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Gut Feelings: Doctors and Patient-Centered Care
How Knowledge, Commitment to Care, 
& Empathy Improve Patients’ Lives
by Douglas A. Drossman MD and Johannah Ruddy M.Ed.

Learn from Key Opinion Leaders About 
What Makes Good Doctors Great in the Field of DGBI

This book “closes the loop” on the Gut Feelings series. 

  • The first book covered the clinical aspects of DGBI (Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction) and the importance of good communication skills for achieving an effective patient-provider relationship.
  • The second book covered eight patient stories, and their illness experiences.
  • Now, this third book describes the key factors that makes these doctors successful and why their patients value them. 

Gut Feelings: Doctors and Patient-Centered Care
How Knowledge, Commitment to Care, and Empathy Improve Patients’ Lives

Hear from our Authors:

World-Wide Sales for Gut Feelings

“While I take great pleasure from all aspects of my profession (education, research, volunteering), my greatest sense of accomplishment and joy comes from patient Interactions.” 
– Darren Brenner, MD
“An important virtue for me is doing good for others. Everything in my career is based on having a meaningful purpose in life, gaining new knowledge through scientific research,educating students and the public, and improving patients’ suffering.” 
– Emeran Mayer, MD
“My mission is to help others learn to help themselves. I like to work with my patients to empower them to understand their condition better, learn how to manage their symptoms, and improve their daily functioning optimally.” 
– Lin Chang MD

World-Wide Sales for Gut Feelings: Doctors and Patient-Centered Care

The Authors:

Pictured left to right: 
Olga Aroniadis, MD, Darren Brenner, MD, Lin Chang, MD, Douglas Drossman, MD, Madhu Grover, MBBS, 
Joel Hiedelbaugh, MD, Lauie Keefer, PhD, Doug and Johannah, Anthony Lembo, MD, Emeran Mayer, MD, 
Samuel Nurko, MD MPH, Andrea Shin, MD, Ami Sperber, MD MPH, Jan Tack, MD, PhD, Hans Tornblom, MD, PhD

For Doctors: 

  • Understand you are not alone in the challenges and hardships that can occur when working to achieve your career goals ​Learn the scientific reasons as to why you have your symptoms
  • ​Get a glimpse into the early lives, cultural attributes, and current perspectives of leading DGBI providers that led them to success
  • ​Understand what is needed to become a world expert in neurogastroenterology
  • ​Link to the video to hear from the providers in their own words

For Patients:

  • Learn the skills and attributes of the doctor you want treating you
  • ​Understand how doctors think when approaching the care of their patients with complex DGBI
  • ​Learn more about the attributes that make good doctors great
  • ​Link to the video for interviews of the featured providers
  • ​Find the providers’ practices and locations and learn from our educational resources

Meet the Expert Authors 

Dr. Drossman is an internationally recognized scientist, clinician, and educator in DGBIs and communication skills training. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry in Gastroenterology from the University of North Carolina, CEO and President Emeritus of the Rome Foundaton, and President of DrossmanCare, which develops training programs in communication skills. He treats patients with complex DGBIs in his gastroenterology practice.
Johannah Ruddy, M.Ed. | Patient Advocate and Consultant

Ms. Ruddy is a highly-recognized patient advocate with a background in education and management of non-profit health organizations. 

What doctors are saying

The credibility of the authors is impeccable. Dr. Drossman’s entire career, often mediated via his efforts through the Rome Foundation, has been devoted to providing the research and conceptual basis for a remarkable evolution in U.S. medicine: DGBI are the most completely described biopsychosocial disorders. This not only helps patients and practitioners but also guides the remainder of medicine in this new direction. Just as compelling is Ms. Ruddy’s personal story as a patient with IBS and how she suffered profoundly until treated by someone who understood the biopsychosocial model.

Robert C. Smith, MD, MACP
University Distinguished Professor
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Gut Feelings is an essential resource for all participants in the health care system–not just patients and doctors– because we are or will be patients. The core of care delivery is the patient and their provider, and this guide focuses on how to successfully activate optimal patient-physician engagement. I urge all readers to heed and follow the advice provided in this book and to support its use and related materials in all clinical training programs for the benefit of patients and providers alike.

Douglas S. Levine, MD, AGAF, FACG
Manager and Sole Member, DSL Consulting LLC
Consultant to the Executive Committee, Rome Foundation Research Institute

What patients are saying

Gut Feelings is a must read for any medical or psychology student working in direct patient care. Dr. Drossman and Ms. Ruddy have created a valuable tool for all readers navigating the healthcare system, in particular gastroenterology and psychiatry, that will be useful for all in the years to come. As a chronic illness patient, I wish I would have had this guide at the beginning of my journey!

Lesley Isaacs
Now more than ever it is important for patients to advocate for themselves and for doctors to be more understanding, empathetic and validating of their patients' needs. Gut Feelings is an important book for both patients and practitioners alike. Gut Feelings provides practical knowledge and useful insights in a manner which is very easy to digest. 

Katherine Wald, LCSW
Licensed Psychotherapist
Certified EMDR Therapist & Patient
DrossmanCare is biopsychosocial care, whose mission is improving healthcare by establishing new global standard for patient provider communications. DrossmanCare works through a medical practice, an educational center, and our investor program.

The Rome Foundation is an independent not for profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides support for activities designed to create scientific data and educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI). Our mission is to improve the lives of people with DGBI.

Also Check Out:

Book 1

Gut Feelings: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship 
A Guide for Patients and Doctors
by Douglas A. Drossman MD and Johannah Ruddy M.Ed.

Book 2

Gut Feelings: The Patient's Story
Personal Accounts of the Illness Journey
by Douglas A. Drossman MD and Johannah Ruddy M.Ed.
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