Unpacking the Microbiome: Complexities and Interventions for Promoting Full-Body Wellness

July 24, 2021 to July 25, 2021
The microbiome wields a significant amount of influence over our health, impacting the immune system, the brain, the endocrine system, nutrient production, and more. As both a potential disease origin and the largest therapeutic center for the human body, understanding the microbiome can have significant implications on practitioners' clinical care approaches.
This two-day course will provide a comprehensive deep dive into the gut microbiome by first establishing the microbiome's connection to health and disease, examining the common environmental and genetic factors that lead to an unhealthy microbiome, and finally delivering targeted solutions to improve patients' health.

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

  • Discuss how the microbiome controls the immune system, the brain, the endocrine system, and the body's nutrient production – the critical cross-talk between microbe and host.
  • List how these bi-directional communications may be the root cause of illness in chronically ill patients.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.50 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.
  • 15.50 Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/24/2021 - 8:30am
Event ends: 
07/25/2021 - 5:30pm

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

Dr. 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).

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.

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.

Jill Carnahan, MD, ABIHM, ABoIM, IFMCP

Dr. Carnahan completed her residency at the University of Illinois Program in Family Medicine at Methodist Medical Center. In 2006 she was voted by faculty to receive the Resident Teacher of the Year award and elected to Central Illinois 40 Leaders Under 40. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is dually board-certified in Family Medicine (ABFM) and Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).

Dr. Jill was also part of the first 100+ health-care practitioners to be certified in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP). In 2008, Dr. Carnahan’s vision for health and healing resulted in the creation of Methodist Center for Integrative Medicine in Peoria, IL where she served as the Medical Director for 2 years. In 2010, she founded Flatiron Functional Medicine in Boulder, Colorado where she partnered in functional medicine with medical partner, Dr. Robert Rountree. She recently opened a brand new medical clinic with a broad range of services in Louisville, Colorado.

Dr. Jill is also 15-year survivor of breast cancer and Crohn’s disease and passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of complex and chronic illness. She is also committed to teaching other physicians how to address underlying cause of illness rather than just treating symptoms through the principles of functional medicine. She is a prolific writer, speaker, and loves to infuse others with her passion for health and healing!

Gerard Clarke, PhD 

Dr. Clarke is a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and a Principal Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland at University College Cork. His research interests include the impact of the gut microbiome on brain and behaviour across the life span, microbial regulation of tryptophan metabolism and translational biomarkers of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders. With over 130 publications and a H-Index of 60, he was included in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list. On Expertscape, he is listed at number 13 in the list of worldwide experts in the ‘Microbiota’ and at 39 in ‘Biodiversity’.

Rodney Dietert, PhD

Dr. Dietert is an internationally known author, lecturer, scientist, editor, media personality, and educator. He has turned his wide-ranging expertise toward the issue of sustainable healthcare focusing on health risk reductions in the young to protect against later-life chronic and infectious diseases. His emphasis is on a systems biology approach to microbiome and the immune system.

Rodney was first appointed to the Cornell faculty in 1977. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and previously held the title of Professor of Immunotoxicology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He was also a faculty member in the Cornell Institute for Comparative and Environment Toxicology.

Rodney has authored peer-reviewed papers in more than 70 different scientific journals ranging from environmental health and pediatric medicine/neonatology publications to nutrition, metabolism, immune, neurological and reproductive journals. He was elected President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology and previously led Cornell's programs in immunology, toxicology, and risk reduction for breast cancer. Among his awards are the James G. Wilson Award for “Best Paper of the Year” from the Society of Birth Defects Research and Prevention and the award designation of “Microbiome Hero” at the first-ever World Microbiome Day celebration.

As a speaker in a wide range of different forums, Rodney has lectured in more than 100 different cities across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His audiences have included scientific societies, governmental organizations, colleges and universities, private companies, health advocacy groups and alternative forums. He has given invited lectures at the NAS (Institute of Medicine), the NIH, the FDA, the EPA (Health Effects), the USDA (NIFA), the American Academy of Pediatrics, AAAS, and Summit Annual Conferences, and the Smithsonian Institute. Rodney was invited to provide a U. S. Congressional briefing on environmental topics and served on panels for the NIH, the U.S. EPA, the USDA, the World Health Organization, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Institute of Medicine).

His most recent general audience book concerns the microbiome, health, and disease and is titled: The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life (Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2016). Previous, he co-authored the books Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System and Science Sifting (World Scientific Publishing) and edited two state-of-the-art technical books in human health: Immunotoxicity Testing (Humana Press, 2010) and Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease (Springer/Humana Press, 2012).

