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Michael Cuffe, MD, MBA, vice president of Ambulatory Services and chief medical officer of the Duke University Health System (DUHS), has named Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, the executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Perlman's appointment is effective September 1, 2011.

Dr. Perlman's appointment is the result of a nationwide search led by an interdisciplinary team at DUHS.

He comes to Duke from the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he has been executive director of the institute and associate professor of medicine within the School of Health Related Professions.

In 2010, Dr. Perlman became chair for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, a consortium comprising 50 leading academic medical centers around the country with integrative medical programs.

"It is a privilege to join one of the leading academic medical institutions in the country," Perlman said.

"I look forward to carrying on the great traditions at Duke Integrative Medicine, which has been a national leader in the development of new models of patient care. And I look forward to forging dynamic partnerships within our institution and beyond that keep us at the forefront of the transformation of health care in America."

Since 2007, Dr. Perlman has been chairperson for the Department of Primary Care within the School of Health Related Professions at UMDNJ, which includes the Physician Assistant Program, Respiratory Care Program, and the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

He has held the UMDNJ Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine since 2004.

Dr. Perlman's scholarly activities include numerous grants and publications.

He was guest editor for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine volume of Medical Clinics of North America, and is associate editor for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine section of the Physician Information and Education Resource (PIER), developed by the American College of Physicians and American Society for Internal Medicine.

His diverse research interests have included a clinical trial evaluating the effect of multivitamin supplementation on school performance in underserved children, a trial assessing the efficacy of massage for osteoarthritis of the knee, and a survey exploring the use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with cancer.

Most recently, he was the recipient of an R01 Research Grant, funded by the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to continue his research on massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Dr. Perlman's research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in the New York Times.

Dr. Perlman replaces Dr. Tracy Gaudet, who joined the Veterans Health Administration earlier in the year as director of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation after 10 years at Duke Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey Brantley, director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at Duke Integrative Medicine, has served as interim executive director since Dr. Gaudet's move to Washington, DC.