Ron Epstein, MD - 1440 Multiversity

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Ron Epstein, MD

Renowned physician, pioneer in mindfulness in medicine

From his early days as a Harvard Medical School student, Ron Epstein saw what makes good doctors great, how they deliver more accurate diagnoses, make fewer errors, and build stronger connections with their patients. This set the stage for his life’s work—identifying the qualities and habits that distinguish master clinicians from those who are merely competent. The secret, he learned, was mindfulness.

Since then, Dr. Epstein has been a physician on a mission: to use mindfulness to improve the quality of communication and care between clinicians, patients, and their loved ones. His book Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, published in 2017, was the first book about mindfulness and medical practice to be written for a wide, not solely academic, audience.

A professor of family medicine, psychiatry, and oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Epstein is a rigorous and acclaimed researcher with over 250 publications; his NIH-, AHRQ-, and foundation-funded studies have significantly advanced our understanding of the impact of patient-physician relationships on health, the process of care, and healthcare costs.

Dr. Epstein is also director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, and his seminal work on mindful practice also shines a light on the racial and social disparities in the achievement of patient-centered care—looking at how mindfulness can dismantle the negative effects of bias.

Dr. Epstein is a frequent keynote speaker at major conferences and healthcare institutions, teaching healthcare professionals around the world how to be better caretakers with less burnout.

Dr. Epstein was named the George Engel and John Romano Dean’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Rochester, and he has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney. His 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.

When he isn’t changing the landscape of primary care, Dr. Epstein enjoys playing the harpsichord, cooking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and hanging out with his wife, Deborah Fox, and their two children, Malka and Eli.

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