otherstaffcancer-centerfemaleyes/assets/MGH/images/cancer-center/staff/regina-gibbons-120x120.jpgRegina GibbonsReginaGibbons/sites/MGH/cancer-center/patient-and-family-resources/supportive-care/integrative-therapies/regina-gibbons.pageAcupuncture, Tai Chi & Qi Gong
Specialty: Acupuncture, Tai Chi & Qi Gong Education/Training: Master of Business Administration, Master of Acupuncture, Licensed by the Board of Medicine of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Certification: Certified Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi Instructor Years at MGHCC: Since 2012
What drew you to your specialty? For more than 30 years, I have recognized the value of supportive modalities in our current health care systems. My role here gives patients an opportunity to expand their options for care and self-care.
Favorite part of your job: Being on the forefront of advancing evidence-based integrative medical care at the Cancer Center while working closely with a diverse team of Eastern and Western-trained providers, offering care and support to patients and their families.
What you’d like to tell patients/family members about integrative therapies/your specialty: Over the past two decades the number of well-designed, clinical trials for both acupuncture and tai chi, document the high value/low cost of these interventions in improving patient outcomes. Having served as a Senior Tai Chi Instructor over the last ten years in Harvard Medical School-based NIH-funded trials evaluating Tai Chi for chronic heart failure, osteopenic women, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as for its effects on frailty in elderly adults, I have seen first-hand significant improvement in health outcomes in research settings. Now this strong scientific foundation allows us to bring their modalities into clinical setting with a high degree of confidence and safety.