- Stress and NeuroInflammation
- Biotoxins and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
- Detoxification: Heavy Metals and Chemicals
Dr. Heyman has held several leadership positions in the field of Integrative Medicine. He is currently the Program Director of Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington DC. http://smhs.gwu.edu/integrative-medicine/integrative-medicine-programs. Here he has developed the first integrative medicine program offered at a 4- year university.
He holds the position of Chief Medical Officer for the Metabolic Code Enterprise. This is a group of clinical experts that consults to physicians, health systems and public professionals seeking to develop wellness, lifestyle and nutrition programs. He is also the online editor for the Journal of Men’s health in the section of Integrative medicine, and holds the position of Editor in Chief of the Internet Journal of Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine.
Previously, he was the national clinical working group co-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine for 4 years. This was a collaboration of 57 North American universities involved in Integrative Medicine. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel, in the Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Natural Health Magazine, and appeared in many other TV and print venues. He is a widely sought after and celebrated speaker and travels around the world giving talks on various Integrative Medicine topics.
Dr. Heyman has been practicing medicine since 2004. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. His approach is described as deeply rooted in scientific evidence, grounded in the clinical reality of expert patient care and readily accessible to both the new learner and seasoned practitioner.
In 1990 he received formal training in Five-element Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine. During this time he developed an interest in increasing access of natural therapies to underserved populations while partnering with the University of Pennsylvania. He continued this work with Jim Gordon, MD at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC. Here he explored the intersection between public health, at risk groups and alternative therapies.
Dr. Heyman eventually went on to receive a Masters in Health Services Administration at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health and upon graduation, became the administrator for the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center where he was responsible for administering a seven million dollar NIH grant to research alternative therapies for cardiovascular diseases. The center was one of the first in the country to place alternative therapies and their scientific examination in academic context.
Dr. Heyman’s research interests include the stress response, neuroendocrinology, cardio metabolic disease, men’s health and clinical outcomes research methodologies.
Dr. Heyman remains clinically active as the owner the Virginia Center for Health and Wellness in Northern Virginia. When not traveling or in clinic, Dr. Heyman enjoys country drives, cooking and taking his beloved dog, Murphy, to the dog park and on hikes throughout beautiful northern Virginia.
Biotoxins and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
This lecture reviews the role biotoxin exposures play in igniting chronic inflammation, and how genetics can predetermine susceptibility. Up to 20% of the population may be suffering from this important category of illness, often described as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and atypical depression. In fact, this is a multi-symptom, multi-system disease complex that requires insightful care by the practitioner to unwind these very sick patients.
Stress and Neuro-Inflammation
Stress is common. Stress also has wide ranging metabolic effects on the immune and nervous system that may result in significant metabolic derangements underlying cognitive, immune and neurologic disorders. This lecture explores the relationship between cortisol, the central and peripheral nervous and the immune system. We go beyond the limiting term ‘Adrenal Fatigue’ to better understand the deeper, evidence-based aspects of the impact stress can have on serious illnesses such as chronic infections, neurodegenerative disorders, and autoimmune conditions.
Detox: Heavy Metals and Chemicals
We live in a world that constantly challenges our immune system. Certainly stress, food, and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to the epidemic of obesity, fatigue and chronic inflammation. But what about patients that have attempted to change their diet, reduce stress, balance their hormones, repleted nutrients, performed various functional tests and still remain ill? What about exposure to Heavy Metals or Chemicals? Evidence is accumulating that these negative factors influence metabolism and can act as endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins and harm the vascular endothelium. This lecture will review common exogenous exposures and their clinical impact as well as therapeutic strategies to detoxify patients safely.