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Ronald Mark Epstein, M.D.

Family Medicine, Palliative Care

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 279-4800

Office: (585) 506-9484

Fax: (585) 473-2245

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

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

Specialties

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

Education

1976
BA | Wesleyan University
Music

1980
| Columbia University
Pre-Medical Studies

1984
MD | Harvard Medical School
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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

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

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Awards

2018
Health Care Achievement Award
Sponsor: Rochester Business Journal

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

2014 - 2014
The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds
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
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

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

9/24/2018
DeMartini J, Fenton JJ, Epstein R, Duberstein P, Cipri C, Tancredi D, Xing G, Kaesberg P, Kravitz RL. "Patients' Hopes for Advanced Cancer Treatment." Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2018 Sep 24; Epub 2018 Sep 24.

7/28/2018
Norton SA, Wittink MN, Duberstein PR, Prigerson HG, Stanek S, Epstein RM. "Family caregiver descriptions of stopping chemotherapy and end-of-life transitions." Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.. 2018 Jul 28; Epub 2018 Jul 28.

7/2018
Saeed F, Hoerger M, Norton SA, Guancial E, Epstein RM, Duberstein PR. "Preference for Palliative Care in Cancer Patients: Are Men and Women Alike?" Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2018 Jul 0; 56(1):1-6.e1. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

Books & Chapters

2019
Chapter Title: Mindful Practice
Book Title: Behavioral Medicine, 5th edition
Author List: Epstein RM
Edited By: Feldman M, Christensen J
Published By: Lange2019

2017
Chapter Title: Mindful Practitioners, Mindful Teams, and Mindful Organizations
Book Title: Distracted Doctoring
Author List: Epstein RM
Edited By: Papadakos PJ, Bertman S
Published By: Scribner2017 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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

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