Members of the ICMART Board

The members of the ICMART board have been elected according to the by-laws and announced to the General Assembly of ICMART in Sofia on Saturday June 11, 2016.


Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, MSc, Med. Psyc., AABMRC Fellowship

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Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, MSc, Med. Psyc., AABMRC Fellowship, Greece

Konstantina Theodoratou after completing her medical degree at the University of Athens and practising Western Medicine as a family doctor, went to China to study Αcupuncture in Tianjin and Beijing Universities. She further deepened her studies in Guangzhou (Canton) University where she obtained her MSc in Acupuncture. She has also specialised in Medical Psychology, Addiction Counseling, Neuroscience and Psychological diseases at the University of Athens. In 2016, she has been awarded from the University of Athens for her interdisciplinary experience.

She has participated in research, mostly concerning behavior patterns in relation to Acupuncture conducted by the Academy of Athens Biomedical Institute, published papers in medical journals and lectured in various congresses. Currently she lectures at the Greek Institutes of Medical Acupuncture.

Konstantina is the President of ICMART, International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques and the President of the Scientific Association of Medical Acupuncture in Greece (SAMAG).

General Secretary

Dr. Chin Chan, MD

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Dr. Chin Chan MD, Australia

General Secretary ICMART

President ICMART 2010 - 2012

Vice President ICMART 2008 - 2010

Federal Treasurer Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC)

President AMAC Queensland.

Board member AMAC 

Member Board of Examiners AMAC

Federal President AMAC 2005 - 2009.

Federal Secretary AMAC 1995 - 2004

Lecturer & mentor Australian Medical Acupuncture Course

Lecturer Griffith University School of Medicine, acupuncture

Fellow Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Fellow Australian Medical Acupuncture College

Fellow Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine

Private practice in medical acupuncture Queensland Australia



Dr. Marshall Sager MD

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Dr. Marshall Sager is a graduate of Lehigh University and a former United States Marine.  He is a licensed Physician and Board Certified Medical Acupuncturist.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy.

Dr. Sager is a Past President of the AAMA and currently serves on its Board.  Additionally, he is Founding Chairman of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture and Founding President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAMA.   

Dr. Sager is Chair of the Education Chapter of the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART) and is currently compiling the ICMART Lexicon of Medical Acupuncture.

Dr. Sager lectures throughout the world and is frequently quoted in national newspapers, television and radio.

Dr. Sager has served as Physician Acupuncturist for many professional athletes and teams, including hockey and international tennis stars.

Dr. Chun-Lee Oei-Tan, MD, PhD

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* Oct 2010 Knighted  "Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau" at the Opening of the international World Congress of Chinese Medicine WCCM amidst 850 participants in the Hague. Motivation for the royal award: For continuous efforts in promoting the application of acupuncture in health care in the Netherlands and abroad, as an outstanding acupuncture TCM-specialist and as a recognized medical doctor in the scientific community and in patient care.

* President since 2005 of the Dutch Acupuncture Society for Medical Doctors, NAAV (Nederlandse Artsen Acupunctuur Vereniging, the only Association for Medical Acupuncture in the Netherlands).

My first period of NAAV-Board membership was from 1987 – 1994, whilst President of Artsenfederatie Additieve Geneeskunde AAG, a Dutch Federation of six Associations of Medical Doctors practising Complementary Medicine (1987 - 1994).

* Initiator of setting up the NERF, NAAV Education Research Foundation, a vehicle for funding research in TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine and being the new School for standardized medical Acupuncture from 2011.

* Congress President of the ICMART World Congress on Medical Acupuncture, May 2011, The Hague Netherlands.

* President of the local Organizing Committee of the World Congress on Chinese Medicine WCCM, 1 – 4 Oct 2010, The Hague Netherlands.

* Within 7 months after organizing the International World Congress WCCM for the WFCMS, she organized the ICMART World Congress 2011 in The Hague.

* Guest Lecturer at the Utrecht University Medical Faculty, for the optional course called Complementary perspectives in healthcare, resp. acupuncture, since 2007 every year in May, the students get lectures at the university and afterwards come in the medical practices of the guest lecturers.

