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The AOM graduates featured on the CCAOM website are all graduates of one of the Council's member colleges. Each member college of CCAOM will have one of its graduates featured on this website on a rotating basis each month. Profiles for previously featured graduates may be viewed at this link for Archived Profiles.

Graduate Profile of Thomas S. Burgoon, M.D., MSOM, L.Ac.

Thomas Burgoon

Most rewarding aspect of practice: I would say that the rewards are three-fold. One is that traditional Chinese medicine transformed the way I practice medicine and helped me connect to the deepest and best traditions of medicine: assisting the natural abilities to heal and avoiding harmful interventions. These are ideas deeply embedded in both Hippocratic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. While in modern western medicine their expression has almost disappeared, in TCM they are very much alive. This is part of traditional Chinese medicine’s gift to modern medicine – to reconnect us with these profound principles.

Secondly, I am grateful to be able to help so many people who were not helped by other therapies. At the same time, my patients are also very appreciative of my ability to help them feel better with less medicine. Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the heavy burden of surgeries and pharmaceuticals being offered to them as the only therapy in physicians’ offices across our country. My patients are very appreciative of the benefits and insights of traditional Chinese medicine.

Lastly, I find the process of sharing my experiences with fellow physicians and the public to be very rewarding. I am very interested in fostering meaningful dialog with our colleagues in “regular” medicine about the value of traditional Chinese medical theory and therapies. I find that when the dialog starts with a scientific perspective and in a common language, my colleagues are not only intrigued but also very receptive. American physicians and healthcare providers are interested in new ways to help their patients. They need us, as doctors of traditional Chinese medicine, to communicate in a language they can understand. It is imperative that we foster a meaningful dialog with them and help them to appreciate the value of what we do. To this end I continue to work with national and international organizations devoted to promoting the understanding and use of acupuncture and moxibustion. In this effort, during the last year, I have spoken in Mineola, NY; Athens, Greece; Sophia, Bulgaria; and Nanjing, China. Later this year, I will speak in Pittsburg, PA; Mexico City, Mexico; and Graz, Austria.

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