IMHS Seminars

Spring 2023

Unless otherwise noted:
Thursdays, 12-12:50 p.m.
Discussion with Guest Speaker, 1-1:45 p.m.
Basic Science Building Room 239
For Zoom link: Email Program Coordinator Aradhana Massey (

January 26
The Transformation from Disease Care to Health Care in the U.S.: Education, Advocacy, Policy
Leonard Wisneski, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor, George Washington University
Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University
Faculty, Medicine and Nursing Departments, University of Colorado
Chairman Emeritus, The Integrative Health Policy Consortium
Boulder, CO

February 2
Sports Physical Therapy
Timothy Vidale, PT, DPT, MBA, CSOMT
Chief Executive Officer
Sports Physical Therapist
Momentous Sports Medicine
1228 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

February 9
An Introduction to Anthroposophic Medicine
Christian Scheffer, MD
Director, Integrated Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine
Clinical Education Ward for Integrative Medicine
University of Witten / Herdecke
Faculty for Health

February 16
Virtual Reality in Advanced Illness Care: Leveraging Novel Technologies for Symptom Management
Hunter Groninger, MD
Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University
Director, Section of Palliative Care
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Scientific Director, Palliative Care MHRI
Washington, DC

February 23
Integrative Medicine Approaches for Women’s Health: Optimizing Hormones Perimenopause
through Menopause

Nayo Wills, MD, LAc
Medical Director
Nava Health and Vitality Center
Rockville, MD

March 2
Beyond Well-Being: Lessons from Sartre, Aristotle, and the Blue Zones
Benjamin Doolittle MD, MDiv, FAAP, FACP
Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine
Program Director, Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Program
Medical Director, Yale Medicine-Pediatrics Practice
New Haven, CT

March 16
Teaching Kitchens as Nutrition Learning Laboratories of the Future
David Eisenberg, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Director, Culinary Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Founding Co-Director, CIA-Harvard Chan Teaching Kitchen Collaborative
Boston, MA

March 23
(Experiential) Myofascial Trigger Points Therapy
Jay Shah, MD
Director, Medical Rehabilitation Training Program
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, MD

April 13
Acupuncture and the Inflammatory Response
Lixing Lao, PhD, LAc
Professor and President
Virginia University of Integrative Medicine

April 27
Tai Chi Beyond Relaxation and Wellbeing
Peter Wayne, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Division of Preventive Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Past Seminars

September 1
(Workshop) Managing Your Financial Aid Package
Theresa Torres, Graduate Program Director
Liam Carney, Graduate Aid Program Manager
Office of Student Financial Services
Georgetown University Medical Center

September 8
(Workshop) What Type of Learner Are You? Strategies for Time Management and Study Skills
Hakima Amri, Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry and Physiology
Director, Integrative Medicine & Health Sciences Graduate Program
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC

September 22
Creating Healthier Healthcare
Julia Langley, M.A.
Faculty Director, Arts and Humanities
Lombardi Cancer Center
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC

September 27
(Workshop) Managing Your Career Development
Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., MPS
Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Training & Development, Biomedical Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC

September 29
Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine
Ann Berger, M.D.
Chief of Pain and Palliative Care Service
Medical Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

October 6
From Alternative to Integrative Medicine: Two decades of Progress to a New Frontier
Aviad Haramati, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Integrative Physiology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Co-Director, MS-IMHS Graduate Program
Georgetown University School of Medicine

October 13
A Seat at the Table: Tackling Systematic Minority Exclusion in Clinical Trials and Integrative Health Related Studies
Lady Nwadike, M.S.
Fellow, Gender+ Justice Initiative
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

October 20
Self-Compassion and Gratitude – Could These Be Your Superpowers?
Harpreet Gujral, DNP, FNP-BC
Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine
McLean, VA

October 27
Probiotics Use in the Pediatric Population
Daniel Merenstein, M.D.
Professor and Director of Research
Department of Family Medicine
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC

November 3
Healing with Music
Jag Kanwal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC

November 10
Using Mind-Body Approaches for the Treatment of Anxiety
Elizabeth Hoge, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Program
Department of Psychiatry
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

November 17
Integrative Therapies for Musculoskeletal Pain
Elizabeth DuPree, M.D., FACS, ABOIM
Chief Medical Officer
Medical Caliber and Signal Relief
Rexburg, Idaho

December 1
Impact of Sleep on Health and Wellness
Cristina Reichner, M.D.
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine Department
Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Georgetown University
Washington, DC