Douglas A. Drossman, M.D.

Dr. Drossman received his M.D. degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and obtained his medical residency at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and NYU – Bellevue Medical Center. He subspecialized in psychosocial (psychosomatic) medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and in Gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Drossman is Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and co-director of the UNC Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders (since 1993). He is founder, past chair (1989-1993) and newsletter editor of the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group of the AGA, Chair (since 1989) of the Rome Committees (Rome I II and III) and President of the Board of the Rome Foundation (since 2004), past Chair of the Functional GI campaign of the American Digestive Health Foundation’s Digestive Health Initiative (1999-2001) and of the Motility and Nerve-Gut Interactions Section of the AGA Council (2003-2005). He is Past-President of the American Psychosomatic Society (1997), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology, and is on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders (IFFGD). He is on the Institute of Medicine Committee of Gulf War Veterans and Stress, has been an Ad Hoc member of NIH- NCCAM Advisory board, and is a member of NIH-National Commission on Digestive Diseases.

Dr. Drossman has written over 400 articles and book chapters, has published two books, a GI Procedure Manual, and textbook of Functional GI disorders (Rome I, II, III), and serves on six editorial and advisory boards in Gastroenterology, psychosomatic medicine, behavioral medicine, and patient health. He just completed his 5-year term as Associate Editor of the journal Gastroenterology and has been the Gastroenterology Section Editor of the Merck Manual.

Dr. Drossman’s research relates to the clinical, epidemiological, psychosocial and treatment aspects of gastrointestinal disorders. He has developed and validated several assessment measures (e.g., illness severity and quality of life questionnaires for IBD and IBS, and an abuse severity scale) for clinical research, is involved in psychosocial outcomes research, and has a research program on brain imaging in IBS. He has been principal investigator on several NIH sponsored research grants including a multi-center grant for treatment (antidepressant and cognitive-behavioral treatment) of the functional bowel disorders. He also consults with regulatory and pharmaceutical agencies regarding the design and evaluation of treatment trials. He is a recipient of the Janssen Award for Clinical Research (1999), the American Psychosomatic Society President’s Award (2003), the AGA Joseph B. Kirsner – Fiterman Award in Clinical Research (2005) and the AGA Mentors Research Scholar Award (2007).

His educational and clinical interests relate to the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of patient care. He has produced numerous articles and videotapes on the biopsychosocial aspects of medical care, medical interviewing and the patient-doctor relationship, and received second prize at the 1997 AMA International Film Festival. As a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Physician and Patient, he facilitates workshops to develop clinical skills in physician-patient communication. He received the AGA Distinguished Educator Award (2004), and is featured as one of 12 gastroenterologists in a book “Best Gastroenterology Practices” (2007).

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