Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Aviad Haramati

Aviad (Adi) Haramati is Professor in the Division of Integrative Physiology of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Department of 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 during growth and in states such as heart failure. 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: 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. 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 served on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step1) for the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is past-president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), a member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Academic Societies (AAMC), chaired the organizing committee for the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health, held in May 2012 and upcoming in May 2014 in Miami, FL, and the International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine held in Washington, DC in October 2012. In November 2012, he received CAHCIM’s first Bravewell Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Haramati led a broad NIH-funded educational initiative aimed at incorporating complementary, alternative (CAM) and integrative medicine into the medical curriculum at Georgetown, and currently co-directs the graduate studies in Physiology—CAM program. 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 able to discuss 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 has been a Visiting Professor at over 50 medical schools around the world and currently works with a number of medical school deans and educators in North America, Europe and Israel.