Kathy Taromina

“What I’ve learned, I teach, so that I can continue to learn.”

  • A visionary in integrating Chinese medicine with conventional medical care in oncology, Kathy Taromina has spent the last decade expanding the scope and breadth of Chinese medicine and its role in cancer care at the Integrative Therapies Program/Center for Comprehensive Wellness at Columbia University Medical Center
  • In private practice since 1998, serving communities in NYC, NJ, and Seneca Falls, NY
  • Nationally recognized as a Chinese Medicine expert in both Pediatric and Adult Oncology and Cancer Care Support

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

2015-Present Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Integrative Therapies Program/Center for Comprehensive Wellness
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant
Program Manager
2015-Present Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, NY
Adjunct Instructor
2010-Present New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, NY
Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, 2015-Present
Associate Professor, Full Time Faculty 2010-2015
2005-2015 New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, New York, NY
Integrative Therapies Program
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant
Acupuncturist
2001-2010 Touro College School of Health Sciences, New York, NY
Associate Dean, 2008–2010
Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine
Program Director, 2006–2008
Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator, 2001–2006
2009-2012 Tri-State College of Acupuncture
Adjunct Instructor
1999-2001 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, NY
Adjunct Instructor, 1999-2001
Department Chair of Clinical Practice, 2000-2001
Academic Program Coordinator, 1999-2000
1992-1998 U.S. – Indochina Reconciliation Project, New York, NY
Program Associate, 1992-1998
Project Coordinator, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1994-1995

Clinical Practice

2005-Present Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2015-Present Evolve Health + Wellness, New York, NY
2010-2015 Seneca Falls Health Center, Seneca Falls, NY
2002-2010 Touro College Acupuncture Clinic, New York, NY
1998-2009 Hudson Healing Arts, Hoboken, NJ
1998-2002 Soho Herbs and Acupuncture, New York, NY

Education

2015 Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA
1998 Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, NY
1991 Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology
New York University, New York, NY

Licensure and Certification

2015 Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
1997 Licensed Acupuncturist, State of New York, Lic # 001039
Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Invited Lectures

2016 Gilda’s Club. Chinese Medicine Nutrition: Strategies for Health Maintenance & Mitigating the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment. Mount Sinai Hospital, July 13, 2016
2015 Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Healthcare ACCAHC)
Center for Optimal Integration – Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL)
What does Competency in Evidence Informed Practice Mean to Me?
Co-presenter, Live Webinar, October 27, 2015
2013 Acupuncture Society of New York
The Role of Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care
June 23, 2013, Mineola, NY
2012-2014 Gilda’s Club – New York City Chapter
Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients: Acupressure and Supportive Care
July 28, 2014, September 25, 2012
Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients
January 9, 2012
2011 Healing Trauma: Master Speaker Series on Mental Health, Ithaca, NY
Panelist, October 27, 2011
2010 Integrative Health Panel, New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, NY
Panelist, May 20, 2010
2009 Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference, New York, NY
Oncology Education: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Presenter
2009 Children’s Oncology Group – Integrative Oncology & CNS Tumor Interim Meeting,
New York, NY
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Presenter
2009 Russian American Health Coalition, New York, NY
Presented award to Representative Richard Gottfried during Legislative Breakfast
Presenter
2008 Christine Nagy, Get Connected, 106.7 FM
How acupuncturists and physical therapists work together to help people recover
from stroke and cope with chronic pain.
Guest, March 16, 2008
2008 Swedish Institute, New York, NY
Integration of CAM Therapies in the Pediatric Oncology Setting
Co – Presenter
2008 New York Traditional Chinese Medicine Summit, New York, NY
Current Status of Herbal Legislation for Acupuncturists
Presenter
2008 Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Integration of Acupuncture Practice in a Pediatric Oncology Setting
Presenter
2007 New York Chiropractor College, Seneca Falls, NY
Acupuncture as a Supportive Care Agent in Children with Cancer
Presenter
2001-2003 Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice Conference, New York, NY
Assistant Faculty Member
Participate in demonstrations and discussions on Chinese Herbal Medicine.
2001 Long Island University Hospital
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Presenter
2001 Mercy College Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Instruct graduating students on practice and patient management.
Guest Lecturer
2001 Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAOM), Annual Conference,
Hawaii
Present to attendees of Annual Conference dinner on the contribution of PART to
the care of the search and rescue teams of FEMA in the aftermath of 9/11 and regarding how similar efforts should be approached in the future.
Guest Speaker

