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Question 1: What kind of a doctor is Dr. Henkin?

Answer 1:
Dr. Henkin initially trained in medicine and neurology at UCLA and the Jackson Memorial Hospital of the University of Miami, Miami, FL. He then did basic and clinical research at National Institutes of Health in the Endocrinology Branch of the National Heart and Lung Institute of NIH. During this time he was also an attending physician in medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He then developed a program in neuroendocrinology in the Experimental Pharmacology Branch of the NHLI at the NIH. Because of these interests in neuroendocrinology and in taste and olfaction he was requested to give lectures at major medical centers throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He was chosen to be the program director of the teaching of taste and smell physiology and pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. for all residents in otolaryngology in the Armed Services of the US government. During this time he worked with many otolaryngologists in the Washington, D.C. area, both nationally and internationally, in the evaluation and treatment of diseases which impinged upon sensory function of the mouth and nose, including taste and smell. He founded the first program devoted to the evaluation and treatment of taste and smell at NIH in 1969. He left NIH in 1975 and became Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Georgetown University Medical Center where he was appointed Director of the Center for Molecular Nutrition and Sensory Disorders and its clinical arm, The Taste and Smell Clinic. He eventually took this program into the private sector in 1986 where it has been supported by various philanthropic foundations, pharmaceutical companies and other organizations interested in taste and smell research and treatment. This program is the first and most complete in the US where symptoms of taste and smell are related to their underlying disease processes and effective treatment employed to treat these diseases and symptoms corrected.
Question 2: What do other physicians and scientists think of Dr. Henkin's work?

Answer 2:
Dr. Henkin was elected to the most prestigious clinical research organization in the US, the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is also a charter member of the Biophysical Society and a member in good standing of many scientific and clinical organizations including the American Physiology Society, the American Society for Nutrition Science and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. He is an editor of several scientific journals including Biological Trace Element Research. He has served as a reviewer for most major medical and scientific journals including Science, Journal of American Medical Association, American Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. He has served as a consultant to several institutes of NIH and to the USDA program in nutrition. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his work in neuroendocrinology and in taste and smell research and treatment. He is a frequent lecturer at medical centers both nationally and internationally and received the distinction of being a national lecturer for the scientific honorary society Sigma Xi for a period of two years, perhaps the only scientist to be so honored.

Question 3: Is Dr. Henkin, and The Taste and Smell Clinic "medically certified" ?

Answer 3:
Dr. Henkin instituted the first clinical program ever devoted to evaluation and treatment of taste and smell disorders at the National Institute of Health in 1970, extended it to the Georgetown University Medical Center in 1975 and since 1986 The Taste and Smell Clinic has been a free-standing program in Washington, D.C. serving a national and international patient community. The Clinic has research ties with NIH in Bethesda, MD, the Georgetown University Medical Center and the George Washington University Medical Center, both in the District of Columbia.
 
Dr. Henkin's program at The Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington, D.C. has been accredited by the Office of Personnel Management of the US government as an "accepted medical practice". They have directed all insurance carriers dealing with the US Government to pay claims from patients evaluated and treated at The Clinic. BlueCross BlueShield of the National Capital Area reviewed all tests performed and all treatments used at The Clinic and found them to be appropriate for the clinical problems for which they have been employed. Medicare has approved all tests used at The Clinic. The American Neurological Association has given Dr. Henkin formal written recognition of the value of the clinical program at The Clinic. 

Dr. Henkin is a certified physician, licensed to practice medicine in the following jurisdictions:

California
Florida
District of Columbia

A few of the clinical and research organizations to which Dr. Henkin are as follows:

American Society for Clinical Research
Biophysical Society, Charter member
American Physiological Society
American Society for Nutritional Sciences
American Society of Clinical Nutrition
Endocrine Society

A few of the honors and awards which Dr. Henkin has received are as follows:

Dow Lecturer in Biochemistry, Bucknell University
National Lecturer, Sigma Xi
DeChiro award for outstanding scientific research
Visiting Professor, in Nutrition, University of Georgia, Athens
Listed in Who's Who in America, Best Doctors in America


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