Born and raised in northern Virginia, I am passionate about improving access to preventive and integrative medicine, with a deep focus on osteopathic manipulation and an acknowledgement of the profound connection between mind, body, and spirit. After completing osteopathic medical training in Missouri and research fellowships in New Haven and Bethesda, I came back to the DC area during my family medicine internship and residency at the University of Maryland. I have always loved teaching, and began my medical career at the University of Pennsylvania, then moving on to practicing family medicine, osteopathy, and acupuncture and teaching students and residents at Johns Hopkins. Having had the opportunity to start the first integrative primary care clinic at Hopkins, I strive to combine the best of Western medicine with integrative, holistic Eastern traditions, for care of the whole person.

I believe that the path of optimal health is not generic; rather, each patient is on a unique health journey and true partnership means meeting patients where they are and working from there. I encourage my patients to speak with me about their beliefs, spirituality, or faith because I understand that, ultimately, true change comes from within. The body has a wonderful and unfathomable ability to heal itself, and I am committed to not just treating my patients' disease but to empowering them to (re-)discover their innate health.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano, activities such as running, swimming, tennis, yoga and tai chi, and spending time with family and friends.

Experience and Academic Appointments

  • Teaching Faculty, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2011-2013
  • Hospitalist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2012-2013
  • Medical Staff, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, 2014-2018
  • Instructor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014-present
  • Teaching Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health,  2014-present
  • Assistant Professor, George Washington School of Medicine, 2018-present

Education and Certification

  • University of Virginia, BS, Commerce & Cognitive Science, 2002
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2008
  • Internship/Residency: Family Medicine, University of Maryland, 2011
  • Advanced training: Harvard Structural Acupuncture for Physicians, 2013-2014
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, 2014
  • Institute in Functional Medicine Certification Program, 2016-present

Professional Affiliations

  • Faculty, University of Pennsylvania Spirituality Interest Group, 2011-present
  • Faculty, Johns Hopkins Christian Medical Dental Association, 2012-present
  • Fellow, C.S.Lewis Institute, 2015-present

Selected Publications

  1. Saxena, P, *Chen, JA, Mullin, GE. The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pancreatic Disorders. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2014; 29(3), 409-411
  2. *Chen JA, Chen JA, Lee S, Mullin, GE. Potential Role for Acupuncture in the Treatment of Food Addiction and Obesity. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2018; 36:52-55
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