Dr. John Pan, MD, the Founder of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, is a 1970 graduate of the George Washington University Medical School and is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University Medical Center and had been in practice for over 25 years. Dr. Pan began to recognize the value of integrating other systems of medical treatments into healthcare and in 1997 founded the Center for Integrative Medicine, one of the first centers to be established at an academic institution.
In the Fall of 1997, when the idea of using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) was only beginning to surface at academic medical institutions, and the concept of integrative medicine (IM) was in its early stages, John Pan, M.D., Clinical Professor at the OB/GYN Department, with support and guidance of the George Washington University Medical Center administration, conceived of the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) within the Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). Dr. Pan had the good fortune of finding an outstanding team of like-minded CAM practitioners who saw the importance of establishing such a Center at GW and were willing to make personal sacrifices. A few of these “old-timers” are still with us today. The CIM opened in the Spring of 1998. Since there was not an established model of IM practice, much of the effort and time in the early years was spent on developing such a model. This process of continuing refinement, utilizing what is learned from experience and what is proven safe and effective from the most up-to-date research is ongoing today.
In 2001, CIM, established as a separate entity from the GWU Medical Center, opened at its current location. With more operational and practice flexibility, CIM was able develop a viable business model while strictly adhering to the highest medical practice standards. In 2003, the CIM was invited to join the Consortium of Academic Health Centers of Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), a national organization of IM Centers in academic institutions, currently with 57 member institutions such as Harvard, Duke, Yale, Stanford universities, UCLA, and others. Dr. Pan served as an Executive Committee Member and is currently a Steering Committee Member of the Consortium. In 2011, Mikhail Kogan, M.D., Assistant Professor at the GW Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, became Medical Director, bringing new energy and expertise to continue to grow and improve the Center.
Within the GW Medical Center, the CIM plays a central role in providing educational programs in Integrative Medicine. At the GWU Medical School, we direct a track program in IM and offer electives for other students. At the graduate education level, resident trainees do rotations at the Center as an elective. We also offer a fellowship training program. Education remains one of our primary focuses because we believe change can only come from effective education.
Today, the CIM is recognized as one of 29 IM Centers in the nation, surveyed as models of IM practice as reported by The Bravewell Collaborative report, “Integrative Medicine in America”. The success the Center enjoys is the result of its team of dedicated and highly skilled practitioners who are totally committed to the well-being of our patients, and our adherence to practicing the best medicine possible centered on each patient as a unique individual. The Center also cherishes the support and long-term relationships established with our patients. We continue to grow and improve to better serve our community of patients and practitioners.