pEACH advisory committee

Peter Martin (chair):

Peter is the Palliative Medicine Physician and Regional Director of Palliative Care for Barwon Health and Clinical Associate Professor with Deakin University.

Peter has been involved with communication skills training for 20+ years. He has taught communication skills with Cambridge, Monash, Melbourne and Deakin medical schools.

Sarah Bigi (co-chair):

Sarah Bigi (Ph.D. in Linguistics) is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Catholic University of Milan (Italy). Since 2008 she has been working on doctor-patient interactions, in particular on argumentative strategies in doctor-patient decision making ( She collaborates with the Association of Italian Diabetologists ( as a consultant on communication issues.

Myriam DeveugeleMyriam Deveugele:

Myriam Deveugele is the Past President of EACH. She was born in 1953 in Kortrijk, Belgium. She finished her psychology study in 1975 and the postgraduate cycle in Behaviour therapy in 1982. She received the degree of Doctor in Medical sciences in 2003. PhD title: Doctor – patient communication in general practice. An observational study in six European countries.


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Gerry-HumphrisGerry Humphris:

Gerald (Gerry) Humphris graduated from University of Reading (BSc hons degree in Psychology) and was awarded a PhD from Guy’s Hospital, University of London investigating parental and child attitudes and behaviour related to health.


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Angela Liu:

Xinchun Liu (Angela) is a hospital administrator with a background of medicine. She works in the Department of Human Resource at the Third Xiangya Hospital of the Central South University, China. She is responsible for the Talent Development Office and in charge of continuing education for the hospital staff.


Peter Pype, BE:

Peter Pype is a general practitioner and communication skills trainer at Gent University. He holds a PhD in Health Sciences investigating interprofessional workplace learning in primary care. His research interests are interprofessional collaboration, workplace learning and palliative care.


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). 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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Jonathan-SilvermanJonathan Silverman:

Jonathan Silverman is the immediate past President of EACH. He is honorary visiting senior fellow and has recently retired as Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. He was a general practitioner for over 30 years.


Evelyn van Weel-BaumgartenEvelyn van Weel-Baumgarten:

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten is the President-Elect of EACH and has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and has combined clinical work with teaching and research at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Lode Verreyen:

Lode was trained as physiotherapist and works as such in a large multidisciplinary private practice in Antwerp. He also is assistant at the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of the Ghent University. There he is teaching communication to undergraduates of medicine, dentistry, and physiotherapy. He also is responsible for the training program of simulated patients.

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