Mindful Practice

About the Faculty

Ronald Epstein, M.D.

Dr. Ronald EpsteinFor over 25 years, Dr. Ron Epstein has been passionately devoted to promoting physician self-awareness, mindfulness and effective communication in clinical practice. He is widely regarded as an exemplary family physician and palliative care physician, and now devotes the majority of his time teaching, researching and writing about communication and mindfulness in clinical care.

Dr. Epstein has developed innovative educational programs in mindful practice, communication skills, the patient-physician relationship, physician self-awareness and assessment of professional competence. His seminal work on mindful practice and shared mind addresses how physician mindfulness can positively influence the patient-physician relationship, physician resilience and quality of care. He directs Mindful Practice programs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Oncology, and Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, and the Deans Teaching Fellowship program.

Dr. Epstein graduated from Wesleyan University (1976) and Harvard Medical School (1984). Among his accomplishments, he was named the first George Engel and John Romano Dean's Teaching Scholar at the University of Rochester. National honors include the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in research on communication and health and the Humanism in Medicine Award from the New York Academy of Medicine. He has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major national and international conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness in health care. He is an accomplished harpsichordist and gourmet cook, and an avid cyclist and cross-country skier. His wife, Deborah Fox, is a freelance lutenist and founding artistic director of Pegasus Early Music. They have two children, Malka and Eli.

Mick Krasner, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Michael Krasner, M.D.Dr. Mick Krasner, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, practices primary care internal medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Krasner has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 13 years, involving nearly 1600 participants, including over 500 health professionals. He is engaged in a variety of research projects including the investigations of the effects of mindfulness practices on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, and on medical student stress and well-being. He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians and funded by the Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and reported in JAMA in September, 2009. He is very interested in the connection between health professional well-being and the effectiveness of the healing relationship.

Dr. Krasner graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is currently a full-time faculty member engaged in direct patient care, medical student and residency education, post-graduate medical education, and research in the University’s Center for Mind-Body Research. He has shared his work in peer-reviewed publications, scientific assemblies, workshops, visiting professorships, and intensives throughout the world, focusing primarily on the roots of Hippocratic medicine through the cultivation of attention, awareness, and reflection of the health professional-healing relationship. He describes his personal mission as centered on compassion in medicine- for the self and others, and envisions a personalized health professional-patient relationship where healing is truly bidirectional, care goals are mutually derived, and the uniqueness of the clinical encounter reflects this central act of mutual high regard.

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