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About the Faculty

Ronald Epstein, MD, FAAHPM, Co-Director

Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Medicine
Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research
Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship
Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Ronald Epstein, M.D.Dr. Ron Epstein has been passionately devoted to promoting physician self-awareness, mindfulness and effective communication in clinical practice. He is a 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.

Over the past 25 years, 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 1999 JAMA paper, Mindful Practice, opened the door to exploring how clinician mindfulness can positively influence the clinician-physician relationship, resilience and quality of care.  With Mick Krasner, Dr. Epstein co-directs 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).  He also Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program.

Dr. Epstein graduated from Wesleyan University (1976) and Harvard Medical School (1984). Honors include the George Engel and John Romano Dean's Teaching Scholar Award at the University of Rochester, the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in research on communication and health and the humanism awards from the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He has been a two-time Fulbright scholar in Spain and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney and at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland. Dr. Epstein is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness, and has published over 250 articles and chapters; his first book, "Attending" was released in 2017.  He enjoys playing the harpsichord, cooking, and cycling and cross-country skiing.

Mick Krasner, MD, FACP, Co-Director

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Mick Krasner

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 and co-directs the Mindful Practice programs at the University of Rochester.  Dr. Krasner has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 18 years, involving nearly 2,000 participants, including over 600 health professionals. Dr. Krasner 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, with caregivers of Alzheimer's patients 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. His current efforts focus on working with practicing physicians and medical educators on the cultivation of Mindful Practice, with a focus on 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 including research and reviews, book chapters, scientific assemblies, workshops, visiting professorships, and intensives in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, 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.

Fred Marshall, MD

Professor of Neurology
Chief, Division of Geriatric Neurology

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Fred Marshall, M.D.Through more than a quarter century of working with patients and  families coping with devastating neurological illness, Dr. Marshall has witnessed the value of loving kindness, the transformational power of holding a quiet space, and the capacity of each person to find deep solace in beginning again and in letting go.

Dr. Fred Marshall is Professor of Neurology and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he founded the Memory Care Program, a multidisciplinary clinic for people suffering with dementia.  He is a core faculty member in the University of Rochester's pioneering mindfulness curriculum for medical students and residents.  Along with his colleagues, Ronald Epstein, and Mick Krasner, Fred has co-facilitated twice yearly residential trainings for medical educators, physicians and other health-care providers from around the world since 2011.

Dr. Marshall studied Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Biology at Swarthmore and attended Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in Neurology at the Harvard Longwood Training Program and a National Institutes of Health-funded fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics of Neurodegenerative Disorders at the University of Rochester, where he joined the faculty as the Chief of Neurology at Monroe Community Hospital-a 566-bed long-term care hospital-in 1997. He has been PI of numerous multi-center clinical trials in Neurodegenerative Disorders, and is the Director of the Huntington Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester.

A former Dean's Teaching Fellow, he is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including election by the students to Alpha Omega Alpha, the Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, and the White Coat Ceremony keynote.  He enjoys traveling with his family, and is an accomplished jazz pianist.