Biography of Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, M.D., Sc.D., F.A.C.A., F.I.C.A.E.

Dr./Prof. Yoshiaki Omura was born March 28, 1934 in Asahi-Machi, Toyoma Prefecture, Japan. Married 1962, separated; 2 sons, 1 daughter. Became U.S. citizen 1979. Home: 800 Riverside Dr., Apt. 8-I, New York, N.Y. 10032-7416.Education:- 1952-54: Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering and Pre-Medicine, Nippon University, where he ranked among the top ten students in a class of nearly 400.- 1957 : earned Bachelor of Science degree (M.S. equivalent in the U.S.A.) from Waseda University Department of Applied Physics, in Tokyo.- 1958 : M.D. degree at the School of Medicine, Yokohama City University, with both the Ikueikai Scholarship and a Special Medical Research Scholarship, given by the Ministry of Education of the Japanese Government to one medical student at each medical school each year to encourage and support outstanding student research.- One year Rotating Internship at the Tokyo University Hospital, working part-time in the evenings at the Emergency Hospital in Yokohama.- Two months of Residency with the Department of Surgery at Tokyo University Branch Hospital.- 1959 : Moved to U.S. : Twelve months Rotating Internship at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut.- 1960-63 : Research fellow, cardiovascular surgery at Columbia University, New York City. As a non-matriculating student, took Graduate Advanced Experimental Courses through the Department of Physics two evenings per week and on Saturdays.- 1963-65 : With full scholarship, Sc.D. (Doctor of Science) in Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (with emphasis on pharmaco-electrophysiology of single cardiac cells) through the Department of Surgery and Pharmacology.- 1985- : Diplomate, International College of Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics.- 1992- : Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management.- 1997 - : Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Medicine.Career Positions:- 1961-65 : Resident physician in surgery at Columbia University's Cancer Institute, Francis Delafield Hospital.- 1962 : Visiting research professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Manhattan College. As such, introduced [one of] the first course[s] in biomedical electronics in the U.S. Also established the Bio-Medical Electronics and Design Laboratory.- At the same time, worked weekends and evenings as an Emergency Room Physician at the Englewood Hospital, Englewood, N.J. -1965 - June 1966.- 1965-66 : Research consultant on the Piezoelectric Phenomenon of Bone in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University.- 1966 : Research consultant New York Down State Medical Center, SUNY, Pharmacology Department.- June 1966-72 : New York Medical College staff member: instructor in the Department of Surgery and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology. Taught a variety of graduate courses, including: 1) Pharmaco-electrophysiology of the heart; 2) Biophysics and Electronics in Medical Research; 3) Special Laboratory Procedures, Application of Microelectrode Technique in Muscle Physiology.- At the same time, gave demonstration-lectures to both medical and graduate students on the effects of various drugs on nerve action potentials and their conduction, the ECG, BP, contractile force, heart sound and transmembrane action potentials of single myocardial cells of the in vitro heart in open chest preparations and the electromechanical phenomena of tissue cultured cardiac cells.- Also at the same time, researched the pharmaco-electrophysiology of the cardiovascular system.- 1971- ?? : Director Medical Research, Heart Disease Research Foundation, Brooklyn, N.Y.

* May 1972 : Performed the (so-called) first successful acupuncture analgesia for surgery in the U.S., using combined manual and electro-acupuncture at the University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York,

upon the invitation of Prof. Louis Orkin, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology. This highly publicized event stimulated clinical application and basic research in acupuncture in hospitals and medical schools in the U.S. and other western countries.- July 1972 : Director of Medical Research for the Heart Disease Research Foundation. Gave many comprehensive talks on the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and the effects of acupuncture on the cardiovascular and nervous systems through the Foundation's Professional Education Program, at the request of various organizations. Also through this program, gave the first acupuncture seminar and workshop for physicians and dentists, Hershey, Penn, July 1972. Also seminar and workshop "Clinical use of acupuncture and its limitations in the treatment of pain (including surgical pain), muscle spasms, high blood pressure, deafness, blindness, asthma and other ailments and related research on these problems," New York City, March 1973.- 1973-74 : Invited to Paris, France, as Visiting Professor and Research Consultant on Electroanesthesia, Electroanalgesia and Neuroelectricity at the University Rene Descartes of the University of Paris V. During this year, also served as a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Anesthesiology and the Department of Psycho-Physiology at the University of Paris VI. Continued to serve periodically (summers) in these positions through 1977 (i.e. summer 1976 - Department of Psycho-physiology, St. Anne Hospital).

