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Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz discussing stem cell technologies with UCSF Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Prize winner in 2009 in Physiology or Medicine, for her discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that makes telomere DNA. This discovery helped explain how cells age; the solution was found in the ends of the chromosomes, the telomeres and the enzyme that forms them – telomerase. Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak discovered that a unique DNA sequence in the telomeres protects the chromosomes from degradation.
“As a former senior faculty member at UCSF and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, I have witnessed great strides in chronic disease management. Yet, many gaps still exist and it is our goal to gain much needed clinical experience with autologous stem cells. The combination of clinical research coupled with basic science research will lead to a greater knowledge base for our current generation of patients needing solutions that go beyond the scope of current therapies.” – Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz
AHVIE HERSKOWITZ, MD Founder
Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in Anatomic Pathology and Internal Medicine, and Fellowship training in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he became Associate Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Molecular Microbiology and led a research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of inflammation, autoimmunity, ischemia, heart transplantation rejection and congestive heart failure.
Over the past 15 years, he helped establish and lead innovative health care non-profit research and development organizations that have domestic and worldwide social impact. He was head of a 75-person research team at the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation, working with over 100 leading heart surgery hospitals around the world, reducing adverse outcomes during and after heart surgery. Since 1999, he has been Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco, and Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for OneWorld Health, the first non-profit pharmaceutical company in the United States. He is President- Elect of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), one of the oldest Integrative Medicine societies in the US; Chairman of the Board of Directors for iRND3, (www.irnd3.org) an organization that discovers new medicines for rare and neglected diseases, and serves on the Board for PVRI, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute.
In 2010, he formed Anatara Medicine, based in San Francisco, a world-class integrative medicine team approach towards prevention and treatment of vascular, immunologic and difficult chronic diseases. He is also Founder of the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center. With his 37 years of experience in Medicine, Pathology and Immunology, Dr. Herskowitz is one of most senior academic, anti-aging and regenerative medicine doctors in the U.S.
Areas of Expertise
- Cardiomyopathy & Heart Failure
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Persistent Asthma
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussions
Cancer Care Support
Immune System Optimization
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Mold Illness
- Bell’s Palsy
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Message from Our Founder
Anatara Medicine is a serious undertaking. Our Convergence Medicine combines the best of modern medical thought with wisdom dating back thousands of years. It’s an inquiry that will evolve over time, through learning, listening, testing, and measuring outcomes scrupulously.
I have observed firsthand the close-mindedness of the U.S. medical establishment to alternative approaches to medicine. While the general public has gravitated to acupuncture, meditation, nutrition, yoga, and the like, the great majority of physicians have focused on incremental new therapies, newer and more expensive diagnostic techniques, and new ways of specializing; and have lately spent much of their time dealing with the administrative bureaucracy governing compensation. Now, in the hospital cafeteria, instead of an hour-long discussion about a compelling patient over lunch we hear diatribes on DRG codes and new regulations required for reimbursement. This system neither serves the health of individuals or the larger population, nor is it sustainable.
To regain my own sense of wonder for medicine, I have stepped out of that system. I am now synthesizing ideas I have carried with me throughout my 30-year career, fusing the best of modern medicine with more traditional forms. In my experience, ancient medicine offers deep insight into the body’s ecosystem—including innate strengths and weaknesses for each of us as individuals—and it brilliantly provides a vast library of time-tested therapies to choose from and analyze.
To create Anatara, I assembled a world-class group of scientists and practitioners from disparate fields, who can, for the first time, think as a disciplined and determined single unit. Experts in fitness and nutrition for those interested in health optimization; experts in risk assessment; experts in complex disease management—together we have established a unique convergence of the best of different medical lineages. The strategy was designed from the outset to provide better healthcare while advancing overall knowledge. We ask how best to assess each patient, how best to treat and optimize each patient, how best to predict outcomes and how best to prevent adverse outcomes.
I strongly believe that this approach represents our greatest hope for a healthy future, for individuals, employers, and communities. It’s based on a deep regard for the wisdom of our sages and mentors, as well as the most recent computerized and molecular research. It’s truly interdisciplinary, including patients and their families as active participants.
We stand on the shoulders of many giants, both practitioners and patients alike, with respect and gratitude for their powers of observation, their humble beginnings, and their thirst for knowledge and truth. We share that thirst. Following these principles, we can achieve great things together.
Presentation at SOPMED June 2016
Oxidative and Energy Medicine – The Emerging World of System Biology
Presentation to Silicon Valley Health Institute 8-20-2015
Presentation to Silicon Valley Health Institute 6-19-2014
Chapter 1: Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz, Founder’s Journey
Chapter 2: Integrative Medicine / Convergence Medicine
Chapter 3: Individual Constitution / Real Personalized Medicine
Chapter 4: Immunomodulation / Lifestyle Changes / Stem Cells
Dear Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz
Whereas, you have made significant contributions in ozone science, particularly in the field of Immunology and you have authored/co-authored peer-reviewed articles in ozone science and related technologies. The ISCO3 members are proud to release the honorary diploma: ad hock External Expert of the ISCO3 for the period 2015-2020.
