Ronald Epstein is a family physician, palliative care physician, writer, researcher and teacher of communication and mindful practice in medicine.
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine
Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research
Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs
Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Ron's new book, Attending
“This book is phenomenal. It is hard for me to imagine a doctor reading it and not immediately recognizing, taking to heart, and implementing its messages in any number of different ways. And it is equally hard for me to imagine that it will not energize all of us, when we find ourselves in the role of ‘the patient,’ to demand greater mindfulness from our care givers.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners
"At a time when physicians are being replaced by algorithms and AI, Attending reveals the true roots of healing. One of the best and most relevant books on mindfulness I've ever read."
—Dean Ornish, MD
"The life of a physician is a journey that explores mind and heart and soul. Here, Ronald Epstein, a consummate clinician, illuminates those domains of life, finding truths for his patients and for himself. This book will educate and inspire both professionals and laymen alike."
—Jerome Groopman, MD, author of How Doctors Think
"Ronald Epstein cuts through the cacophony and illuminates the heart of the medical enterprise—the attentive and compassionate connection between doctor and patient. In a world awash with medical error, patient dissatisfaction, and burned-out doctors, this attention to mindfulness is much needed balm. “Attending” is at once penetrating, counterintuitive, and profoundly humbling."
—Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
“Attending is the book every medical caregiver needs to strengthen their minds and harness their resilience to care for others—and every patient needs to understand how doctors think. This is a work of heart and head, a beautiful synthesis of inner wisdom and hard earned scientific empirical findings. With clear explanations, and captivating stories, this book is exactly what the field of medicine needs.”
—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mind and The Mindful Brain and Executive Director, Mindsight Institute Founding Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center