* 1973 : Co-founder of the first successful mass drug detoxification program using acupuncture which was introduced at Lincoln Hospital, New York,

with Prof. Omura serving as originator and consultant on the Clinical Research Program"Methadone, Heroin and Morphine Detoxification by Manual, Intradermal and Electro-Acupuncture". 1974-75 : Under this program, Prof. Omura trained the hospital's staff and physicians in manual and electro-acupuncture techniques for the treatment of withdrawal syndrome of addictive drugs, while also discovering a variety of methods to reduce the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes and excessive eating. These findings have become used throughout the U.S. and the world, and the program is considered a model. The program was taken over and expanded by Dr. Michael Smith, director.- 1974?- : Chairman, Acupuncture Seminar and Workshop (accredited by the New York State Boards for Medicine and Dentistry); teaches accredited courses on electro0acupuncture and non-electrical acupuncture, required courses for M.D. and D.D.S. towards an Acupuncture Certificate.- 1974-75 : Chairman, Columbia University Affiliation and Community? Medicine Commission?, Community Board, Francis Delafield Hospital.- 1977 summer : Maitre de Recherche, Nancy, France of INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) of the French government through their distinguished foreign scientist program. :- 1982-93 : Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Health Sciences / Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois.- 1980-88 : Attending Physician, Department of Neuroscience, Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.- 1988-92 : Consultant, New York Pain Center- 1988- : Adjunct Professor of Physiology, School of Medicine, Showa University, Tokyo.- 1993- : Professor, Department of Non-orthodox Medicine, Ukrainian National Medical University, Kiev, Ukraine.- Permanent Visiting Professor and Consultant to the U.N. International Training School of Traditional Medicine for the European Center for Peace and Development.- from when?- : Adjunct Professor, Community and Preventive Medicine, New York Medical College Other Positions:- 1962- : Chairman, Science Division, Children's Art & Science Workshops, N.Y.C.- 1963-75 : President of the New York Japanese Medical Society.- Elected as a Foundation Member and member of the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Acupuncture for Physicians and Dentists.

- 1974-ongoing - Editor-in-Chief and founder of Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, The International Journal.

