Scientific Committee



Michelle Riba, Scientific Committee Co-Chair, is clinical professor and associate director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. Dr. Riba is fellowship director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry fellowship and is chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Distress Guidelines. She is past president of the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Academic Psychiatry, and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and past secretary for Scientific Publications, World Psychiatric Association. As director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center PsychOncology Program, Dr. Riba leads a multidisciplinary group of clinicians who care for the emotional needs of cancer patients and their families. Through numerous scientific papers, APA courses, books, and presentations at scientific meetings, she continues to advance the dialogue and research in this important clinical area nationally and internationally.


Jo Ellen Patterson, Scientific Committee Co-Chair, is a Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy program at the University of San Diego. Recognizing the profound impact of the family on human development, Jo Ellen Patterson, Ph.D. became interested in families - their joys and sorrows, early in her career.   But, it wasn't until her twenties that she discovered a relatively new profession - Marriage and Family Therapy.  Simultaneously, she learned about a new medical speciality - Family Medicine.  Immediately, she decided to spend her career exploring family well-being.  Using an interdisciplinary perspective which blends the social and biological sciences, she focuses on training and education that offers the most comprehensive understanding of family well-being. Now, many years later, Dr. Patterson has published four books on family health and family therapy and is finishing her fifth book on evidence-based practice.  Her bestseller, Essential Skills in Family Therapy  2nd ed. (Guilford, 2009), has been adopted by many training programs across the United States.  In addition, it has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean. A second and equally important interest of Dr. Patterson has been understanding the role of culture on families and development.  Dr. Patterson realized that religious work, therapy, education, indeed any enterprise that involves cross cultural exchanges, requires an understanding and respect for culture. She obtained a Rotary Scholarship to Cambridge University for a year to study history and culture.  A few years later, she moved with her husband to Zaire and did field work in rural Zaire for the Agency for International Development  (AID).  Then, she lived in Cairo for two years where she served as a consultant for the international school and taught at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Since coming to USD over twenty years ago, Dr. Patterson's interests have not varied.  She has developed mental health services in Pediatrics, Reproductive Medicine, and Family Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine.  Also, she has been given a faculty appointment as voluntary Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry.  At UCSD, she also serves as a Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Global Health.  She has served on the board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and has had 3 Fulbrights to Norway, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Systems and Health.


Hana Abu-Hassan, MBBS, JBFM, MRCGP is a voluntary assistant professor in the department of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego. She completed her family medicine residency training in the United Kingdom. Dr. Abu-Hassan has training in mental health, and works with refugees between Europe and the Middle East. She practices family medicine in the United Kingdom and Jordan, and conducts research in the fields of family medicine and mental health. Dr. Abu-Hassan is currently completing her degree in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine. She has received numerous scholarships, which includes a full scholarship from the National Institute of Health in the subject of research ethics, and is now an NIH Fellow.


Wael Al-Delaimy is a multidisciplinary epidemiologist with a medical background and interest in the epidemiology of chronic diseases, tobacco, diet, and the environment. He practiced medicine in his native Iraq and then Jordan between 1991-1995 before finishing his PhD from Otago University in New Zealand in 2000. He was a Research Fellow and Research associate at Harvard School of Public Health between 2000-2004, a scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2003, and a faculty member at UCSD since 2004 as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor. His global research activities are in non-communicable diseases, including mental health, climate change, tobacco, ethics and human rights, and refugee health. He is also involved in academic and research development in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Rahn Kennedy Bailey serves as Assistant Dean of clinical education at Charles R. Drew University. Dr. Bailey’s career has centered around community outreach, education, and prevention. Dr. Bailey received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston, Texas Medical Center Affiliated Hospital. While in residency, he held the title of chief resident (’94). Furthermore, he received the Resident Research Award by the National Medical Association (NMA) for his work on Non-A Non-B Hepatitis (’88).  Dr. Bailey completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University (’95). He has held a multitude of leadership roles both academically and professionally. Dr. Bailey started his career as unit director of a schizophrenia treatment/research unit at LSU in New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, while at the University of Texas Houston, he received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year award (2000). Due to his volunteer work delivering care to the many evacuees of Hurricane Katrina in the Houston Astrodome, Dr. Bailey was named the Physician of the Year by the NMA (2005). Dr. Bailey has served as President (113th) of the National Medical Association (NMA). As president he spearheaded 3 trips to the African nation of Liberia. He currently the Chairman of the BOT NMA/Cobb Research Foundation Institute.  Dr. Bailey served as the director of Elam Mental Health Center in Nashville, TN and the chairman of the psychiatry department at Meharry Medical College (2008 to 2014). While in North Carolina, Dr. Bailey was chairman of the psychiatry department Wake Forest University School of Medicine & the Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Service Line (2015-2018). He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association BOT. Throughout his career, Dr. Bailey has worked with underserved and minority populations. This is evident in his work with community programs with indigent populations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Bailey has numerous publications that address healthcare disparities including the books “A Doctor’s Prescription for Healthcare Reform” and “At Gunpoint.” For his extensive work addressing health disparities, he has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMSHA), Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and Snyder Foundation.


