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Nisha J. Manek, MD

GAIAFIELD Radio is now featuring an interview on the Power of the Buddha Relics. Dr. Manek discussed her research findings on the relics as documented in several peer-reviewed white papers authored by Dr. Manek and William Tiller, PhD.

Dr. Manek’s Bio

Dr. Manek completed her pre-medical studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. There, she received a Bachelors of Arts in chemistry, Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She received her medical degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom with commendation, a recognition of excellence in her medical studies. She went on to practice internal medicine in the teaching hospitals in London and was elected Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP). The MRCP is awarded to the most rigorous physicians and opens the door for specialist training in the UK. Dr. Manek completed her specialty training in Rheumatology at Stanford University, Stanford, California, following which she joined the division of rheumatology at Mayo clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She was faculty at Mayo clinic for more than 11 years before transitioning to Arthritis Health, Scottsdale.

While at Mayo clinic, Dr. Manek served on many boards including the rheumatology division inflammatory arthritis clinical working group; the task was setting the standard of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis as well as other inflammatory arthritic diseases. Additionally, Dr. Manek served on the research committee for rheumatology assessing new protocols for arthritis studies. As an educator, she was on the Mayo College of Medicine Internal Medicine residency selection committee as well as a mentor to many of the brightest young medical recruits in the Minnesota Future Doctor’s program. She also mentored specialist fellows at Mayo who went on to successful careers in Rheumatology around the world and the US. This dedication to education also led her to serve on the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP, under the umbrella of the American College of Rheumatology) E-learning subcommittee. Among the many awards during her career, Dr. Manek received the Top Educator award at Mayo clinic internal medicine program.

Dr. Manek has written several textbook chapters and scientific journal articles with emphasis on osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) and published in premier journals including arthritis and rheumatism as well as arthritis care and research. Most recently, she contributed a chapter to the 2nd edition of the Mayo clinic book of integrative medicine.

Dr. Manek has special expertise in complementary and integrative medicine for rheumatic diseases. She received the Bravewell scholarship and completed the associate fellowship in integrative medicine from the University of Arizona, Tucson and is the first rheumatologist to have completed this unique training. She is currently an invited faculty in rheumatology for the University of Arizona program of complementary medicine. Dr. Manek believes in a revolutionary approach to getting the best results for patients with chronic diseases such as arthritis. She is passionate about patient centered care underpinning the special needs of inflammatory conditions, and the long-term patient-doctor relationships.

Dr. Manek is a frequent national-level and international speaker and frequent media guest. She has been invited to contribute advice about arthritis care in national newspapers such as USA today, Web-MD, as well as Arthritis Today, and Arthritis Self Management magazines. She brings a unique insight from her medical background in UK, as well as top-class institutions such as the Mayo clinic.

Dr. Manek firmly believes in innovative approaches to health and wellness. This has brought her to Scottsdale, Arizona to learn Physics! With mentorship of Dr. William A. Tiller, Professor Emeritus of Stanford University Department of Material Science and Engineering, she is studying the potential power of human consciousness and intention in healing. This new area which Dr. Tiller calls “information medicine” has potential broad application in conditions such as Fibromyalgia. Related to the subject of consciousness and healing, Dr. Manek moderated HH 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to Mayo clinic in 2008. Visit the Arthritis Health website frequently to see updates on this exciting endeavor. Further information on Dr. Tiller’s work may be found at: www.tiller.org.

Dr. Manek grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and returns to her home in Africa annually. She speaks Kiswahili and Gujarati (Indian dialect). She has a love of the arts, music, traveling, writing, as well vegetarian cooking. She has a particular fondness for dark chocolate!

Dalai Lama: Lessons of Buddhism as applied to medicine (Star Tribune, April 2008)

 

The Dalai Lama offered a scarf as a thank-you gift to Dr. Nisha Manek, who works in integrated medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

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