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This working team, comprised of physicians, psychologists, and patient advocates, was formed to review the literature on the influence of communication skills on the Patient-Provider Relationship (PPR) and to make recommendations for implementation.

Members of the Working Team

DrossmanDouglas Drossman, MD
President Emeritus & Chief Operating Officer, Rome Foundation
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry
UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
University of North Carolina
Center for Education and Practice
of Biopsychosocial Patient Care and
Drossman Gastroenterology
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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


Jill Deutsch, Yale University

Jill Deutche, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Clinical Fellow in Training
New Haven, Connecticut, USA




Professor Alexander C. Ford

Alex Ford, MD
Leeds Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom




Albena Halpert, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kurt Kroenke, MD, MACP
Research Scientist
William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research
Regenstrief Institute

Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Bloomington, Indiana, USA


Johannah Ruddy, M. Ed. Executive Director

Johannah Ruddy, M. Ed.
Executive Director
The Rome Foundation
Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA




Julie Snyder, Psy.D.
Director, GI Psychology Service
Pediatric Psychologist
Department of Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Boston Children’s Hospital



Ami Sperber, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer-Sheva, Israel

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