Aviad Haramati, PhD, Director
Aviad Haramati is Professor of Physiology, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Medicine (Nephrology) at Georgetown University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he received a PhD in Physiology (University of Cincinnati) and came to Georgetown in 1985 after spending 5 years at Mayo Clinic. For over 25 years, Dr. Haramati’s research focus was on regulation of kidney and electrolyte physiology. For the past decade, his activities have centered 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 medical and graduate students for over 35 years and has been recognized with numerous awards including 9 Golden Apple awards at Georgetown; the Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching of the Basic Sciences, and the Arthur C. Guyton Teacher of the Year award by the American Physiological Society. In 2002, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2004, he was selected for induction into the Magis Society of Master Teachers at Georgetown. In 2010, he was awarded the Master Scholar Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).
Dr. Haramati chaired the Faculty Senate at GUMC and led committees and task forces involved in the institution’s strategic planning in both governance and in education. He taught at the Harvard-Macy Course for Leaders in Medical Education (2001-2006) and served on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step1) for the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is past-president of IAMSE, past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), a member of the Board of the Council of Faculty & Academic Societies (AAMC), chaired the organizing committees for the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health, (2012, 2014), and the International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine held in October 2012. In November 2012, he received CAHCIM’s first Bravewell Award for Distinguished Service.
Dr. Haramati has a deep interest to improve medical education across the globe, especially with regard to the intersection of science, mind-body medicine and professionalism. He has been a Visiting Professor at over 60 medical schools around the world and currently works with a number of medical school deans and educators in North America, Europe and Israel.