Dr. Michael O. Smith on the Big Island
Dr. Smith is a
psychiatrist, acupuncturist, addiction specialist, and public health planner.
He has recently retired from his position as director of Lincoln Hospital
Substance Abuse Division where he served since 1974. He is known
internationally for advancing acupuncture use for chemical dependency. More
than 300 treatment programs worldwide use the Lincoln Hospital
model. As chair of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
(NADA), he has provided consultation to city, county, state, federal and UN
agencies. His five-year study on the use of Chinese medicine in the treatment
of AIDS has been published internationally. He is an assistant professor at
NY Medical College and certified by the American Society of Addiction
Medicine. In recent years, Dr. Smith has been providing support and
consultation for projects ranging from HIV+ women in Ethiopia to prisons in India to psychiatric hospitals in Europe.
In the first week of
November, Dr. Smith visited the Big Island, en route between conferences and meetings
across Europe and on his way to speak at Five Branches
University. During his
stay he visited the Volcanoes National Park, the beach parks of Keaukaha, and attended several informal gatherings in Hilo and Puna.
Dr. Smith at TCMCH
On Thursday November 3rd
Dr. Smith gave a talk at TCMCH. Attendees included people trained in the NADA
protocol at Lincoln Recovery Center
in New York, a former NADA US board member, and many
potential community collaborators. Dr. Smith spoke on the history of NADA,
healthcare education and delivery in the US and internationally, and the
value of simplicity and bravery in these changing and challenging times. As
one attendee said “Dr. Smith teaches us about the history of this medicine
through his stories; the depth of his experience and the breadth of his
perspectives are remarkable.”
Smith enjoying fellowship after his luncheon.
This page from the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii posted 11-23-2011.