Prof. James J. Giordano
Prof. James J. Giordano

Georgetown University, USA

Research Professor



1988 Post-doc., Neurotoxicology/Neuropathology, Johns Hopkins University, USA

1986 Ph.D., Biopsychology, City University of NY, USA

1985 M.S., Biopsychology/Neuropharmacology, City University of NY, USA

1981 B.S., Psychology, St. Peter’s College, USA

Publications (Selected)

  1. Benedikter R, Giordano, J. The outer and inner transformation of the global sphere through technology: The state of two fields in transition. New Global Studies; 5(2); (2011).
  2. Giordano J. On the implications of changing constructs of pain and addiction disorders in the DSM-5: Language games, ethics and actions. Int J Law Healthcare Ethics; 7(1); (2011).
  3. Giordano J, Wurzman R. Neurotechnology as weapons in national intelligence and defense. Synesis; 2: 138-151 (2011).
  4. Kohls N, Sauer S, Offenbächer M, Giordano J. Spirituality- an overlooked predictor of placebo effects? Phil Trans R Soc (Biol); 366: 1938-1848 (2011).
  5. Giordano J. Neuroethics- two interacting traditions as a viable meta-ethics? AJOB-Neuroscience 3(1); 23-25 (2011).
  6. Giordano J, Schatman ME. Pain medicine from “bench to bedside”: Bridging the disconnect(s) between research and clinical care. J Humanities Sci Healthcare 1(1): 22-40 (2011).
  7. Giordano J, Benedikter R. The shifting architectonics of pain medicine: Toward ethical re-alignment of scientific, medical and market values for the emerging global community - groundwork for policy. Pain Medicine, 12(3): 406-414 (2011).
  8. Giordano J, DuRousseau D. Toward right and good use of brain-machine interfacing neurotechnologies: Ethical issues and implications for guidelines and policy. Cog. Technol. 15 (2): 5-10 (2011).
  9. Giordano J. Neuroethics: Traditions, tasks and values. Human Prospect, 1(1): 2-8 (2011).
  10. Giordano J. Neuroethical issues in neurogenetics and neurotransplantation technology – the need for pragmatism and preparedness in practice and policy. Studies Ethics, Law Technol. 5(1) (2011).
  11. Caňadas A, Giordano J. A philosophically-based bio-psychosocial model of economics: Evolutionary perspectives of human resource utilization and the need for an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to economics. Int J Interdisciplinary Soc Sci 5(8): 53-68 (2010).
  12. Giordano J, Benedikter R, Boswell MV. Pain medicine, biotechnology and market effects: Tools, tekne and moral responsibility. J Ethics Biol Engineer Med 1(2): 135-142 (2010).
  13. Giordano J, Olds J. On the interfluence of neuroscience, neuroethics and legal and social issues: The need for (N)ELSI. AJOB-Neuroscience 2(2): 13-15 (2010).
  14. Benedikter R, Giordano J, FitzGerald K. The future of the self-image of the human being in the age of transhumanism, neurotechnology and global transition. J. Futures 42(10): 1102-1109 (2010).
  15. Conwell TD, Hobbins WB, Giordano J. Sensitivity, specificity and predictive value of infrared cold water autonomic functional stress testing as compared with modified IASP criteria for CRPS. Thermol Intl; 20(2):60-68 (2010).
  16. Giordano J, Forsythe C, Olds J. Neuroscience, neurotechnology and national security: The need for preparedness and an ethics of responsible action. AJOB-Neuroscience 1(2): 1-3 (2010)
  17. Gupta A, Duckles B, Giordano J. Use of sublingual methadone for treating pain of chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis. J Opioid Management 6(1): 67-72 (2010)
  18. Patil T, Giordano J. Ontological assumptions of the medical model of psychiatry. Phil Ethics Humanities Med 5(3): (2010).
  19. Gini A, Rossi J, Giordano J. Considering enhancement and treatment: On the need to regard contingency and develop dialectic evaluation. AJOB-Neuroscience 1(1): 25-27 (2010)
  20. Giordano J, Hutchison P, Benedikter R. Regrounding medicine amidst a technological imperative and Post-Modern mindset. Int J Polit Cult Soc 10(10): (2010)
  21. Giordano J, Akhouri R, McBride DK. Implantable nano-neurotechnologies: Ethical, legal and social issues. J Longterm Effects Med Implants 5(9): 45-54 (2009)
  22. Wurzman R, Giordano J. Explanation, explanandum, causality and complexity: A Consideration of mind, matter, neuroscience, and physics. NeuroQuantology 7(3): (2009)
  23. Mahoney JS, Palyo N, Napier G, Giordano J. The therapeutic milieu re-conceptualized for the 21st century. Arch Psychiat Nurs (2009)
  24. Benedikter R, Giordano J, Olds J. Jahrzehnt des Gehirns, des Verstandes - oder der Vernunft? Die IV. Vorbereitungstagung zu einem „Jahrzehnt des Bewusstseins 2010-2020“ (Decade of the Mind) DOM-IV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bericht dreier Hauptredner. Internationale Z Grenzgebiete d Wissenschaft. 58 (3): (2009).
  25. Giordano J. The neuroscience of pain, and the neuroethics of pain care. Neuroethics 3:1: 89-94 (2009).