We hope to count with your expert leader opinion to contribute to improve the efforts of the ISCO3 members to diffuse the practice of ozone therapy based on the Good Clinical Practice and the global Guide line “Madrid Declaration in Ozone Therapy”.
Dr. Vellio Bocci
Honorary President, ISCO3
Dr. Gregorio Martínez Sánchez
Elected President ISCO3 2015-2020
Dr. Fadi Sabbah
Elected Vice-President ISCO3 2015-2020
Dra. Adriana Schwartz
Elected Secretary ISCO3 2015-2020
ANN LEE, MD
Despite her academic achievements, the more she learned about medicine as practiced in the conventional setting, the more she came to know of it’s limitations. Although she was fortunate to have helped many of her patients, she struggled with prescribing yet another opioid or performing injection after injection with limited results. Why do some patients improve while others wane? How are healthy people suddenly disabled from a seemingly innocuous injury?
Her great challenge came when her son fell ill and was put on antibiotics from which he developed severe side effects. After doing her own personal research into the microbiome, she was able to correct his condition, as well as several other maladies suffered by various members of her family. These ailments included high blood pressure, kidney stones, back pain, insomnia, headaches, acne, etc. She didn’t realize how sick she was herself until she started getting better!
Since beginning her journey into functional medicine, she has had the privilege of shadowing the clinics of leading functional medicine practitioners including Dr. Bill Barley M.D., Dr. Raj Patel M.D., and Chris Kresser, Lac.
Dr. Lee is excited and confident that health restoration is possible through a functional medicine approach, where the root causes of illnesses are addressed.
Honors and Academic Associations
Dr. Lee has recently received the Distinguished Doctor Designation© from the Expert Network which is only conferred upon the Top 3% of physicians in the U.S.
• American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Member
• Institute for Functional Medicine Member
• Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine Graduate
• America’s Top Physicians Certification 2017
• Distinguished Doctor Designation©
CHRISTINA McGOLD Nutrition, Massage & Meditation
“I am honored and excited to work with Dr. Herskowitz and the Anatara staff. It is a life-long dream of mine to work with physicians and alternative medical practitioners as an integrated team and approach each client from different perspectives, and design highly individualized programs. Bridging the gap between mainstream and holistic health is the way of Future of Medicine. Everyone would benefit from this approach to a life-long, progressive approach towards personal health. I am so excited to be a part of this powerful new way of practicing modern medicine.”
“Christina is very good, she received her training and knowledge in Canada, and her protocols and understanding of anatomy and lymphatic tissue is remarkable. She knows how to stimulate and move the fluids, and her experience speaks volumes. I highly recommend her, and thank her, she has helped me, where others were unable. Whenever I am at Anatara, I always request her therapy.”
Dr. Irina Barkan, M.D., Ph.D.
ANGELA LEE L.Ac Acupuncture
In her practice, Angela supplements her Chinese medicine studies with Orthopedic Acupuncture training from the American College of Orthopedic Acupuncture. She travelled to Beijing China to study at the Beijing Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology. Angela also studied under Dr. Richard Tan, OMD for 17 years in Qi Balancing Methods taught using the Mirror Image Method Acupuncture.
Angela treats an number of health issues such as neuropathy, pain, gastro intestinal disease, insomnia, chemo support, and emotional stress. She joins the team at Anatara Medicine to share her experience in Chinese Medicine.
Away from her private practice and teaching, Angela enjoys horseback riding, martial arts, playing the ukulele, and being with her family, which includes 5 humans, 2 dogs, 4 cats, and one horse.
“It was AMAZING! I have seen acupuncturists for 10 years and she is very good, very intuitive, and very sensitive to patients!” -MW
Learn more about Angela in this article:
Saving Southern Shaolin: Preserving the Ancient Art of Qigong
MARISOL KIM, CNC Certified Nutrition Consultant
Marisol is passionate about food and natural medicine. She is continually staying up-to-date on her knowledge and researching the latest information on health, nutrition and the psychology of eating. Her mission is to nourish lives through sharing her nutritional knowledge and experience with her community. She offers private sessions as well as educational workshops.
ALEX FRAZAO, CNC Certified Nutrition Consultant
Alex also has a Martial Arts and Boxing background, he started training at a young age becoming Taekwondo state champion at the age of twelve, he still practices it today. “Being involved in competitive sports at an early age gave me, among other things, a huge awareness of the importance of nutrition and how it dictates one’s quality of life”. When Alex is not working helping his clients achieve vibrant health, he is either Boxing or he is at the Strength and Conditioning gym where he trains several times a week. Alex also enjoys outdoor activities and daily meditation practice.
TODD RUTKIN, MS, CNS Clinical Nutritionist
Todd believes in leading by example. To that end, he adheres to a plant-based diet consisting of mostly locally and organically grown, seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. He also partakes in a weekly routine of high intensity interval training and daily intermittent fasting and meditation.