Gia Merlo

Faculty

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Gia Merlo

Clinical Professor, Nursing & Psychiatry
Senior Advisor on Wellness

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Gia Merlo's additional information

Gia Merlo, MD, MBA, DipABLM, FACLM is clinical professor of nursing and Senior Advisor on Wellness, clinical professor of psychiatry in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Her first book, Principles of Medical Professionalism (Oxford University Press), stresses the importance of physician wellness, need to address the social determinants of health, as well as the need to address chronic diseases with prevention. Merlo serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine in the area of Mental Health and Psychiatry. She is a contributing author of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) curriculum Lifestyle Medicine 101 and of the board review course, Foundations to Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Merlo's current book projects include Nursing Lifestyle Principles and Practice (CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, forthcoming 2022) and Medical Professionalism: Theory, Education, and Practice (Oxford University Press, expected 2023). Merlo has served on the board of directors of many nonprofits over the years and is currently on the board of directors of Plant-Powered Metro of New York (PPMNY). She has been involved in clinician care and medical education for nearly 30 years in professional development and mental health, particularly of healthcare professionals.  

Before joining NYU, Merlo was associate dean of health professions at Rice University. She also taught medical students, residents, and fellows at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was a 2017-19 Master Teacher Fellow. She has served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

MD - Nagarjuna University
MBA - Temple University

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Academy of Professionalism in Health Care
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Harris County Medical Society
Houston Academy of Medicine
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Obesity Medicine Association
Southeastern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Texas Medical Association
Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians

Faculty Honors Awards

Master Teacher Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine (2019)
Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, Houston Women’s Magazine (2018)
Favorite Professor Award, Rice University Scholar Athletes (2017)
Fellowship, American Psychoanalytic Association (1997)

Publications

Applying Psychiatry and Psychology Principles to Lifestyle Approaches for Mental and Behavioral Health

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Incorporating Mental Health Into Lifestyle Medicine

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Mental Health in Lifestyle Medicine: A Call to Action

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Primary Care at the Intersection of Lifestyle Interventions and Unhealthy Substance Use

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The Aging Physician

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Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

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Communication, Empathy, and Compassion

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Depression, Anxiety, and Physician Suicide

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Developing Cultural Praxis

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Emotional Wellness and Stress Resilience

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