Writer and internist Danielle Ofri to speak at Union

Publication Date

Dr. Danielle Ofri, author and associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, will speak Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in Reamer Campus Center Auditorium.

Her talk, “The Amygdala and the Stethoscope: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” is free and open to the public.

Ofri is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country. She is a founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.

Ofri’s latest book is What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. She is the author of three other books about life in medicine, including Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients; Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine; and Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue.

She also edited The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine - which won a Best Medical Textbook award.

Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlantic, Slate, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, CNN and on National Public Radio.

Her essays have been selected twice for Best American Essays and also Best American Science Writing. She is the recipient of the John P. McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for “preeminent contributions to medical communication.”

The talk is sponsored by the CapitalCare Medical Group, CDPHP, New York Chapter American College of Physicians, Rapaport Ethics Across the Curriculum, Ronald M. Obenzinger Memorial Endowment and the Union College Pre-Health Society.

To learn more about Ofri, click here.

For information about the program, contact Carol Weisse, director of Health Professions, at (518) 388-6300 or weiseec@union.edu.