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Nationally Renowned Doctor to Speak at 2019 Sischy Lecture

David Rakel, M.D., presents “The Human Connection: There is No Such Thing as Compassion Fatigue”

Thursday, October 3, 2019

David Rakel, M.D., presents “The Human Connection: There is No Such Thing as Compassion Fatigue”

David Rakel, M.D., will deliver the 2019 Sischy Lecture on Monday, October 28 at 6 p.m. at the Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 East River Road, Rochester, New York. His talk, “The Human Connection: There is No Such Thing as Compassion Fatigue,” focuses on the healing power of empathy and mindful listening. 

Rakel is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rakel was also the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program and was awarded tenure in the department of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2010. 

Rakel is the author of The Compassionate Healing Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening, an exploration of the power of the therapeutic relationship between physicians and patients. He’s also co-editor of the Textbook of Family Medicine (8th and 9th eds), editor of Integrative Medicine (1-4 eds), co-editor of Conn’s Current Therapy, and editor-in-chief of “Primary Care Practice Update”. Rakel has received National Institute of Health funding to study the “clinician effect” and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. His team was awarded a six-year contract to educate clinicians in the Veterans Health Care Administration towards a personalized, proactive, and patient driven cultural shift in health care delivery.

The Ben Sischy, M.D., Visiting Scholar in Humane Medicine Lecture was created in 1991 as a tribute to Dr. Ben Sischy who helped establish the department of Radiation Oncology at Highland Hospital and was chief of the program for many years. His career was based on his beliefs in the importance of quality patient care, innovative research, and dedicated treatment. He is credited with pioneering many new approaches to cancer treatment in a community hospital setting.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, go to For more information, contact Brandon Galligan at 585-273-3176.

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