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EAPM Fellows 2023

Jordi Blanch, MD

Jordi Blanch, MD, Catalonia, Spain

Psychiatrist MD PhD and degree in Philosophy, is currently Consultant in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry of the Clinical Institute of Neurosciences in Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, Associate Professor of Psychiatry of the University of Barcelona, and Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Santa Maria University Hospital in Lleida. Member of the research group CIBERSAM.

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He has been Chief of the Outpatient and Inpatient Psychiatry Clinics in Hospital Clínic of Barcelona; Medical Coordinator in Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona; Chair for Educational Affairs of the Clinical Institute of Neurosciences in Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, past president of the Catalan Society of Psychiatry, past president of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, and Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Program of the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia.

For more than twenty years he has conducted clinical, research and educational work in HIV Psychiatry. His areas of expertise in HIV Mental Health include depression, psychopharmacology, drug interactions, and psychotherapy in HIV.

He has also been done clinical work in psychiatric and psychological disorders in severely ill medical patients (oncology, bone marrow transplantation, solid organ transplantation, and others), as well as in personality disorders and anxiety disorders.

Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Hospital Universitari de Santa Maria de Lleida / Gestió de Serveis Sanitaris
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
Associate Professor, University of Barcelona CIBERSAM.


Dan Dumitrascu, MD

Prof. Dan L. Dumitrascu graduated the medical school of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and worked in the Research Institute of Physiology D. Danielopolu in Bucharest, the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health Cluj-Napoca, before being accepted as assistant professor after the fall of communism. With the years he became full professor, and vice-rector of the Iuliu Hatieganu University. Research fellowships in Germany (Humboldt Foundation and DAAD), training stages in France, UK, Netherlands. Since 2001 attended most of ICPM, ECPR and EAPM meetings, became member of APS, Brain-Gut Research Group, Rome Foundation.

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He coordinated a CEEPUS network on PM, started optional courses and a master program for PM, organized many PM meetings with international participation, was elected the president of the Romanian Society of Biopsychosocial Medicine and served 6 years in the board of EAPM. He obtained two grants of the American Psychsomatic Society for Group of Interest in psychosomatic medicine 2006 and 2007 (only 10 grants were accorded worlwide, 8 in USA, and 2 abroad, which we recieved in two years consecutively). He served as Vice-president European Society of Clinical Investigations, member Steering committee European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, Chairman National Societies Committee of UEG United European Gastroenteroogy.. He is Chairman of the Publication committee of WGO World Gastroenterology Organization; Member Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences and President EAGEN European Association of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy, and Nutrition 2020-2023 and Honorary President of the Romanian Society of Neurogastroenterology, Active in most of EAPM meetings, co-chair of the SIG Digestive diseases of EAPM, organizer of the EAPM annual meeting 2014 Sibiu. More than 350 papers indexed on Pubmed.


Joanna Rymaszewska, MD







Wolfgang Söllner, MD

Wolfgang Söllner is professor emeritus of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Paracelsus Medical University in Nuremberg, Germany. From 2002 to 2018 he was head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Nuremberg General Hospital and from 2015-2021 Vice-president of Paracelsus Medical University.

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He startet his academic career at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he performed a residency in Family Medicine as well as in Psychiatry and Neurology. In 1997 he finished his post-doctoral thesis on a psycho-oncological topic. He perfomed a training in client-centered psychotherapy, in psychoanalysis and in family therapy. He works in Germany and Austria as a teacher, supervisor and training analyst in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Dr. Söllner’s main clinical and research interests are coping styles and psychiatric co-morbidities of medically ill patients, psycho-oncology, chronic pain, and psychotherapy with the medically ill. He has extensive clinical experience in training physicians in communication skills. Dr. Söllner published 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 81 book chapters and edited 10 books. He is principal author of the European guidelines for training in C-L psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine and one of the editors of Uexküll’s Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Oken Fellow of the American Psychosomatic Society. From 2012 to 2020 he was president of the EAPM.


EAPM Fellows 2022

Dr. Anne – Françoise Allaz

University Hospital Geneva Switzerland





Prof. Charlotte U. Rask

Aarhus University Hospital Denmark

Charlotte Ulrikka Rask is consultant and clinical professor in child and adolescent psychiatry since 2016 at Department of child and adolescent psychiatry, Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research is centered around functional disorders and health anxiety in children and adolescents in two areas: epidemiology/basic research and clinical projects, mainly on new treatment- both early intervention and more specialised psychological treatment programs targeting negative illness perceptions and maladaptive illness behaviours to improve the young person’s daily functioning and overall quality of life.

Prof. Albert Leentjens

Maastricht University Netherlands

Albert Leentjens is professor of neuropsychiatry at Maastricht University Medical Center. His main clinical and research interest is the psychopathology of movement disorders. In addition he leads the psychiatric deep brain stimulation (DBS) programme in Maastricht.


PD Dr. Frank Vitinius

University Hospital Cologne Germany

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frank Vitinius, MD was assistant professor in the Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy in the University Hospital of Cologne. Since January 2023 he is the head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine of Robert-Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart (Germany).

His main research fields are communication trainings, coaching of patients and psychosocial aspects of transplantation medicine.


Prof. Christoph Pieh

Donau-University Krems Austria

Prof. Christoph Pieh, MD is Head of Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Continuous Education Krems, Austria. His main research field are epidemiology of mental health, the interaction of sleep and pain, and evidence based psychotherapy research.



EAPM Fellows 2021

Dr. Antonella Ciaramella

Antonella Ciaramella MD, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, master in phytotherapy, director of the psychosomatic center, GIFT Institute of Integrative Medicine in Pisa that hosts more than twenty psychologist/psychotherapist university trainees per year. She worked for 20 years at the Pain Clinic of the University Hospital in Pisa and taught psychosomatic medicine in the degree course in Psychology in the University of Pisa. Research area: pain and hypnosis.


Prof. Mladenka Tkalčić

Mladenka Tkalčić, professor at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,Department of Psychology. Her research interest is in the field of the psychosomatic medicine and health psychology with a particular emphasis on the cognitive and affective aspects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In 2019 she has started collaboration with colleagues from the Nagoya University in Japan through joint scientific project financed by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


Prof. Meike Shedden Mora

Meike Shedden Mora is Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Medical School Hamburg and senior researcher at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Her research focusses on the management of persistent somatic symptoms and somatic symptom disorders, as well as on interventions employing placebo mechanisms to improve medical treatments.


Dr. Dirk von Boetticher

Leading senior physician at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany. He is Medical Specialist in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and General Medicine. His special research interests are clinical concepts, psychodynamic psychotherapy, emerging adulthood, and the relation between the humanities and medicine.