Endocrinology: A Deeper Dive into the Intricacies of the Endocrine System

August 13, 2021 to August 15, 2021
Take part in a deep dive into the fields of endocrinology and hormone management and the newer science of Intracrinology through this advanced, 3-day course. Led by renowned scientists, researchers, and clinicians, participants will examine the metabolites and receptor actions of the major reproductive hormones and will learn to define the various actions of the hormone and metabolites on translational physiological function. This course will also aspire to connect the various hormonal axes from the hypothalamus, pituitary to final organ action and examine the role of insulin, IGF, and various hormones such as growth hormone and oxytocin. Finally, a systems biology approach at each major body system will be discussed to elicit the cellular actions of these hormones on various tissues and organs.
This course is the next level in developing your expertise in hormone management and will leave you better equipped to solve your more complicated hormonal cases.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians (internal medicine, family medicine, endocrinologists, general medicine, and OB-GYN), pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals interested in learning about the advancements of preventative and anti-aging medicine.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the role of receptor type and locations of the major reproductive hormones.
  • Refine your knowledge of hormone metabolites and their role in various physiological actions and illnesses.
  • Analyze the additional hormones in the symphony and their contribution to wellness or disease.
  • Discuss the broad ranging effects of hormones across cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Outline treatment options to optimal bone health
  • Define the role of intracrinology and the ability of the body to synthesize hormones on demand in various tissues.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 23.00 Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/13/2021 - 8:39am
Event ends: 
08/15/2021 - 6:40pm

Dr. Hasan Abdallah, Director and founder of the Children’s Heart Institute is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology.
Dr. Abdallah is also board certified in Autonomic Disorders by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Abdallah directs the Children’s Autonomic Clinic in Northern Virginia that treats yearly around 8,000 children and adults with POTS, and Autonomic disorders from then US and all over the world.
The CHI Autonomic Clinic provides comprehensive autonomic testing, including Tilt Table Testing, VALSALVA MANEUVER(VM) that provides autonomic analyses of non-postural and Postural arterial blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) changes during breathing activity to evaluate Adrenergic and Cholinergic functions, in addition the lab performs QSART testing and skin biopsy. In addition the Lab works in conjunction with full time autonomic flow cytometry laboratory directed by autoimmune pathologist to study potential autoimmune mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).
Dr. Abdallah designed the rehabilitation, Taming POTS program and is very active in autonomic research and is world renowned in Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. Dr. Abdallah current research work is on the Immune Basis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, He has presented his last work on the World Congress on Autoimmunity in Switzerland.
Current Position:
Medical Director
Children’s Heart Institute
Virginia and Maryland
Director Autonomic Disorder Laboratory
Herndon Virginia
Co-Director: Flow Cytometry Laboratory
Dr. Abdallah did his college Education at Open Shaw Technical College, Manchester, United Kingdom and finished his medical school from the University of Jordan and completed his Pediatric residency training from University of Florida and his pediatric Cardiology training from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
Dr. Abdallah is board certified in Pediatrics, and Pediatric Cardiology. He is also in addition board certified in Autonomic Disorders from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
Barbie Barrett, MD, MS, FAARFM, ABAARM
Dr. Barrett is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and Board Certified in compliance with the Medical Board of California, business and profession code, section 651. In addition, she specializes in aesthetic, anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She is an Associate Professor at Stanford University Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine. She is an affiliate Faculty & Clinical Professor for the University of California at Davis, Irvine and San Francisco campus' Hospital. She also trains and acts as a medical advisor and instructor in cosmetic and trauma skin care. Dr. Barrett completed her residency and internship at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Medical and Trauma Center. She received her Medical Degree from Michigan State University.


D. Lindsey Berkson, MA, DC, CNS, DACBN

D. Lindsey Berkson is a known as a thought leader in functional medicine with an emphasis on hormones, nutrition, and digestion Berkson has been a distinguished scholar at an estrogen think tank from Tulane University, a best-selling author such as the first gut/body/mind/nutrition book (Healthy Digestion the Natural Way, Wiley, 1998) and the break through book on endocrine disrupting compounds (Hormone Deception, McGraw-Hill 2000).

Dr. Berkson has taught relicensing seminars to professionals (MDs, pharmacists, chiropractors, NDs, acupuncturists, nutritionists) as well as symposiums for the lay public for almost four decades.

Dr. Berkson designed the first female nutraceutical line for physicians in the US (Metagenics FEM LINE). She and Dr. J.V. Wright hold a patent on bioidentical hormones including their co-factor nutrients. Berkson has a masters in nutrition and three higher board certifications in nutrition. She started out as a functional medicine chiropractor with naturopathic training and developed into a researcher. She co-invented one of the first combination botanical/pharmaceutical drugs and has published peer review original research articles. Berkson is a fellow of the Health Sciences Collegium medical research institute. Her latest book is on intimacy and how our toxic environment is assaulting it, called SEXY BRAIN. Her new gut book for practitioners is called Nutritional Gastroenterology (Awakened Medicine Press). Berkson is known for translating science into clinical call-to-actions, as well as making the information download entertaining.


