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About the Faculty

Ronald Epstein, M.D.

Ronald Epstein, M.D.For 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 is Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Oncology, and co-directs Mindful Practice programs 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.

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 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.

Fred Marshall, M.D.

Fred Marshall, M.D.Dr. Fred Marshall is Chief of the Division of Geriatric Neurology at the University of Rochester, where he founded the Memory Care Program, a multidisciplinary clinic for patients and families experiencing dementing illnesses. His enduring interest in the relationship between the mind and the brain has been heightened through his long friendships with Drs. Epstein and Krasner, who introduced him to Mindfulness. In addition to his leadership of several multicenter clinical trials in neurodegenerative diseases, he has been a core faculty member in the University of Rochester's Mindfulness curriculum for medical students and residents since its introduction in 2007. He has co-facilitated Mindful Practice Programs for Medical Educators at Chapin Mill with Drs. Epstein, Krasner and Lück since 2011.

He studied Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Biology at Swarthmore (1983), did Post-Bac work at Bryn Mawr and the University of Washington, and attended Harvard Medical School (1989). After his internship, he traveled around the world for a year with his wife before returning to Boston to do his residency in Neurology at the Harvard Longwood Training Program. He completed an NIH-funded fellowship in the Experimental Therapeutics of Neurodegenerative Disorders and joined the faculty at the University of Rochester as the Chief of Neurology at Monroe Community Hospital in 1997. 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 is an accomplished jazz pianist and writes poetry on the side. His wife, Liz Hallmark, ran her own modern dance company for several years before becoming a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, completing her PhD in Arts Integrated Curriculum, and successfully running for the office of School Board Commissioner of the Rochester City School District.

Patricia Lück, M.D.

Patricia Luck, M.D.A Palliative Care Physician, Certified MBSR Teacher and Independent Mindfulness Medical Educator, Patricia (Trish) Lück worked in palliative medicine in South Africa for many years before moving to her current location, London, UK, in 2013. Her clinical work has been as hospice physician, hospice Medical Director and hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Team Leader. Currently she is teaching faculty for the Mindfulness Certificate Program at the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, South Africa, as well as for the Mindful Practice program at the University of Rochester Medical School, New York. She recently completed an MSc in Medical Humanities at King’s College London.

Her passion is for building resiliency in health care professionals and students both on the wards and in the classroom, through mindfulness based interventions, guarding against burnout, infusing compassionate attention, presence, and heart into medical practice and clinical care, and thus improving the quality of care and caring provided. Her investigative interest is in exploring the capacity of clinicians to be present to the diversity of human suffering within a variety of complex settings, and in the necessary component of the heart, and of deep listening within this communication dynamic.