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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.

Anita Chakravarti, MD

ChakravartiDr. Anita Chakravarti graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) College of Medicine and completed her Anesthesiology Fellowship at the University of Alberta (UofA).

She has been a member of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Department of Anesthesiology, and a professor at the College of Medicine, UofS, for over 30 years.

In addition to providing service in Clinical Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, she was the first Medical Director of the regional Chronic Pain Centre. She was on the National Task Force to have Pain Medicine recognized as a sub specialty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, on the Pain Education Committee of the Canadian Pain Society, and Medical Advisor to the Canadian Pain Coalition.

Dr. Chakravarti continues to be a member of the Centre of Integrative Medicine, UofS, is certified in Medical Acupuncture (UofA) and was the invited keynote speaker at the Second Annual Heggie Lectureship on Integrative Medicine, 2009.

Dr. Chakravarti has recently focused on wellness initiatives for healthcare and human service providers and was on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Expert Working Group on Physician Health.  She has presented many interprofessional and interdisciplinary sessions on individual and organizational wellness both locally and nationally.  She has published two articles on Resident Wellness (Canadian Journal of Anesthesia February 2017) and was invited to University of Manitoba Department of Anesthesiology to help establish their program. She has presented this research at the International Conference on Residency Education (2016) and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (2018)

Dr. Chakravarti completed her Mindful Practice ® certification in New York and presented numerous mindfulness sessions and her research on the impact of mindfulness on student resilience to local, national and international audiences.                                                                                        

Dr. Chakravarti is CEO of [M]Power Mindful Professional Practice.

Anamaria Whitmer-Jacobsson, MD

AnamarieDr. Anamaria Whitmer-Jacobsson  is an American/Canadian working and living in Sweden. She has studied in the US and Mexico and has her medical degree from Gothenburg University Sweden. She is presently a clinically active senior physician OB/GYN at Varberg Hospital, Sweden. In addition she lectures nationally and internationally on advanced emergency techniques in obstetrics, team training, psychosocial issues in women’s health, doctor-patient relationships, mindful communication, work environment, crisis support, and physician self-care and resilience. She is an A.L.S.O. instructor, ‘Mindful Practice’ facilitator, ‘Mindfulness based Childbirth and Parenting’ (MBCP) instructor and longtime meditator. A member of the Swedish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology national work group for psychosocial issues (SFOG POS ARG) she has together with her colleagues developed several national in-service programs designed to heighten physician awareness in these areas. Together with her neuropsychologist husband they continue to develop Claritatis AB through which they facilitate a yearlong course in Mindful Practice for healthcare providers (now into it’s sixth consecutive year), offer Mindful Practice national and international retreats and through social media increase awareness and inspire action towards a more compassionate healthcare for patients, their families and healthcare providers.  When not on call or lecturing she enjoys cultivating her garden and is busy raising three children, several dogs, cats, birds and a flock of chickens.

Patricia Lück, MB ChB(MD), MPhil PallMed, MSc MedHum

Assistant Professor Clinical Medical Humanities
Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Medical Educator, Certified MBSR Teacher, Palliative Care and Family Physician.


Patricia LuckDr. Patricia Luck is teaching faculty in the URMC Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics since 2018. Prior to that she worked for many years in palliative medicine in South Africa before moving to London, UK in 2013 where she lived until 2018.

Dr. Luck has taught mindfulness-based programs within healthcare since 2002, has been faculty on the Mindful Practice program at URMC since 2011, and visiting faculty for the Mindfulness Certificate Program at the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, South Africa since 2015. She has presented and taught mindfulness-based programs, workshops, and presentations, in South Africa, UK, Europe, and the US. Dr. Luck is a certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and is also trained in and has facilitated teachings in the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting program.

From 2014 to 2018 she was the representative committee member for South Africa for the International Integrity Network representing regional Mindfulness teaching institutions and formulating internationally agreed to training and teaching standards and criteria for teaching Mindfulness-Based Programs. She was elected to this role in recognition of her seniority of teacher-trainer experience as well as her ability to represent both her own training organization and the region within which they worked.

Dr. Luck has a deep interest in health justice and cultural diversity, and growing the innate capacity of clinicians to be present to and intimate with the cacophony of human suffering encountered in a variety of complex settings. She is currently involved in a research project exploring the experience of shame in medicine, and the ameliorating impact of mindfulness on clinician and medical student wellbeing.  

Dr. Luck graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Medical School in 1989, worked in hospital and family medicine in Australia and South Africa before receiving her MPhil in Palliative Medicine through UCT in 2006, and received her MSc in Medical Humanities at King’s College London in 2015.