Susan Gaylord, PhD, associate professor in UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and director of the department's Program on Integrative Medicine, received one of the first, national Integrative Medicine Awards from .
"Complementary and alternative medical treatments are gaining respect and influence in established corridors of health care," says Diane Salvatore, editor in chief. "We at Prevention salute the pioneering researchers and doctors, such as Dr. Gaylord, who are turning promise into practice."
The magazine also notes: “Some 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and millions more live with the debilitating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Traditional treatments bring too few lasting results. But two studies point to a surprising new path to relief: the practice of mindfulness meditation.”
The award recognizes Dr. Gaylord’s groundbreaking work in the practice, which helps people focus on the present moment rather than their worries. The article cites Dr. Gaylord’s study which demonstrated the ability of mindfulness to control symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, as published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
"This is a great recognition for excellent work that Dr. Gaylord and her team were able to pursue over the years,” says Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA, chair of UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. “The mind-body connection is an important aspect of our health."
“We at the Program on Integrative Medicine are very proud of this award, which represents much hard work by an outstanding research team,” Dr. Gaylord observes. “I'm so glad we can contribute to the growing recognition of the benefits of non-pharmacological approaches to management of chronic pain.”
For more information about PM&R's Program on Integrative Medicine, including mindfulness and other course offerings, go to the PIM website: www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab/pim