Richard Bischoff is the Ianr Associate Vice Chancellor For Faculty And Academic Leader Success and Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is particularly interested in increasing access to high quality mental health care, especially among vulnerable and underserved populations. Dr. Bischoff is currently involved in projects that designed to do that by marshalling local resources to better meet the mental health care needs of communities and delivering high quality mental health care services through videoconferencing. 


Sandra Fortes is a Psychiatrist, with a MSc degree in Psychiatry (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and PhD in Epidemiology/Public Health (University of the State of Rio de Janeiro/UERJ)). Associate Professor of Medical Psychology and Mental Health in the School of Medical Sciences of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro/UERJ acting also as supervisor for post-graduation students (Family Medicine, Psychiatry and  Psychology) and full Professor of the Post-Graduation Program in Medical Sciences. Coordinator of the Mental Health Gap Intervention Guide training in Brazil. Psychiatrist of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, being the Coordinator of the Mental Health Out-Patient Unit in the Policlinic Piquet Carneiro/UERJ (secondary care) and also acting in Primary Mental Health Care in Primary Care Collaborative Care Program (Matrix Support) for the National Health System in Brazil. Leader of the Research Group on Mental Health in Primary Care registered in the National Council for Research (CNPq) and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Research in Primary Care (LIPAPS/UERJ), with studies developed in areas related to Mental Health in Primary Care, such as:  primary care teams´ training in Mental Health, epidemiological studies on mental health in primary care (including somatization and mental disorders classification), development and implementation of new therapeutic interventions (such as mindfulness and group interventions) and services integration. Member of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health.


Ann Garland is a Professor in the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. Her scholarly work aims to improve mental health care for children and families by bridging the gap between research and community practice in local, national, and international contexts. She is widely published with over 100 publications, addressing topics such as reducing racial & ethnic disparities in mental health care, delivering evidence-based practices, improving training and supervision methods, and meeting the mental health needs of children in foster care. She is also committed to training counselors and therapists who can effectively integrate the art and science of mental health care. Dr. Garland has earned over $10 million in research funding support from N.I.H., as well as state and local public service agencies. She serves as a volunteer board member and researcher for the ESRI Foundation supporting the Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative. Her recent visit to Ethiopia was supported, in part, by an International Opportunity Grant from the University of San Diego.


Mark Hubner began his career as a family doctor. After a number of years of international work he cross trained into psychiatry recognizing the global burden of mental illness. In 2017 he retired from the US Air Force after a long career in psychiatry and global health. He is currently the Medical Director of the Provo Canyon Behavioural Hospital in Provo Utah. He continues part time international work and has worked in numerous areas in Africa and Asia.


Gerard Hutchinson is currently the Professor and Unit Lead in Psychiatry, at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), University of the West Indies, St Augustine. He also serves currently as the coordinator of the DM Psychiatry, St Augustine campus and the Programme Director of the MSc Clinical Psychology programme on the St Augustine campus. He functions as the Head of Psychiatry at the North Central Regional Health Authority, where he oversees the in-patient and outpatient mental health services of the NCRHA.He is a graduate of St Mary’s College, the University of the West Indies and the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has authored or co-authored over 130 academic publications and is a member of the International Association of Suicide Prevention. He serves as a manuscript reviewer for over 25 international journals and is an Academic editor for PLOS One as well as on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry and the West Indian Medical Journal. His published work has over 6500 citations. 


