James S. Gordon, MD Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

James S. Gordon, MD  

Internationally Recognized Psychiatrist Specializing in Trauma & Self Care; Founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

James S. Gordon, MD , a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, is internationally recognized for using self-awareness, self-care, and group support to heal population-wide psychological trauma. He is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., a clinical professor at Georgetown Medical School, and was chairman under Presidents Clinton and GW Bush of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

A peace-maker and consensus-builder, Dr. Gordon is known for cross-cultural relationship building as well as deep life-changing therapeutic work with individuals and families. For more than 25 years, he has led CMBM teams, to relieve population-wide psychological trauma: during and after wars in the Balkans and Middle East; after climate related disasters in Louisiana, Texas, California, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and California; in communities affected by school shootings; and with active duty U.S. military and veterans and their families.

Over the past 3 years, Dr. Gordon and his team have worked closely with tribal elders, teachers, and clinicians on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservations in South Dakota to create a program that has married mind-body medicine to traditional Lakota healing and stemmed a tide of youth suicide.

Dr. Gordon and his team are now working with peer counselors, teachers, and parents at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, and are partnering with Broward County Public Schools to support the entire community of 270,000 students and 30,000 employees. He and his international faculty are also collaborating with South Sudan’s pre-transitional government and civil society organizations to heal the psychological wounds of that devastated country’s 60 years of war.

A noted author and essayist, Dr. Gordon has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. His warm inclusive approach makes him a credible and compelling source for news media. He has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News, and on NPR’s Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, Science Friday, and All Things Considered, as well as in the pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and People magazine.

Dr. Gordon’s other books include "Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression," "Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies," and the award-winning "Health for the Whole Person." He has authored numerous book chapters and has published more than 140 articles in professional journals and popular press.

Related Speakers View all

More like James