Leadership Team

Iman Majd, M.D., M.S., LAc.
Interim Director, Osher Center Integrative Medicine Integrative Medicine Family Practice and Acupuncture, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine Clinic

Biography

As an integrative medicine specialist, family medicine practitioner and double board-certified acupuncturist, Dr. Iman Majd brings a rare repertoire of integrative specialties to his clinical practice at the UW Neighborhood Clinic in Factoria. For more than a decade after receiving his M.S. in acupuncture from Bastyr University, Dr. Majd has supervised, trained and proctored the next generation of acupuncturists in an ongoing collaboration with Bastyr and the UW. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the incorporation of integrative medicine practices into a mainstream clinical setting.Dr. Majd takes a holistic approach to health, and he tailors his treatment plans based on the individuality of his patients. He uses acupuncture and manual therapy, lifestyle guidance and supplementation to assist patients in regaining and maintaining their health.

Rachel Ward, MHA
Program Manager

Biography

Rachel provides program development and management to the Osher Center. She brings over a decade of experience in program and operations leadership.

 

Prior to joining the DFM, she held positions as practice manager at Evergreen Emergency Services (Evergreen’s ED physician practice), the Foundation for Healthcare Quality, and the University of Washington Medical Center. Rachel believes that the best part of working in healthcare is being a part of a cause that’s greater than any one person. She holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Washington’s executive MHA program.

Osher Team

Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD

Biography

Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD (Epidemiology), is emeritus senior scientific investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (formerly Group Health Research Institute) and Affiliate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Washington where he serves as Director of Research with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.For over 30 years, Dr. Cherkin’s research has focused on identifying more effective strategies for responding to the needs of the many persons with chronic back pain whose pain has not responded to conventional medical treatments. He has conducted numerous randomized clinical trials evaluating conventional approaches (e.g., patient education, shared-decision-making, cognitive behavioral therapy) and complementary and alternative medical therapies such as chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and mindfulness meditation for low back pain.This research highlighted the importance of viewing back pain within a broad bio-psycho-social context in contrast to the largely biomedical view of back pain which has been prevalent for many decades.Because of the complexity of non-specific back pain, no specific treatments have been found highly effective, and it has become increasingly clear that a broader patient-centered “systems” approach will be required to better meet patients’ needs.

Karen J. Sherman, PhD, MPH
Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology University of Washington’s School of Public Health

Biography

Karen J. Sherman, PhD, MPH is a Senior Scientific Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and an Affiliate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health in Seattle, USA. As an epidemiologist and clinical trialist, her research interests include improving care for chronic pain, improving methods for complementary and integrative health (CIH) clinical trials, evaluating non-pharmacological CIH therapies for common health problems and building the evidence base for contextual factors related to care. She is an expert in design issues related to clinical studies of CIH therapies ranging from early phase feasibility studies through efficacy effectiveness and pragmatic trials to implementation research. She’s lead or participated in groundbreaking clinical trials of various non-pharmacological therapies for chronic low back pain, including acupuncture, massage, meditation, and yoga. Her work is widely cited and has influenced US practice guidelines for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Dr. Sherman has lectured internationally on study design in CIH and chronic pain trials and served on national and international expert panels on these topics as well. She is the author of over 150 scientific papers, has served as an editorial board member for six CIH journals, and has reviewed manuscripts for dozens of medical journals as well as government reports related to CIH. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Misbah Keen, M.D., MBI
UW Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Family Medicine

Biography

Misbah Keen, MD, graduated from Government Medical College in Srinagar, India and subsequently completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Health Partners in Toledo, OH. He also completed masters degrees in Bio-Medical Informatics through Oregon Health and Sciences University and Public Health through Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining UW, he had been practicing full spectrum of family medicine at Columbia Basin Health Association in Othello, Wash. He has interests in teaching and mentoring, patient safety & medical errors, and medical informatics.

Gracia Tharp, MSAOM, LAc
Acupuncturist

Biography

Gracia Tharp joined the Osher Center in Spring 2021, practicing at the Ballard Clinic. Her experience and training focus on the integration of Eastern medicine into the Western medical model. She holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from Bastyr University and is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Gracia utilized acupuncture and manual therapies to address acute and chronic pain, alleviant symptoms related to digestive disorders, stress, sleep disturbances, and support side effects related to cancer treatments. Over the years, Gracia developed a strong interest in supporting women’s health. She works with women of all ages, helping them regulate their menstrual cycle, alleviate pain from pelvic disorders, prenatal/postnatal care, and alleviating menopausal symptoms.

In addition to clinical duties, Gracia Tharp has served on the Washington East Asian Medicine Association’s Board of Directors where she helped implement a pilot project to include acupuncture as a covered modality for Labor & Industry claims specific to low back pain. She is a passionate spokesperson for the integrative field and a frequent guest lecturer to the community and area medical providers.

Gracia believes the most successful patient outcomes occur when acupuncture is combined with other modalities. She closely collaborates treatment plans with her clinical colleagues to provide comprehensive yet individualized care.

 

Lucille Marchand, M.D., BSN, FAAHPM
Farber Endowed Professor in Palliative Care Education Professor and Chief of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine

Biography

Dr. Marchand is board-certified in family medicine, palliative medicine and integrative holistic medicine. At the University of Wisconsin for 23 years, she practiced primary integrative medicine for 14 years in a rural family medicine residency practice, and then worked as an integrative medicine consultant at UW Health Integrative Medicine Clinic and was clinical director of IM at the UW Carbone Cancer Center and the ProHealth Cancer Center. She was founder and director of the St. Mary’s Hospital Palliative Care Program in Madison, WI, and was recruited to the University of WA as director of the UW Medical Center’s (UWMC) Palliative Care Program and section chief of PC in the UW DFM. She has trained and served as faculty in a number of healing modalities, including CAPACITAR (a multicultural educational approach to healing trauma) and RISEN (Reinvesting in Spirituality and Ethics in our Networks), and she is a certified yoga teacher. She has received numerous awards in teaching and humanities, and in 2017 received the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Humanities Award, and in 2018 received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Gold Humanism Award. She now provides inpatient integrative palliative care at UWMC. Her efforts in clinical care, education and research include special interest in communication and training, focus on whole person wellness despite serious illness, resiliency and self-care in health science learners and clinicians, medical humanities, humanism, and narrative medicine interventions for well-being. She walks her talk of health and wellbeing. She is the founding executive director of the Osher Center at UW.

Heather Tick, M.D.
UW Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine UW Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Gunn-Loke Endowed Professor for Integrative Pain Medicine

Biography

Heather Tick, M.A., M.D., is the first holder of the Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. She has been an integrative pain practitioner for over 20 years. She is a UW clinical associate professor in both the Departments of Family Medicine, and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.Dr. Tick’s clinical interests include integrative pain medicine. She approaches each patient as a unique individual whose optimal health depends on many factors in his or her lifestyle, genetics and life experience. It is her job to help patients to be as healthy as possible and to search for barriers to healing. She focuses on health creation rather than disease management.