Janis Hunter Jenkins is a psychological and medical anthropologist with expertise on culture and mental health.  She received her Ph.D. from UCLA and post-doctoral training in clinically relevant medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School. She has taught on faculty at Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University, and UC San Diego. At UC San Diego, she is Professor of Anthropology in the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine.  She is founding Director of the Center for Global Mental Health at UC San Diego.  Primary interests include lived experience in relation to the cultural shaping of self, emotion, gender, adolescence, migration, political violence, resilience, and psychopharmacology.  Her research sites are Mexico and the U.S., including immigrants and refugees. Dr. Jenkins has been a Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Monash University, American Philosophical Society, Institute of Social Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Russell Sage Foundation (NYC).  She has served as  Member of Scientific Review Groups for NIMH.  She has been Principal/Co-Principal Investigator for NIMH-funded research on culturally diverse adolescents and families in inpatient and community mental health settings.  She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is author or editor of Schizophrenia, Culture, and Subjectivity: The Edge of Experience (Cambridge University Press); Pharmaceutical Self: Global Shaping of Experience in an Age of Psychopharmacology (School of Advanced Research Press); Extraordinary Conditions:  Mental Illness as Experience (UC Press); Troubled in the Land of Enchantment:  Adolescent Experience of Psychiatric Treatment (with TJ Csordas, in press, UC Press). 


Lucja Kolkiewicz is an experienced innovative psychiatrist who has held a range of positions including Associate Medical Director for Recovery and Well-Being, Trust Advisor Recovery and Rehabilitation and Associate Clinical Director Forensic Services, Centre for Forensic Mental Health at East London NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant General Adult & Rehabilitation Psychiatrist at Camden & Islington CHS NHS Trust, London. Professor Kolkiewicz has supported mental health rehabilitation pathway re-design in general and forensic services and has experience of collaborative working with the third sector and Local Government Authorities to get the best for service users, their families and carers though a holistic approach. She is a mental health advocate and a specialist in supporting and developing mental health literacy at a community level. Professor Kolkiewicz is a Founding Member of the World, Dignity Project, Life Member of the World Federation for Mental Health, has supported primary care transformation globally as a member of the Member of World Association of Family Doctors (Wonca) through her contribution to the 2008 WHO/Wonca publication Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective, is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As an advocate for mental health recovery she supports the empowerment of people with mental ill health, their families and carers to work towards realising their dreams and aspirations for independence and social inclusion.


Susan H. McDaniel is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  She is the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. In the Department of Psychiatry, she is the Director of the Institute for the Family and the Academic Chief of the Division of Collaborative Care & Wellness.  She is also Director of the URMC Physician Communication Coaching Program.  Dr McDaniel’s career is dedicated to integrating psychological and relational science and practice into healthcare.  She has won many awards and is the author of well over 100 journal articles an 16 books, translated into 10 languages, including Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, The Shared Experience of Illness, Family-oriented Primary Care, and a Special Issue of the American Psychologist on the Science of Teamwork. She served as Co-Editor, with Thomas Campbell MD, of the Families, Systems & Health for 12 years, as Associate Editor for the American Psychologist for 10 years, and on the Board of Directors for the Annals of Family Medicine for 8 years. She is a frequent speaker at national and international medical and mental health meetings. Dr McDaniel has served in many leadership positions in primary care and mental health associations.  She was the 2016 President of the American Psychological Association. She currently serves on the policy-focused Board of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington DC. 


Roumen Milev completed his medical degree in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1983, obtained Specialty of Psychiatry in Bulgaria, MRCPsych in England and FRCPC in Canada and defended PhD in Forensic Psychiatry. In 1995 he moved to Regina, Canada where he became Medical Director of the Mental Health Clinic.   From 2007 until 2017 he was the Head of Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s University and affiliated teaching hospitals, and since 2017 Director of Centre for Neuroscience studies at Queen’s University. In October 2018 he was appointed as Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs at Providence Care Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and a Distinguished Fellow of both Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations. Dr. Milev is actively involved in research in Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental disorders. Main areas of his research include stigma, sleep architecture, psychopharmacological and rTMS treatments. Most recent focus of his research have been biomarkers for treatment response in depression, as part of the CAN-BIND integrated discovery program. Dr. Milev has over 80 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He has led many symposia, workshops and panel discussions at conferences and has presented numerous lectures to psychiatrists, primary care providers and other health professionals.  He is involved actively in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching, including supervision of Masters and PhD students. He has co-authored several CANMAT guidelines for management of patients with Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorders. He has won several prizes and awards.


