Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Past President, chair of rEACH, chair of tEACH, chair of pEACH, chair of the Advisory Committee and the Treasurer. The Executive Committee are all trustees of the charity and look after the daily work and functions of the association including the strategic plan, budget planning and finances. They are the highest decision making body of the association.

  • Profile picture of Shakaib Rehman

    Co-chair pEACH

    Shakaib Rehman

    Dr. Rehman is the Director of Education & Founding Director of Academic Primary Care Practice at the Phoenix VA Healthcare Systems. He is also serving as the Chair and Professor of Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix (UACOM-P). He is also the Chair of UACOM-P Admissions Committee and Graduate Medical Education. He received his MD from University of Punjab, Pakistan with Gold Medals in Physiology, Forensic Medicine and Pathology. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Nassau University Medical Center/SUNY @Stony Brook, NY. He then graduated from Harvard University’s Executive Fellowship Program. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hypertension and Clinical Informatics.  He has recently been elected the Master of American College of Physicians (MACP). Dr. Rehman is a well-recognized expert in “Leadership topics/Healthcare Communication”. He has delivered courses/workshops around the world.  He was invited to give the Commencement Address on the graduation ceremony of Medical University of South Carolina class of 2013. He have received numerous awards including David E. Rogers Teaching Award from Society of General Internal Medicine, Department of Veterans Affair Excellence in Medical Education Award, Medical University of South Carolina Best Teacher Award, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) best faculty award, American College of Physicians (ACP) Young Physician Award, James A. McFarland Award in Excellence in Teaching and Humanism, Laureate Award, & Leader of the Year Award. He has been served as the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Mountain West Region and Vice-President of the American Academy on Communications in Healthcare. He was also the Conference Chair for the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in 2007 & CO-Chair for Scientific committee for 2021. Dr. Rehman has participated in many landmark research trials such as ACCORD, SPRINT, ACCOMPLISH, ONTARGET, PROMINENT etc. He has published hundreds of articles.
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    Lorraine Noble

    Lorraine Noble is Professor of Clinical Communication at UCL Medical School in London. She has a background in clinical psychology, and has specialised in doctor-patient communication and its education for over a quarter of a century. She has been a member of EACH since its creation in 2001 and served as the elected UK National Representative of EACH from 2014-2020.
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    Maddalena Fiordelli

    Maddalena Fiordelli is Scientific Researcher and Lecturer at the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences (CH), where she obtained her PhD in 2009. During her PhD she was visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam. Her main research interests include eHealth, mHealth, participatory research, and social isolation. Maddalena collaborates with the Swiss Paraplegic Research and the Faculty of BioMedicine (USI). Since 2019 she is the treasurer of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH).
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    Chair rEACH

    Arwen Pieterse

    The Netherlands
    Arwen Pieterse, PhD, associate professor at the department of Biomedical Data Sciences of Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. She studied Cognitive Psychology and graduated (cum laude) in 1998. She obtained her PhD in 2005. She was Research fellow of the Dutch Cancer Society (2008-2011). She obtained several grants to study doctor and patient treatment preferences, communication during decision consultations, values elicitation, and determinants of shared decision making. Based on her research, she co-developed an e-learning to teach shared decision making skills to medical students and clinicians. She received the 2018 Jozien Bensing award from EACH, granted biennially to early-career researchers.
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    Co-chair tEACH

    Sandra Winterburn

    Sandra works as an Associate Professor at Norwich Medical School where she leads the clinical communication curriculum. She has a background in nursing and has been actively involved in teaching clinician-patient communication to a range of professional groups, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, for more than 15 years. She is co-chair of tEACH together with Jane Ege Moller.
  • Profile picture of Lode Verreyen

    Chair of the Advisory Committee & Chair of the Networking Committee

    Lode Verreyen

    Lode was trained as physiotherapist and works as such in a large multidisciplinary private practice in Antwerp. He also was assistant at the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of the Ghent University. There he was teaching communication to undergraduates of medicine, dentistry, and physiotherapy. He also was responsible for the training program of simulated patients. Within tEACH he is co-lead, together with Prof. Katrien Bombeke, of the Work Place Based Teaching Tips group.
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    Past President

    Sara Rubinelli

    Sara Rubinelli is Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of Luzern (CH), Coordinator of the Human Functioning Unit and Leader of the Person-Centered Healthcare Group at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH). She holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of logic, argumentation theory and rhetoric. From 2003 to 2009 she was the Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Communication and Health of the University of Lugano (CH).
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    Marcy Rosenbaum

    Marcy Rosenbaum is Professor of Family Medicine and Faculty Development Consultant for the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education atthe University of Iowa. She has been actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and conducting research on clinician-patient communication for the more than 20 years. She oversees communication skills training for students, residents and practicing health care providers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She also has spent her career conducting research and directing programs focused on enhancing medical faculty teaching skills in classroom and clinical settings, She has helped facilitate train the trainers seminars throughout the world. She helped found and the tEACH, the teaching committee of EACH.