Board of Directors

Judy Chang, MD, MPH; VP of Research

Judy Chang, MD, MPH

University of Pittsburgh
3380 Boulevard of the Allies, Suite 328
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-641-6085

Judy Chang, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences with a secondary appointment in the Division of General Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an investigator at the Magee-Women’s Research Institute and core faculty member in the Center for Research in Health Care and Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation. She also serves as an Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research. After completing her undergraduate studies in the Plan II Honors Liberal Arts program at the University of Texas in Austin, Judy obtained her medical training at Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She then went on to obtain training in health services research and public health leadership in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Her early research focused primarily on understanding intimate partner violence (IPV) and how health care providers can help women experiencing IPV. Through this qualitative work, she found that women described the potential power of patient-provider communication as a source of support, motivation, empowerment and validation. Judy then expanded her research expertise to focus on patient-provider communication in women’s health, particularly in obstetric care. Her more recent research has examined a variety of topics within obstetric care communication including screening and counseling regarding substance use, addressing mental health concerns, breastfeeding counseling, and examining the impact of electronic medical records on patient-provider communication.

Judy is also a dedicated educator. She co-facilitates communication workshops for obstetrics and gynecology residents that teach skills such as Ask-Tell-Ask, delivering bad news, and dealing with patient emotions; co-facilitates Balint groups for obstetrics and gynecology residents; and leads workshops for medical students focusing on communication strategies to address and respond to intimate partner violence among female patients. Her contributions have been recognized with numerous teaching and mentoring awards.

Stewart Chang Alexander, PhD; Member at Large

Stewart Chang Alexander, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Faculty Scholar
Department of Consumer Science
Public Health Graduate Program
College of Health and Human Science
214 Matthews Hall
812 State Street
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-427-9860 
Dr. Chang Alexander is an Associate Professor at Purdue University. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Health Communication and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services, Research and Design at the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Chang Alexander is a Faculty Scholar and res the Director of Purdue's Health Disparities Research Laboratory. The research team in the Health Disparities Research Lab work with vulnerable, minority, and marginalized populations who experience health inequities based on numerous social conditions.

Dr. Chang Alexander's bibliography includes numerous publications in provider-patient communication. His research focuses on ways to improve how providers and patients talk in order to enhance understanding of illness, improve health outcomes, and the promotion of effective changes in health behavior. His work concentrates on two predominant areas of communication in health care: end-of-life care and preventive health care in adult and adolescents. In end-of-life care his work focuses on helping individuals understand prognosis and treatment options, engage in decision making, discuss preferences for life sustaining treatments, understand transitions to palliative care, and help individuals with life competition tasks at the end of life. In preventive health, Dr. Chang Alexander examines and evaluates the quality of physician counseling about behavior change and weight loss. Dr. Chang Alexander’s work in preventive health also focuses on how physicians talk to their adolescent patients about sex.  His work in adolescent sexuality is among the first to examine how physicians are talking with their adolescent patients about sexuality, sexual behavior and sexual identity.

Dr. Chang Alexander lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with his husband Kristofer and their two cats Jamie and Zoe. He enjoys traveling overseas, trying new vegetarian dishes and hosting retro-horror movie nights in his basement movie theater.

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FAACH; VP External Education

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FAACH 
VA Medical Center/UCSF
4150 Clement Street (111)
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.221.4810 x2740

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FAACH is Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF, and staff physician at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. After undergraduate work at Yale, he received his PhD in microbiology and his MD at Columbia University, and subsequently completed residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. As a faculty member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, he is nationally recognized for his efforts in education and research to enhance communication between patients and physicians. Currently he is director of VALOR, an innovative longitudinal program based at the VA that emphasizes humanistic clinical skill development for medical students. He also holds the first endowed Academy Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UCSF. His research interests include assessment of curricular developments in communication skills and clinical skills remediation, and forces influencing feedback in medical education

Nan Cochran, MD, FAACH; Member at Large

Nan Cochran, MD, FAACH 
Director on Doctoring
Dartmouth Medical School
Remsen 304
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 802.299.8378
Alt. Phone: 802-742-0401

Nan Cochran, MD, FAACH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an internist and geriatrician at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. After undergraduate work at Harvard, she received her MD at Harvard Medical School, and completed residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. She designed and directs the clinical skills course, and is co-leading the clinical longitudinal curriculum redesign effort at Geisel. As a faculty member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, she does faculty development and training in the areas of conflict management and negotiation, shared decision making and motivational interviewing. She lives in Vermont with her husband, Elliott Fisher and they have 3 wonderful daughters, Allegra, Kate and Josie. She loves to spend her free time in the wilderness with her family and friends and to x-c and telemark ski, bicycle, play ice hockey and tennis, garden and read.

