Ronald Epstein


    Dr. Ron Epstein 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. Dr. Epstein has done groundbreaking research, funded by the NIH, AHRQ, PCORI  and several major foundations,  into how to improve communication in medical settings when it matters the most – when facing serious or terminal illness and when uncertainty prevails – to promote patient involvement in care, improve communication with patients whose symptoms defy explanation, help patients understand prognosis in serious illness and achieve shared mind when faced with difficult decisions. Through innovative programs that promote mindfulness, communication and self-awareness, he has helped a generation of physicians to practice more attentively, develop stronger relationships with patients, approach difficult decisions more mindfully and develop inner strength and resilience to combat burnout and be more present when patients need it the most. Ron directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program and 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). A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Epstein is recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards relating to communication and humanism, a Fulbright scholarship at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona and visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Brocher Institute in Geneva. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters. He enjoys bicycling, cross-country skiing, cooking and playing the harpsichord. His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, will be released in January 2017.