AVIAD HARAMATI, PhD.
Aviad (Adi) Haramati is tenured Professor in the Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he received a PhD in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and came to Georgetown in 1985 after spending 5 years at the Mayo Clinic. For over 20 years, Dr. Haramati’s research focus was on regulation of kidney and electrolyte physiology during growth and in pathophysiological states such as heart failure. Currently, his activities are centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained.
Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 30 years, and directed the medical school course in Human Physiology and other graduate school courses. His teaching effectiveness has been recognized with numerous teaching awards: first at Mayo Clinic, and then at Georgetown University where he has received 9 Golden Apple awards from medical and graduate students. In 1997, he was awarded the Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching of the Basic Sciences, and in 2000 was the eighth recipient of 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 by faculty and alumni for induction into the Magis Society of Master Teachers at Georgetown.
He served on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step1) for the National Board of Medical Examiners, and chairs the Examination Section for the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists (CBNS), of American College of Nutrition. He is the past-president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, chaired the organizing committee for the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, held in May 2009 in Minneapolis, MN and again chairs the next conference to be held in May 2012 in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Haramati was principal investigator of an NIH grant that funded a broad educational initiative aimed at incorporating complementary, alternative (CAM) and integrative medicine into the medical curriculum at Georgetown and currently co-directs the graduate program in Physiology—CAM Track. The goal of the initiative is not to train practitioners of CAM, but rather to educate skillful, knowledgeable physicians and scientists who understand the role of CAM in healthcare and are capable of discussing these issues with their patients. 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 currently works with a number of medical school deans and educators in North America, Europe and Israel.