to diagnose and treat. He began a program of research in functional GI disorders 30 years ago and has received numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants in that field. He has published more than 500 books, articles, and abstracts related to the epidemiology, psychosocial, and quality-of-life assessment, design of treatment trials, and outcomes of research in GI disorders, and he was associate editor of the journal Gastroenterology and gastroenterology editor of the Merck Manual. He has served on two previous Institute of Medicine Gulf War and Health committees— the ones that produced Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress and Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War, Update 2009. Dr. Drossman is president of the Rome Foundation, an international organization that sets guidelines and standards for diagnosis and care of patients who have functional GI disorders, and is president of the Drossman Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, which develops training programs for physicians to learn communication skills to improve the patient–provider relationship. Dr. Drossman received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and fellowships in psychosomatic medicine at the University of Rochester and in gastroenterology at UNC.
Francesca C. Dwamena, MD, MS, is professor and acting chair of the Department of Medicine of Michigan State University. Dr. Dwamena also is an adjunct professor of psychiatry and an attending physician for the Michigan State University Health Team and at Sparrow Hospital. She specializes in psychosocial medicine and is coauthor of a major text on medical interviewing. Dr. Dwamena has more than 40 published works on many aspects of clinical and primary medicine, including the identification of and treatment for medically unexplained symptoms. She received her MD from Howard University College of Medicine and her MS in epidemiology and a certificate in psychosocial medicine from Michigan State University.
Javier I. Escobar, MD, MSc, is associate dean for global health and professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has been an active researcher in clinical psychopharmacology, psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric diagnosis, cross-cultural medicine, mental disorders in primary care, and treatment of somatoform disorders. Dr. Escobar has been the principal investigator of several National Institutes of Health–funded grants in medically unexplained symptoms, mentoring of young researchers, and mental health–primary-care collaborations. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in books and journals and has served on a number of advisory committees and task forces, including those for the National Institute of Mental Health, the World Health Organization,