Integrative Medicine Fellowship Director
Primary Care Internal Medicine, Integrative Geriatrics, Functional Medicine, Integrative Palliative Care
Dr. Mikhail (Misha) Kogan is a leader in the newly-established field of Integrative Geriatrics. He is the chief editor of the first definitive textbook of the field entitled “Integrative Geriatric Medicine ”, published by Oxford University Press as part of Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Library series and is frequent speaker at a variety of international conferences on the topics of Integrative Medicine and Geriatrics, healthy aging, and geriatrics, as well as neurodegenerative diseases.
He is also an author of a highly acclaimed book “Medical Marijuana: Dr. Kogan’s Evidence-Based Guide to the Health Benefits of Cannabis and CBD” published by Random House in 2021.
Dr. Kogan currently serves as medical director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine and associate director of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program. He is the founder and director othe George Washington University Integrative Geriatrics Fellowship Track and the director of the Integrative Medicine Track program at the George Washington University School of Medicine, as well as serving as part-time faculty member of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, and the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities.
In addition to his academic roles at George Washington University Dr. Kogan serves on a number of national boards and organizations including: the American Board of Integrative Medicine within the American Board of Physician Subspecialists (ABPS), PlantMed, and others. Dr Kogan is also the founder and the chair of the board of AIM Health Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides integrative medicine services to low-income and terminally ill patients.
For Dr. Mikhail Kogan, the practice of medicine, much like the rest of his life, has been a journey spanning many miles and many cultures, with valuable new learning and different perspectives accruing from each stage along the way. Those many experiences – here and abroad, in the classroom and the clinic, professionally and personally – have given Dr. Kogan the skills, , openness, and inquisitiveness that set him apart, and distinguish him as a committed and caring practitioner within integrative medicine.
Born in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kogan emigrated with his family in his teens, first to Israel,and then to the United States, where he obtained his medical degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He followed a Primary Care and Social Medicine Track residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., which led to a position as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care.
In addition to his training in conventional Western medicine, Dr. Kogan has actively pursued a number of other healing arts and practices that have shaped his understanding of and approach to patient care. He is a graduate of a two-year training course in craniosacral therapy–a subtle osteopathic modality that has a wide range of effectiveness for different conditions such as headaches, back pains, and fatigue. He has also completed a four-year program at the Suluk Academy, a teaching center based on the principles and traditions of Sufism, where he learned how to incorporate meditation, mindfulness, and different spiritual practices into his daily life and his work with the patients. Among his many other areas of study are courses in Nutrition, therapeutic use of vitamins, Functional Medicine, botanicals, and other alternative modalities.
Weaving those tools into the fabric of his medical practice has enabled Dr. Kogan to provide innovative and effective treatments to his patients with minimal use of invasive procedures or heavy reliance on medications and to understand the importance of self-exploration, awareness and positive lifestyle changes as essential milestones on his patients’ journeys towards better health. Dr. Kogan is dedicated to helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease identify and correct underlying metabolic drivers work, which is primarily based on Dr. Dale Bredesen’s research and newly created ReCode protocol.
Dr. Kogan practices Geriatric and Integrative Medicine in a variety of settings: at the George Washington Hospital, at the GW Center for Integrative medicine, as well as serving patients in home visits.
Outside of the clinic Dr. Kogan, together with his wife Angela, stays busy raising teenage sons Peter and Sebastian. True to his calling as an integrative practitioner, his leisure time is replete with healthy lifestyle activities that nourish both body and spirit : he enjoys vigorous exercise, frequent nature walks with his family and dogs, mind body practices such as weekly Sufi Meditation classes, beekeeping and gardening.
Please consider this a note of thanks, rather than a letter to be read into my file. I’m sleeping, pretty much every night, often all the way through the night, and it has changed my life — so thank you for the time you have taken to evaluate my family and personal medical history, our discussions, your theory about a genetic mutation that might be contributing to my sleeplessness, and your suggestion for remedies.
