James S. Gordon

James S. Gordon

James S. Gordon, MD, is founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) and a clinical professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Gordon recently served as chairperson of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first chairperson of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine.

Gordon has devoted more than 35 years to the exploration and practice of mind-body medicine. A Harvard Medical School graduate, he was a research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health for 10 years, where he developed the first national program for runaway and homeless youth, edited the first comprehensive studies of alternative and holistic medicine, directed the Special Study on Alternative Services for President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Mental Health, and created a nationwide preceptorship program for medical students.

He created and directs the groundbreaking Healing the Wounds of War program that provides comprehensive healing for traumatized children, families, and professionals living in areas touched by conflict, terrorism, or natural disaster, as well as for firefighters, their widows, families, and children in coping with the effects of the September 11 disaster. Gordon has also created important professional programs for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; and for people with cancer, depression, and other chronic illnesses. He integrates relaxation therapies, hypnosis, meditation, acupuncture, nutrition, herbalism, musculoskeletal manipulation, dance, yoga and physical exercise in his own practice of medicine and psychiatry.

A prolific writer, Gordon’s books include Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Alternative, Complementary and Conventional Therapies and Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies, and the forthcoming Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. He has written or edited nine other books, including the award-winning Health for the Whole Person, and more than 120 articles in professional journals and general magazines and newspapers, including Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and New York Times. Gordon’s work has also been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News and National Public Radio, and he helped develop and write the educational materials to supplement the public television series “Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.”

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