ACAOM attracts faculty worldwide. The institution carefully selects the most qualified professionals to be part of its team. We are proud to provide the highest standards of education which our distinguished faculty members enable us to maintain.
WEN HUANG, M.D.*, Ph.D.
Dr. Huang received her medical degree from Harbin Medical University in China and her Ph.D in Medicine from the Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia. She first served as an assistant professor, lecturer and attending physician at the First Teaching Hospital of Harbin Medical University. In 1987, she received a national scholarship for overseas clinical training. As a registered clinical practitioner and medical officer, she worked in the Hallstrom Institute of Cardiology at the Royal Alfred Hospital in Sydney and at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, from 1989 to 1994. In 1995, she worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As a principle and co-principal investigator, she has been actively involved in the development, preparation, and administration of human and animal protocols. As a clinician, professor and lab supervisor for the past 25 years, she has been involved in training medical students and clinical residents. She has numerous publications in national and international journals on the topics of pain, nerve injury, spinal cord injury, deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease, cocaine addiction, cocaine vaccination, and epigenetic research on drug addiction. She has been awarded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China for an international study of autonomic system redistribution in the cardiac death of the patient after myocardial infarction. Dr. Huang joined the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in 1995. She has been serving as the Dean of Academic Affairs since 2000 and as director of the Pain Management Program from 2004 to 2010. Dr. Huang has more than 25 years of working experience in teaching, administration, research and clinical practice in the medical field. She strongly promotes the study of Western medicine from both a basic biomedical sciences and a clinical application perspective. Also, she is a strong believer of the integration of traditional Chinese and Western medicine. Dr. Huang is a member of the American Society for Neuroscience and the American Academy of Pain Management.
BING YOU, M.D.*, M.S., L.Ac.
Dr. You received his medicine degree in 1993 and his M.S. degree in 1996 from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan, China. He received advanced training in Tui-Na at Shanghai University of TCM. In 1995 Dr. You began instructing Chinese medical students and international students in Acupuncture, Tui-Na, Qi-Gong and Tai-Chi Sword and he supervised intern training at Chengdu University’s affiliated hospital. In 1996, in honor of his many achievements, he was recognized as the Provincial Outstanding Young Physician in Sichuan Province. Dr. You has published several books on Tui-Na and Chinese herbology. He is also a researcher currently involved in an NIH grant-funded project researching the benefits of acupuncture on osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. You is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas and maintains an active clinical practice specializing in sports injury and pain management with a secondary specialty in internal medicine disorders. He is recognized as a Diplomat of Pain Management by the American Academy of Pain Management.
BAISONG ZHONG, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Dr. Zhong received his medicine degree from Luzhou medical College in 1983, a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine specializing in pediatrics in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in internal medicine in 1997 at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan, China. His training includes working extensively with herbal medicine in pediatrics for over 30 years and in internal medicine at the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Zhong has produced a number of papers and publications in pediatrics and internal medicine and has done several research studies of the use of herbs and acupuncture, including the study of the treatment of digestive disorders, nephritic syndrome, cancer of the lung, and diabetes. He is recognized as a Diplomat of Pain Management by the American Academy of Pain Management.
CHARLES CHEN, M.A.O.M., L.Ac.
Mr. Chen received his B. S. degree in Physical Therapy from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan, and his master’s degree from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Houston, Texas, majoring in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Previously, he worked as Chief Physical Therapist at Rong-Sheng Clinic in Taiwan and Senior Physical Therapist at the Bureau of National Health Insurance in Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Chen is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Texas.
MARY KAY GARCIA, Dr.P.H., M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Garcia graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1982 with her nursing degree, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston with her Doctor of Public Health Degree in 1993, and the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine with her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in 2003. She was a Director of the Graduate Program in Occupational Health for Nurses at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from 1993 to 1996 and is currently a licensed acupuncturist in Houston. She has participated in numerous publications including “Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine into a mainstream public health paradigm: A conceptual approach.”
LESLIE MACKENZIE-GRAHAM GETTY, D.C., M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. MacKenzie-Graham Getty received her Master of Science in Biology in 1983 from Texas A&M University, her Doctor of Chiropractic in 1991 from the Texas Chiropractic College, and her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in 2002 from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is currently working as a Clinic Director at the Texas Workers’ Compensation Clinic and is also an acupuncturist for the pain management program. She has participated in numerous publications including “Retroviral-mediated Gene Transfer and Expression of Human Phenylalanine Hydroxylase in Primary Mouse Hepatocytes” and “A Cytochemical Study of the Effect of Cholinergic and Beta- Adrenergic Stimulation on Calcium Fluxes of Rat Parotid Gland.”
