Our Medical Staff
Richard N. Podell, M.D., M.P.H., serves as Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Podell is one of the nation’s leading specialists in integrative and functional medicine—combining the best practices of conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine. His special interests and expertise include: clinical nutrition (with masters degree training from the Harvard School of Public Health), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, natural thyroid treatments, mood and mind-body problems, and migraine and tension headache.
In 2011, the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALC) selected Dr. Podell to present a half day seminar on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The AALC are the judges who judge disability claims for the Social Security Administration. In 2013, Dr. Podell presented a seminar on Social Security's New Rules for Fibromyalgia Disability to the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's representatives (NOSSCR).
In 2012, the federal government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) contracted with Dr. Podell and a select group of specialists for a research project to monitor the progress of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This research program continues. In 2012 and again in 2013, Dr. Podell was selected by the Star-Ledger’s Inside New Jersey Magazine to be named to their “Super List of Jersey’s Best Top Doctors”. In 2013 Dr. Podell was specifically cited for his work on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Podell is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. From 1998 to 2012, Dr. Podell served as medical co–host of New York City’s WOR (710) Radio health and nutrition radio show The Willner Window Radio Show.
Dr. Podell is a member of the International Myopain Society, the leading professional society for fibromyalgia. He has been a frequent author for Fibromyalgia Network, a major patient-advocacy support group.
Dr. Podell served as Principal Investigator of a Food and Drug Administration approved Phase III clinical trial on the use of Ampligen, an investigational drug for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. He co–authored a report on chronic fatigue syndrome sponsored by the New Jersey State Department of Health and the New Jersey Academy of Medicine. The New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association presented Dr. Podell with their outstanding Achievement Award.
Dr. Podell has long experience integrating mind-body, nutritional and herbal therapies for the treatment of stress related ailments including chronic depression and anxiety. Dr. Podell served on the editorial board of two behavioral medicine journals.
Dr. Podell has published 45 peer–review articles in medical and scientific journals and patient education essays in Bottom Line Personal, Bottom Line Health, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health and other magazines. He is also the author of several books. He has appeared as a medical expert on Good Morning America, the Today Show and CBS’ Morning Show. Dr. Podell is an attending physician at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ.
Beverly Licata, R.N., our adult health educator with twenty years of experience in patient education
Trisha Fitzpatrick – Office Manager