9:45 am - 11:00 am
The Empty Cup of Attention: Communication and Presence in Clinical Practice
Ron Epstein, MD
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine (Palliative Care), University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Ronald Epstein, MD, — family physician, teacher, researcher and writer — has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care, and clinician mindfulness. He has published groundbreaking research into communication in medical settings and developed innovative educational programs that promote mindfulness, communication and self-awareness. Epstein directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program and Mindful Practice Programs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine (Palliative Care). A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School, he is recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards relating to communication and humanism, a Fulbright fellowship in Barcelona, fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Brocher Institute in Geneva, and, in 2018, the American Cancer Society’s highest award, the Clinical Research Professorship. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters, His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, was released in January 2017.