ERIC GROSE, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Mr. Grose received his B. S. degree in Nutritional Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Houston, Texas, majoring in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and he also received internship training at Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Mr. Grose currently works for the Center for Health and Healing in Houston, Texas as Specialist of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is a Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Lecturer at the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Mr. Grose is Fellow of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
COLIN HAILE, M.D.*, Ph.D.
Dr. Haile is on Staff at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He has been doing research and teaching in the fields of pharmacology and neuroscience for more than 15 years. He has published more than 40 scientific peer-reviewed manuscripts and is presently conducting clinical trials for possible treatments for stimulant dependence at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr Haile has also practiced martial arts for many years and has training in TCM. He believes in an integrated approach, Eastern and Western, to benefit patients.
MOHAMMADALI HAMIDITABAR, M.D.*
Dr. Hamiditabar received his medical degree from Tabriz University in Tabriz, Iran in 1995. After receiving his degree, he served as the Medical Director and an Attending Physician at the Eskandary Rural Area Public Medical Clinic in Iran. In 1998 he opened his private practice as a PCP in Iran. In 2008 he became the Senior ER Attending Physician at Shariati Hospital, training interns on their clinical skills; he became editor of the International Journal of Fertility and Sterility; and he began researching the effects of oxidative species on human sperm at the Royan Research Institute. He also worked in the Cardiac Emergency Center and CCU at Sina Hospital and as an Occupational Medicine Physician and Instructor of Common Diseases course at an occupational health and safety company in Iran. Dr. Hamiditabar currently works for Excel Diagnostics and Nuclear Oncology Center in Houston, TX as a Sub-investigator and Senior Clinical Research Associate for several studies. His research is published in several prestigious medical journals, including the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the International Journal of Fertility and Sterility.
CARLTON HAZLEWOOD, Ph.D.
Dr. Hazlewood received his B.Sc., in science from The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now, Texas A. & M. University) in January, 1957. He obtained his Ph.D. in physiology (with a minor in human anatomy) in 1962 from the University of Tennessee Medical Units at Memphis, TN. He then spent two years in a postdoctoral fellowship in The Department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine. Next, he accepted an appointment in The Department of Pediatrics at Baylor University College of Medicine (renamed, in 1969, Baylor College of Medicine). In the Department of Pediatrics, he served as a research physiologist in the newly created clinical research center for children. He was also appointed to the faculties of Pediatrics and of Physiology as Instructor. In 1977, he was appointed full Professor in both departments. In the physiology department, he served as the Director of Graduate Studies as well as a professor of physiology. Dr. Hazlewood has also held adjunct professorships in the Rice University Physics Department (1977-1995), and in M.D. Anderson’s Department of General Surgery (1983-1992). In 40+ years of biomedical research in physiology, biophysics, and cell biology, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and edited four books of international scope. Dr. Hazlewood has received two honorary doctorates: Doctoris Honoris Causa (Hungary) and, Doctor of Science from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines (Sri Lanka). He has been appointed to several national and international committees including ones at The National Cancer Institute, and The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since 2000, he has been engaged in teaching human anatomy and physiology at both the high school and community college level.
LIN JIA, M.D*., Ph.D., L.Ac.
Dr. Jia graduated from Heilongjiang University of TCM and received his M.D. degree at Harbin in 1983. He received his Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Institute of Acupuncture in Beijing, China, in 1986. He also received his Ph.D. in the field of molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, in 1996. Dr. Jia was a research assistant professor and attending doctor in the Acupuncture Institute of China Academy of Chinese Medicine in Beijing from 1986 to 1992. He was the head of the “neuro-endocrinological group” for pain study then. He is an expert with extensive experience in cases involving neurological problems, such as stroke, facial paralysis, facial pain, headache, and sciatica as well as all kinds of pain management. He is also a master of Tui-Na, particularly children’s Tui-Na. At present, he practices in his private clinic and also conducts medical research projects with Baylor College of Medicine on treating osteoarthritis with acupuncture. Dr. Jia has practiced acupuncture, Tui-Na and herbs for more than 20 years and has published more than 16 papers and books. He has been a licensed acupuncturist in Texas since 1997. He is a member of the TAAOM and a member of the World Association of Acupuncture.
SAMUEL LEONG, M.O.M., L.Ac.
Mr. Leong is a Licensed Acupuncturist certified by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners and is designated as a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. He completed training in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, earning the degree of Master in Oriental Medicine. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He received additional training in Nutrition and Dietetics at the NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Center in New York City and earned the credential of Registered Dietitian from the American Dietetic Association. Currently he is in private practice and serves as a faculty member at ACAOM.
YANFANG LIU, M.D.*, M.S., L.Ac.
