How to Stay Centered with Dr. Danielle Ofri

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Danielle Ofri, talented doctor and accomplished author. Whether you are a patient or a doctor, a parent or a student, Dr. Danielle Ofri's experience and wisdom are sure to help you make great decisions. Listen in to learn how to stay open to serendipity, care deeply for others and stay centered - all day long.

About Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a physician at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in 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.

Danielle is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting.

She is the author of a collection of books about the world of medicine.

Her newest book, “What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear,” will be published by Beacon Press on February 7, 2017.

Danielle’s lectures to medical and general audiences are renowned for her use of dramatic stories (and avoidance of PowerPoint). Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and on CNN.com and National Public Radio.

Her essays have been selected by Stephen Jay Gould, Oliver Sacks, and Susan Orlean for Best American Essays (twice) and 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.”

Danielle is currently working on a book about medical error, while several unfinished novels in various states of disrepair gather prime New-York-City dust under her bed. Ofri lives with her husband, three children, aging lab-mutt, and the forever challenges of the cello in a singularly intimate Manhattan-sized apartment.

0:49 Introducing Dr. Danielle Ofri

3:05 Medicine as a warm, human field

  • Scientific rigor and warmth as a clinician

7:22 Learning to care deeply for patients

  • Lessons from the New York AIDS epidemic

14:32 A wide variety of mentors

  • Learning from anyone

17:41 Benefits of being open to serendipity

19:24 Danielle's book - "What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear"

  • Tips for doctors
  • Tips for patients

26:19 How to stay centered all day

  • Recognize when you are falling off your game
  • Self-care and balance

31:14 Strategies for patients

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