James S. Gordon, MD
Founder & Director Center for Mind-Body Medicine
James S. Gordon, MD, is the 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. Dr. Gordon recently served as Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also
served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the NIH.
Dr. Gordon has devoted over 35 years to the exploration and practice of mind-body medicine. A Harvard Medical School graduate, he was for ten years a research psychiatrist at
the National Institute of Mental Health. There 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 Carter’s Commission on Mental Health, and created a nationwide preceptorship program for medical students.
Dr. Gordon created and directs the ground-breaking Healing the Wounds of War program that provides comprehensive healing for traumatized children and families, and those who serve them, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and Gaza; as well as for firefighters, their widows, families and children in coping with the effects of the September 11th disaster. Nearly a
thousand professionals throughout these post-conflict and on-going conflict areas have been trained by Dr. Gordon to more effectively address the trauma within their communities. Dr.
Gordon has supervised and trained a leadership group within each country to enhance the innate sustainability of the CMBM approach. He creates the curriculum and supervises the CMBM clinical faculty who provide training within the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Gordon has also created important professional programs for physicians, medical students and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Gordon integrates relaxation therapies, hypnosis, meditation, acupuncture, nutrition, herbalism, musculoskeletal manipulation, dance, yoga and physical exercise in his
own practice of medicine and psychiatry.
Dr. Gordon’s two most recent books are 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 (both Perseus Books). In addition, Dr.
Gordon 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, among them the American Journal of Psychiatry, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychiatry, The American Family Physician, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He helped develop and write the educational
materials to supplement the public television series “Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers”.
Dr. Gordon’s work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News and National Public Radio, as well as in The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, People, American Medical News, Clinical Psychiatry News, Town and Country, Hippocrates, Psychology Today, Vegetarian Times, Natural Health, Health and Prevention.