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

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.


Stephanie Belseth websiteStephanie Belseth, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Special interest in infants and children with chronic conditions; Uses natural approaches to manage pediatric health and developmental conditions with focus on children with special needs

Jo Cessna website

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

Penny Pilgram George, PsyDPenny Pilgram George, PsyD is Board Chair of the George Family Foundation in Minneapolis. She is a pioneer and leader in the integrative health and healing movement, working to transform healthcare delivery and community wellbeing. Dr. George is co-founder of the Bravewell Collaborative, a national collaboration of philanthropists dedicated to advancing the principles and practice of integrative medicine. As co-founder of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health, she helped to create the largest system-wide integrative medicine program in the country. Currently she chairs the Penny George Institute Foundation. 

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 Hyman, MDMark Hyman, MD is a practicing family physician, a seven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is also the founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center; Chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine; Board of Directors, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; a medical editor of The Huffington Post; and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, Katie.


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.

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.


jenny krocak website

Jenny Krocak, MPH Candidate, University of Minnesota. Nutrition Programs Coordinator at Dream of Wild Health.  Avid gardener and cook. Passionate about strong cultural component of food that can provide a healing experience. 

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


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

Aviva Romm, MDAviva Romm, MD, Family Physician, midwife, herbalist, author. International authority on botanical and functional medicine for women and children. Author of 7 books on natural medicine. Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine; Advisory Board of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program; Medical Director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia; and sits on the expert panel of the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook.


Laura Sandquist websiteLaura Sandquist, DNP, Health and Wellness Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Lead at Touchstone’s Community Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis; Co-authored the chapter “Nutrition and Integrative Nursing” in Integrative Nursing textbook

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