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Healthcare Directory—Ronald M. Epstein MD

Last directory upload November-06-2018

Ronald M. Epstein MD

Ronald M. Epstein MD

Family Medicine

Medical School / Professional School:
Harvard Medical School

American Board of Family Medicine
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABMS)

Dr. Ronald Epstein is board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He serves as Director of the Rochester Center to Improve Communication in Health Care and as Director of the Dean's Teaching Fellowship Program for junior and mid-career faculty. Dr. Epstein's NIH-, AHRQ- and foundation-funded studies have added to our understanding of the impact of patient-physician relationships and communication on health, the process of care and health care costs. In particular, his research has focused on patient-centered care, patient influence on clinicians' practice patterns, and clinician mindfulness and self-awareness as applied to stigmatized topics and under-studied populations (e.g. AIDS, somatization, life-limiting illness). He has developed innovative educational programs in mindful practice, communication skills, the patient-physician relationship, physician self-awareness and assessment of professional competence, including peer assessment. His influential educational papers have outlined the habits of mind of master clinicians, including influential papers on mindful practice (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999), professional competence (Journal of the American Medical Association, 2002) and assessment (New England Journal of Medicine, 2007). He has consulted to and produced monographs on patient-centered care for the National Cancer Institute (2007) and American Board of Internal Medicine (2008). He has recently demonstrated the effects of a "mindful communication" program on physician empathy, burnout and clinical care. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications relating to communication in medicine and medical education, and an additional 60 chapters, editorials and monographs. Dr. Epstein graduated from Wesleyan University (1976) and Harvard Medical School (1984). Among his accomplishments, he was named the first George Engel and John Romano Dean's Teaching Scholar at the University of Rochester, and received the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. He has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney, and continues collaborations with both institutions. He is an accomplished harpsichordist, and an avid cyclist and cross-country skier. His wife, Deborah Fox is a freelance lutenist and founding artistic director of Pegasus Early Music. They have two children, Malkah (16) and Eli (19).


Strong Palliative Care Group

601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester New York 14642
Monroe County
Phone: 585-273-1154
Fax:      585-275-7403

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Highland Hospital of Rochester (Highland Family Medicine)

777 Clinton Avenue South
Rochester New York 14620
Monroe County
Phone: 585-279-4800
Fax:      585-442-8319

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