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Presenter's Biography
Gregory Makoul, PhD

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Gregory Makoul, PhD

Gregory Makoul, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Communication and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he oversees communication education and research.

Dr. Makoul is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Communication in Health Care Practice and a member of Northwestern’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research focuses on communication, decision making, and health promotion in medical encounters, as well as communication skills teaching and assessment, and professionalism in medicine.

Over the past several years, Dr. Makoul has helped put health communication on the national agenda though his work with the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Department of Health and Human Services. He developed North America’s most widely used model for teaching and assessing communication skills.

In 2003, he received the American Academy on Communication and Healthcare - Lynn Payer Award for outstanding contributions to the literature on the theory, practice, and teaching of effective health care communication and related skills.

He moved to Chicago from the East Coast, earning his PhD (Communication Studies) at Northwestern University in 1992.

Continuing Medical Education


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.