MU’s Goldberg Lecturer to Examine How Emotions Affect the Behavior of Doctors

The Oct. 29 Presentation Is Free and Open to the Public

Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 17, 2014) — New York University School of Medicine associate professor and frequent New York Times contributor Danielle Ofri will explore how emotions influence doctors’ behavior as she delivers the 2014 Helen Goldberg Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health.

Danielle Ofri
Danielle Ofri

Ofri, MD, PhD, whose clinical home is at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the country’s oldest public hospital, will present “The Amygdala and the Stethoscope: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” at 7 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Fred W. Smith Forum, Room 200 of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the University of Missouri campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow. Ofri will be available to sign copies of her book “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.”

Ofri writes regularly for The New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Her essays also appear in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and on CNN.com and National Public Radio.

In addition to What Doctors Feel, Ofri is the author of “Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients,” “Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine” and “Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue.” She was also editor of a medical textbook, “The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine,” which a Best Medical Textbook award.

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
“What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine” by Danielle Ofri.

Ofri’s essays have been selected 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.”

Established in 1994, the Helen Goldberg Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health is jointly sponsored by the University of Missouri Schools of Medicine and Journalism. The lectureship honors Helen Goldberg (1928-93), who was personally and professionally concerned about women’s health issues and the news media’s capacity to spur public interest in needed biomedical research.

Goldberg received four degrees from the University of Missouri: a bachelor of science degree in human environmental sciences; a bachelor of journalism degree from the School of Journalism; a master of science degree in public health from the School of Medicine; and an educational specialist degree from the College of Education. She worked in the Health Care Technology Center within the School of Medicine and helped organize the Science Journalism Center in the School of Journalism.

Parking is available in the Hitt Street Garage, corner of Elm and Hitt Streets.

Updated: July 31, 2020

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