DrossmanCare has several advisors who provide guidance in their specialty areas:


Dennis H. Novack, MD
Educational Advisor

Dr. Novack is a Professor of Medicine and an Associate Dean of Medical Education at Drexel University College of Medicine. (DUCOM)  He is a general internist who completed a 2-year fellowship with George Engel’s Medical-Psychiatric Liaison group in Rochester, N.Y. 1976-1978.

Since 1978 Dr. Novack has worked in academic medical centers, dedicated to improving education in physician-patient communication and psychosocial aspects of care. At DUCOM he oversees clinical skills teaching and assessment, and directs the first year medical student course on medical interviewing, as well as the doctoring curriculum in the medicine residency.  He has conducted educational research, developed curricula and written many articles about physician-patient communication, a number of which are used in various medical school curricula.  He has been a leader in the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) since its inception in 1979.

Dr. Novack was one of the founding directors of the first several AACH annual national faculty development courses in 1983, which have continued until the present, and have trained thousands of faculty members who teach physician-patient communication in medical education. He founded and edited Medical Encounter, the quarterly newsletter of the Academy, for twenty years.  He is currently first editor of, a comprehensive online resource on healthcare communication, a joint project of the AACH and DUCOM.

Dr. Novack has been in the leadership for many years in the American Psychosomatic Society (APS), a scholarly society of nearly a 1,000 members that fosters scientific research into mind-body interactions in health and disease.  He is a Past President of the APS.


Lin Chang, MD
Educational Advisor

Lin Chang, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Stress 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.

Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is in functional gastrointestinal disorders which include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, and functional dyspepsia. She is Director of the Intestinal Disorders Clinic at UCLA. She has had a longstanding interest in provider-patient communication and served as a faculty member of the Rome-AGA Communication Skills workshop and for the Rome Global Conference workshop on cross-cultural communication skills. She is a funded NIH-investigator studying the central and peripheral mechanisms underlying IBS. She is the recipient of the Janssen Award in Gastroenterology for Basic or Clinical Research and the AGA Distinguished Clinician Award. Dr. Chang has authored more than 70 original research articles, 48 review articles, and 19 book chapters on her specialty interests and is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings. She is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. She is also a member of the Rome Foundation Board of Directors. She is the President of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS). She served on the FDA GI Advisory Committee from 2005-2010 which she also chaired.


Craig Mathews
Commercialization Advisor

Craig Mathews, Commercialization Advisor

Craig Mathews has been serving companies for several years in the U.S., Europe, and India, helping hundreds of people design and build highly profitable businesses. He works with larger companies to find and develop the ideas within the organizations, growing profits. He has also taught innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC Business School to the largest entrepreneurship class in the school’s history. Craig received his MBA from UNC Business School.

Craig is a strategic, innovative thinker. He has led companies in sales, marketing, IT and as CEO. A serial entrepreneur and constant learner, Craig is also an author and international speaker/consultant on topics as wide-ranging as water security, leadership, business/IT alignment, marketing, sales, corporate strategy, personal development, and marriage.

Craig has been President or CEO of four businesses, including software, biotech, and management consulting. He has also served as VP Marketing for, a software and SaaS company with customers across the globe; and as CTO for McKim & Creed, a Fast 50 consulting engineering firm.


Steven E. Locke, M.D.

Steven E. Locke, M.D. is a primary care psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He teaches at Harvard Medical School as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs a course on technology innovation in healthcare in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Locke is past-President of the American Psychosomatic Society and has chaired meeting programs in behavioral medicine, telehealth, clinical informatics and disease management and published over 60 articles, chapters and books. He is the founding president of Veritas Health Solutions, a Boston-based behavioral telehealth firm specializing in technology-supported self-care and the integration of behavioral health into primary care.








Patrick Furey
Business Development Advisor

Patrick is President and CEO of ConsumerSphere, a social media strategy and marketing company he founded in 2005. His credentials span senior leadership roles counseling some of the most respected names in marketing, including J&J, General Mills, and P&G.

His sophisticated marketing experience is rivaled only by the depth of his involvement in database and transactional marketing, digital integration, and strategic social media solutions.

He now focuses exclusively on helping a wide range of clients (agencies, B2B, pharma, retail, CPG, tech, entertainment, healthcare, financial services, and food) effectively integrate social media into their strategic marketing initiatives. Patrick writes and speaks regularly about social media strategic planning. He serves as a social media council expert for the Gerson Lehrman Group and a beta tester for many global social technology developers. He has held leadership positions at numerous advertising agencies, including President/CEO at Euro RSCG Integrated, Dallas, and President at Rapp, Minneapolis.

At the Center, Pat’s responsibilities include:

• Contributing to the development and refinement of the Center’s vision and strategy
• Supporting the overall process of management and corporate decision-making to ensure the organization maximizes its short, medium and long-term profitability and shareholder returns
• Liaising with other executive heads on the implementation of the Center’s strategic and operational plans
• Developing, reviewing, and reporting on the business development division’s strategy, ensuring the strategic objectives are well understood and executed by the team
• Serving as a key member of the executive team that sets the Center’s strategic direction
• Spearheading business development initiatives that are consistent with the Center’s overall strategy
• Managing revenue generation and strategic partnerships development and management
• Winning early customers with limited support