Qiuxue Tracey Tan, M.D. will be an Integrative Medicine fellow at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. She received her undergraduate education at UCLA, during which initiated shadowing opportunities for students to gain exposure in acupuncture and complementary medicine. She developed a deep curiosity for the field, therefore she spent a summer in a hospital in China where she learned the fundamental theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She then received her medical degree from St. George’s University, during which she was elected and served as a board member in The Gold Humanism Honor Society. During this time, she had the opportunity to initiate a chaplaincy shadowing program at NYU hospital and co-initiate a mobile health clinic for underserved New Jersey areas.
She was curious about how the human mind influences physical health. This led her to spend a month in silent meditation in a monastery in Nepal. During her journey, she learned the art of being fully present and has been practicing and teaching this ever since. She completed her internal medicine residency in Naples, Florida, a city with one of the highest percentages of geriatric population in the country, and where disease severity and symptom management are complex. There, she initiated a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program for residents and faculty and helped lead the hospital’s wellness committee.
Dr. Tan’s professional interests include mindfulness and stress-reduction modalities, quality improvement, nutrition, educational curricula development, and community outreach. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, playing the piano and violin, family time, and learning about different cultures through food. She is looking forward to returning to her hometown - Los Angeles.