Jason Hao, DOM, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in China in 1982 and 1987, respectively, and received his master of business administration degree in 2004 from the University of Phoenix. He is president of the International Academy of Scalp Acupuncture, chairman of the Acupuncture Committee at the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and vice president of the Southwest Acupuncture College Board in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr Hao is a well-known professor and has been teaching, practicing, and researching acupuncture and treatment with Chinese herbs for 27 years at academic centers in both the United States and China. In 2006 Dr Hao was invited to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and achieved remarkable results using scalp acupuncture to treat amputee veterans suffering from phantom pain. Dr Hao has published numerous articles and currently serves as an editor of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, a leading acupuncture journal in China. He is also an accomplished calligrapher and watercolorist whose works are featured at Galerie Esteban in Santa Fe.

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (ATHM): Can you tell us a little bit about your background, including how you became interested in medicine and specifi cally acupuncture?

Dr Hao: I am from Harbin, in northeast China. I got a bachelor’s degree in 1982 and a master’s degree in 1987 from one of the best Chinese medicine universities, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. About 45 universities teach Chinese medicine in China, and only 6 of them are called universities; the others are called colleges. The university I attended was famous in China and the leader in teaching and research, especially for what I specialized in—scalp acupuncture. I received an excellent education and training there. I learned from a very famous professor in the scalp acupuncture fi eld, Shun Shentian. Another professor I learned a great deal from is Yu Zhishun. Dr Shun Shentian is still active and very busy.

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