Raymond Curry, MD, FACP; Treasurer

Raymond Curry, MD, FACP 
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
University of Illinois College of Medicine
1853 W Polk Street (MC 784)
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-996-1200

Raymond H. Curry, MD, FACP is Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As chief academic officer for one of the nation’s largest medical schools, he oversees educational programs across the school’s four campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Curry is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  He completed internal medicine residency at Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center in 1985, and then joined the Northwestern faculty. From 1998-2014 he served as vice dean for education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Curry is a charter member of AACH, having first joined as a member of the Task Force on Doctor and Patient of the Society of General Internal Medicine in 1986. He served on the Research Committee from 1998-2000, and as host and planning committee member for regional faculty development courses, the annual research forum, and the 2005 and 2011 International Conferences on Communication in Healthcare. He is also active in the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians, and has been a regular accreditation site reviewer for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for over twenty years. Locally, he serves on two non-profit organization boards, for the Provident Foundation and the Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowships.  

Dr. Curry is married to Dr. Kristi Kirschner, a physician at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Chief Medical Officer for the Community Care Alliance of Illinois. They live with their two sons in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South side of Chicago.

Denise Davis, MD, FAACH; Member at Large

Denise L. Davis, MD, FAACH
San Francisco VA Medical Center
4150 Clement St.
Medical Practice Clinic
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 510.883.1046

Denise Davis, MD, FAACH is Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco where she teaches and mentors medical students, residents and faculty.  Denise has been an AACH member since 2004 and is a graduate of the Facilitator in Training (FIT) Program and after graduating she served as Co-Director of the FIT program. Dr. Davis facilitates faculty development workshops nationally on communication skills, including improving doctor-patient communication, obtaining informed consent, negotiating cultural differences in clinical relationships and giving effective feedback to learners. Dr. Davis was awarded the prestigious Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work with students at UCSF School of Medicine.  Her other awards and honors include a VA Superstar Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society membership and she was selected for the honor of membership in the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Denise enjoyed a wildly successful private practice for 20 years based on relationship centered care principles. She has consistently received awards as one of "America's Top Doctors" and has received many Patients’ Choice Awards. Consumer Checkbooks rated her as one of the finest physicians in the Bay Area.

Francesca Dwamena, MD, MS, FACP, FAACH; Treasurer

Francesca C. Dwamena, MD, MS, FACP, FAACH 
Chair, Department of Medicine, Michigan State University
Department of Medicine
788 Service Road, B427 Clinical Center
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517.432.9124

Francesca C. Dwamena, MD, MS, FAACH is Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, and Chair of Medicine at Michigan State University. She received her medical degree from Howard University and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals and fellowship in Psychosocial Medicine at Michigan State University. She is an outstanding Clinician-Educator with multiple awards for excellence in medical education. She has received federal funding for her research on using the principles of effective doctor-patient relationships to understand and manage patients’ symptoms. Her substantial bibliography includes numerous publications and presentations on the topic of healthcare communication and its clinical application to patients with medically unexplained symptoms, a Cochrane systematic review on interventions for providers to promote a patient centered approach, and a major textbook on evidence-based patient-centered interviewing. Dr Dwamena has served on several national committees, including the Institute of Medicine Committee on Gulf War and Health. She enjoys using and teaching communication skills in all types of venues and lives in East Lansing with her husband, Ben.

