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 lives in Italian Switzerland. She works as a teacher of biomedical English, a teacher trainer for English for medical purposes and as a language consultant in the area of clinical trial lay summaries. She also works as an editor of academic and medical texts.
Her interests and expertise lie in the field of vocabulary, particularly general and lay-technical vocabulary in medicine, and its under-appreciated role in successful communication and patient-practitioner encounters. Her PhD thesis applied corpus linguistic techniques to uncover the hidden lexical characteristics of written patient information for radiography She is a reviewer for the Elsevier journal 'English for Specific Purposes' and is the founder of EALTHY, which was set up after the success of the 1st English for Healthcare conference in Locarno, Switzerland.
Dr Désirée Verdonk is a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. From 2000 to 2017 she was Head of the English Department, which offers classes at both Master and Bachelor level in business, health sciences, police leadership, training and sports. She holds an MA in interpreting and translating and a PhD in Social and Economic History both from the University of Vienna. After her MA degree she spent a year at Leicester University (UK) teaching German. She moved on to a research assistant position at the Business History Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Research in the area of “Bank-Industry Relations in Interwar Europe” resulted in several papers presented at international conferences and in publications. She also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Austrian Fachhochschulrat (accreditation and evaluation council for Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences). In 1997 she joined the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.
Désirée Verdonk is actively involved in teaching courses in different health sciences degree programmes at her University. Her research interests are Medical English, English for the Workplace (E4WP) and educational standards in Austria in EFL. She has published several papers and has presented papers at various national and international conferences.
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.
Stevan Mijomanovic is a teaching assistant at the of 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 doctor-patient communication and Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). His main interests are 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”.