Hakima Amri, Ph.D - Program Director
Dr. Amri is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular
Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, and holds a master in reproductive physiology and doctoral degree in steroid biochemistry from
Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. She is the co-founder of the CAM educational initiative at GUSOM and has directed the
CAM-MS program since its launch in 2003. Dr. Amri is the founder of the Mini-Medical School Special Series in CAM launched in 1999.
Dr. Amri's basic science research focuses on integrating evidence-based CAM to biomedical research. She is currently investigating the
effects and molecular mechanisms of herbal products on prostate cancer and endometriosis, in a mouse model, and the mechanisms underlying
the effects of acupuncture in reducing stress in the rat model. Her clinical research is centered on the use of fMRI to study the neuronal
and physiological correlates of massage and acupuncture. Dr. Amri's research has attracted funding from both NIH and the private sector. She
is the director of the Survey of CAM and CAM in Pathophysiological States courses and organizes the summer internship placements.
Sherman L. Cohn, JD, LLM
Mr. Cohn is a Professor at Georgetown University School of Law. He holds a J.D. and an LL.M
degree. At the Law Center, he teaches a Seminar in the Legal Issues of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. He has been active in the
CAM field for thirty years, serving as Chair of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Chair of the Board and
Legal Counsel to the Tai Sophia Institute; Chair of the Board of Tai Hsuan College; President and a Director of the National Acupuncture
Foundation; and a Director of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 1965, he served as
an attorney in the United States Department of Justice. His fields besides CAM law include Civil Procedure, Professional Ethics, and Jewish
Ms. Laurie Davidson, MLIS, MEd
Ms. Davidson is the Associate Director for Information Services, formerly Assistant Director for
Education Services, joined Dahlgren Memorial Library at Georgetown University Medical Center in February 2007.
Ms. Davidson has supported and contributed to the medical education field since 2002 and was previously actively involved in the behavioral
health field from 1993 - 2001. Laurie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling,
specializing in developmental disabilities, and a Masters of Library and Information Science. For the past 4 years,
Ms. Davidson has served as the Associate Course Director for the Georgetown School of Medicine’s Evidence - Based Medicine 1st and 2nd
year courses. Ms. Davidson actively provides library instruction and research support across all of Georgetown University, the medical
center, including Georgetown Hospital. Currently, she is a participant in the MedStar Health’s Teaching Scholars Medical Education Research
Program. Ms. Davidson is the course director of the Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine course.
James Giordano, Ph.D
Dr. Giordano is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine,
Associate Editor for the international journal Neuroethics, neuroscience and ethics editor (and former Deputy Editor-in-Chief) for the
journal Pain Physician, ethics and policy section editor of Practical Pain Management, neuroscience editor for the multi-lingual journal
Research in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (Forschende Komplmentärmedizin), and Editor-in-Chief of the book series Advances in
Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (published by Taylor-Francis/CRC Press). The author of over 120 publications in
neuroscience, pain, neurophilosophy, and neuroethics, his recent books include: Pain: Mind, Meaning, and Medicine (PPM-Publishers' Press);
Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics (with Bert Gordijn, Cambridge University Press); and Pain Medicine: Philosophy,
Ethics and Policy (with Mark Boswell; Linton Atlantic Books). His ongoing research addresses the role of neuroscience and technology in
medicine, social, and national defense applications, and explores the neuroethics of pain, pain care, and implications for the treatment of
human and non-human organisms. Dr. Giordano is the course director of the Bioethics and Assessing the Evidence in CAM courses.
Aviad Haramati, Ph.D - Program Director
Dr. Haramati is Professor and co-director of the Graduate Program in Complementary and
Alternative Medicine in the department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, at GUSOM
with research interests in renal and electrolyte physiology. Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 30 years and
was honored with 9 Golden Apple Awards at Georgetown University for his teaching effectiveness. He is also the recipient of the Arthur C.
Guyton Teacher of the Year Award from the American Physiological Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert Glaser Award from the Association
of American Medical Colleges. He served a three-year term on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step 1) for the National
Board of Medical Examiners, and is currently Chair of the Examination Section for the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists (CBNS)
of the American College of Nutrition. His CAM-related interests focus on the use of Mind-Body Medicine Skills for stress management and on
the integration of CAM in health professions education. Dr. Haramati was principal investigator of a 5 year NIH grant that funded a broad
educational initiative aimed at incorporating complementary, alternative (CAM) and integrative medicine into the 4-year medical curriculum
at GUSOM. Dr. Haramati is the past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and is currently chair
of the Organizing Committee for the 2012 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine to be held in Portland,
Oregon. Dr. Haramati is the course director of the Fundamentals of Human Physiology course.
Nancy Harazduk, MSW, MEd
The Director of the Mind-Body-Medicine Program and Assistant Professor in the department of
Family Medicine at Georgetown University, School of Medicine in Washington, DC. To integrate Mind-Body Medicine into the medical school
curriculum, she conducts Mind-Body Medicine courses for first, second and third year medical students, nursing students, physiology Masters
students, and for the faculty of Georgetown University. In this course, participants are taught to incorporate, mindfulness meditation,
imagery, autogenic training, biofeedback, journal writing and movement into their personal and professional lives.
