The AIAI faculty consists of licensed acupuncturists and certified herbalists, as well as instructors with medical degrees and advanced degrees in related science and social science disciplines. Our faculty members are selected for their academic achievements, their expertise in specialized branches of the profession, clinical and teaching backgrounds, and their commitment to providing students with a rich foundation in the classic and contemporary methods of traditional Chinese medicine. All courses in TCM and acupuncture are taught by licensed instructors with extensive teaching and clinical experience in both China and the United States.
Naikwang Luke Chang, MD (China), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Dr. Chang graduated in 1956 from Nanjing Medical University and began a distinguished career as acupuncturist, surgeon, and anatomist that has lasted for nearly a half century. He practiced at three hospitals in Yangzhou, an area of eight million people, performed over 10,000 operations from 1956 to 1985, and was appointed Chairman of the Surgical Department at Yangzhou Municipal Hospital in 1980. He had held the position of Visiting Professor at the Center Hospital for Adult Diseases in Osaka, Japan, the University of California at San Francisco, and the Medical University of South Carolina. His Achievement Award was on displayed at the U.S. Library of Congress in 1997. In his private practice, Dr. Chang specializes in treating stubborn disorders that cannot be remedied by Western medicine alone. His teaching expertise includes Western medicine and auricular and scalp electro-acupuncture. He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the American Society of Acupuncturists, and the American Acupuncture Association.
Liqun Chen, M.S., M.D. (China), L.Ac.
Dr. Chen earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Shanghai Medical University in China and a Master of Science in acupuncture at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York. In addition to his academic training, he was tutored in Chinese herbal medicine by his father, a renowned acupuncturist and TCM specialist. Dr. Chen did his residency at Hua Shan Hospital in Shanghai, where he later became assistant professor and attending nephrologist. For the past ten years he has conducted research in pathological changes in renal diseases at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Dr. Chen has published articles in leading international journals and in 1986 won the Chinese Medical Association’s award for best research article. He is a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York
Xiaobin Li, TCMD* (China), M.S. , L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Mr. Li graduated from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and later earned an M.S. in pharmaceutical studies at Hiroshima University in Japan, where he did research for the National Cancer Center of Japan. He returned to Beijing to serve as director of the Oncology Department of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital. In 1998 he received an M.S. in Education at Dowling College. Mr. Li holds New York State licenses in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, and has a private practice in Manhattan. He is a member of the American Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Association.
Valerie Xiaojin Lin, M.S., M.D.
Dr. Lin is a licensed physician certified to practice acupuncture in New York State. She is a graduate of Tianjin Medical University in China and holds an M.S. in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. From 1993 to 1996 she was a Research Fellow in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She did her medical internship at New York Hospital and completed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Lin is Director of Westchester Medical Acupuncture and specializes in teaching courses on Western medicine and acupuncture.
Erwei Song, Ph.D. (China), M.D. (Germany)
Dr. Song earned his doctorate at Sun-Yat-Sen University of Medical Science (now Zhongshan University) in China and his medical degree at Essen University Hospital in Germany, where he also won a postdoctoral research fellowship. His expertise is in tumor and transplant immunology, on which he has published numerous articles in a variety of international journals including the British Journal of Cancer, the American Journal of Surgery, Asian Journal of Surgery, and Kidney International. Dr. Song has participated in international medical conferences and has taught medical students in China and Germany. Most recently he was a research fellow at the Center for Blood Research at Harvard Medical School.
Xue Min Wang, TCMD, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Ms. Wang was born into a family of medical practitioners. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for five years and took three years of advanced herbology and teacher training in China, where she received several national awards. Following graduation from Chan Chun College of TCM, she stayed on to teach and practice acupuncture as an Associate Professor and was appointed team leader of a diabetes research group. Ms. Wang has over sixteen years’ experience in teaching, clinical practice, and research. She has produced videos and published books and papers on a variety of subjects, including acupuncture and herbology theory, diabetes treatment, menstrual disorders, female infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, auto-immune disorders, and chronic pain. Her current specialty is the study and treatment of female hormonal and menstrual problems.
Kejian Xiao, TCMD, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. & CHM (NCCAOM)
Ms. Xiao began her practice of TCM in the Chinese countryside as a member of the “barefoot doctors for farmers” campaign from 1975-1977. After receiving her five-year medical degree in TCM from Hunan College in 1982, she continued her western medical training while practicing as a TCM physician at Xiangtan General Hospital. From 1985 to 1989 she was Physician of Internal Medicine and attending physician at Xiangtan TCM Hospital. Ms. Xiao came to the United States in 1990. She was appointed associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota, and served as Clinic and Pharmacy Supervisor at the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine until she relocated to New York. In private practice she has specialized in women’s health issues, internal medicine, and gynecology.
Anselma Rodriguez. B.A., M.A., M.S.
Ms. Rodriguez holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in public communication from Brooklyn College, and an M.S. degree in urban education and administration from Fordham University. She has taught courses in psychology, speech communication, oral textual analysis, and English as second language at the City University of New York. As the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at Brooklyn College, she organizes student workshops on academic issues and career strategy, and has provided a wide range of counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students. Ms. Rodriguez has studied Eastern philosophy and Zen Buddhism for over twenty years and teaches meditation courses based on Zen techniques in a CUNY continuing education program.
Er Bang Song, B.S.
Mr. Song has taught and practiced Chi Gong and Tai Chi for nearly thirty years, and was among the first to pioneer their use in physical fitness, disease prevention, and medical rehabilitation. For six years he was apprenticed to Dr. Qiang Zou, chairman of the Taiyin Chigong Taichi Association of South China and president of the Guangdong Expertise Wushu Association, of which Mr. Song is a member. He has mentored over one hundred students from different cultural and age groups in the philosophy and techniques of Chi Gong and Tai Chi. Mr. Song holds an M.S. degree from the South China University of Science and Technology and is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Vincent Yuzao, TCMD, B.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
A graduate of Tianjin Medical University and the Beijing Union University College of Medicine and Pharmacology, Professor Yuzao also holds a B.S. in biochemistry from City College of the City University of New York. While practicing as a physician in China from 1986 to 1996, he specialized in studying diseases of the brain from the perspective of Western and traditional Chinese medicine. In 1987 he was appointed advisor to the World Health Organization and served as the WHO regional representative in Beijing.
Explanation of Abbreviations for Faculty Credentials
L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist, authorized to practice in states where license is granted.
Dipl. Ac. Diplomate in Acupuncture. Designates certification by a national board.
Dipl. CHM Diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine. Designates certification by national board.
NCCAOM National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
M.D. Medical Doctor licensed in the United States.
M.D. (China) Medical degree earned in China (or other country if so noted). Not licensed as medical doctor in the United States.
*TCMD Degree title for graduating from Bachelor of Medicine program at a medical college in China, where it refers to Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While faculty members holding this degree are often addressed as Doctor, they are not licensed medical doctors in the United States nor do they hold an academic doctoral degree (Ph.D.) unless otherwise noted.