Sharon Weinstein, MD, MT, FAAHPM

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Dr. Sharon Weinstein is the VA National Lead for Massage Therapy with the Integrative Health Coordinating Center of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. She was licensed in Massage Therapy in 1977 and has a degree in Dance Therapy. She trained in Eastern Medicine and has over 45 years’ experience in holistic practice. She served as Chief of Holistic Medicine at VA Salt Lake City Health Care System for more than a decade.

She received her MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a neurologist, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in Pain Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Weinstein is professor of anesthesiology and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine where she has an active clinical practice in the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She provided pain medicine and palliative care services for children at Primary Children’s Medical Center for 20 years. She is a clinical investigator, with research in pain and symptom management. She is a faculty scholar of the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America. Dr. Weinstein was elected fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2009. She received the 2010 Regence Foundation Sojourns Award for leadership in Palliative Care. She is a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH).

She enjoys spending time with family especially her grandchildren, dancing, listening to music, reading, writing poetry and being in the natural world.


Saturday, April 22, 2023, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Massage Therapy for Veterans

Massage Therapy is included in the Veterans Medical Benefits Package. VA promotes Massage Therapy as part of care for Veterans with cancer. Assuring high quality Massage Therapy for Veterans depends on excellent collaborative connections between VA and community partners. The objectives of this presentation are to familiarize participants with VA Massage Therapy, VA Whole Health System, and collaborative community care.