Aviad Haramati, PhD, Director
Aviad “Adi” Haramati, PhD, is Professor of Integrative Physiology in the Departments of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Medicine (Nephrology), and co-director of the CAM Graduate Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. He received a PhD in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati and came to Georgetown after 5 years at Mayo Clinic. His research interests addressed renal and electrolyte homeostasis, but now he focuses on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. In April 2013, he was named the inaugural director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).
Dr. Haramati has taught physiology for almost 40 years and has been recognized with awards at Mayo Clinic and at Georgetown University, where he has received 10 Golden Apple awards from medical and graduate students. In addition, he was awarded the Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching of the Basic Sciences, the Arthur C. Guyton Teacher of the Year award by the American Physiological Society, the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Master Scholar Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), and in 2016 was named one of first two Distinguished Educators by the GUMC Teaching Academy for Health Sciences.
Dr. Haramati served as past-president of IAMSE, past Vice-Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH), past member of the Board of the Council of Faculty & Academic Societies (AAMC), and chaired the organizing committees for 8 international conferences on education and on integrative medicine. He also hosted a number of international conferences including the 2017 CENTILE Conference on Strategies to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in the Health Professions: An Interprofessional Forum, held in Washington, DC, October 22-25, 2017.
Dr. Haramati seeks to improve medical education across the globe, especially with regard to the intersection of science, mind-body medicine and professionalism. Over the past 15 years he has advocated that mindful practices, together with group sessions, be integrated into the curriculum for training health professionals in an effort to improve and learning and work environment at academic health centers. Dr. Haramati has been a visiting professor at over 100 medical schools worldwide.