The EALTHY Board
Professor John Skelton worked in ELT/ESP, and then as an academic applied linguist, for many years. Since 1992 he has worked exclusively in Academic Medicine at Birmingham University Medical School, where he is Professor of Clinical Communication. He is co-founder of the Interactive Studies Unit, which teaches aspects of communication and professional development to thousands of healthcare professionals and students each year. He is also Lead for Education Quality for all Birmingham healthcare courses, and therefore responsible for their quality management to the General Medical Council and other Regulatory Boards.
He is the author of two books on clinical communication, and has had original research published in journals as diverse as Applied Linguistics, The Lancet and The British Medical Journal. He was awarded Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 2002, and in 2016 became one of the few non-clinicians ever to be awarded FRCGP (Hon), i.e. Honorary Fellowship of the College.
Catherine Richards Golini teaches English to student radiologic technologists and bio-medical analysts in Locarno, Switzerland. She is currently writing up her PhD in Applied Linguistics ( 'A corpus driven lexical analysis of patient information for radiography', Swansea University). She is a reviewer for the Elsevier journal 'English for Specific Purposes' and also works professionally as an editor and proofreader of academic texts. She is the founder of EALTHY, which was set up after the success of the 1st English for Healthcare conference in Locarno.
Dr Joe Wang graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1997 and was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2002. He received a Clinical Training Fellowship from Kidney Research UK to undertake his PhD in renal fibrosis in 2005 and he has presented and published his work internationally. He was awarded his PhD and certifcation of specialist training in General Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 2012 and obtained his first consultant post that year. He is currently a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine & Nephrology at Epsom & St Heliers NHS Trust and also an Honorary Lecturer at St George’s University London. He is heavily involved in teaching medical undergraduates and postgraduates, has undertaken examiner and supervisory roles and sat on medical interview panels. He finds solace in following Arsenal football club.
Ros Wright has focused on English for Medical Purposes (EMP) since 1998, when she trained qualified doctors to pass the oral component of the US medical equivalency exam. She has since co-authored several EMP titles, including Good Practice: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner (Cambridge University Press), which won the 2008 BESIG-David Riley Award for Innovation in ESP. Ros holds an MA in ELT Materials Development, is twice President of TESOL France and is currently member of both the Proposals and Conference Committees of IATEFL.
Stevan Mijomanović is a teaching assistant of Medical English at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. His work is at an intersection of language, healthcare, and education. Stevan teaches medical and nursing students. He has published several papers and works as an editor, translator, and proof-reader of academic texts. He is currently a doctoral student with a focus on medical terminology, terminology planning, and plain language. His main interests are terminology, language of medicine, applied linguistics, and cognitive linguistics.
Petra Zrníková lives in Slovakia and teaches courses for General Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health at Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava. She designed a syllabus for the course “English for Medical Sciences (level C1)” for an international certificate examination in the UNIcert certification system (Germany). In her research work she deals with teaching and testing communication skills and teaching material design. She is a co-author of a coursebook “English in General Medicine” and an author of “Medical English Communication”.