Meet the Speakers!
Topic: Macroscopic Aging
Dr. Kristin Thomas graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1990 and then completed her medical degree at Michigan in 1994. She finished residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1997 and then was appointed one of Hopkins first hospitalists in 1997, serving for one year in this faculty position. In 1998 she served a year on the faculty at Hopkins as Chief Resident. She completed six months of fellowship training at Hopkins in Rheumatology in 1999 before moving to Washington DC, where she joined Foxhall Internists, P.C., in December 1999.
Dr. Thomas partnered with Foxhall Internists, P.C. until starting Foxhall Medicine, PL.L.C. with her husband in 2013. She is a Board Certified Internist.
Dr. Thomas enjoys seeing patients of all ages and has a diverse patient population. She manages acute and chronic medical problems and particularly appreciates patients with diagnostic dilemmas and complicated medical issues. She is on the clinical staff at Georgetown University Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital. She and her husband reside with their family in Maryland.
Topic: Covid, Long Covid, and the Heart
Dr. Joshua S. Yamamoto was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated with a degree in physics from Princeton University and subsequently worked as a paramedic for the Alexandria City Fire Department before attending Dartmouth Medical School. He trained on the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and then completed cardiology training at the National Naval Medical Center and Georgetown University. He was the cardiology consultant to the US Congress, Director of Cardiac Imaging and held a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University. In 2005, he was lent to the Army and served in Kuwait as the theater cardiologist for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon his return, he dutifully followed orders and joined his wife in private practice.
Topic: The why, what, and how of medications for managing weight
Domenica M. Rubino, MD, is board certified in Obesity Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, and Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in the care of overweight patients and clinical research for the development of pharmaco-therapeutic agents in the management of obesity. During her endocrinology fellowship, she received clinical and molecular biological research training at the National Institutes of Health.
She has received several investigator awards and has written articles in peer-reviewed publications (including Obesity, European Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Oncogene, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology). Dr. Rubino is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, Endocrine Society, Obesity Society, American Diabetes Association, and the Obesity Action Coalition.
She currently serves as a clinical expert on the treatment of obesity for several professional committees. She has served as a representative to Congress and outside organizations for the Obesity Society. She often speaks as an advocate for the person struggling with obesity and has a strong interest in the psychological impact and societal stigma of this medical condition. She frequently lectures on the latest breakthroughs in weight management.
Topic: Breast Cancer Treatment State of the Art
Colette Magnant, MD, F.A.C.S., has been a breast cancer surgeon in the DMV for over 36 years. She graduated from the Medical College of Virginia / VCU in 1981 and finished her General Surgery Residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in 1986. She was the Director of Breast Cancer Surgery, Director of Trauma, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Georgetown from 1989 until 1996. She started the Sullivan Breast Cancer Center at Sibley Hospital in 1998 and was the Director of the Breast Cancer Program there until December 2020.
Aviva Ellenstein, M.D. Ph.D. is a board-certified neurologist and a neuroscientist with advanced training in movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease. She is an award-winning doctor with expertise in diagnosing, treating, and improving the lives of her patients. A Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor, she is recognized regionally for her excellent care of people living with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, essential and other tremors, blepharospasm and other dystonias, ataxias, functional movement disorders, restless leg syndrome, tic disorders, hemifacial spasm, and other abnormal movement conditions. She has provided Botulinum toxin chemodenervation therapy for over a decade. In support of patient health and wellbeing, she offers care both in person and through telemedicine.
Dr. Ellenstein is an award-winning medical educator who brings her passion for teaching to her clinic and community. She not only works with her patients to ensure they understand the reasoning behind and expectations for their specific treatment plans, but she also collaborates with a multi-disciplinary group of physicians who serve on the Medical Advisory Board of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, an organization dedicated to enhancing knowledge, health, and wellbeing of those living with Parkinson’s disease. In support of future colleagues and practicing physicians, she has spearheaded several initiatives and contributed to programs that promote mentoring and career development, including the Student Interest Groups in Neurology at Boston University and George Washington University, the Mentoring for Mom and Dad Clinicians and Scientists program National Institutes of Health, the American Neurological Association e-Mentoring Task Force, and the American Academy of Neurology Burnout Task Force.
Topic: Eating for Gut Health
Kari Leland owns In Balance Nutrition, LLC, and is a registered dietitian nutritionist with almost 20 years of experience. A Michigan native, Kari earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University and Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University. Before partnering with the Foxhall Foundation, Kari was the Clinical Nutrition Manager at MedStar Georgetown for ten years. Kari is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland Global Campus.
Kari is passionate about helping people feel their best by focusing on each client’s individual and unique nutrition needs and finding solutions that work for their everyday lives.