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Harvard University’s Adams House

The author of two self-published books, What Matters Most Is What You Do Next: Dealing with Adversity, and Don’t Even Smile: The Other Side of Sexual Harassment, Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner is a graduate of the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner contributes a good deal of his spare time to supporting Adams House.

As one of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate housing facilities, Adams House is regularly referred to as the university’s “most historic house.” The origins of Adams House can be traced back to the mid-1700s and the construction of Apthorp House. It was not until 1931 that the historic building was renovated and became Adams House.

Since that time the building has been home to a number of notable Harvard undergrads, such as Franklin Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, Jr., and Henry Kissinger. More recent occupants include actors John Lithgow and Donal Logue. The inaugural master of Adams House chose to name the building after John Adams and the Adams family as a whole.


An Overview of the Works of Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner

In addition to being a physician in the Washington, D.C., area, Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner is also a published author who has penned two books to date, Don’t Even Smile: The Other Side of Sexual Harassment and What Matters Most Is What You Do Next: Dealing with Adversity, both of which have received positive reviews.

Don’t Even Smile is based on a truly trying time in Dr. Mountvarner’s career when he was falsely accused of sexual harassment and, before any investigative work began, was slandered by the media. The book depicts his experiences as he tried to live a normal life while maintaining hold on the small things that got him through this period. The book was released in 2010.

What Matters Most Is What You Do Next shares the lesson and strategies that Dr. Mountvarner learned to employ as coping mechanisms during his time of being falsely accused of sexual harassment. He teaches readers how to use faith to deal with adversity during all stages of life.

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Runner Geoffrey Mountvarner on Injury Prevention Strategies, Part 2 of 2

In a previous post, Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner outlined two strategies to prevent running injuries. Here, he provides additional tips.

Improve Balance with Strength Training. Exercises to build the hip muscles and gluteus maximus increase stability and strengthen the entire leg, thereby preventing injuries. Don’t aim for a big boost in muscle size; instead, train just enough to keep the hips and legs symmetrical.

Run on a Level Surface. Over time, road camber (the slope of the running surface) creates discrepancies in your body as your left and right legs hit the pavement at different angles. Some physical therapists have seen this lead to hip injuries. To combat this, train on even surfaces or on a treadmill as much as possible.

Take a Break. Build recovery days into your training schedule. Intersperse intense training days with light recovery days. Every few weeks, take the day off to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.

About Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner:

An emergency medicine physician and author, Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner has competed in three New York City Marathons and in multiple other long-distance competitions.

Howard University Hospital and its Department of Emergency Medicine by Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner

Howard University Hospital



I have served as Howard University Hospital Chief and Interim Chairman at Howard University Hospital’s (HUH) Department of Emergency Medicine since 2007. Howard University is a historically black university founded in 1867 in Washington, D.C., with its College of Medicine (HUCM) established a year later. HUCM offers an outstanding four-year MD program known for educating physicians with a dedication to providing health care to underserved communities throughout the U.S. As the primary teaching hospital for HUCM, the Howard University Hospital offers comprehensive specialties in everything from gynecology/oncology research to transplant surgery, as well a Level 1 Trauma Center. HUH also maintains specialized centers such as the Diabetes Treatment Center, the Center for Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery, and the Cancer Center. HUH operates the Center for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), the Washington D.C. area’s primary SCD patient service provider. As SCD disproportionately affects African Americans, the Center has a particularly critical community-centered mission.