It truly has been years since I have slept comfortably on a regular basis, and I can’t tell you the number of doctors to whom I have noted this problem. Sleeplessness has made me constantly exhausted, not clear in my thinking or speaking, anxious, irritable, and very often, just not a nice person. I cannot tell you what a difference this simple fix – as you put it – has made in my life. So, thank you again, you have helped make me a new person, for which I thank you virtually every day! – Gratefully, Carelee P.”
Mikhail Kogan, MD
Office phone: 202-833-5055
Office fax: 202-833-5755
DOB: 03/28/1974 Moscow, Russia
Countries lived in: Russia, Israel
MD – Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 2004
BS in Biochemistry – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1997
Technicon – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel, Haifa – Biology Major 1992-1995
Moscow Agricultural Academy, Moscow, Russia – Botany Major 1990-1992
GW Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, DC 2011-Present
Assistant Professor of Medicine
(Associate Professor Title pending, application submitted Sept 2017) 2008-Present
George Washington University School of Medicine
Integrative Medicine Consultations, Lead Physician 2014-2016
Integrative Health and Wellness,
Washington DC Veterans Affairs Hospital
Geriatric Fellow 2007-2008
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Internal Medicine Resident 2004-2007
Social and Primary Care Program, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Professional Registrations, Licenses, Certifications
* Washington DC Medical License – MD036716, Exp Date 12/31/2018
* American Board of Physician Subspecialties, Integrative Medicine, 2015
* American Board of Internal Medicine, Palliative Care Certification – October 2012
* Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Certification – June, 2012
* HeartMath, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training Program, professional certification, December 2009
* American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine Certification – November, 2008
* American Board of Internal Medicine Certification – August 2007
* Strain-Counterstrain Osteopathic manipulation certification, Sept 2004
Societies and Honors
* Top Washington Doctors Washingtonian Magazine – 2016
* American Board of Integrative Medicine – founding board member
* The Drexel 40 under 40 award – Fall 2013
* American Medical Student Association –alumni
* Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America – member
* Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine –member
Clinical Skills and Areas of Expertise
* Geriatrics and Palliative Care
* Integrative Medicine – Practitioner and Medical Director of large academic integrative Medicine Center with 20+ integrative providers
* Neurodegenerative Disorders: Memory Disorders, Parkinson’s disease
* Functional Medicine: with specific interest in GI, Neurodegenerative problems, Heavy Metal Toxicities, Methylation Defects, Cancer
* Advanced IV and Oral Nutrients protocols for patients of all ages
* Performance Optimization, especially for senior athletes
* Osteopathic Medicine: Decade of ongoing training from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Traditional Osteopathic Studies (Craniosacral Therapy) with James Jealous, DO
* Reiki level 2 practitioner
* Medical Cannabis – one of the first DC MDs to recommend, working closely with DC DOH, took part in developing online DCRX DOH medical cannabis training modules. Currently developing DC medical cannabis research team and protocols under mentorship of Donald Abrams, MD
Administrative Duties & University Activities
Director – Geriatric/Palliative Care Fellowship, Integrative Medicine Track
Associate Director – Geriatric Fellowship and Integrative Medicine Distance Learning Fellowship Programs
Director – Integrative Medicine Track Program, School of Medicine
Faculty – George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
Faculty – George Washington University The Center for Aging, Health & Humanities
* Director, Integrative Track program developed within Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Fellowship. Current Fellows Stephanie Chang, Seema Rao, Mariatu Koroma-Nelson, Palliative Medicine
* Co-director Integrative Medicine Track, sharing responsibilities with Dr John Pan, 5-8 students per year, ongoing, 2 research projects for each student in their 1st and 4th years, ongoing mentorship and performance monitoring.
* Co-Chair, local committee – 2012 International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Washington DC, https://www.icecim.org/
* Co-Founder, National Spirituality in Medicine Leadership Training Program for Medical Students. Annual weekend long event started in 2009. www.sites.google.com/site/spiritualityinmedicine/
* GW Regular Lectures:
* o Geriatrics Syndromes 30min lecture, part of Geriatrics half day curriculum for 4th year Medical Student during their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. 2008-2015
* o Geriatrics in Primary Care 90min lecture to all 3rd year Medical Students on Primary Care rotation, ongoing, every block
* o Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry, 60min lecture to all 3rd year Medical Students on Psychiatry rotation, every block
* o Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry, 60min lecture as part of Psychopathology course for all 1st Year Medical Students, once a year.
