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Dr. Paul Griner to Present Sischy Lecture Sept. 24

July 29, 2013

Paul F. Griner, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Paul F. Griner, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Paul F. Griner, M.D., M.A.C.P., will present the 2013 Sischy Lecture, “Patient Stories: Lessons from Plato, Bill Cosby and Others,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. Dr. Griner, a former CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital, authored “The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine,” a compilation of more than 50 patient stories Dr. Griner accumulated throughout his 60-year career. Register for the lecture.

In his book, Dr. Griner teaches the value of the doctor-patient relationship, emphasizing the importance of bedside skills, such as listening to and observing patients.

“It’s so easy to rely on technology that you forget that on the way to a blood test or CT scan is a real person with emotions, fears, hang-ups and worries,” Dr. Griner says. “When that happens, it’s even easier to lose sight of empathy and compassion, traits that are crucial to the recovery of the whole patient.”

A Harvard University graduate, Dr. Griner is an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a 1959 graduate of the medical school. He served as general director and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital from 1984 to 1995. Dr. Griner is a past president of the American College of Physicians. He has also served as a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a consultant to Massachusetts General Hospital and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Griner is the author of more than 130 articles on subjects in hematology, health policy and medical education.

The Ben Sischy, M.D., Lecture in Humane Medicine was established in 1991 as a tribute to the former chief of radiation oncology at Highland Hospital. Dr. Sischy’s career was based on his beliefs in the importance of quality patient care, innovative research and dedicated treatment. He pioneered many new approaches to cancer treatment in a community hospital setting.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, visit the University of Rochester Alumni Exchange Events Calendar.

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