The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center opened Sept. 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland.

The center has 12 specialists, including acupuncturists, nutritionists, massage therapists, and a psychotherapist who uses hypnosis and touch therapy.

Hopkins — a bastion of mainstream medicine — according to, joined the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. This group of more than 40 medical centers conducts CAM research and has made a commitment to integrate CAM into clinical care.

I think it also puts them at the top of the list for National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) grant money. But that’s OK if they do good research.

In a 2006 survey of 1,400 hospitals, 27% offered alternative or complementary treatment, up from 8% in 1998.

9/25/08 20:00 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.