Board of Directors
Board of Directors for WHSO
Founder & CEO of Dejia Harmony
Proprietary owner of Lansdowne Resort and Spa
“You are the guardian of your own health is something I truly believe!”
World Health Organization statistics show that 60% of human health is directly attributed to lifestyle. This means that the quality of your health starts and stops with you. If you want more energy, a strong constitution and a general feeling of well-being, it is within your grasp!
All journeys begin with a single step and yours begins with acknowledging your own call to health. Once you have made this commitment, Dejia Harmony will be your partner and personal guide as you make your way along this journey.
Each of us really is the guardian of our own health, and that’s why I look forward to working with you to bring about your personal, physical best.
Professor Lixing Lao, Ph.D.
President, Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (VUIM), Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Prior to his position at VUIM, he was the Director of the School of Chinese Medicine, The University of Hong Kong holding Vivian Taaam Wong Endowed Professorship in Integrative Medicine during 2013-2019. He is currently an elected vice president of the World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies (WFAS). He was an appointed Secretary General of the Consortium for Globalization of Chinese Medicine (CGCM) which is based in the University of Hong Kong.
He was a Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Program in the Center for Integrative Medicine of the School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), USA until 2013. Prof Lao graduated from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1983 and completed his PhD in physiology at UMB in 1992.
As a licensed acupuncturist, Prof Lao has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines for over 30 years and served as a Board member for five years on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. He is principal investigator and co-investigator of over 20 clinical trials and pre-clinical studies in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), USA and Medical and Health Research Fund (MHRF) in Hong Kong. He is particularly interested in conducting translational research that bridges basic science, clinical trials, and “real world” acupuncture/Chinese medicine clinical practice. He established the laboratory of TCM research in UMB in 1999 to conduct basic science studies on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines. Widely recognized for his unique contributions to acupuncture/TCM research methodology, he publishes and lectures extensively in this field. He has actively published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers and over 10 book chapters or books. He has also given over 300 presentations at national and international conferences/symposia. Prof Lao was a board member of the Society for Acupuncture Research and served as a co-president of the Society for five years (2003-2007) and is currently serving a board member of its advisory board. He served member of PDQ Cancer CAM Advisory Board, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). He served on editorial boards in a number of journals including associate editor in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. He is currently the co-Editor in Chief in the Journal of Integrative Medicine.
He was awarded a Qi-Huang International Award by China Association of Chinese Medicine in December, 2015 and awarded the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service in recognition of his contribution to the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), China in July 2019.
Doctor Lewis A. Hofmann
The Vice President’s White House Physician
46th Vice President of the United States; Former Chief Flight Surgeon to Air Force One; Former President of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians
Co-chair Dr. Hofmann of WHSO Academic & Advisory
Committee (U.S. Division) gave a thematic presentation on Review of WHSO Project Selection Guide
Dr. Lewis A. Hofmann is Assistant to the Director, Air Force Integrative Medicine Center, Director, Medical for Shoreland Inc, and Red Cross Volunteer Physician to the Pentagon Flight Medicine Clinic, where he draws upon his quarter century of service as a United States Air Force officer and physician to provide premier medical services to “special missions” populations.
From 2000-2009, Dr. Hofmann served as the White House Physician for the Vice President, and Director, Vice Presidential Medical Operations. In this capacity, Dr. Hofmann provided (for the first time in history) comprehensive acupuncture care to the entire White House community. Following his service at the White House, Dr. Hofmann was selected to command the Pentagon Flight Medicine Clinic at Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, Maryland, where he was the senior flight surgeon for Air Force One (2009-2010). During these years, he traveled to over 100 countries, representing more than 85% of the world’s population. In addition to delivering medical care around the globe and around the clock, Dr. Hofmann liaised with international medical executives while evaluating the healthcare systems and challenges.
Dr. Hofmann has practiced the full scope of Executive and Family Medicine; from austere outposts in northern Japan to community-level teaching hospitals in the southeastern United States, to major medical centers in the National Capital Region. He has extensive deployment experience, having served as the sole physician for Operation Quick Lift in the Balkan War (1995), accompanied United States congressmen throughout Africa (1997), and participated in countless Department of Defense Banner Special Air Missions (2000-2010). Most recently, he has devoted his experience and skill to the development of acupuncture training programs for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (2014-present).
Dr. Hofmann graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University in 1984 as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate. In 1988, he earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and went on to complete residency specialty training in Family Medicine where he was selected Chief Resident (1988-1991). Dr. Hofmann was also selected for fellowship training at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Family Medicine Faculty Development program (1996-1997). He is certified in medical hypnosis and acupuncture. Colonel Hofmann received his flight surgeon wings from the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, where he received the Leadership Award (2009). He is a graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College (1988), and the Air War College (2004) (where he further distinguished himself). He holds an academic appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine (2003-present). Twice he has been selected “Instructor of the Year” (1995,1998).
