Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at Georgetown University Hospital, and Founder and Medical Director of The Digestive Center for Women


Dr. Chutkan considers both the art and science of medicine equally essential to achieving a healthy and balanced mind and body. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine and served as chief resident. Her fellowship training in gastroenterology was at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Dr. Chutkan has been a member of the faculty at Georgetown Hospital since 1997. In 2004, she founded the Digestive Center for Women (DCW), an integrative gastroenterology practice that includes nutritional consultation, stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, biofeedback and counseling, and exercise physiology. In addition to digestive disorders in women, her clinical areas of interest include inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, video capsule endoscopy, and nutrition. She is a recognized national leader in gastroenterology and Washingtonian magazine has consistently named her one of the top doctors in her field. Dr Chutkan serves on numerous committees and boards and is actively involved in patient and physician education. She was a member of the Governing Board of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and also chaired their Training and Public Relations Committees. She has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters and has been a featured lecturer throughout the United States and in Europe.

As a physician, her primarily plant-based diet, Vinyasa yoga practice and long-distance running are the foundation of her own healthy regimen, and she strives to highlight the importance of nutrition, exercise and leisure to her patients. She is dedicated to helping people live not just longer, but better lives.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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