Jon Streltzer

Dr. Streltzer is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, where he was training director from 1982-1996. A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he did a medicine internship at Queen's Hospital, Honolulu, and his psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and pain management. A consultation-liaison psychiatrist, he is President of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. He chaired the organizing committee of the 17th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine in Waikoloa, Hawaii in August 2003. He has been Chair of the Chronic Pain Task Force of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and is a member of the Pain Medicine Board Examination Committee of the American Board of Anesthesiologists. He has been on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and is a reviewer for several journals. He has published widely in areas of psychosomatic medicine, pain, and cultural psychiatry. In collaboration with Dr. Wen-Shing Tseng he has coedited 3 books: Culture and Psychopathology (Brunner/Mazel, 1997), Culture and Psychotherapy (American Psychiatric Press, 2001), and Cultural Competence in Clinical Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Publishing Inc, 2004).

Tatjana Sivik

Dr. Sivik is Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine, Gothenburg University. She is born in Croatia where she graduated in comparative literature and philosophy prior to her move to Sweden. In Sweden she attained a master degree in clinical psychology and psychoanalythically trained psychotherapist before she graduated from Medical School at the University of Gothenburg. She is the author of four and co-author of 1 textbooks (in Swedish) and co-editor and/or author of 3 anthologies, about 50 scientific articles (in English and Swedish) and numerous debate and other popular articles promoting psychosomatic medicine. She has organized and is the head of the Education in Psychosomatic Medicine in Sweden, administered by Karolinska Institute, Sth. She is member of the Board of Swedish Medical Association, Section of Medical Psychology. She has organized 6 national and 4 international meetings among which the 16th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine in Gothenburg stands as the most important one. She has founded Swedish Psychosomatic Association. She is a member of the scientific board of several peer-reviewed journals. She has been invited as a visiting professor in Lisabon, Montreal, Firence, Padova, Sao Paolo, Buonos Aires, Maintz, Kiel, Oslo, Zagreb, Rijeka, Cluj, Tokio, Kyoto, Fokuoka.

Tom Sensky

Dr. Sensky is Professor of Psychological Medicine at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, and works clinically as a psychiatrist at the West Middlesex University Hospital, in West London. His clinical work is mainly concerned with general hospital psychiatry and occupational psychiatry. His research has focused on the psychological aspects of chronic illness, both physical and mental. He has a particular interest in cognitive therapy, and was elected a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He teaches regularly at all levels, and his teaching interests include evidence-based practice, on which he has regularly run workshops world-wide.

Don R. Lipsitt

Dr. Lipsitt is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Chairman Emeritus, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts He is Honorary Chairman, Section on Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care, World Psychiatric Association He has published over 100 articles, 26 book chapters, and 4 co-edited books. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of 2 peer-reviewed journals: GENERAL HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRY; INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY IN MEDICINE; and also the SOMATIZATION NEWSLETTER, and he is on several editorial boards. He has received numerous awards, including: The Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, by Society for Liaison Psychiatry, 1994 The Cummings Foundation Psyche Award for Innovation in Integrated Behavioral Health Care, 1999 The Thomas P. Hackett Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, for Lifetime Contribution to Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry, 2000 The Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry, 2001 He received an Honorary Master of Arts degree, Harvard University, 1990 He has served as President of the American Association of General Hospital Psychiatrists, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine, from 1999-2001 He has been an invited visiting professor in Montreal, Melbourne, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Madrid, Helsinki, Hamburg, Istanbul, Lisbon, Lausanne, and Oslo.

Chiharu Kubo

He Graduated at the Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University. He is currently Professor & Chairman of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Kyushu University.

His main research interests are: Psychosomatic Medicine (Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immunology); Internal Medicine; Allergology. He is President of the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine and Member of the Board of Directors of Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine, Japanese Society of Internal Psychosomatic Medicine, Japanese Society of Autogenic Training, Japanese Society of Fasting Therapy, Japanese Stress Society, Japan Transactional Analysis Association, Japanese Society of Mood disorders, Japanese Society of Naikan Therapy, Japanese Society of Fatigue. He received the Ishikawa Award (Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine) in May, 1993
and the JMI Award (Japanese Society of Autogenic Training) in September, 2007.

Giovanni Fava

Dr. Fava got his medical degree at the University of Padova in Italy, where he specialized in psychiatry. After spending several years in the U.S., he went back to Italy, where he is now Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Bologna. He has a joint appointment with the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. As head of the Affective Disorders Program and Laboratory of Experimental Psychotherapy of the University of Bologna, he has performed groundbreaking research in mood and anxiety disorders, introducing new psychotherapeutic approaches, such as the sequential treatment and well-being therapy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a journal which has climbed the impact factor rankings to become, with an impact factor of 9.20, the top world journal for original investigations in the psychology ranking.

George Christodoulou

Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry University of Athens, Eginition Hospital, Greece; Secretary for Sections, World Psychiatric Association; Chairman, Section of Preventive Psychiatry, World Psychiatric Association 1996-1999; Vice-President, Athens Medical Society, 1996-1998; International Member, American Psychiatric Association. Founder and Editor-in-chief, “Psychiatriki” (official Journal of the Hellenic Psychiatric Association) since 1990. Editor in 20 books. Member, Editorial Board in 14 journals (including Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry).

Thomas Wise

Thomas N. Wise, M.D. has a long career in consultation liaison psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) that spans over 3 decades. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, George Washington and the Virginia Commonwealth University School. As medical director of Psychiatry at the Inova Health Systems in Fairfax Virginia he established the consultation liaison fellowship program over 30 years ago. He has been president of both the American Psychosomatic Society and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine where he was awarded the Thomas Hackett Award. Dr. Wise is the series editor of Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine. He was editor of Psychosomatics for 20 years.

He has published over 315 papers and textbook chapters. His research interest is personality variables in coping with medical illness as well as providing psychiatric services to medical populations. He is co-editor of a new textbook Psycho-Oncology. He is co- editor of Psychiatry in Primary Care in its second edition.