Alumni Speaker Profile
Tim Birdsall, Naturopathic Doctor, Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology
Dr. Birdsall is vice president of the Integrative Medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), where he has helped pioneer an innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based approach to cancer care since 1998.
A well-known lecturer and practitioner of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Birdsall is a popular presenter at medical conferences worldwide. He graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle in 1985, where he also served on the faculty for five years. Dr. Birdsall is active in a number of professional associations, including the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), where he has served as a member of the board of directors, speaker of the house of delegates and vice president. In 2009, the AANP awarded Dr. Birdsall its Physician of the Year award for his "longstanding leadership within the AANP; his legislative, policy and research initiatives; and his visionary integration of naturopathic medicine into health care." He is currently serves on the Oncology Academy of Naturopathic Physicians board of directors and is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
Dr. Birdsall served as technical director for Thorne Research, Inc., from 1989 to 1998 and was the founding editor-in-chief of the MEDLINE-indexed journal Alternative Medicine Review; he currently serves on the Editorial Consultants Board for Integrative Cancer Therapies. His extensive experience in the area of naturopathic medicine has been recognized by American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who In America and Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. In 2000, Dr. Birdsall was the recipient of the AANP’s President’s Award, and in 2009, he became the AANP Physician of the Year for his longstanding leadership within the AANP; his legislative, policy and research initiatives; and his visionary integration of naturopathic medicine into health care.
Dr. Birdsall is the co-author of How To Prevent and Treat Cancer With Natural Medicine. In 2007, he was appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He currently resides in Goodyear, Ariz., where he is participating in the opening of the newest CTCA hospital, the Department of Naturopathic Medicine at Western Regional Medical Center.