* o Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Primary Care Medicine – 90min every 3mos, lecture for internal medicine residents on their SSA rotations.
* o Integrative Medicine Noon Talk, Internal Medicine Residency Program, 1-2 times/year 60min lecture
* o Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Geriatrics Practice – 60min lecture to Geriatrics and Palliative Care fellows and Faculty, 3 times/year.
Non University Appointments
The Art of Healing Foundation www.aohfound.org/ . 2011-present
Board Member – The Goal of the Art of Healing Foundation is to awaken the inner healing capacity and to provide practical tools to develop this capacity on an individual and collective basis, unpaid
American Board of Integrative Medicine, Under auspices of ABPS – https://www.abpsus.org/integrative-medicine
Founding Board Member, unpaid 2012-1017
Board certification from the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in the practice of Integrative Medicine.
AIM Health Institute – Founder and President, unpaid 2014-present
501(3)C Non profit aimed at providing Integrative Medicine Clinical Services, Research and Education to DC area patients regardless of ability to pay for out of pocket services, unpaid
MUSES Labs – https://museslabs.com/about/ 2015-2017
Member, Board of Advisors, hourly fee and stock option
Personalized combination therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Protocols are based on the MEND™ (metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration) protocol, which precisely targets the dozens of underlying biological mechanisms that trigger Alzheimer’s disease.
PlantMed – plantmed.org 2016-present
Member, Board of Advisors, unpaid
PlantMed is working with indigenous people in the Amazon to share their knowledge of medicinal plants in the world, before it’s lost forever due to the destruction of the rainforest
Grants Awarded and Pending
* DC Commission for Arts and Humanities, Pilot Service Grant to run weekly Art Therapy group class for Cancer patients. May 2017 $20k, PI
* Katzen Foundation Cancer Research Grant – Comparing Integrative Shared Medical Group Model with Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for patients with chronic Insomnia and Cancer, $40k, 2016 Co-PI
* GW Breast Cancer Private Foundation, Service grant to assess efficacy of Acupuncture, Reiki, and Massage for stress and quality of life for women with breast cancer. $20k, 2016
* NIH, TACT2 – Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy 2, Multi site double blind randomized control trial to assess effectiveness of chelation therapy for advanced coronary artery disease in patients with prior myocardial infarction and Diabetes, 2016-2017 Co-Investigator
* Ascension: GW Therapy Program for Sexual Violence Survivors. PI, $5k fellow salary support to study effects of Yoga on Sexual Violence Survivors, 2013, PI (completed)
The National Collaborative on Aging Grant, Developing Integrative Geriatrics and Palliative Care Fellowships Training program Faculty Awards Program for Curricular Enhancement, 2010, $35000, PI, 10% effort, Principle Investigator (completed)
Privately funded, Reiki Share Group Within a Retirement Community: A Novel Approach to Enhance Wellbeing, Resident-Staff Communication, and Staff’s Job Satisfaction, 2009, PI (completed)
* TACT – Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy, NCT00044213 Multi site NIH funded double blind randomized control trial to assess effectiveness of chelation therapy for advanced coronary artery disease, 2009-2012, Co-Investigator, (completed)
* Integrative Geriatric Medicine, Textbook, Oxford Publishing, Editor and author of 3 chapters. Submitted for Publication February 2017, Scheduled for Release December 2017
* Mikhail Kogan, Mariatu Koroma-Nelson, Seema Rao, Stephanie Chang, “Integrative Medicine for Geriatric and Palliative Care: review of Osteoporosis, Frailty and Fall Prevention, End of Life Care”, Med Clin N Am 101 (2017) 1005–1029
* Mikhail Kogan, Carlos Cuellar Castillo, Melissa S. Barber “Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Report, Integrative Medicine IMCJ, Vol. 15, No. 3, June 2016