Michael Farrell, MD, FAACH; Member at Large

Michael Farrell, MD, FAACH
Associate Research Director
Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group
Center for Urban Population Health
1020 North 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1305
Phone: 414-219-3517 

Mike Farrell, MD, FAACH has been a member of AACH since 2003. He is Associate Research Director for Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group, in Milwaukee. After graduating from UW Madison with emphases in psychology and molecular biology, Dr. Farrell attended medical school at St. Louis University and a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (also at Ann Arbor) and the Bioethics certificate program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Farrell’s main professional focus is the system-scale assessment and improvement of provider communication. He has also had NIH and foundation funding to work on communication processes and outcomes after newborn genetic screening, and prior to adult screening for prostate and breast cancer. He is active in the newborn screening community, and has been an enthusiastic and frequent mentor for scholarly activities by students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. He was on the editorial board for Medical Encounter for several years, and is currently on the boards for Patient Education and Counseling and Aurora’s in-house journal, the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews. He was active in several AACH meetings, and course-directed the 2010 Forum. Clinically, Dr. Farrell calls himself a “bleeding heart generalist” in primary care, and he also has experience with special-needs adults and young adults with chronic health conditions. He also was a leader in the effort to develop what may have been the world’s first genomic medicine clinic for adults, which was then based at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Farrell lives in the Milwaukee area with his former high school sweetheart (and frequent AACH socialite) Laura Farrell. They have two children in college, and one in high school. He enjoys reading, hiking, architectural photography, living vicariously through his kids, and traveling to profound and/or offbeat destinations.

Auguste H. Fortin VI, MD, MPH, FACP, FAACH; Past-President

Dr. Auguste H. Fortin VI, MD, MPH, FACP, FAACH
Professor of Medicine 
Yale University School of Medicine 
ESH-D 315
367 Cedar St.
New Haven, CT 06510-3221
Phone: 203 573-6574

Auguste Fortin VI, MD, MPH, FACP, FAACH is Director of Psychosocial Curriculum for the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is a Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and is Director of Communication Skills Training there. He received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center and obtained his M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He was a Fellow in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). Professional interests include doctor-patient communication, spirituality in medicine and the psychosocial aspects of medical care. He enjoys fatherhood, singing, sailing, and flying, and lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Oi, and daughter, Camille.

Meg Gaines, JD, LLM; Member at Large

Meg Gaines, JD, LLM
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
4312B Law
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-890-4467

Martha E. “Meg” Gaines, JD, LLM founded and directs the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. The Center’s mission is to engender effective partnerships among people seeking health care, people providing health care, and people making policies that guide the health care system. The Center trains future professionals of medicine, nursing, law, health systems, industrial engineering, pharmacy and other disciplines together to provide advocacy services to patients with life-threatening and serious chronic illnesses in a transdisciplinary environment.

Ms. Gaines’ work focuses on consumer engagement and empowerment in health care reform where she has been privileged to collaborate with the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute among others.  She serves on the National Cancer Research Advocates of the NCI, recently co-chaired the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation annual conference on engaging patients in linking health care and health professional education reform, and co-authored the conference paper for the joint Arnold P. Gold & Schwartz Foundations conference on advancing compassionate, collaborative care.  Her publications include “Engaging Patients at the Front Lines of Primary Care Redesign: Operational Lessons for an Effective Program,” “Alchemy: Medical Mediation at Its Best,” “A Social Compact For Advancing Team-Based High-Value Health Care,” and “Medical Professionalism from the Patient’s Perspective: Is There an Advocate in the House?”

Distinguished Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Ms. Gaines teaches courses related to consumer issues in health care, health care advocacy, health care reform, and patient-centered care to graduate students from law, medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, genetic counseling and others. Ms. Gaines earned her bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and holds Juris Doctorate and Master of Law degrees from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is a long term survivor of metastatic ovarian cancer.

Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD; Member at Large

Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD
Tel Aviv University
Haemek 18 a
Kiriat Tivon, Israel 36082P
hone: +972-502060619

Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Education at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.  She received a BA, MA, and PhD in Social Work from the University of Haifa in Israel with specialty in communication in healthcare.  Following these studies she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine focusing on professionalism and humanism in healthcare.  After completing her post-doctoral training, Dr. Karnieli-Miller returned to Israel to join the Department of Community Mental Health at the University of Haifa, and later joined the Medical School at Tel Aviv University.  She has taught many important courses on communication skills for health professionals and on advanced qualitative research methods.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Karnieli-Miller has focused on the complex communication challenges of diagnostic disclosure ("breaking bad news”), multi-participant conversations (patient-physician-companion), shared decision-making in medical practice, and professionalism in medical school training.  Her early work included qualitative research studies on adolescents coping with chronic illness, Alzheimer’s disease and mental health.  Within each of these studies she has explored the experiences and perspectives of all participants involved in healthcare interactions and examined the actual communication practices used. These findings have provided unique insights into the dynamics of triadic medical encounters. Her studies with Dr.  Frankel & Dr. Inui from Indiana University about medical students narratives provided in-depth understanding of medical students’ experiences of their "hidden curriculum”.  Dr. Karnieli-Miller has been awarded numerous significant research grants and has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals within the field of medical education.  Her presentations on these topics have been selected for excellence in the international conferences on communication in healthcare. Dr. Karnieli-Miller lives in Israel with her husband Lior and her three children, Danielle, Ayal and Alon.  

