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The Rome Foundation Douglas Drossman Award for Communication and Patient-Centered Care in DGBI

This annual award of $7,500 will be given to a provider in the field of DGBI who has achieved excellence in communication skills and patient-centered care through clinical practice, teaching, and mentoring. This named award recognizes Dr. Drossman’s lifetime commitment to work in the area of communication.

Applicants can be nominated or can self-nominate and must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed an MD/PhD/PsyD at least 10 years ago
  • Active in clinical work and teaching (institutionally, clinical practice or externally within societies)
  • Maintain active clinical work at least 30% of the time
  • Achieved recognition locally, institutionally, regionally, or nationally for skills in teaching and communication skills.

Award will be given at Rome Foundations’ Annual Reception at DDW 2024.

Award Amount: $7,500

Deadline: March 31, 2024

If you have any questions, please contact Mauricio Rojas at

Doug Drossman, MD – Physician Advisor

2024 Award Winner


Albena Halpert, MD

Harvard University, Health Services
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Boston University


Dr. Halpert’s clinical practice consists primarily of patients with complicated functional bowel disorders. Her main research interests include studying the patient perspective, patient educational needs, and how to provide effective patient education, as well as the physician-patient relationship/ communication. Dr. Halpert has presented her research findings at national gastroenterology meetings and has published numerous manuscripts and several book chapters, and is the current co-chair of the Rome V Chapter on The Patient Perspective, Sex, Gender, Race, and Social Determinants of Health. She co-facilitates training on patient-physician communication with the Rome Foundation and Drossman Care. She has received several awards, among which is the American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Investigator Research Award, and is sought after as a speaker on the patient-provider relationship..

2023 Award Winner

Lin Chang, MD

Lin Chang, MD

Professor of Medicine
Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress
Division of Digestive Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Lin Chang, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Co-Director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This center is an interdisciplinary research and education organization, dedicated to the study of brain-body interactions in health and disease. She is also Program Director of the UCLA Gastroenterology Fellowship Program and Director of the Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic at UCLA. Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is in functional gastrointestinal disorders, which include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation and functional dyspepsia. She is a funded NIH-investigator studying brain-gut interactions underlying IBS. Specifically, her research is focused on the pathophysiology of IBS related to stress, early life adversity, sex differences, and genetic and epigenetic factors, and gut microbiome and the treatment of IBS.

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