* Mikhail Kogan, Hweesoo Jeong, “Alzeimer’s Disease”, Book Chapter, David Rakel, Editor, Integrative Medicine Textbook, 4th edition, April 2017, Elsevier
* Ring M, Brodsky M, Low Dog T, Sierpina V, Bailey M, Locke A, Kogan M, Rindfleisch A, Saper R, “Core Competencies for Integrative Medicine Fellowship Training Programs”, Academic Medicine, Vol 89, No. 3, March 2014
* Puchalski CM, Blatt B, Kogan M, MD, Butler A, “Spirituality and Health: The Development of a Field”, Academic Medicine, Vol. 89, No. 1 / January 2014
* Kogan M, Probiotics and antibiotic-associated diarrhea, PLACIDE trial comment, The Lancet, Vol 383, January 2014,
* Murray SD, Mehta A, Kogan M, “The Implementation of Dietary Approaches in Hyperuricemic ndividuals: Alternatives to Drug Therapy to Decrease Serum Uric Acid”, Integrative Medicine IMCJ, Vol. 12, No. 4, August 2013
* Sahana D’Silva, Stephen Dahmer, Marsha Handel, Racheline Habousha, Mikhail Kogan, Benjamin Kligler “Mind-Body Medicine Therapies for the Depression Spectrum: A Systematic Review”, Psychosomatics, 2012 Sep-Oct;53(5):407-23
* Kelly Lamont, May Chin, Mikhail Kogan, “MIRROR BOX THERAPY – SEEING IS BELIEVING”, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Vol. 7, No. 6 369, Nov 2011
* Karasz A, Sacajiu G, Kogan M, Watkins L.”The rational choice model in family decision making at the end of life.” J Clin Ethics. 2010 Fall;21(3):189-200.
* Gordon DM, Kogan M, Knight SA, Dancis A, Pain D “Distinct roles for two N-terminal cleaved domains in mitochondrial import of the yeast frataxin homolog, Yfh1”, Human Molecular Genetics. 1;10(3):259-69. Feb 2001
* Li J, Kogan M, Knight SA, Pain D, Dancis A. “Yeast mitochondrial protein, Nfs1p, coordinately regulates iron-sulfur clusterproteins, cellular iron uptake, and iron distribution”, Journal of Biological Chemistry. 274(46) Nov 12, 1999
* Hirayama T, Kieber JJ, Hirayama N, Kogan M, Guzman P, Nourizadeh S, Alonso JM, Dailey WP, Dancis A, Ecker JR “RESPONSIVE-TO-ANTAGONIST1, a Menkes/Wilson disease-related copper transporter, is required for ethylene signaling in Arabidopsis. Cell. 97(3):383-93, Apr 30, 1999
Invited Presentations and Posters – Last 3 years only
* Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Benefits, Role and Risks for Bone Marrow Failure Disease Patients, Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, Nation Wide Webinar, June 22, 2017
* Integrative Approaches to EDS: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Washington DC EDS support group, June 3, 2017
* Integrative Oncology, Ask the Expert: Cancer Survivorship for Older Adults, Institute for Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity at GW Cancer Center The George Washington University, National Webinar, May 24, 2017
* Integrative Geriatrics, Maryland University of Integrative Health, April 20, 2017
* Integrative Approach to Dementia and Other Neurodegenerative Conditions, American Functional Medicine Association Annual Meeting, November 2016, Sponsored by MUSES Labs
* Integrative Medicine, Georgetown School of Law, Legal issues in CAM Course, November 2016
* Up to Date Review: Integrative Geriatrics and Palliative Care, SIMPLE Conference, Organized by University of New Mexico, July 2016
* Medical Cannabis, Washington DC experience, Panel Presentation, SIMPLE Conference, Organized by University of New Mexico, July 2016
* Mariatu Koroma-Nelson MD, Seema Rao MD, Mikhail Kogan MD
Stop UTI with Alternative Regimen, Poster Presentation, American Geriatric Society 2016 Annual Meeting, May 2016
* Ilana Seidel MD, Elizabeth Goldberg LMT, Seth Morrison, Richard Amdur, Mikhail Kogan, Integrative Insomnia Group Visits, Poster Presentation, 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, May 2016
* Stephanie Cheng, Mariatu Koroma-Nelson, Seema Rao, Mikhail Kogan Collaboration between integrative health providers and hospice can enhance end-of-life experiences: a case study, Poster Presentation, 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, May 2016
* Integrative Approaches in Diabetes, Providence Hospital, The Board of Capital Area Diabetes Educators Association Conference, April 2016
* Integrative Rheumatology, GW Rheumatology Division Talk, April 2016
