Staff

Meet our program directors, teachers, past graduates and administrative staff.

Program Directors

Ronald Epstein, MD, FAAHPM

Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Medicine
Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research
Co-Director, Mindful Practice in Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Ron Epstein has been passionately devoted to promoting physician self-awareness, mindfulness, and effective communication in clinical practice. He is a family physician and palliative care physician and now devotes most of his time teaching, researching, and writing about communication and mindfulness in clinical care.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Epstein has developed innovative educational programs in mindful practice, communication skills, the patient-physician relationship, physician self-awareness and assessment of professional competence. His seminal 1999 JAMA paper, Mindful Practice, opened the door to exploring how clinician mindfulness can positively influence the clinician-physician relationship, resilience, and quality of care.

Dr. Epstein is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness, and has published over 300 articles and chapters. His first book, “Attending-Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity” was released in 2017.

He enjoys playing the harpsichord, cooking, and cycling and cross-country skiing.

Attending - Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity

Attending is the first book about mindfulness and medical practice written for patients, their families, and for doctors and others providing health care. It is a groundbreaking, intimate exploration of how doctors approach their work with patients.

Now available in paperback. Order on Amazon here.

Mick Krasner, MD, FACP

Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Family Medicine
Co-Director, Mindful Practice in Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Mick Krasner practices primary care internal medicine in Rochester, New York and co-directs the Mindful Practice programs at the University of Rochester and has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 21 years, involving nearly 4,000 participants, and over 1500 health professionals. His research includes investigations into the effects of mindfulness practices on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, and with caregivers of Alzheimer’s patient.

He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice reported in JAMA in September, 2009. His current efforts focus on working with practicing physicians and medical educators on the cultivation of Mindful Practice, with a focus on the connection between health professional well-being and the effectiveness of the healing relationship.

Dr. Krasner graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. He has shared his work in peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, scientific assemblies, workshops, visiting professorships, and intensives in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, focusing primarily on the roots of Hippocratic medicine.

As the fifth of six children whose father was the seventh of seven children, Mick uses his chaotic upbringing as his motivation to make sense of human flourishing. For fun he enjoys walking–to nowhere in particular.

Facilitators

Fred Marshall MD

Fred Marshall, MD

Professor of Neurology

Chief, Division of Geriatric Neurology

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Anita Chakravarti, MD

Patricia Luck

Patricia Lück, MB ChB(MD), MPhil PallMed, MSc MedHum

Assistant Professor Clinical Medical Humanities

Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics (we are in the process of becoming a Department)

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Anamaria Whitmer Jacobsson

Anamaria Whitmer-Jacobsson, MD

Consultant, The Women’s Clinic Varberg

OB/GYN at Varberg Hospital, Sweden

Paula Gardiner

Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

Director of Primary Care Implementation at Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Cambridge Health Alliance

Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine and Community Health University of Massachusetts Medical School

Medical Group Visit Program Director at the Center for Integrated Primary Care

Advanced Teacher Program Graduates

Dr Andrew Czuchwicki, MBBS, FANZCA

  • Grad Dip Counselling
  • mPEAK Facilitator
  • E-RYT Yoga Alliance

Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

  • Director of Primary Care Implementation at Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine and Community Health University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Medical Group Visit Program Director at the Center for Integrated Primary Care

Dr Jillian Horton, BA MA MD FRCPC

  • Associate Professor and Associate Head, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba
  • Director, Alan Klass Health Humanities Program and Physician and Learner Wellness, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr Majid Khan, MA MB BChir (Cantab), MRCGP (UK)

John A. Patterson, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, ABIHM

  • Certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Holistic Medicine
  • Mindful Practice in Medicine, Mind Body Medicine, Yoga Therapy & Physician Coaching
  • University of Kentucky Health and Wellness Program (Lexington) Mindfulness Instructor
  • Saybrook College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences (Pasadena, CA) Mindfulness, Meditation and Health course instructor
  • Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, DC) Senior Faculty, Mind Body Skills Group facilitator

Janice H. Salem, MD, FAAP

  • Lakeview Pediatrics, Founder, Emeritus
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital, Emeritus
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Emeritus
  • Columbia University School of Professional Studies
  • Narrative Medicine Certificate

Karin Schiff, MDCM

Dr Jonathan Starke, MBChB, MSc, MMed, FCPsych(SA), FRANZCP

  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Eastern Health, Melbourne, Australia

Richard Szuster, MD

  • Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii

Olivia Tse, MDCM, FRCPC

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr Beth Whelan, PhD

  • Associate Professor & Training Director Memorial University Student Health and Wellness Centre, St. John’s, NL.
  • Cross Appointment, Discipline of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
  • Faculty Associate Department of Psychology, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
  • Research Curriculum Development, Medical students’ professional identity formation during hospital practice (PROFMED), University of Bergen, Bergen Norway.

Barbara Wolf, PhD

  • Clinical Health Psychologist
  • Corporate Director Behavioral Health Education & Physician Wellness McLaren HealthCare Corporation
  • Associate Professor, Michigan State University Colleges of Human and Osteopathic Medicine

Venus P. Y. Wong, PhD, MSocSc, BSocSc

  • Senior Lecturer, The University of Hong Kong

Martin S. Zand, MD, PhD

  • Dean’s Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
  • Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research
  • Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Senior Lecturer, The University of Hong Kong

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