  26. Giordano J, Kohls N. Self, suffering and spirituality: The neuroscience of being, pain and spiritual experiences and practices. Mind and Matter, 6: 179-192 (2008)
  27. Giordano J, Engebretson J, Benedikter R. Pain and culture: Considerations for meaning and context. Cambridge Quarterly Rev.Healthcare Ethics, 77: 45-59 (2008).
  28. Giordano J. Placebo and placebo effects: Practical considerations, ethical concerns Am Fam Physician 77(9) 1212-1214 (2008).
  29. Giordano J, Wurzman R. Neurological disease and depression: The possibility and plausibility of putative neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders. Depression: Mind and Body 4(1): 2-5 (2008).
  30. Rauchwerger JJ, Giordano J, Rozen D, Kent JL, Greenspan J, Closson CW. On the therapeutic viability of peripheral nerve stimulation for ilioinguinal neuralgia: putative mechanisms and possible utility. Pain Practice; 18: 22-29 (2008).
  31. Sierpina VS, Astin J, Giordano J. Mind-body therapies for headache. Am Fam Physician 76(10): 1518-1524 (2007).
  32. Manchikanti L, Boswell MV, Giordano J. Interventional approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: current evidence. Adv. Pain Management 1(2): 54-59 (2007).
  33. Giordano J, Jonas WJ. Asclepius and Hygieia in dialectic: Philosophical, ethical and pragmatic bases of an integrative medicine. Integrative Medicine Insights 2(3): 89-101 (2007)
  34. Manchikanti L, Manchikanti K, Pampati V, Brandon D, Giordano J. The prevalence of facet joint-related chronic neck pain in postsurgical and non-postsurgical patients: A comparative evaluation. Pain Practice; 17(1):5-10, (2007).
  35. Dogra N, Giordano J, France N. Teaching medical students about uncertainty: The findings of a qualitative study focusing on cultural diversity. BMC Medical Education 7(8): (2007)
  36. Manchikanti L, Giordano J, Fellows B, Manchukonda R, Pampati V. Role of psychological factors as predictors of opioid abuse and illicit drug use in chronic pain patients. J Opioid Management 3(2): 89-101 (2007)
  37. Giordano J , O’Reilly M, Taylor H, Dogra N. Confidentiality and autonomy: The challenges of offering research participants the choice of disclosing their identity. Qualitative Health Research 17(2): 1-12 (2007)
  38. Giordano J, Engebretson J. Neural and cognitive factors in spiritual experiences: bio-psycho social domains of effect relevant to clinical practice. Explore, 2(3):187-196 (2006)
  39. Giordano J. Moral agency in pain medicine: Philosophy, practice and virtue. Pain Physician, 9: 41-46 (2006)
  40. Giordano J, Engebretson, J, Garcia M.K. Challenges to CAM research: Focal issues influencing integration into a cancer care model. J. Integrative Cancer Ther. 4(3): 210-218 (2005)
  41. Giordano J, Flanagan, J. Expanding the Institutional Model: a revisionist approach to medical integration. J. Manipulative Physiol. Ther. 28: 603-605 (2005)
  42. Giordano J. Neurobiology of nociceptive and anti-nociceptive systems. Pain Physician 8: 3: 277-291 (2005)
  43. Giordano J. Informed consent: a potential dilemma for CAM. J. Manipulative Physiol. Ther. 27: 596-597 (2004)
  44. Giordano J. Pain research: Can paradigmatic revision bridge the needs of medicine, scientific philosophy and ethics? Pain Physician, 7: 459-463 (2004).
  45. Giordano J, Garcia MK, Strickland G. Integrating Chinese Traditional Medicine into a mainstream public health paradigm: A conceptual approach J. Alternative and Complementary Medicine 10: 4: 714-718 (2004).
  46. Giordano J, Gerstmann H. Patterns of serotonin and 2-methylserotonin-induced pain may reflect 5-HT3 receptor sensitization. Eur. J. Pharmacol.483: 267-269 (2004).
  47. Giordano J, Schultea T. Serotonin 5-HT3 receptor mediation of pain and anti-nociception. Pain Physician, 7: 141-147 (2003).
  48. Giordano J, Garcia, MK, Boatwright D, Klein K. Complementary and alternative medicine in mainstream public health: A role for research in fostering integrative practice. J. Alternative and Complementary Medicine 9:3: 1-5 (2003)
  49. Giordano J, Stapleton S, Boatwright D, Huff G. Blending the boundaries: steps toward the integration of complementary and alternative practice to mainstream medicine J. Alternative and Complementary Medicine 8:6: 897-906 (2002)
  50. Giordano J. The neurologic basis of chronic pain: from molecule to mind. Adv. Dir. Rehabilitation: 11: 1, 25-28 (2002).
  51. Flanagan J, Giordano J. The role of the institution in developing the next generation clinician as researcher. J. Manip. Physiol. Ther., 25: 193-6 (2002)
  52. Giordano J. Fibromyalgia: emerging concepts in diagnosis and treatment. Adv. Dir. Rehabilitation: 10: 9: 28-35 (2001).
  53. Giordano J. Herbals and phytomedicinals in pain management. Adv. Dir. Rehabilitation: 9:8:38-41 (2000)
  54. Giordano J. Perspectives on the utility of the National Pain Data Bank. Am. J. Pain Management: 10:3 (2000)