Before I was Senior guest-lecturer at the Utrecht University's Post graduate course PAOG-for general practitioners entitled: "Acupuncture as a complementary tool in modern medicine" , from 1987 – 1992. Beside this activity I presented Acupuncture lectures on the invitation of the Dutch national student platform GRANULLA in their eight cities of medical faculties. Also at the AMC in the curriculum for medical students in their fifth year and in Utrecht for students in their fourth year.

* Member of the scientific committee of the NAAV from  2007, after completing the one year Basic methodology-course at the VUmc Epidemiology.

* Project leader of the Randomised Clinical Trial Cost effectiveness acupuncture for tennis elbow at the Rotterdam Univ. clinic and the Bunnik acupuncture center clinic (1995- 1998).

* Editor in Chief of the NAAV Scientific Journal, 1987 – 2002.
At the Journal's 25th jubileum congress in 2002 awarded the NAAV-badge of merit and then continued as honorary editor till 2008.

* Scientific Counsellor of the editorial board of the DÄGfA's journal in 1989- 1992 afterwards of  the SMS's journal "Chinesische Medizin."  It all began with the physicians degree at the "Universität Wien".

* Director of the Acupuncture Center Clinic in Bunnik/NL from 1977, ongoing.

Hedi Luxenburger, MD

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Anaesthesiologist, specialized in pain therapy
Board member of the German Mecical Acupuncture Association
Representant of acupuncture within CAMDOC and EUROCAM at EU level, Brussels


Dr. Petja Piehler, MD

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Dr. Petja Piehler, MD, Austria



1982 – 1989         medical study

1989                    promotion

1989 – 1991         education in acupuncture and complementary medicine

1991-1999           Hospitals: surgery at Hedwigs- Hospital Berlin, Hospital Dr. Wüsthofen in Bad Salzschlirf,

                           Paul-Ehrlich Hospital Bad Homburg, St. Elisabeth-Hospital Hünfeld, Herz-Jesu Hospital

1999                    specialization in the special field internal medicine

1999 – 2002         senior physician internal medicine in Helios Hospital Blankenhain

2002                    second promotion at the Ludwig-Maximillian-University Munich

2002 – 2009         senior consultant internal medicine in Kitzbühel and Aue

since 2009            senior consultant internal medicine in the RoMed Hospital Wasserburg am Inn

since 2006            lecturer neural therapy in the Austrian organisation for neural therapy


Qualification:      specialist in: internal medicine, gastroenterology, diabetology, geriatry, complementary  

                                                medicine, acupuncture, neural therapy


Directors at large

Dr. Mehmet Abut, MD

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Dr. Mehmet Abut, MD, Turkey

Dr. Abut has graduated from the medical school of Istanbul University. He moved to Germany in 1964 after graduation, where he specialized in both general surgery and traumatology. During his studies he became a student of Prof. Kühne.

After working for 1.5 years at the St. Irmgarolis Hospital, he became a surgeon at the Marien Hospital in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Dr. Abut founded the Surgery Care Unit of this hospital and managed it for 2 years as a chief assistant. After returning to Turkey, he worked as chief surgeon at Samatya Hospital between 1970-1973. In 1973 he returned to Germany once more where he became proficient in joint surgery. This time he worked in the St.Josef Hospital in Lennestadt for 8 years where he practiced joint surgery.

Dr. Abut began his education in acupuncture in 1977, and has been working on the development and recognition of acupuncture until today. Dr.Abut was a member of the Turkish High Commission on Acupuncture for a period of twelve years, where he played an important role in the establishment of the regulations that guide acupuncture in Turkey. In addition, he has written many books on the subject and has taught acupuncture in various institutions for over 15 years.

Dr. Abut has been a member of ICMART since its inception in Vienna in 1983. He organized the World Congress in Turkey in 1994, and obtained an Honorary ICMART Diploma in 1995 in Sophia. He is now a member of the ICMART Board, and host for the 2014 World Congress in Turkey. He is also the president of the Turkish Academic Acupuncture Society. 

Dr. Abut currently practices acupuncture at his private clinic in Istanbul. He is married and has two children.