David E. Blask, PhD, MD, is currently Professor of Structural & Cellular Biology, Tulane Univ. School of Medicine, where is also the Head of the Laboratory of Chrono-Neuroendocrine Oncology and Associate Director of the Tulane Center for Circadian Biology and the Circadian Cancer Biology Group. He is also a member of the Tulane Cancer Center and the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium and the Tulane Center for Aging. For over 30 years, Dr. Blask’s research has focused on the circadian control and therapeutics of cancer by melatonin as well as the consequences of the circadian disruption of melatonin production by light at night on cancer growth progression, signaling/metabolism, resistance to therapy and metastasis. He has authored or co-authored over 400 publications including original, peer-reviewed journal articles, invited book chapters, reviews and monographs and scientific abstracts. His research has been supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, The Edwin Pauley Foundation and the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pineal Research and Melatonin Research, and he is a consultant for the photobiology group of the International Dark-Sky Association. Dr. Blask has also served as a member of the working group on shift work for the International Agency for Cancer Research of the World Health Organization and expert panel on light at night, circadian disruption and shift work for the National Institute of Environmental Science/National Toxicology Program. Blask’s laboratory in collaboration with George C. Brainard, Ph.D. and his group, were the first to discover and establish the nocturnal circadian melatonin signal as the first soluble circadian anti-cancer signal in human subjects. They also were the first to demonstrate that human exposure to polychrhomatic light at night induces circadian disruption/suppression of the melatonin signal that results in the stimulation of human cancer growth progression and metabolism. Blask has been the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his research accomplishments including the prestigious Aaron B. Lerner (discoverer of melatonin) Pioneer Medal for Outstanding and Sustained Contributions to Melatonin Research. In recent years, his research on light at night and cancer has been featured several documentary films including: 1) the award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary film “The City Dark” which has been aired on the PBS documentary series P.O.V.; 2) “Lights Out” which has been aired on the CBC science documentary series “The Nature of Things” narrated by David Suzuki; and 3) “Cancer and Human Evolution” which was aired by the Japanese Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) in their award-winning NHK science series, “The Origin of Diseases 2”. When he’s not doing research or teaching medical students, Dr. Blask is a professional jazz trumpet player here in New Orleans and has performed at the French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; currently he performs every Friday night in the Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel.
Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. At Charles R. Drew University, he is a Professor of Medicine, as well as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Molecular Medicine, and Metabolism. He is also an endowed professor in Cardio-Metabolic Diseases at CDU and Chief in the Division of Endocrinology at Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service, Outpatient Center (MLK-OC), where he sees patients in endocrine and diabetes clinics. He runs an obesity group visit program in which his team educates and motivates about 50 obese patients in a group setting. In addition to writing over 130 papers in peer-review journals, Dr. Friedman has written chapters on thyroid and adrenal for the well-known textbook, Cecil Essentials of Medicine as well as a book for the lay public, The Everything Health Guide to Thyroid Disease. Dr. Friedman is the chair of the LA County DHS Endocrinology-primary care work group. Dr. Friedman also has a private practice where he sees patients with hard-to-treat thyroid, pituitary and adrenal problems from across the country.
Sheldon Jordan, MD is a clinical associate professor of neurology at UCLA and USC. He has a private practice in Santa Monica, California. He has taught two interventional programs at UCLA and helped establish the stroke service at UCLA and Providence Saint John’s Health Center.  He has authored numerous books and journal articles, and he lectures nationally and internationally on brain health and regeneration. His newest book Regenesis: The Brain Doctor’s Guide to Health will be available this summer. He specializes in advanced imaging techniques, interventions for brain and nerve injury, anti-aging of the brain, and regenerative medicine. As chief investigator for The Regenesis Project, Dr. Jordan advances the boundaries of neurological care through the exploration of cutting edge and targeted approaches for brain health and regeneration. He has ongoing laboratory research which he is translating from the bench to the beside.  Dr. Jordan is also an avid photographer and artist and has illustrated books and presented artwork in various galleries.  His diverse background is the foundation of his unique and comprehensive approach to healthcare.
