Faculty & Research

Click on any of the names below to be taken to the corresponding faculty bio and research interests.

 

Program Directors

Hakima Amri, PhD

Dr. Amri is a Professor in the department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and the Division of Integrative Physiology. She holds a master and doctoral degree in reproductive physiology and steroid biochemistry from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. As the co-founder of the CAM educational initiative at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Amri has led the CAM graduate program since its launch in 2003.

Dr. Amri's research focuses on integrating evidence-based CAM and biomedical research. She is currently investigating the effects and molecular mechanisms of herbal products on prostate cancer, 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. Her other line of research is the introduction of a novel systems biology-based paradigm to cancer diagnosis, prognosis, treatment assessment, and biomarkers discovery using genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data and parsimony phylogenetics (http://phylomics.com).

Dr. Amri's research has attracted funding from both NIH and the private sector. She published a significant number of scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters and her latest publication is a book on Greco-Arabic medicine, linking the 21-century bio-medicine to Hippocrates and Avicenna
email: amrih@georgetown.edu 


Aviad Haramati, PhD

Dr. Haramati is a Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as Medicine. His research interests focused on two main areas: the regulation of renal and electrolyte physiology during growth; and the cardiovascular-renal-endocrine regulation of volume homeostasis in heart failure. For the past 10 years he has led the educational initiative in CAM at Georgetown as part of his focus on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. He is particularly interested in the intersection of science, mind-body medicine and professionalism.

Dr. Haramati has published over 200 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts and is a recognized leader in Integrative Medicine. 
email: haramati@georgetown.edu

 

Teaching and Research Faculty

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 Law. 
email: cohn@law.georgetown.edu


Grant Connors, MLS, AHIP

Grant Connors is the Education Services Coordinator Librarian for Dahlgren Memorial Library at Georgetown University Medical Center.  Previously Grant was a resources librarian and then Clinical Data Management Librarian (also at DML), the latter including going on clinical rounds at Georgetown University Hospital.  In addition to his Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas, Grant also holds a BA in Journalism from State University of New York New Paltz.
email: gc275@georgetown.edu 


Scott Dorris, MLIS

C. Scott Dorris is the Digital Information Services Librarian at Dahlgren Memorial Library at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he was the Instruction Librarian at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He obtained his Masters of Library and Information Science degree from The University of Pittsburgh and received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University.

email: csd24@georgetown.edu


Anca Dragomir, PhD

Anca Dragomir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics (BBB).  Dr. Dragomir has a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC at Chapel Hill. She also holds a graduate degree in Mathematics from University of Timisoara, Romania. She has been awarded both a predoctoral and a postdoctoral NIH Intramural Research Training Award fellowship. She served as the epidemiologist for the Breast and Colon Cancer Family Registries Project (BCCFR) a large NCI contract awarded to the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has also served as the Director of the Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology Shared Resource at LCCC. Her current research focuses on the epidemiology of colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers, and also environmental exposures related to childhood cancers. The publication record of Dr. Dragomir includes 20 peer-reviewed publications and more than 40 abstracts presented at national and international conferences. She has more than ten years of work experience as an epidemiologist, including subject recruitment, questionnaire design, data collection, biospecimen collection/storage, biomarker measurement and evaluation, epidemiological analyses, and manuscript preparation.  

email: ad576@georgetown.edu


James Giordano, PhD

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 Komplmentaremedizin), 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. 
email: jgiordano@neurobioethics.org


Nancy Harazduk, MEd, LCSW-C

Nancy Harazduk is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program at Georgetown University Medical Center.  Ms. Harazduk has trained over 800 health professionals in mind-body medicine.  She has a Master’s degree in education and a second Master’s in social work and took additional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, and is certified in Interactive Guided Imagery by the Academy of Guided Imagery. Dr. Haramati and Ms. Harazduk direct the training of faculty facilitators for the Mind-Body Medicine Skills course and Ms. Harazduk directs the course and oversees the supervision of all facilitators.
email: nph4@georgetown.edu


