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Academic Background
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (中医博士), Chengdu University of Traditional
Chinese Medicine 成都中醫藥大學, expected graduation: June 2019
Concentrations: Clinical applications of Essentials of the Golden Coffer (Jingui yaolue
金匱要略) and classical formulae (jingfang 經方)
Advisor: Dr. Zhang Qi 張琦
PhD in East Asian History, Columbia University, May 2015
Concentrations: Middle Period Chinese History, Chinese Medical History
Dissertation Title: “The Treatise on Cold Damage and the Formation of Literati
Medicine: Social, Epidemiological, and Medical Change in China 1000-1400”
Advisor: Dr. Robert Hymes
Fulbright Fellow, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 北京中醫藥大學, 9/2011-
7/2012
MPhil in East Asian History, Columbia University, October 2011
MA in East Asian History, Columbia University, October 2011
MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego),
April 2008
MA in Religious Studies, University of Virginia, May 2004
Concentration: Chinese religions
Advisor: Dr. Paul Groner
Private Instruction in Chinese Medical Classics, with Professor Fan Jianmin, former
member of the Zhang Zhongjing research center at Nanjing University of Chinese
Medicine, January 2006-April 2007
Private Instruction in Tibetan Medicine, worked four hours per week with Lhobsang
Dhondup, a Tibetan physician who was trained in Lhasa and has 20+ years of experience
as a physician and teacher in Tibet, India, Mongolia, and the U.S., May 2007-June 2008
Tibet University, Summer Tibetan Program, Lhasa, Tibet, P.R. China, Summer 2002
Fellow for the Study of Traditional Chinese Culture, Sichuan University, Department
of Religions, Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. China, Fall 1999-Spring 2000
Namgyel Monastery Tibetan Language Program, Ithaca, NY, Spring 1998
BA in Anthropology, University of Florida, August 1995
Concentration: cultural and linguistic anthropology

Certifications and Licensures
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) 6/08-Present
New York State Acupuncture License 1/09-Present

Professional Experience
Director of Education and Sinological Research, Xinglin Institute for 3/13-Present
East Asian Medicine Research and Scholarship
Member of a research consortium devoted to collaboration between Sinologists, Chinese
medicine practitioners, and biomedical researchers. Taught online courses on classical
Chinese medicine and designed an integrated curriculum for the institute’s students.
Translator, Chinese Medicine Database 1/13-Present
Under contract to translate Systematic Differentiation of Warm Disease (Wenbing
tiaobian 溫病條辨). Scheduled for publication 2017.
Instructor, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, NY 1/15-4/15
Taught the course, “Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Chinese Medicine,” to
Chinese medicine students at the Masters degree level.
Chinese Medical Clinician, New York, NY 1/09-5/15
Founder of Chinese Healing and Education Services
(www.ChineseHealingEducation.com).
Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, New York 9/09-5/11, 9/12-5/13, 9/14-12/14
Ran discussion sessions, gave lectures, and graded student work for “Introduction to
Asian Civilizations: China” and the undergraduate seminar, “Nobility and Civility.”
Instructor, Columbia University, New York, NY 9/13-12/13
Designed and taught the course, EAAS 3930, “Three Moments in Chinese Medical
History,” as part of the Teaching Scholars Program.
Adjunct Professor, San Diego Mesa College, Humanities Discipline, 8/05-6/08
San Diego, CA
Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 8/01-5/03
English Instructor, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 7/00-6/01
Beijing, P.R. China
English Instructor, Beijing University Middle School, Beijing, P.R. China 2/99-6/99
English Instructor, SW Jiaotong University, Chengdu, P.R. China 4/96-6/97

Clinical Experience
Chinese Medical Clinician, New York, NY 1/09-4/15
Clinical Observation, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 10/11-1/12
Followed the senior physicians Song Naiguang 宋乃光 and Xiao Xiangru 肖相如 for
four hours per week each during their clinical work at the Center for National Medicine.
Clinical Observation, Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine 7/10
Followed the senior physician Ye Pinliang 叶品良 for 18 hours per week.
Internship, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 5/07-4/08
Saw patients under the supervision of clinical supervisor, 12 hours per week.

