Todd J Pesek (Dr. Todd), MD
 Title: Associate Professor
Director, Center for Healing Across Cultures
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 143
 Phone: 216-523-7353
 Fax: 216-687-9316
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 143, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Preventive, Integrative, Holistic Medicine, Traditional Medicine, Ethnobotany, Environmental Health, Sustainability, Consciousness, Mindfulness and Meditation
MD, Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2004
B.S., magna cum laude graduate with Honors Degree in Biochemistry, Northeastern University, 1999
Brief Bio:
Dr. Todd Pesek is a physician-scholar, in private practice, who specializes in preventive, integrative, holistic medicine.  Since 2004, he has been a Health Sciences Professor at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio where he teaches, researches and serves including as Director of the Center for Healing Across Cultures.

With over a decade of international research and practice experience in preventive, integrative, holistic health, Dr. Pesek has come to specialize in disease reversal, longevity and vital living.

Having been raised in the mountains of Appalachia in rural PA, he embraced his calling of holistic health and wellness from an early age. His passion and purpose began in the surrounding woods, gathering comfort, and learning truth from his elders and the Earth. These adventures blossomed into extensive study and collaboration with traditional healers and holistic health practitioners in places as far away as India, Peru and Belize.  His goal is to shed light on holistic health and wellness through timeless healing traditions, herbals and superfoods--they have long helped us maintain personal health and wellness, and they can help us stay healthy and filled with vitality today. We can achieve wellness through hydration, superfoods nutrition, alkalinization, and detoxification--things which an immersion into the healing plants and traditional practices of the world allow.

Dr. Pesek received his medical doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, and completed his training in Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, also in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Todd has authored numerous publications, documentaries, and academic models in preventive, integrative, holistic health and wellness, and sustainability.  He is an internationally prominent speaker with engaging messages who makes his home in rural Northeastern Ohio, where he continues to ramble through the woods to gain inspiration and be renewed by the Earth and Cosmos.
Honors and Awards:
-Dozens of peer reviewed publications, books, book chapters, documentaries, and creative works including prestigious publications in top academic publishers and journals such as HerbalGram, EcoHealth, and Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

-Distinguished speaking with dozens of notable Keynote presentations given around the world including venues such as "21st Century Healthcare: A Return to Our Roots", Montreal Botanical Gardens, Montreal, Canada, 2010, and, "Healing Across Cultures" Closing Plenary for United Nations Conference on Health and Biodiversity, Galway, Ireland, 2008

-Active with membership and service, including peer review and leadership, in preventive, integrative, holistic medicine groups internationally

-Nominee for Prince Albert II of Monaco Institut Pastuer Award for 2012 for the contributions I have made in the area of "Environmental change and its impact on human health"

-22nd Annual Scholars & Artists Reception, Cleveland State University, showcases "Healing Across Cultures & The Good Life: An Approach to Holistic Health" peer reviewed textbook published in 2010 with a leading academic publisher

-Marquis Who'sWho in Science and Engineering, 2011 Edition

-Marquis Who'sWho in America, 2010 Edition

-President Barack Obama's Volunteer Service Award, The White House, Washington, D.C., 2009

-Academic Keys Who'sWho in Sciences Academia, 2009

-Nominee for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's U.S. Professor of the Year Award, 2009

-Nominee for Distinguished Faculty Teaching, Research and Service Award, Cleveland State University, Faculty Senate, 2009

-18th Annual Scholars & Artists Reception, Cleveland State University, showcases Healing Across Cultures scholarly products: "Healing Traditions of India" edited volume, and "Visions of Healing in India" DVD documentary

-Nominee for Coop America's Green Business Leader (Earth Healers) of the Year Award, 2005

-Sherman and Frances Battles Johnson Scholar, Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, 2004
Creative and Activities:
He has developed the "Rapid Ethnobotanical Survey" (RES) an ethnobotanical field programming methodology which involves traditional healers in creative programming by discovering and stratifying areas of relative promise for ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate community development through traditional healing.