This publication became indexed in 15 major international medical and scientific indexing periodicals. - Editorial consultant to the Journal of Electrocardiology, 1979-85. [1980-86]- Editorial boards of: Acta Electrophotographical, the official journal of the International Kirlian Research Association, 1979-ongoing; Alternative Medicine, 1981 [1985] -ongoing; Scandinavian Journal of Acupuncture & Electro-Therapy, 1985 [1987] -ongoing; Functional Neurology, 1988-ongoing.- Honorary editor-in-chief, Resonance, the official journal of the Japan Bi-Digital O-Ring Test Association, 1988-ongoing.- 1980-: President (first), International College of Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics (permanently chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and the New York State Education Department).- 1981- : Vice-president, International Kirlian Research Association.- 1984-94 : Member, New York State Board of Medicine.- 1986- : Member, Alumni Council, College of Physics and Surgery, Columbia University.- 1994- : Consultant, NIH Research Grant Evaluation.- Memberships: N.Y. Cardiology Society (Fellow 1975- ); American College of Angiology (Fellow 1976- ); American College of Acupuncture (First Life Fellow 1977- ); New York Academy of Sciences (Member), Japan Bi-Digital O-Ring Test Association (president 1986- [1987- ]); honorary president, Japan Bi-Digital O-Ring Test Association (1990- ); Japan Bi-Digital O-Ring Test Medical Society (president 1991- ); American Society of Artificial Internal Organs, N. Y. (member??).- Consultant, Fukuda M-E Kogyo Co-Ltd., Tokyo, a major Japanese ECG instrument manufacturer.- Before 1990? : Named member of the International Committee of W.H.O. conference on Traditional Medicine (consisting of 10 representatives from around the world).- 1990- : Chair, International Advisory committee of the International Training School of Traditional Medicine for the European Center for Peace and Development within the U.N.Grants:- 1961-63 : American Cancer Society Institute.- 1966-72 : John Polacek Foundation.- 1967-72 : NIH.- 1972- : Heart Disease Research Foundation.Awards:- 1989 : Acupuncture Scientist of the Year, International Congress of Chinese Medicine.- 1990 : Qi Gong Scientist of the Year, International Congress of Chinese Medicine & Qi Gong.- 1990 : Annual Scientific Meeting Award, Japan Ryodoraku Autonomic Nervous System Medical Society.- 1993-94 : International Man of the Year, International Biographical Center of Cambridge, England.- 1994 : Man of the Year, awarded the "Twentieth Century Achievement Award" by the American Biographical Institute.Patents:5 U.S. (as of 1997?)1. Non-invasive method of measurement of cerebral blood pressure and blood flow.5 Japanese (as of 1997?)1. Cuff for cerebral blood pressure, blood flow measurement - 1992.Publications:Over 160 articles in professional journals.Chapters in books.Books (6):- The Tofu-Miso High Efficiency Diet - 1981- New Approach to Self-Diagnosis: Introducing Applied Kinesiology - 1982- Acupuncture Medicine - 1982- Acupuncture Therapy: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment - 1990Media coverage of Dr. Omura's work:- 1991, 1992 : Five TV documentaries on the clinical application of the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test for diagnosis, treatment, and for laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis - broadcast in Japan, with an additional report shown in the U.S.A.- 1995 : More than ten TV news and documentary reports, including three thirty-minute documentaries were shown after the Showa University International symposium.- Over 30 magazine articles, over 40 newspaper reports, over 15 radio and 20 TV reports in the U.S.A., Europe, and Japan.Conferences which include Dr. Omura's work:- 1992- : annual symposium on Bi-Digital O-Ring Test, Tokyo University, Japan.- 1993 : International symposium, Waseda University, Japan.- 1995 : International symposium, Showa University, Japan. - every October, since 1985? : International symposium on Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics, School of International Affairs, Columbia University, N.Y.C.Other lectures:- June 1979 : As a guest of Dr. Quian Xizhong, Minister of Public Health and President of the Chinese Medical Association, and of Dr. Cui Yueli, President of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the People's Republic of China, invited to give lectures on "Electro-Acupuncture: Its electro-physiological basis and criteria for safety and effectiveness and measurement of threshold potentials for tingling, muscle contraction and pain" as one of five scientists representing the U.S. at the First National Acupuncture Symposia of the P.R.C.- 1985-1992, at least once a year : Guest speaker of the Schmerz Therapeutisches Kolloquium in major German cities, lecturing on the treatment of intractable pain for German pain specialists.- 1989-1992, twice each year : Gave five-day seminar and workshop for the International Training School of Traditional Medicine for the European Center for Peace and Development within the U.N.- August 1991 : Two-day seminar and workshop on acupuncture, electro-therapy and the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test for Chinese clinicians and researchers as an invited guest of the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing. Discoveries:* 1975 : Bi-Digital O-Ring Test.* Cephalic Hypertension Syndrome, characterized by high BP of the head, headache.* Cephalic Hypotension Syndrome, characterized by insomnia or excessive sleepiness, difficulty in concentration, easy forgetfulness of recent events, increased muscle spasticity (particularly in the neck, shoulders, and back), increased sensation of pain, irritability, and varying degrees of depression.Adapted from: Five Hundred Leaders of Influence; 2000 Outstanding People of the 20th Century; Who's Who In The World; Who's Who In Medicine and Healthcare; Who's Who In Science and Engineering; and the introduction to Dr. Omura's book on Acupuncture. Dr. Omura is also listed in: Who's Who of American Inventors, American Men and Women of Science, Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement, International Who's Who in Community Service, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, Who's Who in World Medicine.