AIHM Cleveland, OH Chapter – Pediatric and Adolescent Long Covid: Recognizing the Epidemic in Our Midst

November 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Long Covid is a complex, multisystem condition that demands the thinking and strategies valued by integrative medicine.  Characterized by high morbidity for many, and by disruption in all aspects of life during a critical, developmental timeframe, it also presents a novel health challenge for which there has been no direct evidence base because it did not exist before mid-to-late 2020.  This situation requires us to apply evidence-based strategies that rely on the full evidence pyramid, not only on meta-analyses of double-blinded trials.

While it has already reached epidemic proportions in the pediatric population, Long Covid remains vastly under-recognized and largely untreated, due to high levels of dismissal from care, medical gaslighting, substandard treatments, and other barriers to recovery.

Since 2021, the Rainbow Pediatric Long-Covid Recovery Clinic–one of just a few, and among the largest, such centers in the country–has treated more than 250 young people with the condition.  Co-directed by Drs. Amy Edwards and David W. Miller, the clinic employs a biopsychosocial, Whole Health philosophy while continually striving to determine the most effective, most comprehensive supports for its patients.

This presentation will review the clinical features of Long Covid in young people and highlight the experiences and lessons learned in clinical practice thus far.  Dr. Miller will address each of the most common, primary complaints, discuss the strategies for care used for these at the Rainbow LC Recovery Clinic, and highlight the role that integrative thinking and care strategies are playing with this population.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the prevalence and impact of Long Covid in the pediatric population.
  • Identify the most common presenting complaints and how to identify individuals who may have Long Covid.
  • Consider treatment strategies that prioritize the use of both Western mainstream medicine and holistic and integrative care options.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, L.Ac., is the founding Medical Director for Pediatric Integrative Medicine with University Hospitals Connor Whole Health and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2021, he has also co-directed Rainbow’s Pediatric Long-Covid Recovery Clinic—one of just a few such facilities in the United States—where he coordinates the inclusion of integrative medicine techniques into patient care plans.

Dr. Miller is one of the only physicians dually board-certified in pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine–NCCAOM). Prior to joining Rainbow and UH Connor, he was in private practice for 14 years at East-West Integrated Medicine, LLC in Chicago, where he saw patients of all ages for holistic and integrative care.

Dr. Miller has been an active participant and leader in numerous state and national medical associations. He was the founding Chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists, has been actively involved with both the Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Society of Acupuncturists, and is a current a member of the Ohio Acupuncture Association and the Ohio State Medical Association. He has also been an active member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the American Medical Association, and the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

In addition, Dr. Miller has worked on legislation related to the practice of acupuncture and has served in various capacities as an educator. He is the past chair of the NCCAOM’s Biomedicine Exam Development Committee, designed and taught the pediatrics curriculum for Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (now Pacific College of Health and Science) in Chicago, and taught integrative physiology and pediatrics for a number of acupuncture and Oriental medicine doctoral programs, including those of Five Branches University, Yo San University, and Pacific College. He has also designed masters and doctoral curricula in medical communications and public health and has been an educational contributor to the Fellowship program of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

In his talks, he frequently draws on the contrasting perspectives of Western and East Asian medicine to create a synthesized view that sheds fresh light on both paradigms.

Dr. Miller received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Vassar College and his M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago and then earned his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the Chicago campus of Pacific College.

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AIHM Cleveland Chapter contact:  petergeller.lac@gmail.com