Dr. Pesek Directs the Maya Mountains Ethnobotany and Ecology Project (MMEEP), a transdisciplinary, applied research collaborative with the Maya People of Central America. The MMEEP motto articulates the project goals well and is "Plants and People, Past and Present for our Future."
Research Interests:
Healing Across Cultures: Learning from Traditions
Secrets of Long Life
Biodiversity and Health
Superfoods, Longevity and Vital Living
Environmental Health, Detoxification, Purification and Rejuvenation
Consciousness, Mindfulness and Meditation
Ethnobotany, Natural Products, Herbalism and Phytotherapy
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)/Integrative Medicine
Sustainable Holistic Health and Wellness
Ecology of Medicinal Plants, Sustainability, and Conservation
Teaching Areas:
Dr. Pesek teaches the gamut of Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate courses, but specializes in Healing Across Cultures, Culture and Healthcare, Environmental Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacotherapeutics (including botanical medicine and dietary supplements).  In his courses, he integrates his international research and scholarship findings in preventive, integrative, holistic health and the secrets of long life as he extends his classroom walls to sacred spaces worldwide.
Professional Affiliations:
International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM)
American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM)
American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)
Herb Society of America
Society for Economic Botany
Society of Ethnobiology
EcoHealth Association
American Botanical Council (ABC)
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society
Physicians Risk Management Group
Healthcare Underwriters Group Mutual of Ohio
University Service:
Advisory Committee for VikeHealth: a CSU-campus-wide health promotion program through the Health and Wellness Center (2009-)
Community Health & Wellness Advisor to Engineers Without Borders Cleveland State University Community Improvement Program Team, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk, Belize (2009-)
Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Program: Culture, Communication, and Healthcare (2009-)
Chairperson, Department of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee (2008-)
Member, Master of Science in Health Sciences Curriculum & Programming Committee (2008-)
Member, Health Sciences Faculty Search Committees (2008-2009)
Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB) (2007-)
Member, Library Committee (2007-2009)
Member, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Curriculum & Programming Committee (2005-)
Adviser to Undergraduate and Graduate Students (2004-)
Professional Service:
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Earth Science and Climatic Change, OMICS Publishing Group
Review Texts in areas of expertise (Health Sciences, Culture in Healthcare, Environmental Health, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for Pearson Education, publishing as Prentice Hall
Review scholarly articles for Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Review scholarly articles for Ecology of Food and Nutrition
Review scholarly articles for Ecological Modeling
Review scholarly articles for HerbalGram
Review scholarly articles for Ethnobotany Research and Applications
Review scholarly articles for Trees for Life Journal
Community Service:
CIHR Team in Aboriginal Anti-diabetic Medicines, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Center for Native Health, Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, Board of Directors
Vedanta Today Group, Board of Directors
Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Board, Naturaleza, Lakewood, Ohio
Founder & CEO, Earth Healers, Lakewood, Ohio
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"Validation of Traditional Medicine in a North-South Indigenous Collaboration" CIET International, an aboriginal/indigenous people health promotion entity (2009)
-In collaboration with the Belize Indigenous Training Institute and the Kekchi Healers Association, Belize, C.A. (Victor Cal), University of Ottawa, Canada (John Arnason and Kevin Knight), Pauktuuti, Canada (The Inuit Woman's Association, Rhoda Innuksuk), and, Canadian Aboriginal Science and Technology Society (Alexandra McGregor).


"Itzama Project: sustainable indigenous development based on the ethnobotanical garden and traditional medicine concept"International Development Research Center (IDRC) (2008)
-In collaboration with the Belize Indigenous Training Institute and the Kekchi Healers Association, Belize,  C.A. (Victor Cal), and the University of Ottawa, Canada (John Arnason and Kevin Knight).


"Itzama Project: sustainable traditional healing programming in Belize" World Bank Indigenous Fund (2004)
-In collaboration with the Belize Indigenous Training Institute and the Kekchi Healers Association, Belize,  C.A. (Victor Cal), and the University of Ottawa, Canada (John Arnason).