Dr. Patrick Sautreuil, MD

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Dr. Patrick Sautreuil, MD, France


- MD (Rouen, 1979), specialist of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Montpellier 1980) and of Neuro-Acupuncture (Paris, 1982)

- Practice in Rehabilitation department, Rothschild Hospital, Paris

- Former Président of Ecole Française d'Acupuncture-Association Scientifique des Médecins Acupuncteurs de France (EFA-ASMAF) and representative of  french medical acupuncture association FAFORMEC

- Lecturer in Diplome Inter-universitaire d'Acupuncture Scientifique (Université Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris)

- Guest professor in Kansai University of Health Sciences (Osaka, Japan)


Dr. Michaela Bijak, MD

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1972 – 1980       Grammar school in 1190 Vienna

1980 - 1986        medical study at the Medical University of Vienna

14.10.1986         Graduation to Medical Doctor



1990 - 1992        Medical education (cycle) at the Kaiserin Elisabeth Hospital of Vienna

1990 – 1992       Education in acupuncture at the Austrian Acupuncture Society in Vienna

1992                   Official Acupuncture diploma of the Austrian Medical board.

1993 – 1994       working at the nuclear medicine outpatient service at the Kaiserin Elisabeth Hospital

1994 – 1995       working at the allergy ambulatory Vienna-West

Since 1995         working at the 2nd Internal Medicine Department at the Kaiserin Elisabeth Hospital in
                           Vienna, division acupuncture outpatient service

Since 1993         private practice

Since 1995         Senior-Lecturer for the Austrian Acupuncture Society, scientific research in the Johannes
                           Bischko Institute for Acupuncture in Vienna

Since 2005         Editor of the German Journal of Acupuncture and Related Techniques (DZA)

Since 2014         Board member of ICMART


List of Publications:

Various articles in DZA (main focus: clinician´s corner and education)

Bijak M. Stellenwert der Akupunktur bei der Therapie der Reizblase. Journal für Urologie und Urogynäkologie, 2000(7)

Co author:

Rubi-Klein K, Kucera-Sliutz E, Nissel H, Bijak M, Stockenhuber D, Wolkenstein E. Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis?, 2006

Hecker (ed) et al. Microsystems Acupuncture. Thieme: Stuttgart, New York, 2006 

Meng A, Bijak M, Stockenhuber D. Basishandbuch der Akupunktur. Maudrich: Wien, 2010

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dominik Irnich, MD

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Priv.- Doz. Dr. med. Dominik Irnich

Head of the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Munich

President of the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA).

Laureat of 11 awards, 75 original medline publications, 100 invited lectures worldwide on Pain Therapy, Acupuncture and Complementary and Alternative, Implementation of the Munich Outpatient Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for chronic pain (MOCAM) in 2001 into the health system, the first academic model for integrative medicine in pain medicine.

Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD

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Dr. Tomas Dawid completed his Medical Studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Montevideo, Uruguay, graduating in 1984. He continued Postgraduate Studies in Internal Medicine for three years and practiced Western Medicine during more than 25 years.

He has three Specialist Qualifications in Public Health Services Management and Blood Bank Management

He graduated in Superior Courses of Traditional Acupunture in 1986, according  to the Program of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, with Prof. Wang Yu in Argentina, and graduated in Medical Homeopathy according to the Program of the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI).

He has also completed several Superior Studies in Western Contemporary Neurofunctional Acupunture.

Since 1995, he held Managerial positions in the National Health Service, and since 2009 as a Director in a Regional Blood Bank in Punta del Este.

Dr. Dawid has his own private Medical Acupuncture Clinics since 1986, one in Punta del Este where he lives, and another one in Montevideo.

He is currently Head Professor of the Postgraduate Courses of Medical Acupuncture in Uruguay,  Secretary General of the Uruguayan Acupuncture Association, Secretary General of the Ibero-Latinamerican Federation of Medical Acupuncture Societies (FILASMA) and a regular assistant and lecturer in national or international Medical Acupunture Congresses.


Dr. Silvia Elenkova, MD

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Professional Experience

March 2000 - to present
Position held Center of Integrative Medicine, Sofia – medical doctor and Chief Medical manager of the center.

