Institute for Healing Arts Research : Director, Andrew Kochan, M.D.
Our Staff: Andrew Kochan, M.D.

 Dr. Andrew Kochan was introduced to medical research beginning at an early age through his father, who at that time a graduate student in microbiology at Stanford University. The future Dr. Kochan would accompany his father to the research laboratory and observe the techniques and the rigorous thinking of scientific investigation. As a teenager Andrew worked in the immunology research laboratory taking care of the animals used for immunologic experiments. He "recieved" from his father the desire to explore new concepts and the satisfaction that comes from investigating and proving or disproving an idea. Thus as a youth, Andrew Kochan was privileged to receive excellent inspiration and education in pre-medical sciences.

After graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio Dr. Kochan received his M.D. in 1977 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Following medical school he did a flex/surgical internship at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, California. He then completed a two year Research Fellowship at the UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery Bioengineering Laboratory. He authored two research papers on knee anterior cruciate injuries which were published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He then completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California /LA County Medical Center and Northridge Hospital Medical Center under the directorship of Dr. Renee Calliet.

As a part of his residency training from 1981 to 1984 Dr. Kochan was evaluating and attempting to treat patients who were having chronic pain and the attendant social and physical problems that result from inadequate treatment and over or under medication. He was acutely aware of the discomfort, disability and frustration of patients living with musculo-skeletal injuries as a result of an injury to his own anterior cruciate ligament when playing basketball in college and the three subsequent knee surgeries that followed. Thus, his frustration over modern medicine's inability to relieve the pain and suffering of many of his patients led him to examine complementary healing modalities years before this trend became fashionable. Dr. Kochan discovered first-hand that certain complementary therapies are effective for reducing symptoms of painful conditions in cases where pharmacologic drugs and surgery have failed.

Dr. Kochan began practicing prolotherapy, an innovative non-surgical treatment for musculo-ligamentous pain over twenty years ago- well before its present-day surge in popularity. In 1989 Dr. Kochan incorporated apitherapy, particularly bee venom therapy, into his practice as a treatment for chronic and acute pain. His clinical success with both prolotherapy and apitherapy inspired him to open the Kochan Institute of Healing Arts Research in 2001. Today, Dr. Kochan is a leading international authority in apitherapy. In his current role as President of the American Apitherapy Society, Dr. Kochan continues to promote public and professional awareness about the medicinal value of honey bee venom and other substances produced by bees for a wide range of disorders.

Dr. Kochan holds membership in the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi societies and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, American Apitherapy Society, American Pain Society, and the Los Angeles County Medical Association. He has been a Board certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1989. He is on staff at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and a Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Earlier in his career Dr. Kochan was Medical Director of the Head Trauma Rehabilitation Center at Synergos Neurological Center at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, CA, Medical Director at the Orthopedic Hospital RehabCare rehabilitation center in Los Angeles, and was a staff physician at Northridge Hospital Medical Center-Chronic Pain Program.

Dr. Kochan has been in private practice since 1984. He remains committed to furthering research and sound clinical practice in integrative pain medicine, combining conventional and proven complementary approaches for relieving acute and chronic pain. His training in complementary modalities includes coursework in osteopathic manipulation at Michigan State University and acupuncture through the UCLA School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Kochan has studied under the tutelage of Dr. W. Harold Kristal, a world-renowned expert on Metabolic Typing and biochemical individuality. Dr. Kochan serves as a volunteer physician with the Hemwall-Hackett Foundation, an organization based in Madison, Wisconsin that is dedicated to educating the public about prolotherapy and delivering health care programs to under-served populations. He has traveled to Honduras to perform prolotherapy and other pain treatments free of charge for indigent patients in local peasant communities.

Dr. Kochan, a sports enthusiast, enjoys mountain biking, scuba diving, racing his 1968 Porsche and performing close-up magic and playing the piano.

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