Grand Rounds: Integrative Group Visit Model for Chronic Pain Management

Event Date: October 6th, 2015

Osher Center

Grand Rounds: Integrative Group Visit Model for Chronic Pain Management

Title: “A 40+ y.o. woman with a history of chronic pain, experiences improvement though participation in novel Integrative Medicine Group visits.”

Presenter: Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH, Assistant Director, Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities, Boston Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD, Director, Integrative Medicine Clinical Services, Boston Medical Center; Primary care clinician; Kavitha Gazula, MD, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University.

Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds/Clinical
Tuesday, October 6th
8:00am – 9:00am (followed by coffee hour)
Bornstein Family Amphitheater
45 Francis St. BWH, Boston, MA


Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH is the Assistant Director for the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities at Boston Medical Center.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.  She received her MD from the Tuft University Medical School and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Tuft University Medical School.  She completed a three year Clinical Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Faculty Development at Harvard Medical School. She received her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.

Additionally, she has been awarded a five year NIH K award grant focusing on dietary supplement use in the inner city underserved medical settings.  She is the primary investigator on a PCORI grant to study an innovative care model called the integrative medicine group visit (IMGV) for racially diverse patients with chronic pain and depression.  This model combines Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with a medical group visit.  Dr. Gardiner is also interested in safety and quality issues of dietary supplements for women and children.  Dr. Gardiner lectures nationally and internationally. She has published over forty peer reviewed papers on dietary supplements, pregnancy, preconception care, stress, and complementary medicine in underserved patients.
Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD is the Director of the Integrative Medicine Clinical Services at Boston Medical Center and also serves as a primary care clinician. Originally from Washington, D.C. Katherine attended Yale University School of Medicine.  While at Yale, Katherine worked at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH (NCCAM), studied holistic medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, lived on a Pueblo Reservation, created a course for medical students on spirituality and medicine, and completed a fellowship studying a model of group prenatal care for underserved women.

While at BMC, she implemented this successful model of group prenatal care within the residency (Centering Pregnancy), served as chief resident, received the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was published by STFM’s poetry and prose contest, and was awarded the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarship.  Her primary interests are preventive medicine, nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, women’s health, and group care.  Dr. Gergen Barnett blogs for the Huffington Post and Health Affairs.


Kavitha Gazula, MD has been with the Department of Family Medicine, Boston University since 2004. She received her medical school education at Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA.  Following her residency she worked at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in a predominantly Spanish speaking population.  She received her training in medical acupuncture at the Harvard Medical School and completed a fellowship in Holistic and Integrative Medicine at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA.  She is also trained in the practice of Reiki and clinical hypnosis.  Dr. Gazula is board certified in Family Medicine and a Diplomate with the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

As a primary care provider, Dr. Gazula is passionate about working with a culturally diverse population and believes in partnering with her patients towards their goals.  Her other interests include Maternal and Child Health which allows her to actively provide in office Prenatal care and Obstetrics on Labor and Delivery.  Dr. Gazula provides acupuncture treatments in various settings including Group Acupuncture visits, office visits and on occasion to laboring patients who may have requested assistance with pain management.  Dr. Gazula is Co-Founder and Director of Integrative Family Medicine Associates, in Acton, MA since October 2014.