NEWS | January 18, 2018

Lecture to focus on the importance of mindfulness in medicine

Ron Epstein of the University of Rochester to speak Feb. 6 in Sacramento

(SACRAMENTO)

Ron Epstein, a primary and palliative care physician and director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research at the University of Rochester, will speak in Sacramento about the importance of mindfulness in medicine as part of the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine.

Ron Epstein
Dr. Ron Epstein will speak on “Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity” as the next Snively lecturer.

Epstein's address, titled “Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity,” takes place Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium at 4501 X Street in Sacramento. A reception for the speaker that includes appetizers and desserts is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, with reservations requested via Eventbrite.

In a 1999 JAMA paper titled “Mindful Practice,” Epstein opened the door to a deliberative process of self-reflection, observation and attention he believes is key to professional competence and delivering quality patient care. “The goal of mindfulness,” he wrote, “is compassionate informed action in the world, to use a wide array of data, make correct decisions, understand the patient and relieve suffering.”

He also is widely known for research on optimizing trust and effective communication in patient-physician relationships, improving end-of-life care and reducing the risk of physician burnout.

“Dr. Epstein’s research and thinking are continuously gaining prominence in medicine,” said Elizabeth Magnan, assistant professor of family and community medicine and chair of the Snively Visiting Lectureship Committee at UC Davis Health.

“His work reflects the fundamental values of primary care: to know our patients as people and compassionately work to improve their health and well-being," Magnan added.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School, Epstein is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards relating to communication and humanism, a Fulbright fellowship in Barcelona, and fellowships at the University of Sydney and Brocher Institute in Geneva. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters. His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, was published in 2017.

About the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine

George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family medicine discipline. The visiting lectureship was established following his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians, and dedication to providing the community with opportunities to hear from leading minds in health care.

More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine is at health.ucdavis.edu.