Elizabeth Sommers, PhD
Voluntary Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Family Medicine

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BS, University of Wisconsin Madison

Elizabeth Sommers PhD MPH LAc has degrees from Boston University School of Public Health and New England School of Acupuncture. She currently coordinates acupuncture clinics at Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center that specialize in care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Sommers is based in the Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities Program of Boston Medical Center. As an acupuncture researcher, she has published in the areas of acupuncture detoxification, health economics, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Her book “Acupuncture as an Adjuvant in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS” was published by Lambert Academic Publishing in 2014. Dr. Sommers has contributed to a public health column in Acupuncture Today for over twelve years and serves as the public health editor of the journal Meridians: Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She co-edited the special public health issue of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine (2013) and is currently co-editing a 2017 special issue of Medicine on acupuncture and cancer care. She recently joined the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

She is a founder and former chair of the American Public Health Association’s Section on Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices, and currently serves on APHA’s Governing Council and Intersectional Council. A public health advocate, Dr. Sommers is committed to ensuring that healthcare including wellness is a right not a privilege.

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  1. Hughes GD, Sommers E, Steel A. The Changing Global Public Health Landscape of Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine in Primary Care: Responding to the Vision of the Declaration of Astana. J Integr Complement Med. 2023 Apr 24. PMID: 37092968
  2. Sommers E, D'Amico S, Goldstein L, Gardiner P. Integrative Approaches to Pediatric Chronic Pain in an Urban Safety-Net Hospital: Cost Savings, Clinical Benefits, and Safety. J Integr Complement Med. 2022 May; 28(5):445-453.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35285677
  3. Sommers E, Vinjamury SP, Noborikawa J. Pain and Opioid Use: Evidence for Integrating Acupuncture Into Treatment Planning. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2021. View Publication
  4. Sommers E, Vinjamury SP, Noborikawa J. Pain and Opioid Use: Evidence for Integrating Acupuncture Into Treatment Planning. Glob Adv Health Med. 2021; 10:21649561211042571. PMID: 34458014; PMCID: PMC8392795; DOI: 10.1177/21649561211042571;
  5. Bodner K, D'Amico S, Luo M, Sommers E, Goldstein L, Neri C, Gardiner P. A cross-sectional review of the prevalence of integrative medicine in pediatric pain clinics across the United States. Complement Ther Med. 2018 Jun; 38:79-84.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29857885

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2021 Boston University School of Public Health: Graduation Convocation Speaker
2013 European Journal of Integrative Medicine: Co-Editor
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