teaching at all levels. In 1998, he was elected to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He has been an AOMA faculty member since 2000.

Zheng Zeng, LAc, MD (China)
Director, Department of Acupuncture
MMed, Chengdu University of TCM, 1994 BMed, Chengdu University of TCM, 1991

Zheng Zeng practiced at the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University where she taught both Chinese and foreign students for more than eight years. She also taught in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in women’s health (including fertility problems, menstrual disorders, and menopausal issues), allergies and more. Zeng participated in clinical research on treating diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis with herbs and acupuncture. She has published papers and books on subjects such as treating psycho-emotional diseases with acupuncture and treating gynecological and dermatological diseases with acupuncture and herbs. Zeng has been an AOMA faculty member since 2002.

He has been an AOMA faculty member since 2004.  

Lesley Hamilton, LAc, MSOM
MAcOM Program Director, Director of Clinical Education, Academic Advisor
MACM, University of Southern California, 2011
MSOM, Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, 2002
BS, University of Wisconsin, 1979

Lesley maintains a clinical practice at AOMA's Professional Clinic South in addition to teaching Chinese herbology, herbal study labs, and Chinese herbal treatment of disease courses at AOMA. She edited Ziyang Zhou’s text, Chinese Herbology-A Student Study Guide, and co-authored Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease with Yuxin He, both in use at AOMA. She teaches in the clinic and in the herbal department.

John S. Finnell, ND, MSAOM, MPH, MS
DAOM Program Director, Department of Research Director
ND, Bastyr University, 2008
MSAOM, Bastyr University, 2008
MPH, University of Washington, 2012
MS, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1998
BA, Austin College 1995

Dr. Finnell is an accomplished researcher and skilled health care practitioner with a rich academic and professional background. Prior to beginning his career in integrative medicine, Dr. Finnell completed a Masters of Science in environmental engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.  His interest in lifestyle and environmental determinants of health then lead him to earn a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University, as well as a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. As a practitioner of Naturopathic and Chinese medicines, Dr. Finnell’s clinical focus is on nutrition, pharmacognosy, herb-drug interactions, mind-body medicine and qigong as well as translational medicine, disease prevention, and lifestyle education.
In addition to maintaining a professional Naturopathic and Chinese medicine practice, Dr. Finnell has also completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and served as the acting Director of Research for the True North Health Foundation . He has 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 Alternative & Complementary Medicine. Dr. Finnell’s strong research background and clinical experience as Naturopathic and Chinese medicine practitioner enable him to bring an evidence-based and integrative perspective to AOMA’s doctoral program.