Professional Activities

2015-Present Society for Integrative Oncology
Member, Board of Trustees
2010-Present Global Alternative Healthcare Project (GAHP)
Senior Clinician, 2010-present
Team Leader, 2015-present
Navajo Nation (Arizona), Wyoming
2008-Present Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY)
Advisory Board Member
2007-Present Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACCAOM)
Commissioner, Treasurer (2013-Present)
Site Visitor (2007-2013)
2008-2014 Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC)
Co-Chair, Member, Clinical Working Group (2008-2012)
Task Force Member, Clinical Working Group (2012-2014)
2013 Integrative Cancer Therapies
Manuscript Reviewer
2007-2013 National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, Job Task Force Analysis (2012-2013)
Member of Regulatory Affairs Committee (2007-2009)
Representative of CCAOM for Job Task Force Analysis, Herbal Committee (2007-2008)
2007-2012 New York State Acupuncture Coalition (NYSAC)
President
2007-2008 American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)
Chair, Legislative Committee
2007 Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Manuscript Reviewer
2006-2008 Council of Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
Chair, Legislative Committee
2001-2003 Professional Acupuncturist Response Team (PART)
National Coordinator
1999, 2000, 2012 Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
Examiner
Clean Needle Technique Course

Research Activities, Presentations and Abstracts

2012-Present Kelly K, (PI), Ladas EJ, Taromina K, McDaniel D, Jin Z. Prospective Study of the Feasibility and Acceptance of Acupuncture Among Children with Cancer, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2012-Present
Role in Project: Co-Investigator
2016 Taromina K, Chokshi S, McDaniel D, Ladas E, Kelly K. Traditional Chinese Medicine Differential Diagnosis in Children with Cancer.
Oral Presentation: New York Chiropractic College, Research Symposium, Seneca Falls, NY, May 19, 2016.
2016 Tsai SL, McDaniel D, Taromina K, Ladas E, Lee M. Acupuncture for Sickle-Cell Pain Management in a Pediatric Emergency Department, Hematology Clinic, and Inpatient Unit: A Case Report.
Oral Presentation: New York Chiropractic College, Research Symposium, Seneca Falls, NY, May 19, 2016.
2016 Boughton J, Taromina K, Workman W, Kuhn K, Alabdullah A, Butler F. The Use of Bloodletting and External Herbal Application for the Treatment of Hepatic Lesion.
Oral Presentation: New York Chiropractic College, Research Symposium, Seneca Falls, NY, May 19, 2016.
2015 Kelly, KM, Cohen, L, Chaoul, A, Taromina, K, Radossi, A. Meditation Practices along the Cancer Care Continuum: Experiences at Two Major US Cancer Centers.
Workshop: Society for Integrative Oncology, November 16, 2015, Boston, MA.
2015 Radossi, A, Mira-Falkenstern, C, Ladas, EJ, Taromina, K, Kelly, KM, Wright, JD. Use and Beliefs of Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Women with Gynecologic Cancer.
Poster presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology, November 15, 2015, Boston, MA
2015, 2016 Taromina, K, Chokshi, S, McDaniel, D, Ladas, EJ, Kelly, KM. Traditional Chinese Medicine Differential Diagnosis in Children with Cancer.
Poster presentation: Society for Acupuncture Research, November 13, 2016, Boston, MA. & Joint Conference of Society for Acupuncture Research and Society for Integrative Oncology; Acupuncture: Oncology: Fascia, November 14, 2015, Boston, MA.
2015 Cupler, K and Taromina, K Crossing Disciplines: A Systematic Review on the use of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) and Chiropractic care in the Treatment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Role in Project: Research Mentor
Oral Presentation: New York Chiropractic College, Research Symposium, January 27-29, 2015
2014 Ladas, EJ, Lopez, G, McDaniel, D, Taromina, K, Chaoul, A. Developing Personalized Integrative Treatment Strategies for Cancer Patients and Survivors
Workshop: Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, October 26-28, 2014
2014 McDaniel, D, Chokshi, S, Jin, Z, Ladas, EJ, Taromina, K, Kelly, KM. Demographic predictors of use and safety of acupuncture in children and adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer.
Oral presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas. October 26, 2014
2013 Moisander-Joyce H, Bombacie M, Ladas EJ, Taromina K, Rooney D, Chokshi S, Kelly K
Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) Undergoing Treatment for Cancer Perceive Benefits to Acupuncture Therapy
Oral Presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 20-22, 2013
Poster presentation: Society for Acupuncture Research, Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 18-21, 2013
2012 Ladas, EJ, Karlik, JB, Rooney, D, Taromina, K, Ndao, DH, Granowetter, L, Kelly, KM. Topical Yunnan Baiyao Administration As An Adjunctive Therapy for Bleeding Complications In Adolescents with Advanced Cancer
Oral presentation: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, October 20-23, 2012
2012 Ladas, EJ, Rooney, D, Taromina, K, Karlik, JB, Granowetter, L, Kelly, KM. Topical Yunnan Baiyao Administration as an Adjunctive Therapy for Bleeding Complications in Children and Adolescents with Cancer
Poster presentation: Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Conference, New York, NY, June 28-30, 2012
2012 Rooney D, Chokshi S, Taromina K, Ladas EJ, Ndao DH, Bombacie M, Kelly K. Acupuncture is Acceptable to Children and Adolescents Undergoing Cancer Therapy
Poster Presentation: International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health Portland, Oregon, May 16, 2012
2012 Rooney, D, Taromina, K, Citkovitz, C, Yeung, S. The Integration of Acupuncture and CAM Services for Cancer Patients at an Academic Medical Center: Challenges, Solutions and Contributions in Clinical Research
Panel presentation: Society of Integrative Oncology Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 8 – 10, 2012
2012 Chokshi SK, Taromina K, Ladas E J, Rooney D, Ndao-Hughes D, Bombacie M, Kelly KM Acupuncture is Acceptable to Children and Adolescents Undergoing Cancer Therapy
Oral Presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology Conference, 2011; New York Chiropractic College, Research Symposium, 2012.
Poster Presentation: Integrative Medicine and Health, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Annual Conference, 2012.
2011 Wright, J, Goldblatt, E, Gomes, S, Brett, J, Taromina, K. Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments: Report on a Multi-Disciplinary ACCAHC Project.
Panel Presentation: American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2011
2011 Taromina, K, Travaglione, M, Resnick, J, Goodwin, F, Butler, F. Delivering Chinese Medicine to Populations in the Developing World
Oral Presentation: American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2011
2011 Plezbert J, Taromina, K. Case report: Yunnan Baiyao and Open Wound Care from Seroma Complications Postlumpectomy for Breast Cancer
Oral Presention: New York Chiropractic College Research Symposium 2011.
2010 Poscablo C, Weitzman A, Ladas EJ, Rooney D, Ndao DH, Li E, Taromina K, Kelly KM
Variables Associated with the Acceptance of Acupuncture Among Children with Cancer: Interim Analysis of a Prospective Study
Oral Presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference 2010
2010 Taromina, K. The Use of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury.
Oral Presentation: Traditional Chinese Medicine Symposium, New York Chiropractic College, 2010
2008, 2009 Weitzman A, Taromina K, Rooney D, Ladas EJ, Hughes D, Li E
Kelly K, MD Bridging Diagnostic Relationships between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Conventional Medicine in the Care of Children with Cancer
Oral Presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference, 2008
Poster Presentation: North American Research Conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2009
2007 Taromina K, Ladas EJ, Rooney D, Hughes D, Meyer A, Kelly K Retrospective Review: Acupuncture is Feasible in Children with Cancer with Low Platelet Counts
Oral Presentation, Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference, 2007
2007, 2008, 2009 Taromina K, Rooney D, Ladas EJ, Hughes D, Kelly K
A Retrospective Review Investigating the Feasibility of Acupuncture as a Supportive Care Agent in Children in Cancer
Oral Presentation: Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Conference, 2007
Poster Session: Society for Acupuncture Research, Conference, 2008; North American Research Conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2009
2006-2008 NCT00040911 Manksy (PI), Kelly (Study Chair)
NCCAM/NCI/Children’s Oncology Group
A Randomized Study Of Electro-acupuncture Treatment For Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea And Vomiting, 2006 – 2008
Role in Project: Acupuncturist

