Tribute to Professor George Lewith

The FHT is deeply saddened to learn that Professor George Lewith has recently passed away. A widely respected figure in the fields of complementary medicine, research and integrated healthcare, he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

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Below is a tribute from Professor Nicola Robinson and the Trustees of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM).

‘Professor George Lewith was a qualified physician and Professor of Health Research. George was the first doctor in England to receive specialist training in Complementary Medicine. He later set up and founded the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton leading a CAM research group of international excellence.

‘The untimely death of George has been a great shock to all that knew him. It would not be wrong to say that everyone in the field of Complementary medicine knew him, not only for his wise council and facilitative nature but also as a friend and colleague who always gave his timely freely.

‘George was involved in so many areas and was one of the founder members and Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine in 1983. He was passionate about the importance of building the scientific evidence base for complementary medicine and its dissemination. He believed that understanding research is necessary for preparing all healthcare practitioners – both in terms of being able to interpret but also that they should be critically aware of its significance and the implications for practice. He strived to engage practitioners in research and was particularly driven in engaging and supporting young people wishing to develop their research careers.

‘In 2003, in Southampton, he conceived and initiated the first annual conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategies, Training, Research and New Developments (CAMSTRAND) specifically to showcase postgraduate and practitioner research. Since then this annual conference has provided an arena for participants to present and discuss their research in a supportive but critical peer and academic environment. This year (June 6-7) Southampton is to be the host again for CAMSTRAND – Sadly George will not be with us but would want us to go forward and build on his heritage and we should make the event a special celebration of his life and career.’

Professor Nicola Robinson and the Trustees of the RCCM

To read an interview with Professor Lewith, click here

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