Dr. Hofmann is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has served as President of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (2004-2005), the largest chapter of one of the country’s largest medical specialty organizations, representing more than 1,300 uniformed family doctors around the world. Dr. Hofmann retired with the rank of Colonel on October 1, 2010 having accumulated more than 900 flight mission hours (including 71 combat hours) on 17 airframes. For service that brought great credit upon the Nation, the Secretary of Defense awarded him the Defense Superior Service Medal.
PROFESSOR XUDONG FAN
Xudong (Sherman) Fan, Ph.D. (Curriculum Vitae)
Prof. Fan’s research focuses on using various micro/nano photonic devices, such as high quality optical resonators, photonic crystals, optical fibers, and nanoparticles, for sensitive detection of biological markers in body fluids (like blood, saliva, or breath) and in exhaled breath that indicate the occurrence of various diseases such as cancers. These devices can also be field-deployed to rapidly identify biological or chemical threats, and to monitor the chemical levels that reflect the environmental changes. Professor Fan is also interested in bio-inspired photonic devices, where biological processes such as enzymatic cleavage and DNA hybridization are employed to control and manipulate light. In addition, Professor Fan is working on translating lab research into commercial products that can benefit the whole society.
Biomedical Engineering Department
College of Engineering and School of Medicine
Director of NIH Microfluidics in Biomedical Sciences Training Program
Thrust Leader of Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems
Associate Director of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care
Fellow of Optical Society of America
Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry
Fellow of SPIE
Editorial Board of Lab on a Chip
International Advisory Board of Advanced Materials Technologies
Oregon Center for Optics
University of Oregon
Peking University, China
Peking University, China
Selected Honors and Awards:
College of Engineering Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award (2018)
College of Engineering Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award (2017)
Fellow of SPIE (2017)
Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2016)
ChangJiang Scholar Chair Professorship (2015)
Early promotion to Professor (2014)
Departmental Award for Outstanding Accomplishment (2014)
Fellow of Optical Society of America (2014)
Third Place” in “The Most Popular Stories of 2012” by Biophotonics (2013)
1st Prize of “Sensors Best Paper Award 2012” (2012)
NSF-China – Outstanding Overseas Chinese Young Scholar (2011)
Early tenure and promotion (2009)
MU Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring Award (2009)
IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award (2008)
Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Award Phase II (2008)
NSF – CAREER Award (2008)
Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Award Phase I (2006)
3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M Foundation (2004, 2005, 2006)
America Chemical Society Petroleum Research Award for Junior Faculty (2006)
Circle of Technical Excellence, 3M Corporation (2004)
3M DISCOVERY Research Grant Award, 3M Corporation (2003)
Circle of Technical Excellence, 3M Corporation (2002)
3M GENESIS Research Grant Award, 3M Corporation (2001)
PROFESSOR XIAFENG PENG
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 2008
Doctor of Philosophy, Accounting
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 2002
Master of Science, Professional Accounting
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 1996
Master of Science, Accounting
Nankai University, Tianjin Tianjin, China 1987
Master of Science, Applied Mathematics
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
1. Xiaofeng Peng, Shuo Tian, and Yue Qi, (2017). “China’s B-share Discounts and Investment Strategies,” International Journal of Management Theory and Practice, (18), 89-112.
2. Songsheng Chen, Mohamed Elbashir, Xiaofeng Peng, and David Zhu, (2016). “The Effect of ERP Systems Competences on Business Process and Organizational Performance,” International Journal of Management Theory and Practice, (17), 5-35.
3. Pervaiz Alam, Zhefeng Liu, Xiaofeng Peng, and Yue Qi, (2015). “Legal Origin, Investor Perception, and Pricing of Accruals for Cross-listed Firms,” Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, 13, 253-283.
4. Perviaz Alam, Min Liu, Zhefeng Liu, and Xiaofeng Peng, (2015). “Stock Options, Idiosyncratic Return Volatility, and Earnings Quality,” Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, 18 (2).
Honors and Awards
Summer Research Grant, The University of Toledo College of Business & Innovation, Summer, 2015, 2016, 2017
Kohler International Travel Award, The University of Toledo, 2015 to 2016
SANDY T. CHENG
Management Analyst at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
National Institutes of Health
B.S. degree in General Management from the University of Maryland College Park
Master of Business Administration at the University of Maryland University College.
PROFESSOR YUNTAO WU, Ph.D
Professor Wu has studied viruses for over 30 years. The past 20 years he has been primarily focused on studying HIV infections as a notable authority on Aids Research. He has published over 50 articles on HIV and virus research is notable medical journals and is currently a tenured professor at the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, at George Mason University in Virginia. He is also a founder and principal in Virongy LLC, a Virginia based company leading cutting edge technology solutions in the field of virology and viral vectors.
1993-1998: Ph.D, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Queens’ University, Kingston, ON, Canada
1992-2002: Research Fellow National Institute of Health