The PI/Center Director, Steven F. Bolling, M.D., is an accomplished cardiac surgeon, who has lectured and operated extensively around the world and has developed new techniques, particularly in the area of mitral valve reconstruction. Dr. Bolling is a professor in the Division of Cardiac Surgery and a well-established and supported investigator, not only in the clinical realm, but in the area of myocellular metabolism during myocardial ischemia and transplant immunology. His molecular research has focused on cardiac cell signal transduction as it relates to bioenergetics and myocardial preservation during cardiac surgery. Dr. Bolling has also had a long interest in Oriental medicine and has had a relationship since 1979 with Chinese cardiac surgeons and scholars, who have collaborated with Dr. Bolling in his laboratory, resulting in numerous publications. This relationship with Oriental investigators continues to date and has included 2 recent trips to the Far East this year. Dr. Bolling has studied the molecular mode of action and pharmacology of Chinese Herbs for the many years.
Dr. Sara L. Warber received her medical degree from Michigan State University, and completed her Internship and Residency with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She completed a Fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and is currently a Lecturer for UM Family Medicine. Dr. Warber studied herbalism and spiritual healing for 14 years with a Native American Healer. As the Co-Director of the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center, Dr. Warber has been awarded the administration of one of 12 National Institutes of Health funded national centers dedicated to research and education in the practice of integrative medicine. The University of Michigan CAMRC is currently engaged in 3 clinical research trials, sponsors two monthly educational series, and co-sponsors many other educational events in the community. Dr. Warber has been instrumental to the current process of designing an Integrative Medicine Clinic at the University of Michigan Health System, and to the development of a complementary and alternative medicine curriculum with the UM medical school.
Dr. Warber's research interests include the use of herbs, energy healing, environmental healing, and the therapeutic relationship. She is an accomplished public speaker in the area of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She is co-author of two books: Natural Products from Plants and Creating a Sustainable Future: Living in Harmony with the Earth. She is on the Steering Committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Holistic Medicine.