The Special Master's Program
202-687-2839 (9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST)
Please address inquiries to:
SE404 Med-Dent Building
Georgetown University School of Medicine
3900 Reservoir Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20007
SMP Team Leaders
Each student is assigned to one of the six Team Leaders (who will be the source of advice on medical school application process), as well as one letter writer (below Team Leaders), who will write a letter of recommendation. This academic recommendation will include grades from most of the fall classes, and will be sent to medical schools the first week of December.
Susan Mulroney, Ph.D.
Learn more about Dr Mulroney...
The Director of the Special Master's Program, Dr Mulroney is director of the new medical Physiology course, and past director of the most recent medical Gastrointestinal Biology course, and the old Medical Physiology course. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and is a tenured Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. Her research interests are on the impact of gonadal sex on the development of diabetic renal and cardiovascular diseases, and the effects of acupuncture on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis in chronic stress. She is co-author (with Dr Adam Myers) of the Netter's Essential Physiology textbook, and has received multiple Golden Apple awards for her teaching from the medical and SMP classes. She was inducted into the Magis Society of Master Teachers in 2013, the Golden Orchard in 2014, and the American Physiological Society named her the Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year in 2015. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE409.
Jennifer (Rogers) Whitney, Ph.D.
Dr Whitney is the Associate Director of the SMP and serves as a Team Leader. Dr Whitney is also Director of the Regular Physiology MS program. She has taught and worked with the Physios since 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Georgetown University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. She teaches the non-cadaveric Gross Anatomy lectures for the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology, Medical GI Biology, and Medical Endocrinology & Reproductive Biology, Foundations in Physiology courses, and is also Course Director for the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology graduate course. Dr Whitney also is director of the summer Medical Physiology course for GSMI. Her research interests are on growth homone-mediated sex differences in diabetic renal disease. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE411.
Thomas Sherman, Ph.D.
Dr. Sherman is Team Leader and teaches in the Medical Moecular Biology & Metabolism course, Foundations of Physiology course, and Medical Endocrinology & Reproductive Biology course. He received his Ph.D. from University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, and is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. He has been nominated for the Golden Apple teaching award by medical and SMP students, receiving several from the SMP class. His research interests include: neuroendocrine regulation of hypothalamic vasopressin and oxytoxin gene expression; molecular mechanisms of steroid hormone receptor expression and of steroid hormone feedback on neuropeptide genes. Office location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE407.
Ryan Downey, Ph.D.
Dr Downey is an SMP Team Leader, and Assoc. Director of the Regular Physiology MS program. He received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UT Southwestern, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. Dr Downey directs and teaches in the Principles of Physiology course, and teaches in the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology course. His research interests are in the sympathic control of cardiovascular function. He has a passion for exercise physiology and you'll probably find him cooking up student bike trips with Dr Sherman. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE412.
Professor, Associate Dean and Assistant Vice President for Special Programs
Dr Myers is a Team Leader, and an Associate Dean and Assistant Vice President at the Medical Center, developing and implementing new biomedical graduate programs. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Biomedical Graduate Education, as well as Director of the Special Master's Program, and continues to contribute to the Program as a Team Leader. He is a perennial Golden Apple nominee, and has received awards from the SMP class, as well as the Kaiser Permanente Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Myers teaches the cardiovascular portion of the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology course, and has spearheaded the development and implementation of the biomedical graduate programs at the Georgetown/George Mason partnership (GeorgeSquared). He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, and is a tenured Professor of Physiology in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. His research interests are: cellular mechanisms of platelet and vascular function; mechanisms and mediators of shock, ischemia, and thrombosis; alcohol and platelet function. He is co-author (with Dr Susan Mulroney) of the Netter's Essential Physiology textbook, and author of the Crash Course Respiratory System textbook. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE405.
Marina Castilla, MD
Dr. Marina Castilla graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2011. She has taught undergraduate and graduate anatomy and physiology courses at George Mason University as part of the GeorgeSquared Biomedical Sciences Programs. Dr. Castilla is an SMP Team Leader for the GTDT campus, and provides daily oversight of the GTDT SMP campus. She teaches in the Foundations of Physiology and Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology courses as well as the non-cadaveric gross anatomy lectures for the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology, Medical GI Biology, and Medical Endocrine & Reproductive Biology courses at the GTDT campus. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE411.
Assistant Director of the SMP
Mrs Richards is the Assistant Director of the SMP, and knows everthing there is to know about the program. She received her BS degree in Sociology from Radford University. She has been providing academic advising and support to professional students for over 20 years and is a terrific source of information. She also helps organize the Biomedical Career Pathways course. You will love her and her beautiful children. Go Bucks!! Office location: Med-Dent Building, Room SE404.
Faculty Letter Writers
Most all of these faculty members will be teaching you in one or more of your courses.
Your assigned letter writer will be posted on the Google SMP Group page, and a meeting with your letter writer will be scheduled after you start classes.
- Ronald Cihlar, Ph.D.
Dr. Cihlar teaches in the Medical Immunology & Microbiology course.
- Carolyn Ecelbarger, Ph.D.
- Ladan Eshkevari, CRNA, Ph.D.
Dr Eshkevari teaches in the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology course
- Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D.
Dr Fugh-Berman teaches in Physiology Forum and Biomedical Career Pathways courses
- Joseph Garman, PhD.
Dr Garman teaches in the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology course
- Jagmeet Kanwal, Ph.D.
Dr. Kanwal teaches in the Intro to Neuroscience course.
- Joanna Kitlinska, PhD.
Dr. Kitlinska lectures in the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology course.
- Aruna Natarajan, M.D.
Dr Natarajan teaches in the Physiology Forum course.
- John Partridge, Ph.D.
Dr. Partridge teaches in the Intro to Neuroscience course.
- Niaz Sahibzada, Ph.D.
Dr Sahibizada teaches in the Physiology Forum course.
- Jason Tilan, Ph.D.
Dr Tilan teaches in the Physiology Forum and Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology course.
- Robert Yasuda, Ph.D.
Dr Yasuda teaches in the Physiology Forum course.
- Stefano Vicini, Ph.D.
Dr. Vicini teaches the Molecular and Cellular Physiology.
- Phillip Witorsch, M.D.
Dr Witorsch teaches in the Physiology Forum course.
- Jiang-Young Wu, Ph.D.
- Dr Wu teaches in the Neuroscience course.