Internal Medicine, Northwest Permanente, KPNW
Dr. Charles Elder combines his clinical practice expertise with an interest in applying alternative medicine to mainstream medical care. His research focuses on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), particularly on Ayurvedic medicine.
Dr. Elder was the principal investigator on a pilot study evaluating the feasibility of two mind-body interventions based on Chinese medicine, qigong and the Tapas Acupressure Technique®, for weight-loss maintenance in overweight and obese adults. Based on the results of that study, he is conducting a phase-3 study evaluating the efficacy of the Tapas Acupressure Technique in weight-loss maintenance. In addition, he has examined patient-centered measures for outcomes of CAM therapies and the clinical impact of a whole-system Ayurvedic intervention for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
A Northwest Permanente physician who is board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Elder joined the Permanente Medical Group in 1991. He practices at the Division Medical Office and is affiliated with Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.
In addition to his research and practice, Dr. Elder is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has also served as an associate editor for The Permanente Journal and as a trustee for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine since 2006. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and his training in internal medicine from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.