Dr. Liu received her medical degree in 1983 and M.S. degree in 1986 from Heilong Jiang Medical University of Chinese Medicine in China. She is the former Dean of Clinical Training at ACAOM. She taught acupuncture, basic theory of Chinese Medicine and Chinese herbal medicine for over ten years as an assistant professor at the Institute of Basic Theory within the China Academy of Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. As a department director and attending physician at the Professional Clinic of the China Academy of Chinese Medicine in Beijing, Dr. Liu conducted many medical research projects relating to the treatment of diabetes, migraine, menopause, ovarian cysts, and infertility. For many years, she served as a reviewer of the Journal of Clinical Treatment Strategies and Methodology of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas and specializes in gynecology and internal medicine. She is a certified instructor and examiner of CNT and is the Co-PI for the National Institute of Health grant entitled, “The Impact of Patient-Provider Interaction of the Responses of Acupuncture” with Baylor College of Medicine. With more than 20 years of teaching and clinical experience, Dr. Liu has been invited as the guest speaker for an Alternative Medicine class at Baylor College of Medicine for the past 9 years. She has also served as the president of the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Liu has numerous publications on the topics of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine.
JOHN LUNSTROTH, J.D.
Mr. Lunstroth has a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He regularly publishes in the areas of health policy, regulation of complementary and alternative medicine, public health ethics, the ethics of human experimentation, and human rights. He teaches law and ethics at the Health Law & Policy Institute of the University of Houston Law Center and he teaches in the Medicine & Society Program at the University of Houston Honors College. He practiced law for 20 years.
TUAN NGUYEN, Ph.D.
Dr. Nguyen received his B.A. and M.A. majoring in Social Psychology from California State University, San Diego, California, and his Ph. D. from Purdue University. He has been an Adjunct Assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, CA. He has been serving in Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas, since 1992, and he is currently serving as the Director of Decision Support Systems of the Authority.
HUI OUYANG, M.D*, D.O.M., D.C., L.Ac.
Dr. Ouyang received his medical degree in 1993 from Anhui College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hefei, Anhui, China, his Texas Acupuncturist license in 2004 and his Doctor of Chiropractic in 2008 from Texas Chiropractic College. After moving to the US in 1999, Dr. Ouyang conducted extensive acupuncture research as a postdoctoral fellow at UTMB Galveston and as a research scientist at Transneuronix Research, Inc. His research resulted in several awards, including the Young Investigator’s Awards from both the American Motility Society and the International Electrogastrography Society and a Poster of Distinction at the annual conference for American Gastroenterology Association. He has published two chapters in Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Alimentary Tract and numerous articles in prestigious medical journals, including Gastroenterology, American Journal of Physiology, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Digestive Diseases and Sciences. Dr. Ouyang currently practices acupuncture and Oriental medicine and chiropractic manipulation in Friendswood, Galveston and southern Houston.
JOHN RADCLIFFE, Ph.D.
Dr. Radcliffe has a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has published articles on animal models of human disease and on human nutrition. He is a Registered Dietitian and a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. He teaches in-class and online courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as directing graduate level research at Texas Woman’s University, the Institute of Health Sciences, and at the Texas Medical Center, where he is a professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
ALEXANDRA RAMIREZ, M.D.*, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Ramirez received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and M.D. degree from Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela. She has worked as a Nurse Aid Assistant program instructor and also in the pediatrics department at Hospital Seguro Social “La Ovallera”. She has received an Honorific of Excellence Award in 1999.
SUCHETA SHAH, M.D.*, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Sucheta Shah graduated with degrees in homeopathic medicine and surgery from the University of Mumbai, India. After practicing homeopathy in Mumbai, Dr. Shah received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is a Diplomat of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in acupuncture and herbology. Her research interests include a multi-pronged treatment approach combining homeopathy and oriental medicine. She is a regular speaker at the School of Continuing Studies, Rice University; presenter of Complementary and Alternative Medicine courses at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston; and instructor at the Texas Society of Homeopathy annual conferences.
CHARLES SHANG, M.D.
Dr. Shang received his M.D. degree from Boston University, School of Medicine, Master’s degree from Harvard University and Bachelor’s degree from Peking University, China. Dr. Shang currently is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He was formerly a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and a member of the University Cooperation Working Committee of World Federation of Acupuncture Moxibustion Societies. Dr. Shang was an editorial board member for the World Journal of Acupuncture—Moxibustion. He was the Medical Acupuncture recipient of the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation Special Award.
SEYED S. SOLTANI, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Soltani received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the School of Medicine of Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 1996 and his Ph.D. degree in clinical traditional medicine in 2012 from the School of Traditional Medicine of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Soltani has been practicing both Western medicine and complementary and alternative medicine, such as herbal medicine & traditional medicine & homeopathy, in Iran since 1996. He is very interested in and a believer of integrative medicine. Prior to teaching at ACAOM, Dr. Soltani was an instructor in biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, pathology and histology at the Piroozan University Examination Institute in Iran. He also was a lecturer and instructor of herbal medicine and traditional medicine in Brilliant Talents Growth Center of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Traditional Medicine Research Association) and many other academic institutes and medical universities in Iran. Dr. Soltani was involved with various clinical research projects and was a medical expert and a clinical research coordinator for Barij Essence Pharmaceutical (herbal) company in Iran.
