The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Our mind-body medicine program fully integrated into Ministry of Health community centers and available nationwide to over 2 million people

Program founded:  1998

From the first full-scale training program held in Macedonia for refugee Kosovar physicians in 1999, the program has evolved into a locally supported and sustained component of the nationwide Community Mental Health system.

Program Director: James Gordon, MD
Clinical Director: Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW
Program Manager: Lee-Ann Gallarano
In-Country Directors: Afrim Blyta, MD, PhD & Jusuf Ulaj, MD
In-Country Faculty: 10 (MD, MA, PhD)

Dates & location training programs have been held:

Macedonia: 1999
Prishtina: 2002-2005

Where we work: Pristina, Mitrovica, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Gjilan and Ferizaj

Health professionals trained to date: 600

Food As Medicine program integrated into the nutrition curriculum of University Medical School of Prishtina

Published Research: First randomized controlled trial (RCT) of any intervention with war traumatized children showed that students having symptoms indicating PTSD was significantly reduced from 100% to 18%, and the reduction in symptoms was maintained at a 3 month follow-up. It is also the first RCT of a successful, comprehensive mind-body approach with any traumatized population (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry).

Children & adults served: 2 million

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