ENRICH Co-Directors
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Timothy Gilligan completed his medical education at Stanford Medical School and did his postgraduate training in internal medicine and medical oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Currently, he has appointments in the departments of Solid Tumor Oncology, Urology and Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, where he serves as co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication and program director of the hematology/oncology fellowship. He specializes in genitourinary cancers in general and testis cancer in particular and has published numerous original research articles, reviews, book chapters and guidelines in his field. He speaks regularly at national oncology meetings and board review courses. Both at the Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals as well as at national and international conferences, he teaches healthcare communication skills and trains others to teach communication skills. He is also active coaching physicians needing additional help with communication and professionalism. He works on quality of care and clinical practice guidelines with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Cancer Institute. He currently co-chairs the ASCO panel writing guidelines on patient-physician communication. Dr. Gilligan is enrolled in the American Academy on Healthcare Communication (AACH) Facilitator-in-Training program.

Auguste Fortin, MD, MPH, FACP, FAACH, Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Auguste Fortin is Director of Psychosocial Curriculum for the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and is Director of Communication Skills Education there. He graduated from Brandeis University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He did his residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center and obtained his M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He completed a fellowship in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH), where he serves on the Board of Directors.
Professional interests include medical education, doctor-patient communication, the psychosocial aspects of medical care, meaning in medicine, mindfulness, and professional burnout prevention. When not doctoring, Auguste enjoys singing,

Forum Co-Directors
Michael Farrell, MD, FAACH, Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group
Dr. Mike Farrell has been a member of AACH since 2003. He is Associate Research Director for Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group, in Milwaukee. After graduating from UW Madison with emphases in psychology and molecular biology, Dr. Farrell attended medical school at St. Louis University and a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (also at Ann Arbor) and the Bioethics certificate program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Farrell’s main professional focus is the system-scale assessment and improvement of provider communication. He has also had NIH and foundation funding to work on communication processes and outcomes after newborn genetic screening, and prior to adult screening for prostate and breast cancer. He is active in the newborn screening community, and has been an enthusiastic and frequent mentor for scholarly activities by students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. He was on the editorial board for Medical Encounter for several years, and is currently on the boards for Patient Education and Counseling and Aurora’s in-house journal, the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews. He was active in several AACH meetings, and course-directed the 2010 Forum. Clinically, Dr. Farrell calls himself a “bleeding heart generalist” in primary care, and he also has experience with special-needs adults and young adults with chronic health conditions. He also was a leader in the effort to develop what may have been the world’s first genomic medicine clinic for adults, which was then based at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Farrell lives in the Milwaukee area with his former high school sweetheart (and frequent AACH socialite) Laura Farrell. They have two children in college, and one in high school. He enjoys reading, hiking, architectural photography, living vicariously through his kids, and traveling to profound and/or offbeat destinations. 

Ramneet Gill, MD, Yale University
Dr. Ramneet Giill is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics, pulmonary & sleep medicine at Yale University. Ramneet is committed to the care of children with acute and chronic respiratory and sleep disorders. She is trained in Pediatric Pulmonary at New York Medical College/Maria Fareri's Children Hospital and subsequently completed Sleep Fellowship at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. Her personal research interests include environmental tobacco smoke exposure and related respiratory illnesses in children. 

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