GREGORY SPARKMAN, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Mr. Sparkman received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist in Texas. In 1985 Gregory started studying the energetics of the human body and its breakdown. In 1992 he began the intricate study and practice of martial Qi Gong through the traditional system of Ryu Kyu Kempo Tomari Te. In 1998 he began the study and practice of Spiritual Qigong and its basis in Judaism and Christianity. In 2001 he began the study of Acupuncture, Herbology, Tui Na, and Qi Gong in the Scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2004 Gregory began the study and practice of medical Qigong with emphasis in the area of Oncology.
TONG WANG, Ph.D.
Dr. Tong Wang received her medicine degree in 1994, her M.S. degree in 2001 and a PhD. degree in 2004 from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She specializes in acupuncture and moxibustion. As a researcher, Dr. Wang was the recipient of three important rewards in science and technology. The first prize was for progressive science and techniques from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The second prize was for progressive science and techniques from the City of Tianjin and the third prize for science and techniques from the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine. She also published 17 scientific research papers (two are in English) in the journals of Physiology & Behavior and Neuroscience Letters. In addition, she has published several books on topics pertaining to acupuncture and moxibustion. As a doctor, Dr. Wang began teaching international students in acupuncture, Tui-na and internal medicine at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bao-Kang Hospital in 1998. She specializes in pain management for osteoarthropathy (cervical and lumbar spondylosis and knee joint problems), facial paralysis, sequelae of wind stroke, etc. Her class, the Diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine, was appraised as part of the national fine curriculum in China in 2009.
YONGXIN WANG, M.D*., Ph.D.
Dr. Wang graduated from Nanjing University of TCM and received his M.D. degree in Nanjing in 1987, and received his Ph. D. degree in Oncology from Peking University, Health Science Center in Beijing, China, in 1997. Dr. Wang was a research assistant professor in Beijing Cancer Institute and Clinic doctor for 10 years. Dr. Wang is an expert with extensive research and treatment experiences in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). He has practiced acupuncture, herbal medicine & RA herb treatment for over 20 years and has published more than 40 articles and wrote two books. Dr. Wang is a licensed Acupuncturist in Texas and a NCCAOM certified Oriental Medicine doctor.
HASEN XUE, M.D.*, M.A.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Hasen Xue received his medical degree from Harbin Medical University in China. He is currently a Research Associate in Pediatric Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Department of Surgery. Dr. Xue’s background includes serving as a Chief Surgeon from 1982 to 1991 at the Harbin Red Cross Children’s Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Harbin Medical University. Dr. Xue’s knowledge of pediatric surgery is extensive. He is also highly experienced as a researcher, surgeon-in-charge, and as an instructor, having had more than 20 years of experience training medical students, interns and residents. Dr. Xue has both written and contributed numerous publications pertaining to childhood cancer, infectious disease, pulmonary disease and traumatic injury. He is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Surgical Infection Society. Dr. Xue is also a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas. He received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Houston.
HSIEN-MIN YEH, M.A.O.M., M.S., L.Ac.
Mr. Yeh received his Master of Science in Nutrition from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1996; his Master of Science in Computer Science in 2001 from Knowledge System Institute in Illinois; and his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in 2006 from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). From 1995-1996, he completed research on the effects of various levels of saturation of edible oil, dietary supplements, free radicals and atherosclerosis in the Department of Medical Research and Education at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He is a licensed dietitian in Taiwan. A licensed acupuncturist in Texas, he is currently working as a clinical instructor at ACAOM Clinic and is also a manager for the pain management program at ACAOM.
YAPING ZHANG, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Dr. Zhang received her medical degree in 1983, an M.S. degree in 1990, and Ph.D. in medicine in 2000 from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Her training includes working in western medicine at Shanghai Medical University, the Harbin Medical University in China, and the Hamburg Acupuncture Clinic in Germany. She served as the Medical Director and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the teaching hospital of Heilongjiang University of TCM. Dr. Zhang joined this college in 2001 as a member of the faculty. She has worked for more than 25 years in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including teaching, administration, research and clinical practice, and she has produced more than 30 papers and publications on gynecology and obstetrics throughout her career. She has also participated in acupuncture and herbal medicine research involving the treatment of climacteric syndrome, infertility, endometriosis, chronic pelvic inflammation, and premature ovarian failure.
* Denotes that all foreign degrees have been formally evaluated for equivalency to M.D. in the U.S.