Our Faculty

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

Director of 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 has completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) 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 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. 
Professional Memberships

Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US)

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)

Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)

Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors (TXAND)

Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM) 

Licensure and Certifications

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – State of Texas

Naturopathic Medicine – State of Washington

East Asian Medicine – State of Washington

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine – NCCAOM

Honors & Awards
Graduate Scholarship, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. 2006 – 2007
Silver Scholarship, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA.  2003 – 2004
Sprint Values Excellence Awardee, Sprint, Irving, TX. 2000 – 2002
Low International Scholarship, Austin College, Sherman, TX.  1994 – 1995
Arthur V. & Mary A. Boand Scholarship, Austin College. 1991 – 1995
Publications

1. Sexton, M., Cuttler, C., Finnell, J. S., & Mischley, L. K. (2016). A Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Cannabis Users: Patterns of Use and Perceived Efficacy. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 1(1), 131-138. doi:10.1089/can.2016.0007 http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/can.2016.0007

2. Sexton, M., Cudaback, E., Abdullah, R. A., Finnell, J., Mischley, L. K., Rozga, M., . . . Stella, N. (2014). Cannabis use by individuals with multiple sclerosis: effects on specific immune parameters. Inflammopharmacology, 22(5), 295-303. doi:10.1007/s10787-014-0214-z https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4170074/

3. Traub, M. L., Finnell, J. S., Bhandiwad, A., Oberg, E., Suhaila, L., & Bradley, R. (2014). Impact of vitamin D3 dietary supplement matrix on clinical response. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 99(8), 2720-2728. doi:10.1210/jc.2013-3162 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4121030/

4. McDougall, J., Thomas, L. E., McDougall, C., Moloney, G., Saul, B., Finnell, J. S., . . . Petersen, K. M. (2014). Effects of 7 days on an ad libitum low-fat vegan diet: the McDougall Program cohort. Nutr J, 13, 99. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-99 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4209065/

5. Mischley, L. K., Vespignani, M. F., & Finnell, J. S. (2013). Safety survey of intranasal glutathione. J Altern Complement Med, 19(5), 459-463. doi:10.1089/acm.2011.0673 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3651682/

6. Finnell, J. S. (2012). Strategies for Repletion of Vitamin D Nutritional Deficiency: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of High-quality Vitamin D3 Nutritional Supplements to Replete Serum Vitamin D. (MPH in Epidemiology), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.  (Manuscript ID: 10693) http://gradworks.umi.com/15/29/1529071.html

7. Finnell J.S. (1998). Impact of chromium on wastewater treatment efficiency in Nowy Targ, Poland - Proposal for technology development. (Master's ), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.  (AVAT-EX-1998-08) http://rymd.lwr.kth.se/forskningsprojekt/Polishproject/SP/index.htm#Publications1996-99

Presentations

1. Finnell J.S., S. B., Goldhamer A., Myers T. (2016). Is Fasting Safe? Adverse Events Experienced During Medically-supervised, Water-only Fasting. Las Vegas, NV.

2. Finnell J.S., B. R., Bulayeva N., Rosenblatt K.P. (2014a). Repletion of Vitamin D Insufficiency Increases Circulating Levels of the Anti-aging Protein Klotho. Paper presented at the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH), Miami, FL.

3. Finnell J.S., B. R., Bulayeva N., Rosenblatt K.P. (2014b). Comparative Analysis of radio-immunoassay and LC/MS/MS for the Determination of Serum Vitamin D Levels. Paper presented at the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH), Miami, FL.

4. Finnell J.S., M. G., Petersen K., McDougall J. (2013). Acute Effects of a Low-Fat Plant-Based Diet on Cardiac Risk Factors and Medications. Paper presented at the Linus Pauling Institute Conference (LPI) on Diet and optimal Health, Corvallis, OR.

5. Finnell J.S., B. R., Bulayeva N., Rosenblatt K.P. (2013). Vitamin D and Aging: Unraveling the Regulatory Axis between Vitamin D and Klotho. Paper presented at the Linus Pauling Institute Conference (LPI) on Diet and optimal Health, Corvallis, OR.

6. Traub M., F. J. S., Bhandiwad A., Oberg E., Bradley R. (2012). A comparative effectiveness trial of highquality Vitamin D3 nutritional supplements to replenish serum Vitamin D. Paper presented at the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH), Portland, OR.

7. Finnell J.S., T. M., Bradley R., Neal-Kababick J. (2011). A comparative effectiveness trial of high-quality Vitamin D3 nutritional supplements to replenish serum Vitamin D. Paper presented at the 4th European Congress of Integrative Medicine, Berlin, Germany.

8. Schepp S., M. L., Finnell J.S. (2011). Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Women with Epilepsy: A Population-Based Study. Paper presented at the 2011 Joint Conference on Health, Washington State Public Health Association, Vancouver, WA.

9. Mischley L., V. M., Finnell J.S. (2011). Safety Survey of Intranasal Glutathione. “Diet and Optimum Health”. Paper presented at the Linus Pauling Institute Conference (LPI) on Diet and optimal Health, Corvalis, OR.

10. Finnell J.S., Y. D., Sasagawa M., Nandi A., Gurnani P., Rosenblatt K., Wenner C. (2006a). Influence of Polysaccharide Krestin® extract of Trametes versicolor on protein expression in human primary peripheral blood lymphocytes. Paper presented at the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

11. Finnell J.S., Y. D., Sasagawa M., Nandi A., Gurnani P., Rosenblatt K., Wenner C. (2006b). Cross-validation of influence of Polysaccharide Krestin® extract of Trametes versicolor on protein expression in human primary peripheral blood lymphocytes. Paper presented at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Portland, OR.

12. Finnell J.S., Y. D., Sasagawa M., Nandi A., Gurnani P., Rosenblatt K., Wenner C. (2006c). Differential protein expression in human lymphocytes upon Trametes versicolor extract and lectin treatment vs. medium control. Paper presented at the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Arlington, VA.

Commentary

Finnell J.S. (2013) Dr. John Finnell - Vitamin D & Aging - Linus Pauling Conference Interviews/Interviewer: C. Bagerly. Grassroots Health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk7jqjSVmdE