University of Calgary

Agent of change

October 28, 2009

Physician honoured for integrative work

Dr. Bud Rickhi has used an integrative approach with depression.
Dr. Badri (Bud) Rickhi from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine is one of the award winners of the world’s largest prize for complementary and alternative medicine.

Rickhi and Dr. Hall Gunn from Vancouver have been recognized as “agents of change” in the revolutionary movement toward an integrative approach to clinical medical practice. They have split the $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for 2009.

In the 1980s, Rickhi trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic, Japanese and Tibetan medicine. He established the Research Centre for Alternative Medicine, now the Canadian Institute for Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), and played a key role in establishing the Integrative Health Institute at Mount Royal College. Rickhi has been very successful in alleviating depression with his integrative approach and most recently has focused on teen depression.

The prize is named for Dr. Roger Hayward Rogers, a Vancouver doctor and alternative medicine pioneer who was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2001 for his work in providing non-traditional therapies to cancer patients.

The largest prize of its kind, the $250,000 award recognizes the important contributions of researchers, practitioners and others to health care in Canada. The biennial competition for the prize is open to individuals who have made significant contributions to complementary or alternative medicine within Canada.

More information on the Dr. Rogers Prize for excellence in complementary and alternative medicine is available at

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