Dr. Ranit Mishori is a physician and writer whose twin careers in family medicine and international journalism create a unique perspective on the many issues involved in delivering healthcare here and abroad. From an early start covering wars and the plight of refugees for a global news organization, Dr. Mishori went on to study medicine and public health, earning an MHS in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has since built a multi-dimensional career that includes academia, scholarship and national leadership roles in public health, global health, medical education, clinical medicine, underserved populations, and human rights.
A graduate of the Georgetown University/Providence hospital Family Medicine Residency, she is currently director of the Department of Family Medicine's Global Health Initiatives, where she has initiated and lead the Global Health Scholars Track at the residency and various collaborative projects internationally (in Latin America, Haiti, Africa and the Middle East). Previously, she was the Family Medicine Clerkship Director, and has created, directed or co-directed multiple courses. As a clinician, Dr. Mishori sees patients regularly and serves as an attending physician at the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, precepting residents in the outpatient office and supervising the family medicine inpatient service on a rotating basis.
Dr. Mishori’s main areas of interest and expertise are health and human rights and the care of vulnerable populations, particularly forced migrants (refugees and asylum seekers). She has created curricula, given talks and presentations nationally and internationally, written articles and conducted research on topics related to asylum and refugee care, human trafficking, female-genital mutilation, torture and human rights in medical education. Dr. Mishori is the faculty advisor for Georgetown’s Asylum Program. Since 2011 she has been a consulting medical expert for Physicians for Human Rights as part of their Sexual Violence program, asylum program and mHealth project, MediCapt. She has also consulted for The World Bank on several health system reform projects.
Dr. Mishori is the founder of the Department of Family Medicine’s program on Health, Media and Primary Care, whose mission is to critically and methodologically assess the intersection between media, evidence-based medicine and primary care, and directs Georgetown’s unique Health & Media fellowship. She is the director of Georgetown’s Practice-Based Research Network, CAPRICORN and in that capacity leads various primary care research projects as PI, co-PI and consultant, overseas administrative leadership, grant writing, research design and mentoring. In June of 2017 she assumed the role of director of the Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellowship.
She is the recipient of several academic awards, including the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, John Eisenberg Memorial Career Development Award, the STFM-NE Emerging Leader Award, The Georgetown University School of Medicine International Programs Award, and several Teaching Excellence Awards. She continues to report and write on health and medicine, publishing more than two- hundred articles over the past 17 years in the popular press, in addition to her publication of academic papers. Between 2008 and 2011, she was the medical columnist for Parade Magazine. She publishes frequently in the Washington Post, and has taken on assignments for The NY Daily News, AARP – the Magazine, the Huffington Post, and others. She frequently represents Georgetown on TV, radio, print and web-based news outlets.
Coincident with her regular duties and having a strong sense of service, Dr. Mishori has been a deeply engaged participant on multiple committees and boards, including the National Physicians Alliance (board member), Chair- Sub-committee on Public Health Issues (AAFP); AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science; AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives; WONCA, Group on Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine; Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Research; DC Department of Health Maternal Health Advisory Board; DC-Academy of Family Medicine Board; Healing Across the Divides. Dr. Mishori’s professional interests include: health and human rights, care of the underserved, preventive health, global women’s and maternal health, primary care research, and health & Media.
She lives in Washington, DC with her husband (journalist and author John Donvan), her two children (Benjamin and Noa) and her beloved Golden-doodle, Pyke.