Adriane J Fugh-Berman


SOM Medical Educator Track -- Professor


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Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. As director of PharmedOut, a GUMC research and education project that promotes rational prescribing and exposes the effect of pharmaceutical marketing on prescribing practices, Dr. Fugh-Berman leads a team of volunteer professionals that has had a profound impact on prescribers’ perceptions of the adverse consequences of industry marketing.

Dr. Fugh-Berman is the lead author on key articles on physician-industry relationships, including a national survey of industry interactions with family medicine residencies, exposés of how ghostwritten articles in the medical literature are used to sell drugs, an analysis of drug rep tactics, and an explanation of industry publication planning. Dr. Fugh-Berman and her team developed an educational module, Why Lunch Matters, that is the first to document a significant change in physicians’ perceptions about their own individual vulnerability to pharmaceutical marketing.

An expert on botanical medicine and dietary supplements, Dr. Fugh-Berman co-directs a master’s program in natural products within the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. She wrote the first chapter on alternative medicine to appear in Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, and authored the first clinicians’ reference text on dietary supplements, the 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult (Lippincott, Williams and Williams, 2003), as well as an evidence-based book aimed at consumers, Alternative Medicine: What Works (Williams and Wilkins, 1997). She has consulted on dietary supplements for the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Federal Trade Commission, and various federal and state agencies.

Dr. Fugh-Berman directs the Urban Herbs project, which maintains four gardens on the Georgetown medical campus to demonstrate urban gardening, xericulture and permaculture techniques, plant-pollinator interactions, and the effects of microclimates. The gardens combine Western and Asian medicinal plants, culinary herbs, prairie wildflowers, fruits, and unusual ornamentals.

Previously, Dr. Fugh-Berman was a medical officer in the Contraception and Reproductive Health Branch of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH. She has also worked with the nonprofit Reproductive Toxicology Center and edited an award-winning CME newsletter on women’s health. Dr. Fugh-Berman graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine internship in the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.

In addition to dozens of articles in peer-reviewed literature, Dr. Fugh-Berman coauthored The Truth about Hormone Therapy (Prima, 2002) and co-edited The Teratology Primer (Teratology Society, 2005). Dr. Fugh-Berman is the former chair of and currently writes a column for the National Women’s Health Network, a consumer advocacy group that takes no money from industry. Dr. Fugh-Berman has appeared on 20/20, the Today Show, and every major news network.


  • Internship () Residency Program in Social Medicine, at Montefiore Hospital, Family Practice
  • MD () Georgetown University,