Main activities Acupuncture, Homeopathy, General medicine /diagnostic, treatment, prevention /, laser therapy, medical management

February 1993 – January 2000

Medical doctor /therapeutist/ - Department of Internal diseases, Sections of Pulmonology and Gastroenterology.
Rehabilitation Hospital "Dragalevtsi" , Sofia, Bulgaria Main activities Diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation

September 1993- March 2000

Private medical practice – acupuncture
Main activities Diagnostic and treatment according TCM, acupuncture, laser therapy

October 1991 – February 1993 Medical doctor –Pediatric Department
Regional Public Hospital, Kostenets, Bulgaria Main activities Diagnostic, treatment, prevention

Title and qualification

May 2004
Certificated Specialist on Family medicine

1999 - 2002
Specialization on Family /General/ medicine University Hospital Alexandrovska, Sofia

May 1997
Certificated Specialist on Internal diseases

Specialization on Internal diseases University Hospital Alexandrovska, Sofia

October 1991 Degree Medical Doctor

Education and Qualification

  • 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 , 2011 Workshops on Integrative Medicine, ECIM
    Congresses in Kopenhagen, /Danemark/, Belgrade /Serbia/, Berlin/Germany/ ,Florence/Italy/;
  • June 2011, Workshop GUNA MD in Aesthetic Medicine, Sofia’s Dermatologic Week
  • February 2011 Workshop on GUNA MD, Sofia, Intelect Pharma
  • 2010, Workshop on GUNA Method, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2007, Basic course on Neural Therapy, 4th International Acupuncture Congress, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2006, 2005, 2004 Topical Courses on Homeopathy CEDH, Sofia
  • 2001-2003 Certificated  Medical Homeopathic Doctor
    Two years Postgraduate education- Institute Boiron, France
  • 1996, 1997- Basic courses on Laser therapy and Laserpuncture
    Prof. Y. Dafinova, National Center of Phisical Therapy, Medical University, Sofia
  • 1995 Basic Course on Su Jok Acupuncture, Prof. Park Jae Woo, Academy of Su Jok Acupuncture, Moscow, Russia
  • 1995 Two months Basic course on Family medicine, PHARE project, Medical
    University, Sofia
  • 1994 Full 3 months’ Basic education and training on Acupuncture, Dr.E.Iliev,
    Medical University, Sofia License for Medical Acupuncture Doctor
  • 1992 Full 3 months’ education and training on Traditional Chinese Medicine,
    National Sport Academy, Sofia


2005 – To present

Scientific Editor of journal “Acupuncture”, Bulgaria Over 30 publications in Bulgarian and foreign scientific medical journals;

Medical organizations membership

  • Vice-president of Bulgarian Society of TCM from 2012 to present
  • Secretary General  of  BSTCM 2004-2012
  • Bulgarian Society of Traditional Chinese medicine /BSTCM/ since 1993
  • Secretary General  of BSTCM  2004-2012
  • International Council of Medical Acupuncture /ICMART/ since 1995
  • Bulgarian Delegate for ICMART Assembly since 2008
  • International Su Jok Acupuncture Academy in Moscow, since 1995
  • European Society of Integrative Medicine , from 2011 to present
  • Bulgarian Medical Homeopathy Society, From 2003 to present

Congress Activities

  • All ICMART Congresses from 2005 to present
  • Secretary General of 4th and 5th Bulgarian International Acupuncture Congresses, Sofia, Oct.2007 and Oct. 2012;
  • All European Congresses of Integrative Medicine, from 2008 to present;
  • International Medical Acupuncture Congress, Barcelona 2011, Spain;
  • Best poster award –International Medical Acupuncture Congress, Barcelona 2009;
  • European Acupuncture Congress, Prague 1997; World ICMART Congress, Sofia 1993;
  • All National Conferences on Clinical Homeopathy, Albena, Bulgaria from 2005 to present;
  • All National Conferences on Physical Therapy and Cosmetology, Varna, Bulgaria, from 2007 to present



Francesc Minguell Martín

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Francesc Minguell Martín, Barcelona

DVM, Zaragoza University (Spain) in 1982.
Acupuncturist qualified in 1996.

Currently works in Small animal’s Veterinary Clinic in Sabadell (Barcelona, Spain)

Coordinator and Professor of Veterinary Acupuncture Postgrade Course at Barcelona University and Master in Acupuncture at Lleida University.

Founding member of the international association V.A.M. (Mediterranean Veterinary Acupuncturists). 

Lecturer in France,  Italy, Portugal, Bulgary, Greece, Colombia, Brasil and Spain about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Integrative Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Siddhartha Popat, MD, M.A.

