Bastyr University celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Bastyr University 40th Anniversary

Bastyr University celebrates its 40th Anniversary with numerous events: Founders’ Awards Dinner, Anniversary Gala and Founders’ Lunch and Learns Lunch and Learns


Seattle, Washington (November 12, 2018) – Since its inception in 1978, Bastyr University has been a pioneer in science-based natural medicine. Founders Les Griffith, ND; William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND; Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND; and Sheila Quinn, created a vision for an accredited natural health school that is now recognized as the leading health arts and sciences university in the world. Bastyr University celebrates the significant achievement of 40 years of naturopathic medical education with a series of commemorative events during the week of November 12-17, 2018.

“We are proud of Bastyr’s historical legacy and the growth of the naturopathic profession,” said Harlan Patterson, President of Bastyr University, “Now in our 40th year, Bastyr is proud of the leadership we have provided for the growth and integration of natural medicine, arts and sciences in our communities and nationally.”

To kick off the week, Bastyr University founders, Dr. Les A. Griffith, Sheila Quinn and Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno will lead stimulating presentations and conversations as they share their perspectives on the current state of natural medicine and their visions for the future through noontime Lunch and Learns, closing the week with a Q&A and book signing with Dr. Tererai Trent, renowned champion of social justice and access to quality education. Next, the annual Mission and Founders’ Awards Dinner will be held on Friday evening, November 16, at Bastyr University’s Chapel in Kenmore, Wash. The ceremony honors numerous award winners nominated by the Bastyr community who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional and personal achievement as well as loyal service to the University and the field of natural health science.

Celebrations will culminate on Saturday, November 17, with the 40th Anniversary Gala which will take place at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Appearing at the gala will be keynote speaker, Tererai Trent, MPH, PhD. A truly spirited individual, Dr. Trent is a champion of social justice and access to quality education. Having served as opening speaker for a UN Global Leaders’ Summit and named by Oprah Winfrey as her favorite guest of all time. At the gala, Bastyr will raise donations of which all proceeds will go to support student scholarships. The Mission Award winner will also be presented on this night.


THE MISSION AWARD – Iman Majd, MD, MSA (‘05), LAc

The Mission Award, Bastyr’s most prestigious honor, is given annually to the individual, family, corporation or foundation who has demonstrated leadership over time in improving the health and well-being of the human community.

Dr. Iman Majd, Bastyr alumnus, is a family medicine physician pioneering the delivery of integrated medical services featuring acupuncture at UW Neighborhood Clinics, and a UW instructor of Family Medicine. The very first doctor to offer acupuncture at UW’s Neighborhood Clinics, Dr. Majd views patient care as a multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Majd has served as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, where his courses in Western Clinical Science and Pharmacology have provided a strong foundation for students’ success.



Les Griffith, ND, Student Award – awarded to Sydney Elise Freggiaro, Naturopathic Medical Student (’19)

Ms. Freggiaro is a graduate of Scripps Women's College where she was the first student to double major in Molecular Biology and Dance. Sydney spent two years working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, developing diagnostic and prognostic blood tests for ovarian and prostate cancers. She is president of the Bastyr Kenmore Chapter of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), and was nationally awarded the 2018 NMSA Rising Star Award for demonstrating remarkable leadership acumen and service to the naturopathic profession.

William A. Mitchell, Jr, ND, Service Merit Award – awarded to Daniel C. Rosen, PhD.

Dr. Daniel C. Rosen is chair and associate professor of the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology and the Director of The Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice & Diversity at Bastyr University. Dr. Rosen’s work within the Center focuses on creating a welcoming and inclusive learning community, providing community members opportunities to develop cultural responsiveness and humility, and preparing advocates to dismantle health inequities and disparities.

Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND, Alumnus/a Award – awarded to Safiya Adaeze Uzomba McCarter, ND (’10), MSAOM (’15), LAc.

Dr. McCarter is a Naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist currently practicing in Silver Spring, Maryland. During her time at Bastyr University, she served as adjunct faculty in the school of Naturopathic Medicine, school of Traditional World Medicines and the school of Natural Health Arts and Sciences, and as Co-Director of the Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice and Diversity. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. McCarter has over a decade of experience as a skilled facilitator and sought-after consultant on topics regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.

Sheila Quinn Service to Society Award – awarded to Suzy Myers, LM, CPM, MPH.

Ms. Myers recently retired as the first Chair of the Department of Midwifery, a position she has held since 2009, when the Seattle Midwifery School merged with Bastyr University. Her vision, passion, and expertise has touched the lives of hundreds of midwifery students and thousands of families over the course of her 46-year career in women’s health. She played a central role in the re-establishment of direct-entry midwifery in Washington State and has been an inspiration to others across the country and around the world.


About Bastyr:

Bastyr University is a nonprofit, private university offering doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a multidisciplinary curriculum in science-based natural medicine. Recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and strong research, the University has campuses in Kenmore, Washington, and San Diego, California. Bastyr's international faculty educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences, with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit and nature. A pioneer in natural medicine since its inception 40 years ago, Bastyr continues to be at the forefront in developing the model for 21st-century medicine.

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