David Kern, MD, MPH, MACP; Member at Large

David E. Kern, MD, MPH, MACP 
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
Mason F. Lord Building
Suite 2300
5200 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410.550.1828

David E. Kern, MD, MPH, MACP is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from Princeton in 1966, his M.D. from Harvard in 1971, and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins in 1978. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency and RWJ Clinical Scholar fellowship at Baltimore City Hospitals and Johns Hopkins. He served as Co-Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center from 1986-2005 and sole Director from 2005-2011.

Dr. Kern’s career has been devoted to advancements in medical education and faculty development. He was instrumental in developing the Johns Hopkins GIM Residency Program, the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program for Clinician-Educators (FDP), the medical education track of the Johns Hopkins fellowship program in General Internal Medicine, and the Osler Center for Clinical Excellence at Johns Hopkins. He served as the Director of Curriculum Development Programs in the FDP from 1987- 2013. He has served as a facilitator in the areas of teaching skills, management skills, personal and professional growth, and curriculum development and evaluation for numerous institutions, projects, and professional organizations. His publications focus on medical education, communications skills and psychosocial medicine, and primary care practice. He served as one of two editors for the first Education Issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. He has served as an editor of the clinical text Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, and first editor of the book Curriculum Development for Medical Education: a Six-Step Approach, a standard reference for curriculum development in medical education. He has received numerous educational awards, is a master of the American College of Physicians, and is the 2015 President of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare.  He lives in Baltimore with his wife Susan Gauvey, and has three children, Megan (“G-K”), Kevin and Elizabeth, now all adults.       

Jenni Levy, MD, FAACH; President

Jenni Levy, MD, FAACH 
913 N 30th St
Allentown, PA 18101
Phone: 610.997.7120

Jenni Levy, MD, FAACH graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and American Studies, and received her MD from New York Medical College. She completed a residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, California, worked as a clinician/educator and practiced primary care internal medicine for 20 years before becoming board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care in 2008. Jenni has been involved with AACH since 1995, graduating from the Facilitator Training Program in 2004. After working as the co-editor of the AACH website, Jenni served as Winter Course Relationship Coordinator for three years and has been a Guide in the Training Program. Her professional interests include cross-cultural practice, relationship-centered care, and integrating facilitator training into graduate medical education. Jenni lives in Allentown, PA, with her husband and their daughter. The whole family is active in the local Reconstructionist synagogue, and Jenni also enjoys writing, singing and crossword puzzles.


Kara Myers, CNM, MS; Member at Large

Kara Myers, CNM, MS
University of California San Francisco; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Room 6D-29
San Francisco, CA 94110-3518
Phone: (415) 206-3661

Kara Myers, CNM, MS, has been practicing nurse-midwifery since 2000, when she completed graduate training at UCSF.  She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of OB, Gyn, and Reproductive Sciences, in clinical practice at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) and Mission Neighborhood Health Center.  She co-directs the Relationship Centered Communication program at ZSFG and also the Relationship Centered Communication Facilitators program for the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). Within the UCSF community and nationally, as faculty of AACH, she regularly facilitates workshops in relationship centered communication, conflict, and feedback.

Elizabeth Ross, DPT, MMSc, FAACH, VP Membership

Elizabeth Ross, DPT, MMSc, FAACH
Vice President, Membership
Associate Consulting Professor Duke University Medical Center
Box 104002
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919.668.5537

