Jerry M. Kantor, Lic. Ac., CCH, RSHom (NA), MMHS
Jerry M. Kantor is the author of the acclaimed, Interpreting Chronic Illness, the Convergence of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy and Biomedicine, Right Whale Press, Wellesley, MA, 2011; and a monograph, Advanced Academic Curriculum for Homeopathic Research Studies, Right Whale Press, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2012.
He serves as Executive Director of the National Institute of Whole Health, located in Wellesley. He is also principal owner of Vital Force Health Care, a homeopathy and acupuncture practice specializing in pediatrics, mental illness, autism spectrum ailments, and infertility.
Mr. Kantor is a former Vice Chairman of the Board for The American Association of Integrative Medicine, headquartered in Springfield, Mo. He is a Board member of the Teleosis School of Homeopathy, located in Cambridge, Ma, and also a Board member of the Council for Homeopathic Certification, headquartered in Covington, Wa.
Mr. Kantor is a former Director of Complementary Clinical Services for the Wellesley Center for Progressive Health, the single largest organized provider of complementary and alternative medicine in United States. He is the only acupuncturist-homeopath with an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School, where he has been a Teaching Associate in Anaesthesiology since 1999. Mr. Kantor is the first acupuncturist to have received staff credentials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In 1994 Jerry Kantor was appointed Academic Consultant to China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, U.S. Foreign Office. He is certified as a Classical Homeopath (CCH) by the Council on Homeopathic Certification and is a member of the Registered Society of Homeopaths of North America.
Mr. Kantor’s discussion of Acupuncture in the Context of Pain Management has been published in the New England Journal of Pain Management. Portions of it have also been published on the Brigham and Womens’ Hospital’s Pain Management Services website. He has developed or participated in acupuncture research design in regard to hemophilia, asthma, and neck pain. A prominent commentator on the integration of alternative and conventional medicine in America, Mr. Kantor is one of the earliest members of the medical community to forcefully argue, in print, that the standard clinical research protocol should be modified with respect to holistic modalities. Mr. Kantor developed a protocols described in, Integrative Medicine Guideline for the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain, for Tapestry Health Care, where he served as Clinical Director.
In the 1980s, Jerry Kantor was Acupuncture Director of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Pain and Stress Relief Clinic in Jamaica Plain, MA, where he worked with Ted Kaptchuk, OMD, its Clinical Director, and renowned author of the seminal text, The Web That Has No Weaver. Mr. Kantor is a 1981 graduate of the Nanjing College of Traditional Medicine’s Advanced Acupuncture Program for Foreign Students and; a 1978 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, Watertown, MA where he studied with the School’s founder, Dr. James Tin Yao So.
Mr. Kantor has been a member of the Editorial Board of Aspen Publishers, Inc. His non-medical writings, spanning topics ranging from chess to non-profit organization tax law, have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Village Voice and other publications.
In 2001 Mr. Kantor renewed a fifteen year relationship with medical Qi Gong practice by participating in an intensive training seminar at Xiyuan Traditional Hospital in Beijing, with Prof. Lu Guanjun, prominently featured on the Bill Moyers’ “Healing and the Mind” television special. In addition to practicing and teaching Qi Gong, Mr. Kantor holds a fourth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.
Jerry Kantor has a B.A. in Philosophy from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. and a Masters in Management of Human Services (MMHS) from Brandeis University’s Heller School. For several years he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the History of the U.S. Health Care System at Emmanuel College in Boston. He lives in Boston, MA.