Elizabeth (Bitsy) Recupero, DO, MPH, MEd is currently a primary care provider for the New Orleans VA, as well as a Clinical Champion and an Educational Champion with the VA’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT). She attended medical school at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in 1996. She then went on to complete a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, and she is dual boarded in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. After residency, she opened the Recuperative Center, a solo primary care practice that focused on Holistic Healthcare in the town of Lambertville, New Jersey. It was during this time that she further enhanced her knowledge and skills in Integrative Medicine. Bitsy went on to complete the two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona from 2007-2009.
In 2012, she left private practice to work for the VA. A move which also brought her back to her hometown of Boston, MA. In 2015, after distinguishing herself as an expert in Whole Health during the Boston VA’s Whole Health pilot study, she became a Clinical Champion for OPCC&CT. She is currently working to promote and expand the VA’s practice of Whole Health through patient centered care. She created many of the Whole Health tools currently in use at the Boston VA, developed a Personal Health Plan Workshop for the OPCC&CT, and trains providers throughout the VA System in Whole Health and patient centered care. In May 2019, she transferred to the New Orleans VA where she continues to see Veterans in Primary Care. She is also considered one of the leading SME’s in Whole Health Clinical Care and continues this work throughout the entire VA System.