Charles Elder, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine, Northwest Permanente, KPNW
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Charles Elder

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.


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Recent Publications

Elder C, DeBar L, Ritenbaugh C, Vollmer W, Deyo RA, Dickerson J, Kindler L. Acupuncture and chiropractic care: utilization and electronic medical record capture. Am J Manag Care 2015 Jul; 21(7):e414-e421.   Full text
Elder C, DeBar LL, Ritenbaugh C, Vollmer WM, Deyo R, Dickerson J, Kindler LL. Acupuncture and chiropractic care: utilization and electronic medical record capture. The American Journal of Managed Care 2015 2015 Jul 1;21(7):e414-21.   PubMed abstract
Elder C. Integrating Naturopathy: Can we move forward? Permanente Journal, Fall 2013. 17(4): 80-83. PMC3854814   Full text
Elder CR, DeBar LL, Funk KL, Vollmer WM, Lindberg NM, Ritenbaugh C, Meltesen G, Gallison C, Stevens VJ. Adherence to, and satisfaction with, the self-acupressure intervention in the LIFE Weight Loss Maintenance Trial. Medical Acupuncture. 2013 Feb;25(1):43-47. PMCID: PMC3584503   Full text
Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Elder C, Funk K, Debar L. Use of alternative medicine for weight loss among Mexican-American women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2013;15(5):982-985. [Epub 2012 Jul 7] PMCID: PMC3604092   Full text
Rouix J, Saper R, Vinjamury S, Elder C. Design, methods, and outcomes for recent clinical trails utilizing ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and meditation. (Abstract) Global Advances in Health and Medicine, November 2013 (supplement).  
Aickin M, Elder C. From medical records to clinical science. Permanente Journal. 2012 Fall;16(4):67-74.   Full text
Elder C, Ritenbaugh C, Aickin M, Hammerschlag R, Dworkin S, Mist S, Harris RE. Reductions in pain medication use associated with traditional Chinese medicine for chronic pain. Permanente J 2012 Summer; 16(3):18-23. PMCID: PMC3490702   Full text
Elder CR, Gullion CM, Debar LL, Funk KL, Lindberg NM, Ritenbaugh C, Meltesen G, Gallison C Stevens VJ. Randomized trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for weight loss maintenance. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 Mar 15;12:19. PMCID: PMC3375195   Full text
Elder CR, Gullion CM, Funk KL, Debar LL, Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ. Impact of sleep, screen time, depression and stress on weight change in the intensive weight loss phase of the LIFE study. International Journal of Obesity (Lond) 2012 Jan; 36(1):86-92. [Epub 2011 Mar 29] PMC3136584   Full text

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