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About the Director

Bruce H. Robinson, Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, Fellow and a member of the American College of Surgeons, is a retired, board-certified general surgeon who has practiced western medicine and surgery for 30 years. Serving as chief of the department of surgery in two California hospitals, he has treated over 85,000 patients during his years of practice. Always active in teaching students, he has maintained a special interest in alternative approaches to medical treatment, especially Chinese medicine.

Dr. Bruce Robinson and Dr. Xeumin Shi, Director of the First Teaching Hospital, meeting in Tianjin, China (1999)


Bruce is the former president of AIMC Berkeley, one of the most successful acupuncture colleges on the west coast, located in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the author of two textbooks: Biomedicine:  A Textbook for Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Blue Poppy Press (2007), and Western Physical Exam Skills for Practitioners of Asian Medicine, Blue Poppy Press (2009), both available at www.bluepoppy.com and also at www.amazon.com

Today, Bruce serves
as an educator, writer, and administrator, striving towards the integration of Chinese medicine into the U.S. healthcare system as an equal partner. He is the author of numerous articles about the integration of Oriental and Western medicine, and he lectures around the country. He recently became an adjunct faculty member of Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine.

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