Bernardo Ng was born in Mexicali, Mexico. He is a medical graduate from the University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, who completed residency both at Texas Tech University and University of California, San Diego, in the United States. Dr. Ng is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Consejo Mexicano de Psiquiatría. His activities include the direction of the Sun Valley Behavioral and Research Centers in Imperial California and Centro Geriátrico Nuevo Atardecer in Mexicali, Mexico. Dr. Ng is a clinical assistant professor at UCSD, President of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry, and President Elect of the Asociación Psiquiátrica Mexicana. He is also Chair of the Council of International Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association, and Advisor for the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network. He has 76 publications, including 34 original articles, 29 abstracts, 6 book chapters, 4 handbooks, and 3 books; and has conducted 61 clinical trials as principal investigator.


Henk Parmentier originates from the Netherlands and has been trained both in The Netherlands and in the UK where he finalised his GP training. He is a practising London General Practitioner with a special interest in Mental Health, facilitating and conducting Primary Care research. He is a visiting professor at the Medical Faculty of the Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal. He is a member of the WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) Working Party on Mental Health, Board Member and Vice President for Europe of the WFMF (World Federation for Mental Health) and advisory Board Member of The Wellbeing Enterprise. He is also an advisory board member of the EFPC (European Forum of Primary Care) and a foundation member of the World Dignity Project. He is a co-author of "Companion to Primary Care Mental Health", and “Primary Care Mental Health in Older People”, a recently published textbook for primary care mental health in the elderly.


Edmond H. Pi is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine. Professor Pi previously served as Executive Vice Chair, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Director of Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at different medical schools in the U.S. Dr. Pi is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry. Dr. Pi is former Medical Director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), State of California. Professor Pi is an accomplished researcher in the fields of clinical psychiatry and psychopharmacology, particularly ethnic and cross-cultural aspects. Professor Pi is a Distinguished Life Fellow of American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Pi has been very active on both the national and international scenes in organized psychiatry in the past 30 years, including President of the Association of Chinese American Psychiatrists, Vice President and Treasurer of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, Chairperson of the Committee of Asian American Psychiatrists, Chair of seven Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Groups, and Member of the Assembly Executive Committee of the APA. Also, Professor Pi has served on APA Scientific Committee. Dr. Pi is an Honorary Fellow of WPA, currently serves his second term as the Representative for Zone 2 – USA within the WPA Board. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the 2009 Asian American (Kun-po Soo) Award of the APA. Dr. Pi is listed among the Best Doctors in America (Psychiatry), and America’s Top Doctors (Psychiatry).


Sonia Roache is a Jamaican born family doctor who practices in Trinidad & Tobago. She describes herself as “Caribbean”  having married a Grenadian, domiciled in Trinidad, after graduating from the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies with the MBBS in 1964. She was awarded a Fellowship by the Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP) in 2003. She was a founder member, a past Regional President and continues to serve as their Executive Director. In 2010 she was honoured by WONCA – the World Council of Family Doctors   with the accolade of “Global 5-Star Doctor”, sharing this with Canadian Professor Ruth Wilson. In 2018 WONCA further honoured her for services to family medicine with the Fellowship of WONCA. She has been actively involved in Health Reform strategic planning in Trinidad and Tobago, strongly advocating  for the importance  of primary care and family medicine; in the development of the Caribbean Charter for Health Promotion; in the development of CAAM-HP, the Caribbean body that is responsible for accreditation of Caribbean medical and allied health institutions  and in the formation of CAMC, the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils, continuing to represent  the Caribbean College of Family Physicians  on the CAMCe Examinations  Sub-Committee. She serves on the Caribbean Guidelines Committee  for  the management of Diabetes Mellitus and has also represented GPs on Guideline Committees for Asthma, Hypertension and  Oncology. She has pioneered Health Fairs, initiated  call-in medical programmes on radio and television; been a co-founder of the Wellness Centre, one of the pioneers of Health & Wellness Promotion in the Caribbean; and is also presently a Board Member of the Caribbean MedLabs Foundation , a CARICOM (Caribbean Community)  NGO devoted to  promoting and supporting  best practice in medical  laboratory services. She has been deemed a valuable alumnus by her University. Her passions  are  networking, advocating for mental health without stigmatism , protecting the environment, mentoring and encouraging young doctors.  Her hobbies are art, sport, music and gardening. She is an avowed Christian of  the  Anglican  persuasion , a mother of a daughter and a  son born in Trinidad,  and a doting grandmother of two.


