Who We Are
PharmedOut is led by a team of academic physicians; our volunteer network includes nurses, pharmacists, industry insiders, students and others.
Adriane Fugh-Berman MD, Director
Adriane Fugh-Berman MD is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, where she teaches graduate and medical students about evidence-based medicine and critical assessment of drugs and other therapeutics. 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 has authored many key articles in peer-reviewed literature on the area of physician-industry relationships and conflicts of interest, including an article about how industry uses social psychology to manipulate physicians, an exposé of how ghostwritten articles in the medical literature were used to sell menopausal hormone therapy, an analysis of how “key opinion leaders” are used to market drugs off-label, an explanation of drug rep tactics, a discussion of prescription tracking, a description of industry publication planning, an article on conflicts of interest in basic sciences and a national survey of industry interactions with family medicine residencies. A study in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions documents the effect of Why Lunch Matters, a presentation that is the first to document a significant change in physicians’ perceptions about their own individual vulnerability to pharmaceutical marketing. Dr. Fugh-Berman lectures internationally and has appeared on every major television network.
Dr. Fugh-Berman is also an expert on botanical medicine and dietary supplements, and directs Georgetown’s Urban Herbs project, which maintains ecological gardens on campus that intermix edible, medicinal, and ornamental plants. She is the author of the 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult.
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.
Sophie Krensky, Project Manager
Sophie Krensky is the project manager of PharmedOut. She is a graduate of George Washington University and comes to PharmedOut with a background in public health education and nonprofit management. Most recently, she spent a year with Sacred Valley Health in Peru developing a comprehensive women's health curriculum and training rural community health workers. She is also a doula.
Ben Goodwin and Vi Nguyen
Ben grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and attended college at Bucknell University where he studied biology. After receiving his masters in physiology from Georgetown in 2018, he came to PharmedOut in summer of 2018 to help research industry influence in continuing medical education. Ben cherishes his garden at home, and prefers to spend his free time outdoors.
Vi is a native of the DMV area and attended college at Johns Hopkins University and received her masters from Georgetown. She is the educational coordinator for the MS Health and the Public Interest (HAPI) Program at the Georgetown University Graduate School.
Hi, I'm Vivienne and I'm an M.S. Physiology student at Georgetown University. I am passionate about healthcare and medicine. I especially want to help close the disparity between men and women in health. When I'm not in class, you can find me hoarding snacks from the PharmedOut office, forcing my dog to cuddle with me, or hiding in the back of a Zumba class.
Hi, I'm Addy and I'm an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics student at Georgetown University. I'm passionate about helping others through medicine and healthcare. I'm especially interested in public and global health as well as clinical research. When I am not in class or at PharmedOut, I enjoy traveling and exploring new areas.
Greetings from Sugar Land, Texas! With a background rooted in both the administrative and clinical side of healthcare it is my goal to one day become a doctor and transform our healthcare system while helping those less fortunate. When I am not trying to save the world I enjoy soccer and I am a big Chelsea fan.
My name’s Emel Yavuzel. I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in public health sciences with a minor in health communications. I’m passionate about PharmedOut and hope to continue to work on public health policy on a federal level. When I’m not interning at PharmedOut I’m most likely traveling or searching for new food spots in DC...currently taking recommendations.