Team

Douglas A. Drossman, MD
CEO
Dr. Drossman has been in academic medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 40 years.  He has committed his career to patient centered care and recently left UNC to devote his time to helping clinicians and patient optimize their communication skills through a variety of educational formats.  He is recognized internationally for this work as well as in the areas of Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and crossover areas of Biopsychosocial Medicine.

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Albena D. Halpert, MD
Director of Educational Programs

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.

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Ceciel Rooker
Manager of Operations

Ceciel has worked with Dr. Drossman since 2008 in many capacities such as Marketing, Public Relations, Development, Research Administration, Grant Development and Clinical Operations Management.  She currently is the Director of Public Relations with the Rome Foundation and owns Procyon Consulting; a consulting firm that specializes in working in the area medical research.

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Mark Drossman
Creative/Marketing Advisor

Mark has over 30 years of experience in advertising, as an art director, copywriter and creative director at many of New York’s top agencies, including Della Femina Travisano & Partners, Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer (now Havas) and Ogilvy & Mather.

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Jacqueline Gaulin
Digital Media and Communication Specialist

Jacqueline Gaulin is the digital media and communications specialist for Drossman Care/Drossman Center and is responsible for developing, advancing and executing an integrated communications strategy that includes creating compelling multimedia content packages and helping to engage physicians, patients and the media online through a variety of social network channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

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Ben Saypol, PhD
Education Adviser for Theater-Based Interventions

Ben is the Director of Theater Delta, a successful Interactive Theater company based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that promotes social change in communities nationwide, with a significant focus on improving physician-patient communication.

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Davis Stillson
Director/Editor for DrossmanCare/Drossman Center

Davis is the founder of Davis Stillson Associates, a video production group based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Davis Stillson Associates (DSA) creates high definition video projects in the areas of health, education and the humanities.

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