Director

Nancy Harazduk, MEd, MSW, an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program and the Ombudsperson to the medical students. To integrate Mind-Body Medicine into the medical school curriculum, she directs and teaches Mind-Body Medicine courses for first, second and third medical students, law students, Physiology Masters students, and for the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown Law Center. In this course, participants are taught to integrate mindfulness meditation, imagery, autogenic training, biofeedback, journal writing and movement into their personal and professional lives.     As a presenter, facilitator and supervisor, Ms. Harazduk has trained over eight hundred healthcare professionals in Mind-Body Medicine. She has developed and led Mind-Body Medicine groups for people with cancer, depression, chronic illness, and severe stress. In addition, she has done extensive work with chronically and terminally ill people and the National Institutes of Health and at Hospice. 
   After graduating from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York with a Master’s in Education, she was an elementary school teacher for thirteen years. She later earned a Master’s in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, DC. 
   She also travels to the Middle East to teach Mind-Body Medicine skills to participants of the Middle East Cancer Consortium. In addition, she leads Mind-Body Medicine retreats for anesthesia residents and the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine.
Ms. Harazduk has completed post-graduate training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD; Past Life Regression training with Brian Weiss, MD; the Healer's Art Professional Training course with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD; and the Clinical Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine with Herbert Benson, MD. In addition, she is certified in Interactive Guided Imagery by the Academy of Guided Imagery in Mill Valley, California. 
   Ms. Harazduk maintains a private psychotherapy practice specializing in Mind-Body Medicine therapies in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Contact Information: 
Nancy Harazduk, MEd, MSW 
Office of Medical Education 
Basic Science Building, Room 255 
3900 Reservoir Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20057 
Phone: (202)-687-9219 
Fax: (202)-687-7407 
E-mail: nph4@georgetown.edu

Facilitators

Rachel Bridges has been a co-facilitator with the Mind-Body Medicine program since 2008. In addition to being director of GUWellness: Mind, Body, Soul at Georgetown University she also oversees communications and service in the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits. Rachel is a certified Reiki teacher and practitioner, a self-defense instructor, a laughter yoga facilitator and a former thespian.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information: 
Rachel Bridges
Director, Benefits Services, Communications 
& GUWellness
Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits
Phone: 202-687-1190
E-mail: reg9@georgetown.edu


Sarah Cantrell, MA in LIS, is the education services coordinator at Georgetown University Medical Center's Dahlgren Memorial Library in Washington, DC. In this position, Sarah develops and promotes integrated instructional and research services to support the clinical, educational, and research needs of the Georgetown University Medical Center community. She serves as an Assistant Course Director for the Evidence-Based Medicine course within the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) program, part of the department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Sarah's research interests focus on information literacy and instruction, educational technology, and student affairs. Sarah has presented posters at the AAMC's Professional Development Conference for Student Affairs and Careers in Medicine, the International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, International Association of Medical Educators conference, as well as at Medical Library Association conferences. Additionally, an article she co-authored on learning objects for information literacy and instruction online appeared in the Journal College & Research Libraries. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association and is also a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Sarah received her Master of Arts degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature is also from the University of Wisconsin.

Contact information:
Sarah Cantrell
Dahlgren Memorial Library
Phone: 202.687.8874
E- mail: sec62@georgetown.edu


Kristi D. Graves, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky. She is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Dr. Graves will lead a research project approved for PCORI funding to help patients and those who care for them make better informed healthcare decisions. Dr. Graves will work closely with Nueva Vida (Washington DC) and three other community organizations to improve the quality of life of Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. Dr. Graves is also working on a project funded by the National Cancer Institute (K07 Career Development award) to investigate ways to inform people about genetic testing for genetic changes related to small increases in cancer risk. She is interested in translational research and research that improves cancer survivorship.