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Current profession:
Surgery for Family Medicine and Acupuncture in St. Katharinen and Bad Honnef, Germany

1987 bis 1994 Medical School in Bonn and Washington DC (USA)

1994 Doctorate in medicine, University of Bonn 

1997 Specialist in Family Medicine

2001 Diploma Chinese Medicine, University Witten/Herdecke

2006 Specialist Biological Medicine University Milano

2013 Master of Arts, Complementary and alternative medicine, cultural sciences and healing arts, University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder

2014 Master Neuraltherapy DGfAN Dr. Rainer Wander

2015 Specialist Kinesiology Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt

Teaching Experience:

2001 bis 2011 Lectureship Chinese Medicine, University Witten/Herdecke

Since 2003 Lectureship  Naturopathy University of Bonn

Since 2005 Lectureship  Family Medicine University of Bonn

2006 bis 2013 Vicepresident International Society of Biological Medicine 

2009 bis 2013 Program Director Biological Painmedicine , Postgraduate Master in Complementary and alternative medicine, cultural sciences and healing arts, University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder

Since 2015 Lectureship in Acupuncture and Neuraltherapy DGfAN

Dr. Sutisno Sukarto, MD

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  • Graduated from Medical School in 1962 and School of Aero Space Medicine USA, 1967
    Served  the  nation  as Aero Space Medicine spesialist  in Indonesian Air Force until retiredat 1990.
  • Graduated from Advanced Study of Acupuncture in Xiamen University China in 2002 joining International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART) in 2005.
  • President ICMART Congress XVII at Bali, Indonesia 2015.
  • Owner of Private Complementary  and Alternative Medicine Teaching Hospital.
  • Founder of Indonesian Association of Medical Acupuncture (IAMA) and elected as the President up till now.
  • Succesfull to convince the Indonesia Government that Medical Acupuncture can be used as a primary health care.

Honorary President

Dr. François Beyens, MD

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Dr. François Beyens, MD, Brussels, Belgium


University: Doctor in Medicine from University of Louvain, Belgium. Candidate in Philosophy and Letters from Belgian National Jury. Licentiate of the London College of Osteopathy (for MDs).

Languages: French, English, Spanish, Chinese.

From 1968 to 1971: study in Hong Kong and Taiwan, student of Chinese and acupuncture with several masters: Lu Yi Gong, Wu Wei Ping, Zhuang Yu Ming and Huang Wei San.

Since 1971: back in Brussels, practicing acupuncture since then.

Founding member of the Belgian Association of Medical Acupuncturists. Teaching Monitor during 10 years. Main teacher for 16 years.

Successively Vice-President and President. Instrumental in most of its activities: courses, seminars, study trips to Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Vienna, London, Sofia, Prague, Riga, Cyprus . Active participation in more than 150 international congresses or symposiums.

Founding member and General Secretary (1983-2010) of the International Council of Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART), an umbrella association of about 90 medical associations of acupuncture, representing more than 35.000 medical acupuncturists.

Seminars in many countries: France, England, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Brazil, USA, Denmark, Israel, Austria, Sweden, Canada, Porto Rico, Bulgaria, Latvia, etc.

Since 1989 training personally dozens of medical acupuncturists.

Translation into french of Chen Ji-Rui: Acupuncture case histories.

Publication of three books: Revisiting Acupuncture, vol. I, II and III.

Open-minded defender and critical promoter of Medical Acupuncture.

Scientific Chapter

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dominik Irnich, MD, Germany
Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece

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European Chapter

Chair: Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany
Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece
Francesc Minguell, Spain

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Education and Accreditation Chapter

Chair: Dr. Siddhartha Poppat, MD, M.A., Germany
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dominik Irnich, MD, Germany
Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece
Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany
Dr. Chun Lee Oei-Tan, MD, The Netherlands

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Lexicon Chapter

Dr. Marshall Sager, MD, USA

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Congress Committee

Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece
Dr. Chin Chan, MD, Australia
Dr. Chun Lee Oei-Tan, MD, The Netherlands
Dr. Petja Piehler, MD, Austria

Veterinary Chapter

Francesc Minguell Martín, Spain
Dr. Noriko Shimizu, DVM, Japan

Website Committee

Dr. Mehmet Abut, MD, Turkey
Dr. Michaela Bijak, MD, Austria
Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Sonja Maric, Webmaster ICMART