Food As Medicine Faculty


James-S-Gordon MBM

Course Director

James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; founding Dean of the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Georgetown University School of Medicine; former Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; author, Manifesto for a New Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression

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Kathie-Swift FAM faculty

Education Director

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ, is a leading educator, innovator and practitioner in the field of integrative medical nutrition. She has been the Education Director of Food As Medicine since the programs founding in 2001. She is the author of The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat and co-author with Gerard Mullin, MD, ofThe Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health. She is also a Senior Nutritionist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Dr. Mark Hyman’s Ultrawellness Center.

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Course Faculty

Faculty bios & photos coming soon for: Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD; Tanmeet Sethi, PhD; David Perlmutter, MD; Donald Abrams, MD; Jeff Bland, PhD; Cynthia Lair

John Bagnulo MPH, PhDJohn Bagnulo MPH, PhD is naturalist and a nutritionist, farmer and forager, and an assistant professor.  He teaches courses at universities and leads programs at wellness centers throughout the US.


Cynthia Geyer, MDCynthia Geyer, MD, Medical Director, Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA; Food As Medicine core faculty since 2001; serves on the Pittsfield Board of Health and an active member of the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership; board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.


mark-pettus websiteMark Pettus, MD, Internist and Nephrologist; Director of Medical Education, Wellness, and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems; Associate dean of medical education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Author of 2 books,

Food As Medicine Chef Team

Rebecca Katz, MSRebecca Katz, MS, chef and culinary translator; Executive Chef, Food As Medicine; author, The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery; and One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and their Friends; consultant and speaker for leading health care institutions including UCSF, Stanford Cancer Center, Cornell Medical Center, Johns Hopkins; Director, Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, Bolinas, CA.


catherine mcconkie websiteCatherine McConkie, NC, Natural Chef Instructor and Nutrition Consultant; Core faculty for the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal; Founder of The Caregivers Table; Chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center


Jo Cessna websiteJo Cessna, Culinary Instructor, KishHealth System, where she has developed a hospital-based teaching kitchen, The Leishman Center for Culinary Health


Neha Jamani websiteNeha Jamani, therapeutic and holistic chef. Founder, The Sacred Kitchen, a community initiative, in her hometown of Dubai. Neha’s dream is to kickstart a food revolution where people in poor health have access to the food and socialization they need to get well.


Jen Yasis WebsiteJen Yasis, M.ed, certified Natural Chef and Educator. Program Coordinator, Healing Kitchens Institute; Adjunct professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health


Course Advisors

Jeffrey Bland, PhD
Sheila Dean, DSc,RD,LD
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD
Collen Fogarty Draper, MS, RD
Patrick Hanaway, MD
Janice Joneja, PhD, RD
Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD
Gerard Mullin, MD
Derek Neal, CHHC
Dean Ornish, MD
Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND
Chef Nora Pouillon
Victoria Proctor, RN, MS
Asma Sadiq, MD
Thomas G. Sherman, PhD
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH
Thomas M. Wnorowski, PhD