The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Course Director

James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and 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 of Manifesto for a New Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression

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Education Director

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, 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 co-author with Gerard Mullin, MD, of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health and is a Senior Nutritionist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Dr. Mark Hyman’s Ultrawellness Center.

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John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD

John 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.



Cathryn Couch, MBA is Executive Director for Ceres Community Project, a Jefferson Award winner and finalist for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leaders Award.


Brenda-Davis - FAM Faculty

Brenda Davis, RD, registered dietitian; public health and clinical nutritionist; academic nutrition instructor; past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association; co-author of nine books: Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, Becoming Vegan, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Raw, The Raw-food Revolution Diet, Defeating Diabetes and Dairy free and Delicious.



Joel Evans, MD, board certified OB/GYN; Founder and Director of The Center for Women’s Health, Stamford, CT; Chief Medical Officer of internet wellness site; author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook; Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Cynthia Geyer - FAM Faculty

Cynthia Geyer, MD, Medical Director, Canyon Ranch in Lenox; Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland Clinic; previous emergency room physician, and Associate Director of the Neighborhood Health Center/Berkshire Medical Center


Mark Hyman - FAM Faculty

Mark 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.


Rebecca 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, NC

Catherine McConkie, NC, Natural Chef Instructor and Nutrition Consultant; core faculty for the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal; founder of The Caregivers Table, a cooking program designed for nourishing caregivers who work in hospital and clinical settings; co-founder of Cooks On Call; chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center.



Sanford Newmark, MD is a clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California. He is the head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, specializing in the treatment of Autism, ADHD and other developmental or chronic childhood conditions. He combines conventional medicine with nutrition, behavior management and various complementary modalities. He recently published the book ADHD Without Drugs, a Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD.



Dean Ornish, MD is a pioneer researcher, first to prove that lifestyle changes may stop or even reverse the progression of heart disease and early-stage prostate cancer and even change gene expression. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for his program, the first time that Medicare has covered an integrative medicine program. He was recognized by LIFE magazine as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation” and by Forbes magazine as “one of the 7 most powerful teachers in the world.” He is the author of six national bestselling books.



John Robbins is the author of nine bestsellers including The Food Revolution, the classic Diet For A New America, and most recently, Voices of the Food Revolution. He is Co-Founder and President of The Food Revolution Network, whose 2012 and 2013 Summits drew more than 100,000 participants.

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Ruthi Solari - FAM Faculty

Ruthi Solari, MS, CN, Founder and Executive Director of SuperFood Drive; founding member of World Public Health Nutrition Association; recipient of Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Leadership award; leader in corporate wellness and community health initiatives for low-income populations; Board Member and facilitator of holistic women’s health and leadership workshops for Shakti Rising; Board Member for CORE educational services.


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

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