Suzan J. Song is Director of the Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry and Associate Professor at George Washington University Medical Center and Milken School of Public Health. She is also a humanitarian protection adviser for youth and families of forced migration globally with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the International Medical Corps; technical adviser to multiple domestic refugee and survivor of torture programs; and subject matter expert to the U.S. federal government on child trafficking. Her two decades of global mental health work span Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, KwaZulu/Natal, Haiti, Burundi, Syria/Jordan and the DR Congo. Dr. Song is double board-certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, with training from the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Stanford. Prior to GW, she worked in the S.F. Bay Area as medical director of two community-based clinics - a foster care clinic and an immigrant/refugee health clinic. Her PhD from the University of Amsterdam focused on inter-generational stress and local ways of healing for former child soldiers and survivors of torture. Her current work focuses on youth and family resiliency and stress. Dr. Song is internationally recognized for her clinical, policy, and research work with youth and families of forced migration and armed conflict and child trafficking. She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, multiple research awards, and has been interviewed by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Huffington Post, New York Times, and the Intercept. Her forthcoming book, Child, Adolescent & Family Refugee Mental Health: A Global Perspective, will be published by Springer with the senior mental health adviser of UNHCR. Domestically, she has advised the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice and has testified as expert witness before the U.S. Congress.


Paul Springer is the Interim Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  His research interests and work has primarily focused on addressing mental health disparities in rural underserved communities, locally and globally. This interest led to the development of a rural mental health model that applies principles of CBPR and mHealth technology (e.g., tele-mental health) that pays particular attention to the cultural adaptations needed for successful delivery, as a means to address the rural mental health crisis.  This approach has been developed into a collaborative care, tele-mental health model of delivery, in which mental health services have been delivered in rural regions of the United States and most recently globally with great success.  Dr. Springer has presented this model throughout the United States as well as countries such as Portugal, England, Spain, Brazil and Jordan.  As a Marriage and Family Therapist he has expertise in working with couples, families and individuals.  He is also and an AAMFT approved supervisor and supervises Master’s level marriage and family therapists in training in how to deliver mental health services in rural underserved communities.  Dr. Springer received his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University and his Master’s degree from Auburn University in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Anthony Stern is a psychiatrist in Bronx, New York. After Harvard College and Mount Sinai medical school, Dr. Stern did psychiatry training at Cornell and a neuropathology research fellowship at the University of Vermont. In addition to his work with patients in crisis intervention, homeless outreach and other arenas, he has been involved with the dialogue between religion and psychology for many years.


Paul Summergrad is the Dr. Frances S. Arkin professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. In 2014-15, Dr. Summergrad served as the 141st president of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a past president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry.An international leader in medical psychiatric disorders and care, Dr. Summergrad’s research focuses on mood disorders, medical-psychiatric co-morbidity, and health system design. He has published extensively with over 100 peer review publications, book chapters and other communications. He has edited three books: Integrated Care in Psychiatry, Primary Care Psychiatry, and the forthcoming APA Textbook of Medical Psychiatry. After completing his training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and Boston University and in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Summergrad served as chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at MGH from 1987-1998 and as associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard.

He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, the American College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Physicians - Edinburgh and has received numerous other awards and honors. He was elected to Honorary Membership in the World Psychiatric Association in 2017, received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2015 and the Leadership award of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry in 2018.


Igor Švab is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and a specialist in general medicine in Ljubljana. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana in 1981. Masters in 1988, PhD in 1991 at the University of Ljubljana. Worked in Health centre Ribnica, the National Institute of Public Health and faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. He worked in many international positions in the field of family medicine in Europe: he has been executive member of EGPRN and Slovenian representative in EURACT. He was president of the European association of family physicians Wonca Europe 2004-2010. He is the founding member of the Department of Family Medicine and currently holds the positions of head of this department and dean of the medical faculty. He is coordinator of national and international research projects and the World Bank projects in the field of family medicine. Editor-in-chief of the journal Slovenian Journal of Public Health, editor of the European Journal of General Practice until 2018. He has been visiting professor of universities of Belgrade, Split and Podgorica and an honorary professor of the Medical university of Semey. Member of Slovenian and Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences, honorary member of the Royal College of general Practitioners (UK) and Montenegro college of family physicians. He is also recipient of the title of Wonca World fellow.