Dr. Iman Majd, the clinic director for the UW Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, has been elected as the new Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Majd is the first MD to hold this position. He is also an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist, having received his Master of Science in acupuncture from Bastyr University. Established in 1982, the NCCAOM’s mission is to assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting national standards and credentialing of acupuncturists. “I am honored to be appointed Chair of the Board of the Commissioners of the NCCAOM and look forward to advancing the mission of this vital organization”, stated Dr. Majd. “With the growth of integrated medicine and an increasing demand for acupuncture, acupuncturist are finding their rightful place in the health care system. By establishing rigorous certifications standards, we help maintain the public’s confidence in the profession and, with the collaboration of key organizations related to the profession, we hop e to secure acupuncture’s role in healthcare for generations to come.” As Chair, Dr. Majd will continue to be an advocate of qualified and competent acupuncturists through NCCAOM National Board Certification. “The NCCAOM is thrilled to have Dr. Majd commence his term as the Chair of the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners. He brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership at a time of major transformation and growth for the organization” said Mina Larson, CEO.