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Douglas A. Drossman, MD (Course Director)

Dr. Drossman earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed postgraduate residencies and certification in internal medicine and Gastroenterology and had additional fellowship training in psychosocial medicine under the direction of Dr. George Engel, a master interviewer and expert in psychosomatic medicine. Read More

Lin Chang, MD

Lin Chang, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Stress at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Chang earned her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Read More

William D. Chey, MD

Dr. Chey received his medical degree and training in internal medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He went on to complete a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Since completing this fellowship, Dr Chey has remained at the University of Michigan, where he is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Director of the GI Physiology Laboratory and Michigan Bowel Control Program. Read More

Albena Halpert, MD

Dr. Halpert is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Gastroenterology at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, and also a gastroenterologist in private practice at Pentucket Medical Associates in Haverhill, MA. Dr. Halpert received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Charles University School of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic. Read More

Vickie Kowlowitz, PhD

Dr. Kowlowitz received her Doctorate in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the John F Kennedy Institute (now the Kennedy Krieger Institute). She was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Mercer University before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop her career in health professions education, with her primary interest focused on patient-provider communication. Read More

Ben Saypol, PhD

Ben Saypol has been working in interactive and community based theater for seven years and is an emerging leader in the field. He is the Artistic Director of Theater Delta and founded Experience Theater as a non-profit to focus exclusively on improving physician-patient communication. Read More


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