 

 

Contact Information:
Kristi D. Graves, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention and Control Program
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 4100
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-687-1591 
Fax: 202-687-8444
E-mail: kdg9@georgetown.edu


Aviad “Adi” Haramati, Ph.D. is Professor in the Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine with research interests in renal and electrolyte physiology. Currently, his activities are more centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 30 years and received institutional and national awards for his teaching. He served 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 in health professions education. Dr. Haramati was principal investigator of a 5 year NIH grant that supported a broad educational initiative to incorporate CAM and integrative medicine into the 4-year medical curriculum at Georgetown. He co-leads the faculty training program in Mind-Body Medicine at Georgetown University with Nancy Harazduk. Dr. Haramati is the past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and recently chaired the Organizing Committee for the 2009 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

Contact Information:
Aviad Haramati, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
213 Basic Science
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202)-687-1021
E-mail: haramati@georgetown.edu


Yumi Shitama Jarris, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Jarris co-directs Patients, Populations & Policy, a first year required course, and practices in Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at GUH. She is on the board of Georgetown Women in Medicine and is invited faculty at the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Seminar. Dr. Jarris is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Fairfax Family Practice Residency and completed a faculty development fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She was on the faculty at the Swedish Cherry Hill Residency Program in Seattle and was Associate Director at the Valley Family Medicine Residency in Renton, WA, and worked in community health centers in Seattle and Burlington, VT. Dr. Jarris has recently published articles in Medical Education and Academic Medicine and has completed the MedStar Teaching Scholars Program. Her interests include the integration of the population health into medical education, adolescent medicine, critical reflection in medical education, and work-life balance.

Contact Information:
Yumi Shitama Jarris, MD
Associate Professor
Director of Medical Student Education
Co-Director, Patients, Populations & Policy
Department of Family Medicine
Phone: 202-687-7857
E-mail: yj33@georgetown.edu


Stacey Kaltman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Director of the Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community, which seeks to develop low cost trauma interventions for public sector primary care settings. Her research focuses on partnering with primary care clinics that serve Latino immigrants to develop sustainable behavioral interventions to treat depression and anxiety disorders, including PTSD. Dr. Kaltman is the Co-Course Director of the first year medical school module, Physician Patient Communication. She also directs medical education-related projects related to how best to teach Motivational Interviewing to medical students and how to use technology to teach communication skills.

 

Contact Information:
Stacey Kaltman, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry 
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW 
Suite 120
Washington, DC 20007 
Phone: (202) 687-6571 
E-mail: sk279@georgetown.edu


Maria L. Marquez, M.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Pediatric Clerkship in the Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Marquez is an inquisitive clinician with a passion for education as a power for change and improvement in the health care field. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and currently serves on several Hospital and University committees, including as a Co-Chair of the Medical Student Life Advisory Committee. 
Dr. Marquez’s research interests include quality improvement, oral health and nutrition, curriculum implementation, well-being and mind body, cultural awareness, and reflective practice outcomes in medical education. Within her role as Clerkship Director she focuses on exploring new ways to teach students how to be reflective and compassionate physicians. She is a mentor for students and residents during their academic careers and is a strong believer that education is a powerful way for change, including health and health care in our society.

Contact Information:
Maria L. Marquez, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Medical Student Education
Department of Pediatrics
Georgetown University Hospital
Phone: 202-444-4803
Fax: 202-444-7161
E-mail: MARQUEZM@gunet.georgetown.edu


Erica McClaskey, MD, MS, is a board-certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor who currently serves as the Director of Ambulatory Care in the Department of Family Medicine. She completed a Master of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Houston and received her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. After completing her residency at the Georgetown University/ Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, she completed a fellowship in Community Health Center Director Development at Georgetown University and has served as the Assistant Medical Director for a private community clinic. In line with her desire to teach medicine on all educational levels, Dr. McClaskey precepts Family Medicine residents in both the outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital settings. Her professional interests include Adolescent Medicine and care for the underserved. She currently sees patients at the Family Medicine at Spring Valley MedStar Health Center in Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:
Erica McClaskey, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Phone: (202) 687-2905
E-mail: elm28@georgetown.edu


Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS is the Family Medicine Clerkship Director. Dr. Mishori is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She has a master’s degree in International Health from the John’s Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prior to medical school, Dr. Mishori had a career as a television producer, focusing mainly on international affairs. Following medical school, she maintained her interest in communicating important issues to the public – this time around focusing on health and medicine -- and has been a regular contributor to Parade Magazine, and the Washington Post, among others. 
   Just prior to residency, she helped coordinate the Department of Family Medicine’s Practice Based Primary Care Research Network, known as CAPRICORN (Capital Area Primary Care Research Network). She re-joined the Department of Family Medicine in February 2008 and has been appointed assistant professor of clinical family medicine on the Clinician-Educator Track. 
   Her current duties, in addition to being the Director of the required third year Family Medicine Clerkship, include being a small group discussion leader for the required 1st and 2nd year course in Evidence-Based Medicine, a Teacher in the Physical Diagnosis course, Mind-Body Medicine course, and required 1st and 2nd year Ambulatory Care course. She also teaches ‘selectives’. 
   Clinically, Dr. Mishori sees patients in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also serves as an attending physician at the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, precepting residents in the outpatient office and supervising the family medicine inpatient service on a rotating basis. 
   Her interests include: care of the underserved; patient education and health communications; preventive health and global health.

Contact Information:
Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS
Department of Family Medicine

Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202)-687-3011
E-mail: mishorir@georgetown.edu


Stephen R. Silvestro, MD, FAAP, is a Bethesda-area general pediatrician with training in mind-body medicine. He studied Biology and English at Georgetown University, earning a B.S. degree and publishing a paper in the field of plant infectious diseases. While there, he founded a clown troupe of undergraduate and medical students that brought joy to area hospitals and nursing homes. He received his medical education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also received training in mind-body medicine and assisted with research into the impact of such training on the lives of medical students. Dr. Silvestro chose to continue at Georgetown for his Pediatrics residency, and is board certified in Pediatrics.
Dr. Silvestro was recognized as a “Favorite Doc” by Washington Parent Magazine in 2012, and listed as a "Top Pediatrician" by OrganizedWisdom.com in 2011 for his use of social media in medicine. He practices in the Bone Marrow Collection Program at Georgetown University Hospital. He is a co-facilitator in the Mind-Body Medicine Program at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and has co-facilitated a similar course for undergraduates as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. Recognizing the potential benefit that mind-body practices hold for parents, Dr. Silvestro leads a "Mindfulness & Self-Awareness for Parents" course in the community. He also has a strong interest in mobile and digital health, and is currently working on Health designs to creatively empower both physicians and patients. 
   Dr. Silvestro currently practices as a general pediatrician in North Bethesda, MD. He lives in Rockville, MD, with his wife and two lovably entertaining children.

Contact Information:
Stephen R. Silvestro, MD, FAAP 
Phone: 202-687-1131
E-mail: silvests@georgetown.edu


Michael Ullman, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics and Neurology; Director of the Brain and Language Lab; and Co-Director of the Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition at Georgetown University. His research examines the neurocognition of language and its relation to memory in first and second language and in brain disorders.

 

 

 

Contact Information: 
Michael Ullman, PhD 
Phone: (202) 687 6064
E-mail: michael@georgetown.edu


John VanMeter, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center and Director of the 3T MRI facility at Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging. Dr. VanMeter received his Ph.D. in computer science from Dartmouth College. He has over 15 years experience in the design and implementation of neuroimaging experiments as well as their data analysis. Dr. VanMeter’s experience includes two years as a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Neuroscience in the National Institute of Aging, where he co-authored the first paper to use fMRI to investigate dyslexia. Dr. VanMeter has led the development of a number of major software programs as the Director of Research and Development at Sensor Systems, Inc. This includes a commercial software package that is utilized at over 300 research institutions worldwide in the analysis of multi-modal datasets including structural MRI and fMRI as well as the subsequent development of one of the first FDA cleared fMRI clinical analysis package. 
   As PI of an NIH funded P50 research project, Dr. VanMeter is applying a number of MRI based techniques including fMRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), and MR spectroscopy to determine the neurobiological basis of autism. His research focuses on the application of neuroimaging techniques to study a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions with particular emphasis on the role of medial frontal cortex in managing reaction to emotional stimuli.

Contact Information:
John VanMeter, Ph.D.
Interim Director, 
Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging
Pre-Clinical Science Bldg, Suite LM-14
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202)-687-3592
E-mail: jwv5@georgetown.edu