Frankel honored by American Academy on Physician and Patient

June 21, 1999

Richard Frankel, Ph.D., professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and director of the Primary Care Institute at Highland Hospital, was recently honored with the fourth annual Physician-Patient Research Award, given by the American Academy on Physician and Patient on April 30 in San Francisco.

Funded by the Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication, the award was presented to Frankel for his research in the field of doctor-patient communication, which was deemed to contribute significantly to the theory and practice of effective teaching of the topic.

Frankel’s research includes: the relationship between communication and medical malpractice; interruption and its effect on the doctor-patient relationship; empathy as a core clinical skill; and complementary and alternative medicine.

Previous winners of the Physician-Patient Research Award include: George Engel, M.D., professor emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center; Barbara Korsch M.D., professor emeritus, University of Southern California; Debra Roter, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; Moira Stewart, Ph.D., and team, The University of Western Ontario Patient-Centered Research Group.

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