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Fredi Kronenberg
Stanford University School of Medicine, Anesthesia
Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
Faculty Research Fellow, 2008-09

Dr.  Fredi Kronenberg is a physiologist and international leader in women’s health and research in complementary and alternative approaches for menopausal women. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in neurobiology and behavior and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in physiology, where she researched thermoregulatory and reproductive physiology. Her postdoctoral research at Columbia University initiated her work in women’s health and menopause. She is a leading expert in menopausal hot flashes, and alternative therapies to treat them.

Dr. Kronenberg was founding director of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine was director of one of the first 10 Centers funded by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research in Aging and Women's Health at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, where Dr. Kronenberg has been Professor of Clinical Physiology.  Her current affiliations are with The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, and theNew YorkBotanical Garden.

Dr. Kronenberg’s research has examined women’s health across the life-cycle. Work on alternative treatments for menopausal problems includes a study of the herb black cohosh for hot flashes; a study of the effect of diets high in phytoestrogens on maintaining optimal health in menopausal women; and a national survey on alternative medicine use by women across race/ethnic groups.  She collaborates with institutions inChinato study Traditional Chinese Medicine and with ethnobotanists at theNew YorkBotanical Gardento study herbal medicines of various ethnic traditions in NY City for treating women’s health problems, and to understand the impact on public health. 

Dr. Kronenberg initiated groundbreaking and unique CME courses including “Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice” (1996-2005), “Integrative Pain Medicine” (2002-2006), and is co-director with Dr. Andrew Weil of “Nutrition and Health: State of the Science and Clinical Applications.”

She is the author of numerous scientific and popular articles, and speaks widely across the country and internationally.   In 1997 she received an American Health for Women Award: Ten Heroes in Women’s Health, being recognized “for bringing alternative medicine into the mainstream.”  She also received the “A Friend Indeed Award” from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), which is given “To the person who demonstrates innovation in studies about, or services to women in menopause.”  Dr. Kronenberg received The 2004 NAMS/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Botanicals Research Award, the 2005 NAMS/Duramed Pharmaceuticals Vasomotor Symptoms Research Award, and the 2008 NAMS/Amerifit Brands Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Award.

Dr. Kronenberg was a founding editor of the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice and Policy.  She is on the editorial board of the journals Menopause, Journal of Tropical and Medicinal Plants, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, and the Journal of Women’s Health. She was co-founder of the North American Menopause Society, which has become the premier professional society in the field, is a founding member of the Consortium of Academic Medical Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and on the Board of Trustees of the American Botanical Council.

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