Conference Presentations
• “The Practical Clinical Value of Premodern Medical Texts,” Keynote Address, Australian
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference, Perth, Australia, May 2016.
• “Styles of Practice and Medical Diversity in the History of Healing in China,” Roundtable
Discussion, Association for Asian Studies, Seattle, March 2016.
• “The Medical Classics and Clinical Argument in the Northern Song,” Peking University-
University College London International Conference on Chinese Medical Humanities, Beijing,
October 2015
• “The Problem with Common Physicians and its Solutions,” International Interdisciplinary
Conference on Middle Period China 800-1400, Harvard University, June 2014
• “The Ambiguity of Epidemics: Epidemic Febrile Illness and the Creation of Internal Damage as
a Medical Specialty,” Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, March 2014
• “A Narrowing of Vision, a Broadening of Discourse: Cold Damage Studies before and after
1065,” 8th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine, South Korea, September 2013
• “The Problem with Common Physicians and its Solutions” [Earlier Version] History of Science
Society, San Diego, November 2012
• “ ‘How Would You Know?’: Xu Shuwei’s Use of the Shanghanlun to Create a Literati
Medicine,” Association of Asian Studies, Philadelphia, April 2010
• “Putting the Yellow Emperor in his Place: Reading the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic as a
Han Dynasty Religious Text,” American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2007
• “The Medical and the Religious in the Works of Sun Simiao,” 6th International Congress on
Traditional Asian Medicine, University of Texas at Austin, April 2006
Invited Lectures
• “The Problem with Common Physicians and its Solutions,” Columbia University Neo-
Confucianism Seminar, December 2014
• “The Song Dynasty: A Watershed in Chinese Medical History,” 1st Apricot Grove Lecture,
Xinglin Institute, June 2014
• “How to Understand and Use Classical Formulas,” six-hour continuing medical education
webinar on ProD Seminars (prodseminars.net), November 2013
• “Why All Chinese Herbalists Need to Understand the Classics,” one-hour webinar on
Medigogy (medigogy.com), October 2013
• “Understanding and Using Classical Formulas,” Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San
Diego, March 2013
• “The Song Dynasty” (2 lectures), Columbia University, Introduction to Asian Civilizations:
China, October 2012
• “Non-Han States and the Song Dynasty: the Liao, Xixia, and Jin,” Columbia University,
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: China, October 2010
• “Integrating Chinese Medicine and Biomedicine: Towards Meaningful Medical Cooperation”
(10-hour weekend elective), Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, May 2008, April 2007
• “Taoism and the Chinese Martial Arts,” University of Virginia, Introduction to Asian Religious
Traditions, April 2003

Clinical Presentations and Teaching
• “Shanghan lun Studies”: A 16-lecture, approximately 48-hour online course guiding the
students through a reading of the core chapters of the Shanghan lun. Ongoing.
• “Applying the Sytematic Differentiation of Warm Disease to your Patient’s Problems”: A 3-
hour workshop introducing the clinical application of the Wenbing tiaobian through a study of
some of its most frequently used lines. Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual
Conference, Perth, Australia, May 2016.
• “Pulse Studies: Returning to the Source to Refine Our Practice”: 2-day, 12-hour course
examining the clinical application of the Maijing, Binhu maixue, and Wenkui maxiue. Lisbon,
Portugal, October 2015. Brisbane, Australia, May 2016.
Community Service Activities
• Founder and Coordinator for the Chinese Medical Classics Study Group, Pacific College of
Oriental Medicine (New York), January 2010-July 2011, January 2013-December 2013

Fellowships and Grants
• Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, Columbia University 2013-2014
• IIE Fulbright Fellowship, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 2011-2012
• FLAS Academic Year Fellowship, Columbia Univ. 2009-2010, Univ. of Virginia 2003-2004
• FLAS Summer Fellowship, Tibet University, summer 2002
• Fellowship for the Study of Traditional Chinese Culture, at Sichuan University, 1999-2000

Language Skills
• Chinese: fluent, spoken and written, modern, classical, medical, and religious material
• Japanese: advanced reading skills, beginning spoken
• Tibetan: intermediate spoken and reading skills, classical and modern

Honors and Awards
• Charles Leslie Junior Scholar Award for Best Presentation, honorable mention, 8th International
Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine, September 2013

Current Research Interests
• Intellectual and social history of Chinese medicine, particularly the Song, Jin, and Yuan
• The Treatise on Cold Damage and the medical and social purposes for which it was used
• The Song-dynasty southward demographic shift and its ethnobotanical, ethnological, and
epidemiological consequences.