Humanism in Medicine Seminar to Focus on Doctor-Patient Conversations


Pictured above: Dr. Danielle Ofri.

The 10th Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Healthcare, honoring a decade of encouraging compassionate care, will be on Monday, March 25. Dr. Danielle Ofri, an internist, acclaimed author and one of the foremost speakers about the doctor-patient relationship, will discuss the topic of her latest book, “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.”

The event honors Cindy Wool, the wife of Dr. Steven A. Wool, who died in 2008 at age 54 from acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her memorial promotes compassionate and empathic relationships between patients and their caregivers. The event is co-sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and by the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

As a physician practicing at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, Ofri speaks with the authenticity of direct engagement on the front lines of medical care. On a daily basis, she confronts the major medical issues of our time without losing focus on the individual patient. Ofri’s unique voice and perceptiveness help unravel the complex layers of modern medicine. She reveals how refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients can lead to better health.

Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the critical connection between doctor and patient. Her previous books include “Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue,” “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine” and “Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients.”

Special recognition this year will go to Dr. Sandra Gold, the seminar’s founding speaker. With her late husband, Dr. Arnold Gold, she is co-founder of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, whose programs such as the White Coat Ceremony and Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care promote health care professional-patient relationships based on caring, personalization, and mutual respect.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6 p.m., at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. VIP reception tickets are $100. The keynote address is at 7 p.m. Participants can opt for the seminar with coffee and dessert for $18. Medical students may attend at no cost. Tickets are at www.jfsa.org/cindy-wool or call 647-8468.

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