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Teaching Faculty

Mara Gordon, MD

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Core Faculty, Center for Humanism

Education and Training

Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Family Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Family Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: Health and Media - Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Board Certifications

  • Family Medicine


  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Association of Health Care Journalists

Awards & Honors

Zervanos Award for Family Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, 2015, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Perelman School of Medicine, 2015, Toll Prize for Original Research in Mental Health, Perelman School of Medicine, 2015, FOCUS Program on Health and Leadership for Women Medical Student Research Fellowship, 2014

Special Interests

Reproductive health, pediatrics (including newborn care), mental health, LGBTQ+ health, addiction medicine, healthy at every size, and medical student education.

About Me

Mara Gordon is thrilled to be a part of the Center for Humanism, bringing her expertise in narrative medicine to several medical education initiatives at CMSRU.

Dr. Gordon worked in public health in Tanzania and Malawi before returning to the Philadelphia area to attend medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the  University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Zervanos Family Medicine Award for a medical student going into family medicine. As a medical student, she had her writing published in outlets like the Atlantic and the New York Times.

She stayed at Penn for residency training in Family Medicine and Community Health, where she developed interests in reproductive health, mental health, and LGBTQ+ primary care, among many others.

After residency, she moved to Washington, DC, where she served as the 2018-2019 Health and Media Fellow at National Public Radio and Georgetown University School of Medicine. During her time at NPR, she wrote frequently about the culture of medicine, and hosted several episodes of the NPR podcast "Life Kit." She also became interested in medical education, teaching Georgetown students and residents during her fellowship there.

She was happy to return to the Philadelphia area to join the faculty at CMSRU after her fellowship. She cares for patients of all ages at the Cooper Family Medicine office at the Kroc Center in Camden. She loves working with medical students in preclinical and clinical educational settings. She teaches selectives in Narrative Medicine and Audio Storytelling and co-directs the Narrative Medicine Scholarly Concentration. She continues to write professionally about issues in contemporary medicine.