Ron Epstein, MD, FAAHPM

Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Medicine (Palliative Care), University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, New York; Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, New York

Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He is a family physician, teacher, researcher, and writer who has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care, and clinician resilience. With funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and several major foundations, he has done groundbreaking research on topics including: improving communication in medical settings when patients are facing serious or terminal illness and uncertainty prevails; promoting patient involvement in care; improving communication with patients whose symptoms defy explanation; helping patients understand prognosis in serious illness; and achieving shared mind when faced with difficult decisions. Through innovative programs that promote mindfulness, communication, and self-awareness, he has helped a generation of physicians practice more attentively; develop stronger relationships with patients; approach difficult decisions more mindfully; develop inner strength and resilience to combat burnout; and be more present when their patients need them the most. At the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Epstein co-directs Mindful Practice® programs and the Deans Teaching Fellowship program. He is the recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards related to communication and humanism; a Fulbright scholarship to the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain; and visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney in Australia and the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and his first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, was released in January of 2017.