Integrative Approaches to Long COVID: A Clinical Case (with patient testimonial) ​

Event Date: February 6th, 2024

Julia Loewenthal, MD, Geriatrician, Brigham & Women's Hospital ​

Integrative Approaches to Long COVID: A Clinical Case (with patient testimonial) ​



“Integrative Approaches to Long COVID: ​

A Clinical Case – with patient testimonial”


Julia Loewenthal, MD, Aging/GeriatricsInternal Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

G. Kyle Harrold, MD, Clinical Instructor in Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Kimberly Parks, DO, FACC, Cardiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Integrative care specialist, Synergy Private Health

Katie Walker, MS, MAOM, Lic. Ac., Dipl. OM, Acupuncture Clinician at Osher Clinical Center, Research Acupuncturist at Massachusetts General Hospital



Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

Time: 8:00 am EST

Location: via Zoom

Cost: Free. CME credit available. Please email your name, degree title and institution if applicable to [email protected] during the event to claim credit.

Presentation Description:

For February Grand Rounds, Dr. Julia Loewenthal (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and an interdisciplinary team will present a clinical case of a patient with long COVID and integrative approaches to management:

Drs. Walker and Loewenthal will review select integrative therapies for management of long COVID, including acupuncture and cold water immersion.

Dr. Harrold will review the recent updates on neurological aspects of long COVID and discuss the assessment and management of patients with long COVID from the neurological perspective, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

Dr. Parks will review the history and evaluation of a patient presenting with dysautonomia following COVID-10 infection.  She will discuss the complex treatment regimen as well as the complimentary, integrative approaches that ultimately led to healing and symptom management.  She will then lead a discussion with the patient, outlining his journey from the patient perspective. Integrative therapies along with traditional pharmacotherapy and rigorous testing to establish the diagnosis will be highlighted.  

Speaker Bios:

Julia Loewenthal, MD, is a geriatrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Loewenthal leads geriatric co-management programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is an Assistant Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency program. She is the recipient of a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award and Annals of Internal Medicine Early Career Investigator Award. 

Dr. Harrold, MD, is a neurologist specializing in neuro-infectious diseases and neuroimmunology at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His completed the combined MGB neurology residency followed by the Advanced General and Autoimmune Neurology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital where he focused his clinical training on neuro-infectious diseases. He sees patients with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Covid Recovery Center neurology clinic along with 3 other neurology colleagues. He is involved in the COVID-BRAIN Study at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr Kimberly Parks, DO, is the Founder and Medical Director of Synergy Private Health, an integrative medical practice in Chestnut Hill, and a staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Parks is a clinician, educator and researcher who is passionate about providing enhanced care through a holistic lens, with wellness at its core. While rooted in western medicine, her clinical care uniquely embraces the transformative power of “Lifestyle as medicine,” addressing multiple facets of an individual’s overall well-being.  In her day to day practice, she incorporates evidence based non-pharmacologic approaches to disease management and prevention such as exercise, nutrition, sleep training, meditation, massage therapy and acupuncture. 

She has received numerous awards in teaching and for her leadership and has lectured nationally and internationally on cardiovascular diseases.  She has evolved into a trailblazer in integrative and holistic care.  Dr. Parks has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the medical literature and has a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.  

Katie Walker, Lic. Ac., received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowdoin College, her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), followed by a Master’s in Pain Research, Education, and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine. She is the winner of the Tsay Fellowship award from NESA, in recognition of distinguished achievement in the science and art of Chinese Medicine, and is also a recipient of the Saltonstall Award for Excellence from Tufts University School of Medicine for achievement in and dedication to advancing the patient-centered field of pain management. Katie combines an integrative Eastern and Western medical perspective when working with patients in reaching their health goals, recognizing an important connection between the body, mind, and spirit in healing. In addition to clinical work, Katie has worked as a research acupuncturist on a variety of acupuncture studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. The majority of these studies involve the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to elucidate functional changes in brain activity during and after acupuncture treatment.


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