Ronald Epstein is a family physician, palliative care physician, writer, researcher and teacher of communication and mindful practice in medicine.

Current Appointments
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine
Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research
Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs
Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Board Certification
Family Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine




Med Life with Dr. Horton
”On Toxic Culture in Medicine with Dr. Ronald Epstein”
CMAJ Podcasts | October 15, 2019

An interview with Ron Epstein as a part of the 2019 Mindful Healthcare Summit
”Where to Get Started with Mindfulness”
May 2019




Watch this 8-minute video about Mindful Practice® programs


Mindful Practice Workshop: Netherlands
November 17-20, 2019

Centrum voor Mindfulness
Nunspeet, Netherlands

A 4-day retreat-like workshop designed to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being. It offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations.

Session themes include communication with patients/families, responding to suffering, difficult decisions, errors, professionalism, medical education, compassion, self-care, resilience and burnout.

Course Directors: Drs. Ron Epstein & Mick Krasner
Contact and Registration: Centrum voor Mindfulness

Ron's book, Attending, is now available in paperback. Click here to learn more. 


“This book is phenomenal.  It is hard for me to imagine a doctor reading it and not immediately recognizing, taking to heart, and implementing its messages in any number of different ways. And it is equally hard for me to imagine that it will not energize all of us, when we find ourselves in the role of ‘the patient,’ to demand greater mindfulness from our care givers.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners

"Ronald Epstein cuts through the cacophony and illuminates the heart of the medical enterprise—the attentive and compassionate connection between doctor and patient. In a world awash with medical error, patient dissatisfaction, and burned-out doctors, this attention to mindfulness is much needed balm. “Attending” is at once penetrating, counterintuitive, and profoundly humbling."
—Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

“Attending is the book every medical caregiver needs to strengthen their minds and harness their resilience to care for others—and every patient needs to understand how doctors think. This is a work of heart and head, a beautiful synthesis of inner wisdom and hard earned scientific empirical findings. With clear explanations, and captivating stories, this book is exactly what the field of medicine needs.”
—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mind and The Mindful Brain and Executive Director, Mindsight Institute Founding Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

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