Publications

2016 Boughton J, Taromina K, Workman W, Kuhn K, Alabdullah A, Butler F. (2016) The Use of Bloodletting and External Herbal Application for the Treatment of Hepatic Lesions. The Lantern, (manuscript accepted for publication)
2015 McDaniel D, Taromina K, Similio R, Ladas EJ. (2015) A Model for Integrating Acupuncture into Supportive Care in Oncology. Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Volume 3, No. 2 Spring 2016.
2015 Diorio C, Lam CG, Ladas EJ, Njuguna F, Mbah G, Taromina K, Marjerrison S. (2015) Global Use of Traditional and Complementary Medicine in Childhood Cancer: A Systematic Review. Journal of Global Oncology, (manuscript accepted for publication)
2015 Tsai, SL, McDaniel, D, Taromina, K, Lee, M. (2015) Acupuncture for Sickle Cell Pain Management: A Case Report from a Pediatric Emergency Department and Hematology Clinic. Medical Acupuncture, 27:(6).
2012 Ladas, EJ, Karlik, JB, Rooney, D, Taromina, K, Ndao, DH, Granowetter, L, Kelly, KM. Topical Yunnan Baiyao Administration as an Adjunctive Therapy for Bleeding Complications in Adolescents with Advanced Cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer; 7 September 2012.
2011 Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients: A Practical Resource for Managing the Side Effects of Cancer. Elena J. Ladas, Kara Kelly, (Authors & Editors) World Scientific Publishing Company, 2011.
Contributing author for Chinese medicine sections
2010 Ladas EJ, Rooney, D, Taromina, K, Ndao, DH, Kelly, KM (2010) The Safety of Acupuncture in Children and Adolescents with Cancer-related Thrombocytopenia. Supportive Care in Cancer; 18 June 2010.
2006 Granowetter L, MD, Ladas EJ, MS, RD, Taromina K, MS, Rooney D, MS, Kelly KM, MD (2006) Integrative Tumor Board: Pediatric Synovial Sarcoma. Integrative Cancer Therapies 5(1) 48-55.
2006 Ladas EJ, Post-White J, Hawks R, Taromina K (2006) Evidence for Symptom Management in the Child with Cancer. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 28:9, 601.

Awards

2012 Research and Scholarly Activity, New York Chiropractic College