Serving more than 50,000 patients, HUH`s Department of Emergency Medicine provides comprehensive services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our facilities offer fast track and urgent care capacities, three dedicated resuscitation rooms, a chest pain center, and an OB/GYN suite. I am proud of the work we have accomplished at the HUH emergency facilities over the past several years since HUH has seen the sharpest increase in volume among all Washington D.C. hospitals. In these past years, we have improved levels of patient safety and quality care, achieving a 95 percent improvement in emergency department closure time while treating a significantly higher numbers of patients. HUH has completed and is currently undertaking several emergency departmental initiatives, including implementation of advanced triage protocols, upgrading emergent and difficulty airway equipment, improving ED customer service, and introducing T-system templated chart documentation. Visit Howard University Hospital at to learn more about the services we provide.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: A Review by Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner

Malcolm Gladwell has won numerous awards for his writing, including a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his article on Ron Popeil. Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has authored numerous books, including The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, published in 2000; and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which came out in 2005. His most recent books are Outliers: The Story of Success, released in 2008; and a collection of short stories from The New Yorker called What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, published in 2009.

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell pursues the notion of success. He explores the question of why some people succeed in life, while others fail to reach their maximum potential. Asserting that the cause of success has to do with receiving a series of advantages, he takes particular cases of successful people, whom he calls “outliers,” taken from the term for people or things which lie outside of common experience. These include various examples, from Bill Gates to the Beatles. Even Mozart received unfair advantages, according to Gladwell.

The various advantages that Gladwell examines include race, cultural background, and the opportunity to hone a skill. His point is that individual merit alone does not make a person successful. Outstanding fame and fortune for the individual come as the result of his entire history, including where he is born, in what culture he grows up, and in what century he lives.

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The idea for the book Outliers came to Malcolm Gladwell out of his frustration with the way our culture understands and explains success and successful people. Unlike the vast majority of people, he found himself more interested with the cultures and families of successful people than those people as individuals. His book is anything but impersonal, however. He ends with the story of his grandmother in rural Jamaica, following the path from her life to his successful career as a writer.

About the author: Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner, author of Don’t Even Smile: The Other Side of Sexual Harassment, graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2008, he faced a false accusation of sexual harassment from a former staff member. In his book, he details the experience he had and paints a picture of a lesser-publicized figure in these sexual harassment cases: the accused.

Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner Discusses Daniel Goleman

Holding a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University, Daniel Goleman currently serves as the co-chairman of Rutgers University’s Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. Goleman also co-founded The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at Yale University, which subsequently relocated to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Primarily known for his bestselling book Emotional Intelligence, Goleman essentially argues that non-cognitive skills are just as important as an individual’s innate academic intelligence. In later works, he examined the role that emotional skills play in professional success and the qualities necessary for effective leadership. The American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences both honored Goleman for his landmark contributions and he received two Pulitzer Prize nominations over the course of his career.

Goleman defines Emotional Intelligence through four primary constructs: self-awareness, the ability to judge personal emotions and accurately forecast their impact; social awareness, the ability to understand others’ emotions in the context of various social networks; self-management, the ability to control emotions while adapting to new situations; and relationship management, the ability to control conflicts and influence the emotions of others. Each of these four constructs represents a number of emotional competencies that individuals may develop throughout their lives. Goleman argues that individuals are born with a certain degree of Emotional Intelligence, which dictates the number of emotional competencies they will effectively learn in their life. Goleman’s model has led to the creation of several qualitative tests for measuring emotional competency, including the Emotional Competency Inventory, the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal, and the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory.

Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner: Marathon Training for Beginners

Training for your first marathon requires dedication and commitment, but that nearly goes without saying. The training program will span 18 to 24 weeks, and you will face multiple unforeseen obstacles. Without a strong commitment to complete the program, your results on race day will suffer a great deal.

The decision to train for a marathon should take into account your life situation. The most important question to ask is, do you have the time available to adequately prepare for the marathon? As mentioned, a typical marathon training program spans 18 to 24 weeks, with runs occurring four to five times per week. Maintaining a consistent training program is far more beneficial than simply running long distances two or three times per week. The goal of the program is to build muscle endurance to a point that peaks right at race day. Beginners are often surprised that they aren’t required to run 26.2 miles during training and that distances start to progressively taper four weeks before the race.

About the author:
Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner is committed to increasing patient safety and quality within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Howard University Hospital, where he is the Chief of Emergency Medicine. He is also a marathon and triathlon athlete.