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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.

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

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.

Course Faculty
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is chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He has an Integrative Oncology consultation practice at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

He received an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Brown University in 1972 and graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. After completing an Internal Medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he became a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco in 1980. He was one the original clinician/investigators to recognize and define many early AIDS-related conditions. He has long been interested in clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine interventions for HIV/AIDS and cancer, including evaluations of medicinal marijuana. In 1997 he received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct clinical trials of the short-term safety of cannabinoids in HIV infection.

Subsequently he was granted funds by the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to continue studies of the effectiveness of cannabis in a number of clinical conditions. He completed a placebo-controlled study of smoked cannabis in patients with painful HIV-related peripheral neuropathy as well as a study evaluating vaporization as a smokeless delivery system for medicinal. He conducted an NIDA-funded trial investigating the possible pharmacokinetic interaction between vaporized cannabis and opioid analgesics in patients with chronic pain. He is now conducting an NIH-funded trial investigating vaporized cannabis in patients with Sickle Cell disease. He co-authored the chapter on “Cannabinoids and Cancer” in the Oxford University Press Integrative Oncology text that he co-edited with Andrew Weil. He co-edits the NCI PDQ CAM Cannabinoids and Cancer website. Dr. Abrams is a scientific advisory to a number of cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical companies.

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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John Bagnulo MPH, PhD

John Bagnulo
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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.

John Bagnulo has worked as a nutritionist for the past 18 years. He has also worked as an assistant professor and faculty member at universities and several non-profit organizations. He has led courses and given countless lectures on human metabolism, food and ecology, food and culture, nutrition and disease, and nutrition and cooking, among others. John has helped hundreds of patients reverse chronic diseases through a diet of whole foods.

John holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate from the University of Maine.

One of the foremost experts on food and health, John’s lectures and discussions place food at the center of a web that stretches from human physiology to our fields and from our ancestors to our kitchens. His talks and or lectures are sure to enlighten and entertain even the most well read and informed on the topic of nutrition and health.

Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS

Jeffrey_B_4473-2T-3052483137-O_jpg_resizedJeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS, has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years and is known for his ability to synthesize complex scientific concepts in a manner that is both personable and accessible.

A biochemist by training, Dr. Bland earned dual degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oregon.  He is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.

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Cynthia Geyer, MD

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 10.30.12 AMCynthia Geyer, MD, Medical Director, Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA. In addition to her role at Canyon Ranch, Dr. Geyer is one of the core faculty members at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s (CMBM) “Food as Medicine” conference.

Dr. Cindy Geyer received her bachelor of science and her doctor of medicine degrees, with honors, from Ohio State University. She completed her internship and residency in medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Geyer specializes in women’s health issues such as transition hormones, effects of sleep deprivation, and weight loss management strategies to boost metabolism and harness energy.

Cynthia Lair

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 4.14.28 PMCynthia Lair is the author of the popular cookbook Feeding the Whole Family (Sasquatch Books, 2008).  A fully-revised fourth edition is due out in fall 2016.  She is an Assistant Professor for Bastyr University’s School of Nutrition & Exercise Science and the founder of their BS in Nutrition & Culinary Arts program. A second edition of her book, Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players, Parents and Coaches (Readers to Eaters) was released in 2012.

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Sarahjoy Marsh

Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500, certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and author, is a vibrant, compassionate catalyst for transformation. Clear-hearted and sensitive toward those that suffer from addictions – in particular disordered eating patterns and body image issues, and for those living with anxiety, depression, and trauma, Sarahjoy ignites a person’s confidence in themselves as capable of traversing the challenges and joys of awakening from suffering.

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Dr Katherine Patterson

Katherine Patterson

After graduating from NCNM in 2010 with a degree in naturopathic medicine, Dr Kate Patterson developed a primary care, private practice in Portland, Oregon. There, she enjoys working with patients who seek a holistic approach to optimizing health and holds a special interest in working with those living with difficult to treat, chronic conditions.

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David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM

David_Perlmutter_2013-10-02David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award for best research by a medical student. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida.

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Tanmeet Sethi, MD

headshotTanmeet Sethi, MD Board Certified Family Physician Specializing in Integrative Medicine; Faculty Physician and Director of Integrative Medicine Fellowship, Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency. Watch her TEDx Talk “Two words that can change your life”.

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Geoff Sittler

Geoff Sittler OTR/L, BCN: Geoff is an Occupational Therapist specializing in utilizing Mind-Body modalities with both individuals and groups. Previously, Geoff has worked for Central City Concern at their Old Town Clinic site with a focus on holistic interventions to address chronic pain. Certified in both Neurofeedback (BCIA) and Mind-Body Medicine (Center for Mind-Body Medicine), Geoff has practiced Mind-Body modalities personally since 2001 and has worked with all ages teaching these techniques in multiple settings including home health, primary care, K–8th grade, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics. He has also presented these concepts at professional conferences, in-services and as part of the Pacific University Occupational Therapy program.

Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD

112ced3Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD, is a physician and psychologist living in Portland, Oregon. After practicing Emergency Medicine for several years, she was the Primary Investigator in a 4-year study of the emotional, social, and psychological effects of traumatic injury and stress at the University of Michigan and the Legacy Health System in Portland. She went on to found MindBody Medicine of Portland, providing integrative medical services, including Mind-Body Skills groups, to the public and other health professionals in the Portland area.

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Food As Medicine Chef Team

Catherine McConkie, Executive Chef

Image 4Catherine McConkie, Executive Chef is executive chef for CMBM’s Food As Medicine professional nutrition training program and chef faculty for CMBM’s comprehensive training program in partnership with Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. She is founder of The Caregivers Table; an educational cooking program designed to nourish the well being of clinical caregivers, and co- creator of Diabetes in Motion; an awareness based food and movement pilot program at San Francisco General Hospital. Catherine is core faculty for the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal; lead chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center; and has worked over a decade training students in the culinary arts.

Neha Jamani

Dubai-20110723-00141Neha Jamani trained as a Therapeutic and Holistic Chef at the Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Berkeley, California). In 2014, she established The Sacred Kitchen so that she could bring all that she’s learned about Food As Medicine and Food As Nourishment to the place she grew up — Dubai. Neha conducts community outreach events to educate individuals on how to take control of their health. She shows how people can use food to support recovery and overall wellness during and after medical treatment. Neha’s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of food choices and to reconnect people with their bodies and the food they eat. She is the creative force behind the popular “Wellness Dinners” that she hosts in Dubai and conducts cooking classes on therapeutic foods and menus.

Rebecca Katz, MS, Chef Emeritus

Rebecca Katz, MS, Chef Emeritus,Rebecca-Katz-Larger Food As Medicine Chef Emeritus, provides the delicious recipes for our lunches. She is the author of 4 healthy cookbooks: One Bite at a Time, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, The Longevity Kitchen and The Healthy Mind Cookbook; is the founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal in Bolinas, CA; and is dedicated to connecting the dots between food, big flavor and vibrant health.