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Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.

Family Medicine, Palliative Care

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 279-4800

Office: (585) 506-9484

Fax: (585) 473-2245

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Biography

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D. is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry & Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Epstein is active in research and medical education. He is Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, which focuses on how to improve communication between clinicians, patients and their loved ones. He also directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program to promote excellence in medical education. He has over 200 publications. 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 is a frequent keynote speaker at major national and international conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness in health care. He is a 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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine

Education

1980
| Columbia University
Pre-Medical Studies

1984
MD | Harvard Medical School
Medicine

1976
BA | Wesleyan University
Music

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1985
Internship in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital

07/01/1985 - 06/30/1987
Residency in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital

07/01/1988 - 06/30/1990
Fellowship in FM/Psych/HIV at Highland Hospital of Rochester

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Awards

2017
Gold Humanism Award
Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Location: San Diego, CA

2014
The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014
Sponsor: Thomson Reuters

2014
Highly Cited Researcher
Sponsor: Thomson Reuters

2013
Steven Z. Miller Humanism in Medicine Award
Sponsor: New York Academy of Medicine

2013
"Top Doctor"
Sponsor: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd

2011
"Top Doctor"
Sponsor: US News & World Report

2006
Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award
Sponsor: Society of General Internal Medicine

2006
Article of the Year Award
Sponsor: Academy Health

2005
Visiting Lectureship on Doctor-Patient Relationship
Sponsor: Koppaka Family Foundation
Location: University of Virginia

2005
Outstanding Contributions to the Literature on Theory, Practice & Teaching of Effective Healthcare Communication & Related Skill
Sponsor: American Academy on Communication in Healthcare

2004
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Public/Global Health
Sponsor: International Award
Location: University of Córdoba, Spain

2004
Humanism in Medicine Award
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges nominee
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

2003
Visiting Lectureship on Doctor-Patient Relationship
Sponsor: Koppaka Family Foundation
Location: Oregon Health Sciences University

2003
Pfizer-American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Visiting Professorship
Location: University of California, San Diego

1998 - 2013
"Best Doctor in America"
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

1997 - 1998
Fulbright Senior Lecturers Award
Sponsor: Institute for Health Studies
Location: Barcelona, Spain, International Award

1995 - 1998
George L. Engel and John Romano Dean's Teaching Scholar
Sponsor: URSMD
Location: Rochester, NY

1994 - 1998
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar

1991
Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsor: Volunteers of America
Location: Rochester, NY

1989
Best Workshop
Sponsor: STFM Northeast Regional Meeting
Location: Hershey, PA

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Publications

Journal Articles

4/8/2017
Epstein RM, Privitera MR. "Physician burnout is better conceptualised as depression - Authors' reply." Lancet.. 2017 Apr 8; 389(10077):1398.

3/27/2017
Epstein RM. "What's the Opposite of Burnout?" Journal of general internal medicine.. 2017 Mar 27; Epub 2017 Mar 27.

3/10/2017
Rodenbach RA, Brandes K, Fiscella K, Kravitz RL, Butow PN, Walczak A, Duberstein PR, Sullivan P, Hoh B, Xing G, Plumb S, Epstein RM. "Promoting End-of-Life Discussions in Advanced Cancer: Effects of Patient Coaching and Question Prompt Lists." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2017 Mar 10; 35(8):842-851. Epub 2017 Jan 30.

Books & Chapters

2017
Book Title: "Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity"
Author List: Epstein, Ronald
Published By: Scribner2017 in New York

2015
Chapter Title: Forward
Book Title: Mindful Medical Practice: Clinical Narratives and Therapeutic Insights
Author List: Epstein, Ronald
Published By: Patricia Lynn Dobkin2015

2014
Chapter Title: Mindful practice
Book Title: Behavioral medicine: A guide for clinical practice
Author List: Epstein R
Edited By: MD Feldman; JF Christensen
Published By: McGraw-Hill Education2014

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