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Friends of Integrative Medicine

Friends of Integrative Medicine exists to raise awareness within MD Anderson Cancer Center and the larger Houston community of the important role complementary and integrative medicine can play in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer. 



Friends of Integrative Medicine was established in 2006 by Toni Beauchamp – cancer patient, philanthropist and supporter of comprehensive cancer care – following recovery from her initial cancer treatment. Her goal was to raise awareness for those at MD Anderson and within the larger Houston community about integrative medicine.

During Toni’s tenure as FIM president, she established funding for the Integrative Medicine Program’s monthly Lecture Series. This allows the Integrative Medicine Center to bring internationally renowned speakers to Houston to share their research and clinical knowledge of integrative medicine with MD Anderson faculty and staff.

Toni passed away on March 9, 2012, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Her legacy and mission continues thanks to supporters like you.

The Friends of Integrative Medicine events are underwritten by a generous gift from The Estate of Jerry J. Moore.  

Why Support Us?

  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death worldwide.
  • One in 2 men and 1 in every 3 women will develop cancer over the course of their lifetime.
  • It is estimated more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2014.  
  • About one third of cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes such as diet, activity and weight management.  

Join Us Today

Integrative medicine is transforming health care with a focus on prevention, health maintenance, early intervention and patient centered care.

FIM members are offered a more in-depth relationship with the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson, the top-ranked cancer center in the nation. Membership includes invitations to lectures given by leading experts who focus on prevention, empowerment and whole-person health, as well as exclusive invitations to private events. Membership dues support the Lecture Series and help further education, research and outreach initiatives for professionals and the general public.

We offer corporate and individual membership opportunities. For more information on membership levels, contact Kira Taniguchi via Email or phone at (713) 745-4764.  

  • Fill out a membership form to become a member today
  • Don’t want to become a member, but want to make a difference? Contact Kira Taniguchi at (713) 745-4764, or via Email about your contribution.


  • Friends of Integrative Medicine exists to raise awareness within MD Anderson and the larger Houston community of the important role of integrative medicine in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer.

    Become a member today for access to lectures and exclusive, member-only events. 

    Contact Kira Taniguchi for more information.

  • Recent event:

    "Stress and Cancer: From Science to Personal Perspective"

    Our special guest Sonia Lupien, Ph.D. from Montreal, Canada, discussed the science behind stress, our biology, and illness. She also provided practical tips to cope with stress.

    All FIM events are free and open to the public.

    We also provide free parking space.

  • Master Miao Tsan, founder and abbot of the Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garden Grove, Calif., guest speaker on Fiends of Integrative Medicine evening event, provides some simple, take-home meditation techniques to calm the mind.

    “Meditation Tips and Practice from a Zen Master”

    All FIM events are free and open to the public.

  • Alejandro Chaoul (left), Ph.D., Director of FIM, with Chris McKann, owner of The Path of Tea, at the "Evening of Meditation and Tea" FIM event.

    April 2014

  • Meditation Garden located by the entrance of the Integrative Medicine Center has a beautiful fountain "Given for the enjoyment for our patients and their caregivers by Joyce Arrington-Smith.", member of the Friends of Integrative Medicine

    September 2013

  • "The Friends of Integrative Medicine provide our community very valuable information including topics and tips that can enhance our lives and our health." 

    Mila Golovine, President, Founder and CEO, MasterWord Services, Inc., FIM member.

    December 2013

  • "The Friends of Integrative Medicine and their unique programs allow us to interact and learn from internationally renowned speakers such as Roshi Halifax and to help provide us the tools to live higher quality, more integrative lives."  

    Adrianne Poyet-Smith, Global Marketing & Strategic Projects Manager, MasterWord Services, Inc., FIM member. 

    December 2013

FIM Evening Events

"Spices and Health"

Lecture and Book Signing

Featuring: Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Monday, April 20, 2015
6–7:30 pm

See flier for details.

Newsletter/Group Classes Calendar


Inside Integrative Medicine is a free monthly newsletter with the latest news on complementary therapies, research and a monthly activities calendar for the Integrative Medicine Center. 

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