Joel Kahn, MD, is a plant based cardiologist whose personal mission is to prevent 1 million heart attacks over the next two years. He is known as “America’s Holistic Heart Doc” and graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Kahn has been practicing invasive, interventional and preventive cardiology in Detroit since 1990. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Kahn received a certification from the University of South Florida in Metabolic Cardiology, and became the first physician to complete the program in the world. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine has also certified Dr. Kahn in Metabolic Cardiology.
Reader’s Digest magazine selected Dr. Kahn for their Holistic Heart Doc column and their publishing arm published his book, The Whole Heart Solution, an Amazon #1 Top Selling book. His second book, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses, was published in 2015 and is on the #1 Bestseller List as well. Dr. Kahn also appears regularly on Fox TV 2 in Detroit as a health commentator and a Member of the Yahoo Health Advisory Board.
Ingrid Kohlstadt, M.D., M.P.H. is a 1993 physician graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is currently a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Human Nutrition. Dr. Kohlstadt earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health to add epidemiology and tropical medicine to her skills in diagnosing and treating metabolic conditions. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Kohlstadt specializes in optimizing the body’s metabolism for vibrant health and longevity. On this topic she conducts research and lectures at Johns Hopkins University; consults for Gerson Lehrman Group; contributes to TIME and Townsend Letter; and unites thought leaders from around the world by editing two prominent medical references Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients commencing its 3rd edition and Metabolic Therapies in Orthopedics, now in its 2nd edition.
Dr. Kohlstadt has set out to repair the metabolism of her patients in the Indian Health Service, for the Florida Orthopaedic Institute, with the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, and on every continent including as station doctor in Antarctica.
Augmenting her clinical efforts Dr. Kohlstadt has taken a public health approach to optimizing metabolism. She was an inaugural U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner’s Fellow in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics; directed a state capitol’s health department; assists hospitals with interpreting medical records through Fair Code Associates; and served at the CDC and the USDA.
Because longevity starts with youth, Dr. Kohlstadt has developed and researched an intervention for medically at-risk youth. Her research findings compelled her into social entrepreneurship. She founded NutriBee National Nutrition Competition and serves as its executive director. Dr. Kohlstadt newly brings her longstanding professional passion - innovating metabolic shortcuts to longevity - to Carolina Research Institute.
Kenneth S. Korach, PhD is a Scientist Emeritus. He received his Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia where he characterized biochemical properties of estrogen receptors in the pituitary and hypothalamus. He did post doctorial training at Harvard Medical School with Prof.Lewis Engel on a Ford Fellowship. Appointed into the Senior Biomedical Research Service (SBRS) at NIH. Recipient of the Medical College of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus Award, Edwin B. Astwood Award, US Endocrine Society, Keith Harrison Lecture Award, Australian Endocrine Society, Transatlantic Medal, British Endocrine Society, Firkin Research Award, Australian Society of Medical Research, Dale Research Medal, Society of Endocrinology, Beacon Award, Frontiers in Reproduction Woods Hole Research Laboratories, Neena Schwartz Research Award from Northwestern University.
Jennifer Landa, MD, FMNM, ABAARM, OB/Gyn
Dr. Landa specializes in helping women and men balance their hormones, restore their energy, and replenish their sex lives. At the heart of her practice is the belief that maintaining one’s health is hard work and she encourages her patients to make lifestyle changes that will result in increased health.
Dr. Landa’s focused, energetic, and straightforward style comes across well when she speaks in front of groups and on camera. She lectures nationally on preventive medicine and has appeared on national and local television. Dr. Landa just completed her first book with co-author Virginia Hopkins. Their book, The Sex Drive Solution for Women, is a no-nonsense approach to many of the sex drive issues that Dr. Landa addresses with her patients every day.

