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 on Sunday June 28, 2020.

Hedi Luxenburger, MD, GERMANY
Anaesthesiologist, specialized in pain therapy
Board member of the German Mecical Acupuncture Association
Representant of acupuncture within CAMDOC and EUROCAM at EU level, Brussels
General Secretary
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).
Dr. Chin Chan, MD, AUSTRALIA
General Secretary ICMART 2015-2020
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. Tomas Dawid, MD , URUGUAY
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), Vice President of ICMART and a regular assistant and lecturer in national or international Medical Acupunture Congresses.
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. 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 Fulda
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. Thomas Burgoon, MD

Thomas Burgoon, MD is the past president of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) the largest organization of physicians practicing acupuncture in the United States. He is Associate Editor-in Chief of the World Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, member of editorial board of Medical Acupuncture, chairperson of the Institutional Review Board of the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and advisor on acupuncture for Unite for Her (www.uniteforher.org). He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in 1985 and competed residency training in internal medicine. He began studying acupuncture theory and practice in 1992 and studied with Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy for 11 years and four years with the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM). He is interested in traditional Chinese medical theory and practice and also in the fostering of meaningful dialog with our colleagues in regular medicine about acupuncture’s value in modern medical practice.

Dr. Silvia Elenkova, MD

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

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dominik Irnich, MD

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. Francisco Lozano, MD, PhD

Dr. Francisco Lozano is a Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the National Polytechnic Institute’s School of Medicine and Homeopathy in Mexico City. He has more than 35 years of experience in the study, clinical practice, research and education of acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Dr. Lozano studied Chinese medicine in China at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and in Japan at Osaka Medical College’s Pain Clinic & Oriental Medicine department from 1981 to 1988. In 2011, earned a doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Lozano has pioneered the formal education and official regulation of Acupuncture for physicians in Mexico.

For more than 20 years has coordinated the academic exchange with China, through the China-Mexico bi-national agreement for technical and scientific cooperation.

He has work intensively in the study and research of the physiopathology of several chronic illnesses and in the integration of Western and Chinese Medicine.

Currently, he is the coordinator of clinical practice, education and research of acupuncture at the Center for Attention and Integral Support of the National Cancer Institute in Mexico.

Dr. Francisco Lozano is the current President of the Mexican College of Acupuncture (COMAH) and also of the Iberic-Latin American Federation of Medical Acupuncture Societies (FILASMA). He was the Co-Chair of the First ICMART-FILASMA World Medical Acupuncture Congress, that took place in Mexico City, in 2017.

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

* 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.

Paola Poli, MD

  • President of AGOM- Acupuncture in the world, NGO
  • Chief of the ALMA course of acupuncture, qigong, taijiquan and TCM
  • Chief of research in FISA-Italian Federation of Acupuncture Society, from 2016
  • Commission’s member of MNC the OMCeOMI- Order of physicians of Milan
  • Treasurer of FISTQ – Italian Federation of Qigong and Taiji

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2003 and graduated in acupuncture ALMA (Lombard Association of Acupuncturists medical doctors) and FISA (Italian Federation of Acupuncture Societies) in 2006. Gradueted in 2007 at the University Clinical Practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Nanjing, China, and received the ‘Certificate of the annual course of Postgraduate in Acupuncture and Complementary Methods” at ALMA school and the Certificate of Qigong Operator recognized ALMA and FISTQ. In 2005 obtained the certificate of auricular acupuncture Acudetox. Since 2004 practices sessions of acupuncture and Chinese medicine from her clinic in Milan. Teacher of acupuncture and Chinese medicine ALMA and FISA, teacher at ALMA school of acupuncture. Teacher of qigong recognized ALMA and FISTQ (Italian Federation of Schools and Qigong Tuina) teaches the three-year course of qigong operators recognized ALMA and FISTQ. Teacher at some Master organized by Stratal University of Milan. Participates to the conferences and seminars of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Italy, Europe and presented six poster about Oncology Acupuncture and Acupuncture in an emergency in USA Congress (Boston, Washington, San Francisco) and publishes articles on italians journals of medicine and Chinese Medicin, principals on “FISA news” and “Olos and Logos” (Specifications on request). in June 2016 published the book “Acupuncture in an emergency” with CEA-Zanichelli publisher. In septemder 2017 will publishing “Oncology Acupuncture” with CEA-Zanichelli publisher.

Dr. Siddhartha Popat, MD, M.A.

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. Karin Stockert, MD

President of the Austrian Society of Acupuncture since 2014

General Practitioner in private praxis since 1992

TCM Studies in Bei jing, Tian jin, Cheng du

Lecturer for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for the Austrian Society of Acupuncture since 1989

Doctor of Medicine: Medical University Vienna 1985

External Expert for acupuncture at the Post Graduate Master Course for TCM at the Medical University Vienna

International lecturing in Xian, San Antonio, Istanbul, Berlin, Munich, Heidelberg, Tromsö, Barcelona

Publications in international journals

Dr. Marcia Yamamura, MD

  • Vice President of the Brazilian College of Medical Acupuncture, CMBA.
  • Associate Professor of Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP)
  • Cochairwoman of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Department of Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP)
  • Supervisor of the Medical Residency Program at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil.
  • Master Degree in Epidemiology by Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP)
  • Scientific Director of the Sao Paulo Medical Acupuncture College (CMAeSP)
  • Head Professor of the Postgraduate Courses of TCM Acupuncture at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil since 2003.
  • Head Professor of the Postgraduate Courses of TCM Acupuncture at Center AO, Research and Study Center of Prof. Dr. Ysao Yamamura, Brazil since 2003.
Honorary President

Dr. François Beyens, MD

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.

European Chapter
Chair: Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany

Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Dr. Silvia Elenkova, MD, Bulgaria
Dr. Paola Poli, MD, Italy
Dr. Siddhartha Popat, MD, Germany
Dr. Karin Stockert, MD, Austria
Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece

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Accreditation Committee
Chair: Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece

Dr. Chin Chan, MD, Australia
Dr. Tomás Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Dr. Silvia Elenkova, MD, Bulgaria
Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany


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Communication Committee
Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Dr. Paola Poli, MD, Italy

Dr. Chin Chan, MD Australia
Dr. Francisco Lozano, MD, Mexico
Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany
Sonja Maric, Secretary and Webmaster ICMART
Dr. Marcia Yamamura, MD, Brazil

Congress Committee
Chair: Dr. Petja Piehler, MD, Austria

Dr. Chin Chan, MD, Australia
Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany
Dr. Chun Lee Oei-Tan, MD, The Netherlands
Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece
Dr. Marica Yamamura, MD, Brazil


Education Committee
Chair: Dr. Silvia Elenkova, MD, Bulgaria

Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Dr. Francisco Lozano, MD, Mexico
Hedi Luxenburger, MD, Germany
Dr. Chun-Lee Oie-Tan, MD, The Netherlands
Dr. Paola Poli, MD, Italy
Dr. Marcia Yamamura, MD, Brazil


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Scientific Committee
Chair: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dominik Irnich, MD, Germany

Dr. Tomas Dawid, MD, Uruguay
Dr. Chun-Lee Oie-Tan, MD, The Netherlands
Dr. Paola Poli, MD, Brazil
Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, MD, Greece
Dr. Maricia Yamamura, MD, Brazil

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Veterinary Committee
Chair: Dr. Siddhartha Popat, MD, Germany