Alan R. Gurwitt, MD, retired adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst from Massachusetts, US, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; formerly an Associate Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center and University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
He served as the President of the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association from 1988 to 1992, and on the Guidelines Committee of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
Education[edit | edit source]
- M.D., Yale School of Medicine
Writing Committees[edit | edit source]
Dr. Gurwitt was a member of the writing committee for several primers and manuals, including:
- 2006, A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - (Full Text)
- 2014, ME/CFS: A Primer For Clinical Practitioners sponsored by the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Dr.Fred Friedberg chaired the committee. Other Primer writing committee members include: Rosemary Underhill, MB, BS; Lucinda Bateman, MD; Alison Bested, MD; Todd Davenport, DPT; Kenneth Friedman, PhD; Alan Gurwitt, MD; Leonard Jason, PhD; Charles Lapp, MD; Staci Stevens, MA; and Rosamund Vallings, MB, BS. Anthony Komaroff, MD wrote the foreword to the Primer. - (Full Text)
- 2017, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer by Peter C. Rowe, Rosemary A. Underhill, Kenneth J. Friedman, Alan Gurwitt, Marvin S. Medow, Malcolm S. Schwartz, Nigel Speight, Julian M. Stewart, Rosamund Vallings and Katherine S. Rowe - (Full Text)
Articles and letters[edit | edit source]
- June 2012, Dr. Alan Gurwitt's letter to DSM-V Committee of the APA
- 26 June 2015, Health Rising blog by Dr. Gurwitt - No Signs of Life at the Big Health Agencies
- 9 Sept 2019, Dr Gurwitt calls for retraction of the paper in the BMJ about the Lightning Process Study writing that the "original findings was grossly inappropriate" - (Letter)
CFSAC[edit | edit source]
- Oct 2012, Presentation to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee about the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association including past and proposed projects.
Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]
- 19 Sep 2007, Fighting Back Against Chronic Fatigue in Everyday Health - (Article)
- 12 Apr 2017, Episode 87 - ME/CFS Diagnosis, children with ME, the medical community with Alan Gurwitt, M.D.
- 31 May 2018, Patient Advocate Spotlight: Alan Gurwitt, M.D. - (Interview)
- 2019, Dr. Ron Tompkins Interviews Dr. Alan Gurwitt about his ME/CFS Experience & Disease History - (Video)
See also[edit | edit source]
- Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association
- ME/CFS: A Primer For Clinical Practitioners
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer
References[edit | edit source]
- "Patient Advocate Spotlight: Alan Gurwitt, M.D." jaxmecfs.com. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- "Committees of the IACFS/ME". IACFSME.org. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- "Fighting Back Against Chronic Fatigue". EverydayHealth.com. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- Jason, Leonard A; Jordan, Karen; Miike, Teruhisa; Bell, David S; Lapp, Charles; Torres-Harding, Susan; Rowe, Kathy; Gurwitt, Alan; De Meirleir, Kenny; Van Hoof, Elke LS (2006), "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 13 (2–3): 1-44, doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_01
- International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME); Friedberg, Fred; Bateman, Lucinda; Bested, Alison C; Davenport, Todd; Friedman, Kenneth J; Gurwitt, Alan R; Jason, Leonard A; Lapp, Charles W; Stevens, Staci R; Underhill, Rosemary A; Vallings, Rosamund (July 2014), "2014 Primer for Clinical Practitioners (CFS/ME)", IACFS/ME
- Rowe, Peter C.; Underhill, Rosemary A.; Friedman, Kenneth J.; Gurwitt, Alan; Medow, Marvin S.; Schwartz, Malcolm S.; Speight, Nigel; Stewart, Julian M.; Vallings, Rosamund; Rowe, Katherine S. (2017), "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer", Frontiers in Pediatrics, 5 (121), doi:10.3389/fped.2017.00121
- "Dr. Alan Gurwitt's letter to DSM-V Committee of the APA". www.massmecfs.org. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- M.D, Alan Gurwitt (June 26, 2015). "Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Stuck?". Health Rising. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- "Trial By Error: More Experts Urge Godlee to Retract Lightning Process Study". Virology blog. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
American Psychiatric Association (APA) - The main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world. Not to be confused with the American Psychological Association (also APA).
myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) - (sometimes pronounced SIF-SACK) A US government advisory council that met twice per year, covering current topics related to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Meetings usually lasted for two days and the results were presented to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). After 15 years, on September 5, 2018, CFSAC's charter was not renewed by the Department of HHS, effectively dissolving the committee without notice or warning.