Joanna Kitlinska, Ph.D
Joanna Kitlinska is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular &
Cellular Biology. Her research interests include pediatric tumors, as well as effect of stress on cancer development and progression.
Dr. Kitlinska is the course co-director of the Fundamentals of Human Phsyiology and the CAM in Oncology elevtive.
Michael Lumpkin, Ph.D
Dr. Lumpkin is Professor in the department of Biochemistry
and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, and immediate past Chairman of the Department of Physiology and
Biophysics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He directs the Human Endocrinology course taught to first-year medical students
and teaches physiology and neuroendocrinology to both medical and graduate students. He lectures in the Conventional Medicine series of the
Georgetown Mini-Medical School. In addition, Dr. Lumpkin is a facilitator for Mind-Body groups. He is the course director of the Physiology of Mind-Body
Martha Menard, Ph.D
Dr. Martha Menard is adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular
Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology. She holds a master in clinical psychology and a doctoral degree in research methodology from University of Virginia. Dr. Menard is also a
licensed massage therapist with over 20 years of experience. Her clinical work has focused on oncology massage. She has served as vice president of operations for the Massage Therapy
Foundation, where she chaired the research grant review board fro several years. Dr. Menard is the co-director of the Assessing Evidence in CAM course.
Harry Preuss, MD
Harry Preuss, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry
and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Harry Preuss is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology. He is also a Fellow of the
American College of Nutrition (FACN), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), and has served Co-Chairman of the GUMC Internal Review Board.
His specialty is in the area of nutrition. His research interests are minimum inhibitory concentrations of herbal essential oils and
monolaurin for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Dr. Preuss is the director of the Clinical Nutrition, Botanicals, and Supplements
Cynthia Rosenthal, Ph.D
Cynthia Rosenthal, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry
and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Dr. Rosenthal holds a master in genetics and doctoral degree in cancer cell biology from the University
of the Philippines. Her research background was initially focused on investigating an important nuclear enzyme, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase
(PARP), and its interaction with DNA polymerase A during DNA replication. Her current research interests revolve around the roles of
specific genes in molecular mechanisms of apoptosis, as well as the practical aspects of modulating this process in the development of
therapeutic approaches to cancer, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Rosenthal is the course
director of the Essentials of Biochemistry course.
Pamela Saunders, Ph.D
Pamela Saunders, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, is a researcher
in the area of neuroscience. She studies communication, aging and Alzheimer's disease and has authored several articles dealing with
doctor/patient communication in the older patient population. In addition to her research interests, Dr. Saunders is working with medical
students to improve their skills in communicating with older patients. She is the director of the Narrative Approaches to Conventional Medicine and
CAM elective course.
Julie Staples, Ph.D
Dr. Staples is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry
and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, at GUSOM where she teaches the Western Practice of Eastern Medicine
course. Her background is in cellular biology and immunology. She is the Research Director at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Her
research focuses on the effectiveness of mind-body modalities with an emphasis on war-related posttraumatic stress. Dr. Staples is the Board
President of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology, a non-profit organization that provides health education and professional
training on the use of yoga for people with diabetes. She is also a certified Kundalini yoga instructor teaching classes and workshops.
Rochelle Tractenberg, Ph.D
Dr. Tractenberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, with
secondary appointments in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics and Psychiatry, in the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
She is a biostatistician and methodologist with over ten years of experience designing and analyzing experimental research. Her areas of
interest include statistical methodology and pedagogy in statistics, as well as neuropsychological instrumentation, identification of
outcomes, experimental design, and longitudinal analytic methodologies. Since arriving at GU in 2002, she has collaborated on research
projects on both the Main and Medical school campuses. Dr. tractenberg is the course director of the Intro to Biostatistics: Experimental Design
and Analysis course.
Len Wisneski, MD, FACP
Dr Wisneski is Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University
Medical Center and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biochemistry
and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, at Georgetown University where he is a founding member of the
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Curriculum Planning Committee.
He was Vice Chairman of the NIH Consensus Panel on Acupuncture and is
Chairman of the NIH Advisory Board on Frontier Sciences at the University of
Connecticut. He holds fellowship positions in The American College of
Physicians, The American College of Nutrition, and The American Institute of
Stress. He served on the board of the American Holistic Medical Association
and was President of the International Society for the Study of Subtle
Energies and Energy Medicine. He published over 30 scientific articles and a
textbook, "The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine." He has been in the
clinical practice of endocrinology and integrative medicine for over 25 years.
Barry Wolfe, Ph.D
Barry B. Wolfe is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology.
He is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience and the Director of the MS Program in Pharmacology. Dr. Wolfe's areas
of expertise include ligand gated ion channels - structure and function. Main research projects focus on the contribution of subunit
composition and order on the function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Dr. Wolfe is the director of the Introduction to Pharmacology