James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT, DHM, DHPh

Dr. LaValle is an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, and board-certified clinical nutritionist, with over 35 years of clinical experience. LaValle is best known for his expertise in performance health and integrative care with personally seeing thousands of clients over the years. He has an extensive background in natural products, lifestyle, drug/nutrient depletion, and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. He has developed programs for several industries including fitness, professional sports teams and health care companies. Most recently Jim was appointed the Clinical Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Performance Health Program

He taught for 15 years as an appointed adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy pioneering the course “Survey of Natural Medicine”, served as faculty at the College of Medicine at U.C. all the while serving as a preceptorship for both physicians and pharmacy students.

He is the founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, a cloud-based assessment tool that helps to pinpoint where the metabolic roadblocks are to person’s health based on their symptom survey, lab markers, biometric and wearable data. The tool helps prioritize care for individuals using a point system to indicate areas of metabolism that are the most out of balance. The platform provides suggestions for dietary supplements, diet and other targeted lifestyle suggestions with the goal of building metabolic reserve, resiliency and vitality.

In 2010, Jim developed personalized weight loss and wellness programs for LifeTime Fitness using his Metabolic Code approach for health and wellness. He and his team have also developed performance health programs for professional sports car racing, football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey players and teams, along with Olympic athletes.

LaValle gained national recognition as National Clinician of the Year in 2012 by the Natural Products Association for his pioneering work in furthering the professional standards of integrative care. And in 2017 as Educator of the Year for American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

He is an appointed faculty member for the Integrative Medicine postgraduate program at George Washington University School of Health Sciences. As the Clinical Co-Chair at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, he has trained thousands of health care professionals on the value of predictive health and performance and modeling health care practices to incorporate lifestyle, diet and natural therapies as part of the health equation for Americans.

He is author of more than 20 books including, “Cracking the Metabolic Code,” “Nutritional Cost of Drugs,” and his latest book, “Your Blood Never Lies”. In addition, he has authored 16 e-Books and four databases with information on a variety of topics, ranging from natural therapeutic decision tools, herb drug interactions, drug induced nutrient depletion, and professional monographs on 240 vitamin, mineral, nutraceutical and herbal compounds. He has also authored 200 articles, as well as being published in peer reviewed literature.

Jim was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine and was one of nine Americans selected by Senator Tom Harkin, to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau. As such, he is often called on by media for interviews on a variety of health topics due to his expertise and engaging style.

Tracie Leonhardt, DO
Dr. Leonhardt graduated from Southeastern University (now known as Nova University) in 1992, completed her internship at Suncoast Hospital in Largo, and then went on to complete her Residency in Emergency Medicine at Midwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1996. Dr. Leonhardt then began her 15-year tenure as a Board Certified ER physician.
In 2003, she started to experience her own health issues in which she developed Type II Diabetes. Dr. Leonhardt made it a mission to seek out the most up to date information on the disease and treatment options. Despite optimal medical treatment, her disease continued to worsen and soon she was on seven different medications to try to control the disease. This mission led her to study the metabolic and hormone systems, and she not only reversed her diabetes, but she completed an advanced fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
All of this led her to leave the Emergency Room and open her own practice in Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine which is a practice that uses science based, evidence-based medicine and focuses on the whole person. Integrative Medicine makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and healing. Dr. Leonhardt is an expert in the area of hormones, including thyroid, and in the treatment of diabetes. Her practice, Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center, also treats fungus, mold, Lyme, and auto immune diseases among many other conditions.
A much sought-after teacher and speaker, she is on teaching staff at two hospitals and is a preceptor instructor for LECOM Medical School and Kirit Patel Medical School. Dr. Leonhardt serves as the President of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society and on the Board of Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Leonhardt was invited to speak to a congress in Noordwijk Netherlands. Her topic was Lyme Disease and Alternative Treatments. She was recently on an expert panel regarding Cardiovascular Disease alongside other known experts such as Mark Houston MD.
Dr. Leonhardt has published articles for several magazines, and her article, “Lyme and Lyme-like Disease: The New Epidemic” was published in the Townsend Newsletter, July 2016. Dr. Leonhardt has also published articles on Traumatic Brain Injury, for which she has received advanced training. She has authored many articles on Thyroid, Hormones, and Diabetes.
She has also had the privilege of appearing on TV shows including Daytime, Consumer Updates, Tampa Bay Morning Blend, and was the Health Expert on Tampa NBC affiliate, News Channel 8. She had a weekly radio show in several markets on which she has a variety of guests, including Dr. Oz and Suzanne Somers.
Her clinic sees patients from various parts of the globe. Her mission is to integrate the best of traditional medicine with functional medicine giving her patients the best service with the best possible outcomes.
Doreen Saltiel, MD, JD, FACC, FAARFM, ABAARM
Dr. Saltiel completed a cardiology fellowship and board certification and practiced interventional cardiology for more than 20 years. Addiitonally, she is board certified in Phlebology and a registered physician in vascular interpretation (RPVI). Dr. Saltiel completed advanced fellowship training in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from MMI and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She completed MMI's advanced certification in Cardiovascular Health and is currently enrolled in the University of South Florida's (USF) Master's Program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine and USF's Cardiovascular Advanced Certification.






Pamela Wartian Smith, M.D., MPH, MS 
Dr. Smith spent her first twenty years of practice as an emergency room physician with the Detroit Medical Center and then 26-years as an Anti-Aging/Functional Medicine specialist. She is a diplomat of the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of Personalized Medicine. She also holds a Master’s in Public Health Degree along with a Master’s Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. She has been featured on CNN, PBS, and many other television networks, has been interviewed in numerous consumer magazines, and has hosted two of her own radio shows. Dr. Smith was one of the featured physicians on the PBS series “The Embrace of Aging” as well as the on-line medical series “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” and “Regain Your Brain”. Dr. Pamela Smith is the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine and is professor emeritus from the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. She is the author of eleven best-selling books. Her book: “What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and So Much More” was published last year. Her newest book: “Max Your Immunity,” will be released shortly.

Available Credit

  • 23.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 23.00 Completion
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