Monthly Archives: February 2010

Introductions: Dr. Timothy Culbert

Dr. Timothy Culbert Integrative Medicine refers to a philosophy of care that blends the best of “high-tech” conventional cares such as medication, physical therapies, and medical procedures with more natural, less invasive “high-touch” approaches such as massage, relaxation training, acupressure, aromatherapy, nutritional changes, and other so-called “complementary and alternative” medical approaches (also called “CAM”). Other important aspects of an integrative medicine approach include supporting the body’s natural healing capacities and also teaching self-care skills to all patients whenever possible.

My focus in this blog will be to provide you with latest, high-quality information on best practices in integrative care for lots of common problems, including medical issues such as cancer, chronic pain, sleep problems, asthma, and gastrointestinal complaints as well as non-drug, holistic approaches to emotional/behavioral challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.

There is a large amount of information available – some helpful, some not.

Also, there are some alternative treatments that are just plain dangerous. One of my goals is to help health care consumers understand the balance of risk-to-benefit for a given therapeutic option, state clearly what it is we know (or don’t know) about efficacy, and then support families in making a truly informed choice. We know that you – the healthcare consumers, parents and kids – are using CAM therapies in very large numbers but are not always comfortable talking about them with your doctor. I hope to change that.

In terms of my background, I am board-certified as a developmental/behavioral pediatrician and have extensive additional training in mind/body techniques (biofeedback and hypnosis), holistic therapies, nutrition, and lifestyle approaches. I enjoy working with a whole team of specially trained people to create the best plan for each child/teen we see.

I have always been particularly interested in helping my patients to create self-care “toolkits” as a way to help them in managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety-or whatever- and we are doing some really cool research in this area to show that what we do really works! I have two teenage children on whom I have “experimented” with a lot of interesting techniques over the years and I am happy to report they are doing well in spite of it!  I have written four books for kids about learning self-care skills and just completed a textbook for clinicians titled “Integrative Pediatrics.”

I spoke on Fox 9 about the book and integrative medicine a few months ago:

I also hope to provide an occasional perspective on preventative care and wellness for kids and families. Issues such as emotional health, stress management, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, over-scheduling, healthy nutrition and changing social and cultural norms all are important to discuss as we rethink our healthcare system and our individual health care practices and goals. As part of this area, I also hope to occasionally provide information for kids and teens in appropriate (and entertaining) language to inform them about new therapies and to encourage them get involved in their own health care decisions and health promoting activities.

I welcome the opportunity to begin what should be an enlightening series of dialogues. What topics would you like me to blog about? Leave a comment below.

Introductions: Dr. Phil Kibort

Dr. Phil Kibort

As Children’s vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, I have spent most of my adult life in multiple roles at Children’s. I started as a medical student followed by residency at both of our campuses back in 1976. I went into practice in 1982 as a pediatric gastroenterologist after a fellowship with what is now Minnesota Gastroenterology, and became chief of staff in 1991 at Minneapolis Children’s.

In the years between 1992 and 1994, I transitioned into a management role. I was the medical director of ambulatory services for a few years, then became an executive in 1997, having responsibilities for strategic planning, new business development, marketing, communications, systems advancement as well as having continuing oversight over ambulatory and taking operational aspects of environmental services and facilities. In 2001, I became vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer.

My blogs will be focused on the intersection of medicine and business. The good, the bad and the ugly. I will spend most of my blogs dealing with issues that we are facing at the management level in healthcare, hopefully taking what I have learned from my experiences as well as what the latest literature is saying. Hopefully I will be able to share insights and knowledge that you will find useful.

As a baby boomer, hopefully I can adapt to the world of Generation Xers, Yers, and maybe even a few future digital natives out there. I’m willing to take this step if you are.

We’ve created this blog for all of you to be able to ask about Children’s and kids’ health. Over the next few posts, we’ll introduce the regular contributors to the blog. What would you like to read about? Leave a comment below.

Phillip M. Kibort, MD, MBA
Vice President Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Phone: 612-813-6165 or 651-220-6165
Email: phil.kibort@childrensmn.org

Children’s Kids’ Health Blog

Stephen C. Nelson, MD, Director, Hemoglobinopathy Program at Children's of Minnesota

Children’s of Minnesota is excited to introduce our new blog centered around our most cherished priority, keeping kids (and families) healthy.

Some of the leading experts and thought leaders at Children’s are coming together in this space to share with you their take on a broad set of issues affecting children’s health. What questions should parents ask their pediatrician? What are the perceptions of delivering equitable care to a richly diverse population?  How is research, technology, and care innovation impacting quality of care? What’s it like to run a hospital?

At Children’s every ounce of our expertise, our technology, our investment, and our research focuses on kids, and one of the most rewarding experiences is sharing that passion with families, peers, and friends who care deeply about the health of our children and their families.

Each week we’ll add new posts by one of our bloggers. Over the next few weeks you’ll get to know them as they introduce themselves and give you an idea of the kinds of topics they’ll share.

We’re counting on your words, too. Converse with us. Ask questions. Tell us what’s on your mind.

What topics would you like to see the Children’s staff explore in this blog? Leave a comment below.