Elizabeth Ross, DPT, MMSc, FAACH received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Her clinical practice has included in-patient rehabilitation and pediatrics (in-patient and out-patient) with particular focus on high-risk infants in the NICU.  In her pursuit of being an educator, she earned a Masters of Medical Science in Physical Therapy at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, with emphases in Education and Pediatrics.  During her masters training she was exposed to content related to interpersonal skills in communication, which planted the seeds for her passion in this area.  Through numerous continuing education workshops, including becoming a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication (IHC), formerly the Bayer Institute, she developed her abilities in teaching professional communication skills to healthcare professionals.  Dr. Ross spent the first 5 years of her teaching career in the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University, in Rochester, Michigan.  She has been teaching in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University for 22 years and has taught communication skills throughout the curriculum in the School of Medicine at Duke University for the past 8 years, including initial development of skills through advanced communication in complex situations.  Additionally, she is the co-director for a biannual continuing education workshop that develops communication skills in practicing physicians.  Dr. Ross earned her DPT degree from Marymount University, in Arlington, Virginia, where she performed a research study to assess the effectiveness of the Psychosocial Aspects of Care course she teaches in the development of patient-centered attitudes in physical therapy students.  She continues to study and pursue educational avenues to improve the communication skills for medical professionals.

Craig Roth, MD, FACP; VP Internal Education

Craig Roth, MD, FACP
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612-725-2158

Craig Roth, MD practices general internal medicine and geriatrics at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He teaches clinician-patient communication skills, and interprofessional collaborative practice skills to medical students and residents, and is Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a faculty member in the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH), a former director of their faculty training fellowship program, and the Vice President for Internal Education. He has participated in research related to physical diagnosis, outpatient education, teaching communication skills, and health disparities. He is married to a physician, a proud parent, and always grateful for opportunities to experience nature, bike to work, pull weeds in the garden, or spend time with close friends and family. 

Russell L. Rothman, MD, MPP; President-Elect

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP
Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Suite 6000 MCE  
Vanderbilt Ctr for Health Services Research
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: 615.936.2149

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research. Dr. Rothman received his bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1992, and his MD from Duke in 1996. During this time he also completed a master's in Public Policy (M.P.P) at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke. After this, Dr. Rothman remained at Duke where he completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency in 2000. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In 2002, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt. Dr. Rothman's current research focuses on improving care for adult and pediatric patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases. He has been funded by the NIH, American Diabetes Association, the Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative, and other sources to examine the role of literacy and numeracy in patients with diabetes and obesity. He is currently the Principal Investigator on several studies addressing literacy and health communication in obesity prevention and diabetes. He has served as a reviewer on the NIH Special Emphasis Panel on Health Literacy and the Pfizer Health Literacy Fellowship Awards. Dr. Rothman has been a Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Rothman also currently serves as Chief of the Vanderbilt Med/Peds Section, Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core of the Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), and the Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translational Research.


Jonathan Silverman, FAcadMEd, MRCGP, FRCGP, DRCOG; EACH Past President

Jonathan Silverman is honorary visiting senior fellow and has recently retired as Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. He was a general practitioner for over 30 years. He has been actively involved in teaching communication skills since 1988 and in 1993, undertook a sabbatical with Professor Suzanne Kurtz, teaching and researching communication skills at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. In 1999 he became Director of Communication Studies for the undergraduate curriculum in Cambridge, which now involves over 700 half day small group sessions per year.

He is best known as one of the authors of the Calgary-Cambridge Guides to the Medical Interview, which provide a framework for describing the medical interview and incorporate a comprehensive set of skills referenced to the current evidence. The guides are used in 70% of UK schools. He has also co-authored two companion books with Suzanne Kurtz and Julie Draper, “Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine” (Radcliffe Publishing Second Edition 2005) and “Skills for Communicating with Patients” (Radcliffe Publishing Third Edition 2013).

He has conducted communication skills teaching seminars throughout the UK, in Europe and N. America. In 2005, he founded the UK Council for Communication Skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education for all 33 UK medical school, is past chair of the teaching committee and now and now past President of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare.

He is Past President of EACH (European Association for Communication in Healthcare).

Laura Singler, CAE; Executive Director

American Academy on Communication in Healthcare
AMR Management Services
201 E. Main St., Suite 1405
Lexington, KY 40507
859.514.9166 Fax

Laura Singler, CAE, joined AACH as Executive Director in August 2014.  Laura has worked with a wide variety of associations in her career including the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Inc. (COSLA), the Bluegrass Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Nursing Organizations Alliance (The Alliance).  She began her career in the non-profit sector as a community director with the March of Dimes.  Prior to her work with the March of Dimes, she worked in the public relations department at the University of Kentucky main campus and Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2004 with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communication.  In 2012 Laura achieved the foremost certification of the association management industry, earning the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

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