Contemporary Authors in Bioethics: What Doctors Feel

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 4:30 – 6pm
TMEC 227 Mini Amphitheatre
Harvard Medical School 
260 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115

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We are pleased to have Danielle Ofri joining us for a public forum this month to discuss her book, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.

Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most challenging moments. But doctors' emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice have a profound impact on medical care. And while much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions. In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients.

About the Author
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD is a physician at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country, and associate professor of medicine at NYU. She writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection for the New York Times, and other publications. Her lectures to medical and general audiences are renowned for her use of dramatic stories (and avoidance of PowerPoint). Danielle is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting. Ofri lives with her husband, three children, loyal lab-mutt, and the forever challenges of the cello in a singularly intimate Manhattan-sized apartment.

Moderator
Robert Truog, MD
Director of the Center for Bioethics, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Legal Medicine, Professor of Anaesthesia (Pediatrics)

Commentator
Jon Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Center for Bioethics and Harvard Medical School