Doctor-Patient Relationship to Be Highlighted at Plenary

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The author of the bestseller What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear will give a talk on that subject at a plenary on Sunday, Nov. 10. The book explores how refocusing the conversations between doctors and patients can lead to improved health outcomes.


Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Citation: Kidney News 11, 10/11

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a practicing internist at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, regular contributor to the New York Times, and best-selling author of several books. She is one of the foremost speakers about the doctor–patient relationship and how to bring humanity back to healthcare.

In her critically acclaimed book, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, Dr. Ofri explored the hidden emotional world of the doctor and its impact on patient care.

Dr. Ofri has developed a signature style that combines compelling narratives with thoughtful reflection and focused reporting. She uses stories to uncover the mysteries of human life and human nature, to explore the joys and problems of modern medical practice, and to ask questions about society’s priorities.

Dr. Ofri is a clinical professor of medicine at New York University, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital, and a columnist in The New York Times’ Well blog. Her books include Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients, Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue, and Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine.

Her essays have been published in Slate, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and Los Angeles Times, and she has been heard on NPR. Her writings have been chosen for inclusion in Best American Essays twice and Best American Science Writing 2003.

She is also the editor-in-chief of Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary magazine based at a hospital. It publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that explores the tensions that define our lives in illness and in health.

She was an editor of a textbook, The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide to Primary Care, which won a best medical textbook award from the American Medical Writers Association. She also received the McGovern Award from this association for preeminent contributions to medical communication.

Dr. Oliver Sacks praised her as “a born storyteller and a born physician.” She received her MD and PhD in pharmacology from New York University.