Jessica Jones, PhD

Jessica Jones is an Associate Professor with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Biology. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from Georgetown University. Her research focus is on V(D)J recombination in the rearrangement of gene segments to assemble intact immunoglobulin and T cell receptor coding regions. This process is absolutely required for development of the immune system in jawed vertebrates such as humans, although its dysregulation can lead to leukemia or lymphoma. Rearrangement is initiated by a recombinase comprising the RAG1 and RAG2 proteins, which cleaves the DNA adjacent to the V, D, and J gene segments. Ubiquitylation is dependent on an intact RAG1 RING finger motif and is best promoted by a specific ubiquitin conjugating enzyme, UbcH3/CDC34. The significance of this activity is underscored by the finding that full length RAG1 is ubiquitylated in intact cells during G1, the phase of the cell cycle during which V(D)J recombination occurs. Although the RING finger lies outside of the RAG1 "core" domain, which is absolutely required for DNA cleavage, mutations within the RING or truncation of the amino terminal regions are associated with severe immune deficiency in human patients.
email: Jessica.Jones@georgetown.edu


Joanna Kitlinska, PhD

Joanna Kitlinska is an Associate 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. She is trained in Mind-Body Medicine Skills. Dr. Kitlinska is the course director of the CAM in Oncology elective and the former co-director of the Fundamentals of Human Physiology. In addition, she is a facilitator of the Mind-Body groups. 
email: jbk4@georgetown.edu


Michael Lumpkin, PhD

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 medicine. 
email: mlumpk01@georgetown.edu


Deirdre Orceyre, ND, MSOM

Dr. Deirdre Orceyre is a board certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist and adjunct faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology at Georgetown University. She teaches nutrition and supplement education in the CAM program. In addition, Dr. Orceyre is the Naturopathic Medical Director at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine in Washington DC as well as a clinical provider at the complementary clinic of the GW Comprehensive Breast Care Center. She is dedicated to the principle of “docere” (the latin root of the word “doctor”, meaning “to teach”) in both her roles as professor and clinician.

email: Deirdre.Orceyre@georgetown.edu


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 as 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 a lecturer in the Clinical Nutrition, Botanicals, and Supplements course.
email: preusshg@georgetown.edu


Pamela Saunders, PhD

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. 
email: saunderp@georgetown.edu


Julie Staples, PhD

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. 
email: jks55@georgetown.edu


Ming Tang, PhD

Ming Tan is the Chair and Professor of  Biostatistics & Bioinformatics at Georgetown University. Dr. Tan has extensive collaborative research experience in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials (in both multi-center and single institutional settings), laboratory investigations, biomarker evaluation, genomics and epidemiological research. His research areas spans from clinical trial designs and monitoring, statistical methods for multidrug combinations utilizing both experimental data and pathway/system information, innovative methods to optimally design and efficiently analyze pre-clinical drug combination therapies in cancer by integrating concepts in modern statistical and number-theoretic methods and pharmacology; and high dimensional genomics data analysis in Cancer Epidemiology, all funded by the NCI and NHLBI. 
email: mtt34@georgetown.edu


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. 
email: drwisneski@earthlink.net


Barry Wolfe, PhD

Barry B. Wolfe is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. 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 course.
email: bwolfe01@georgetown.edu

 

Academic Program Coordinator

Lucy Kotlyanskaya, MS

Lucy Kotlyanskaya, M.S. is the Academic Coordinator and pre-health advisor for the CAM Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Neurobiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Kotlyanskaya has over ten years of lab research experience in cell biology and biochemistry and previously has worked for four years at the NIH. Her research interests are axon guidance and actin cytoskeleton dynamics in neuronal development. Lucy is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship (GRFP) and the NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), has interned at the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) at the NIH and has experience in teaching science and career training and mentoring for post-bac students.

email: lk608@georgetown.edu