Dietert received his education from Duke University (BS degree) and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.) prior to joining the Cornell faculty in 1977. One of the pivotal experiences that propelled him to a career in science was a summer high school research experience at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Ironically, Rodney was trained primarily in genetics but has devoted his career to environmental health research aimed at better protecting children and providing them with the best opportunity for a lifetime of good health. In 2012, he began to work on the microbiome following a middle-of-the- night dream idea.

Rodney’s research and teaching activities have extended beyond the health sciences. In 2012 Rodney introduced a new course at Cornell applying contemplative tools for creative problem solving. This blossomed into a variety of new educational programs and workshops including annual presentations for new international student orientation at Cornell. His lectures and peer-reviewed papers were not restricted to science but included Scottish history. This work resulted in acknowledgements by the National Museums of Scotland and his recent election as a “Fellow” in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Rodney’s media experience ranges from print (New York Times) and radio show contributions (Syracuse and Rochester, NY, Hartford, CT and Dublin, Ireland stations) to web podcasts, webinars (Society for Risk Analysis), interviews (World Asthma Foundation, American College of Toxicology) and national television interviews (ABC's World News Tonight). He also appeared in the 2014 award-winning documentary movie Microbirth.

Lacey Hall, MS, RD

Lacey Hall is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. Her background spans from use of medical nutrition therapy in acute care settings to application of holistic medicine in the rainforests of Bali, Indonesia. Her original research on dietary supplement usage amongst hospitalized patients, catapulted her into a deeper desire to seek out integrative healthcare solutions. Lacey’s focus led her to a primary specialty in microbiome health and modulation. At Microbiome Labs, Lacey is the Clinical Director of Learning and Development. Here, she teaches doctors and healthcare providers about gut microbiome testing, therapeutic interventions, and targeted strategies to support a balanced gut ecology. Her goal is to help advance the field of functional medicine through evidenced-based recommendations and treatment protocols that help drive better patient outcomes.

Joel Kahn, MD

Dr. Kahn 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.

Kiran Krishnan

Mr. Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 20 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He left University research to take several leadership positions in global companies in Business Development and Product Development.. Most recently, Kiran is a Co-Founder and the Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs, a leader in microbiome and probiotic research. He is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences. He is an expert guest on National Radio and Satellite radio and has been a guest speaker on several Health Summits as a microbiome expert. He is currently involved in over 18 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome. Kiran is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for 7 other companies in the industry. Kiran has published clinical trials in peer-reviewed, scientific journals and several global patents in his name.







Marvin Singh, MD

Dr. Singh is an Integrative Gastroenterologist in San Diego, California, and a Member of the Board and Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He is also trained and board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology/Hepatology. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dr. Singh completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System followed by fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Singh was trained by Andrew Weil, M.D., a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Singh is currently the Director of Integrative Gastroenterology at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute at UC Irvine. He is also currently a voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health; prior to this, he has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Singh is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging MedicineAmerican College of Lifestyle Medicine, and many other societies. He is actively involved in the American Gastroenterological Association. He is one of the editors of the textbook of Integrative Gastroenterology, 2nd edition (a Weil Series text) and has written several book chapters and articles. He is currently getting ready to release his new book, "Rescue Your Health: How New Advances in Science Can Help You Feel Better, Boost Performance, and Live Longer."

He is dedicated to guiding his clients toward optimal wellness every step of the way, using the most cutting edge technologies to design highly personalized precision based protocols and help them stay on top of their health, rather than underneath disease. Towards this end, he founded Precisione Clinic, to bring the best in preventive medicine to his clients.

Raja Sivamani, MD

Dr. Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and Ayurvedic practitioner. He practices at his medical and surgical dermatology clinic at Pacific Skin Institute and his integrative research, aesthetics, and wellness clinic at Zen Dermatology. He serves as the Director of Clinical Research at Integrative Skin Science and Research and serves as the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, Davis as well as the Co-Director of the Microbiome Research Initiative at the California State University, Sacramento. He focuses on general and integrative dermatology, including medical, surgical, and cosmetic services with training in bioengineering, Allopathic, and Ayurvedic medicine. He merges modern research and science with a personalized approach to each patient. His training in Ayurvedic medicine lets him take a more humanistic approach to patient care, science, and research. Dr. Sivamani has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and a textbook on cosmeceuticals. He leads many clinical studies that focus on the impacts of foods, nutrition, the microbiome, and the gut-skin axis as well as studies on standard Western medications and devices. He serves on the editorial team for LearnSkin.com and is a chair for the annual Integrative Dermatology Symposium and one of the three founding directors for the Integrative Dermatology Certificate Program.

Pamela W. Smith, MD, 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

  • 15.50 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.
  • 15.50 Completion
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