Dr. Kim Furtado joins environmental medicine association board

March 21, 2023

Kim Furtado, ND, has joined the board of the National Association of Environmental Medicine and was elected as secretary to the executive board.

The association disseminates knowledge and increases exposure of environmental medicine to the naturopathic and conventional medical community.

With the exponential increase in environmentally driven diseases, there is a growing demand for healthcare providers to be confident in applying the principles of environmental medicine in everyday practice. The association serves as a resource and a community where clinicians can learn and lead in the emerging field of environmental medicine.

Furtado has been actively practicing with a focus in environmental medicine for more than 20 years, and she has also participated in local environmental advocacy work during this time. In 2007, she was part of a citizen activist group that helped the State of Delaware identity a cancer cluster in the Millsboro area, where residents exhibited an approximate 16% increase risk of lung cancer at the time of inquiry. Although no specific environmental cause could be associated with the data, there were significant strides made in awareness and oversight of local point source pollution risks.

The association’s vision is to help every clinician easily access and apply fundamental and advanced environmental medicine principles to restore and improve the health of their patients.

Furtado said she is excited about being of service to this organization, whose founders Walter Crinnion, ND, Jessica Tran, ND, and Lyn Patrick, ND, are beloved and respected pioneers in the field of environmental medicine.

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