* Nutritional Approaches to Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area annual meeting, March, 2016
* Integrative Approaches in Palliative Medicine and Hospice, Capital Caring Hospice Fellowship Presentation, November 2015, 2016, April 2013, 2014
* Integrative approaches for Gastrointestinal conditions, Georgetown Masters in CAM program. Annual presentation, March 2012, Feb 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
* Integrative Approaches in Neurology, GW Neurology Grandrounds, April 20, 2014
* Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Benefits, Role and Risks for Bone Marrow Failure Disease Patients, Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, September 7, 2013
* From Illness to Wellness: Integrative Medicine – Evidence Based Holistic and Alternative Approaches, Silver Linings Conference, organized by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, May 18, 2013
* Integrating Alternative Modalities into Palliative Care Medicine – Capital Caring Hospice Invited Presentation, annually, April 2013 and 2014
What Used to Be Fraud Is Now Alternative Medicine, interview MedPage Today 6/28/2017
Medical marijuana can be effective. But smoking it isn’t and could harm your health, interview National Post Canada 3/5/2017
A powerful new form of medical marijuana, without the high, interview Washington Post 12/31/2016
Coming of the Light: The 2016 Integrator Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Health and Medicine, Featured in 2016 most important Integrative Medicine news HuffPost 12/22/2016
Medical Cannabis, Evidence of Efficacy, DC DOH online education module DC Department of Health 2016
Medical Cannabis: Adverse Effects & Drug Interactions, DC DOH online education module DC Department of Health 2016
Can the MEND Protocol Elevate Integrative Approaches to Alzheimer’s Disease? Interview Integrative Practitioner 9/29/2016
Is there any science behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s $200 smoothie? Video Interview Washington Post 3/21/2016
Number of Articles on different themes Natural Awakening DC Magazine 2014-2016
Service to Community
Bread for the City Healing Clinic, Washington DC 2010 – Present
Volunteer Attending–supervising medical student run free clinic providing services to underserved population, in 2012 organized monthly integrative medicine consultation services, in 2015 increased frequency to twice monthly, work provided by medical students, massage students, acupuncture students, osteopathic practitioners,
Department of Social Medicine Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY 2005-2007
Project Coordinator – South Bronx Health Promoters
Organized community events, taught classes to health promoters – unpaid
Doctors of the World, Bronx NY
Volunteer – Provided evaluation and affidavit writing for torture survivors applying for asylum status in USA – unpaid 2005 – 2007
Hobbies and Personal Interest
* Beekeeping – Has been keeping bees on personal property for about 5 years. Developed natural beekeeping without use of any chemicals and minimal feeding. All proceeds of selling honey and other products go to AIM Health Institute.
* Skiing – Downhill and Cross country. Took part of Moscow High School cross country skiing team in 1980s.
* Long Distance Running, Routine half marathon time 1hour 50min, Annual Philadelphia Marathon, joining Rudolf Kogan, father, elite senior marathon runner top 5 in his age group (75+). Started running in mid 30s.
* Chess, currently playing non competitively only, best FIDE rating 1700 in late 1990s, currently unrated
* Martial Arts – life long (since age 10), non-competitive,
* o Shotokan Karate 1984-1990, Moscow Russia
* o Systema Speznaz, Russian Special Forces Martal Arts 1985-1991, Moscow Russia
* o Kick Boxing and Boxing 1992-1995, Haifa, Israel
* o Taekwondo (San Moo Do federation, non Olympic style) 1st Degree Black Belt, 1998-2007, Yang’s Martial Arts, Master Bong Pil Yang, North Wales, PA
* o Wudang Style Kung Fu and Tai Chi, 2009 – 2017, Wudang Long Men, Sifu Liu Xiao Ling, Takoma Park, MD
* Latin dancing: mostly Bachata, Salsa, and Zouk, started in 2015
* Love Spending Time in nature with my family and dog, mushroom hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking