Goldberg Lecturer to Examine Communications Between Patients and Their Doctors

Danielle Ofri

Dr. Danielle Ofri will deliver the 2017 Helen Goldberg Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the Fred W. Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute, at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Wednesday, April 26, Presentation Is Free and Open to the Public

Columbia, Mo. (March 31, 2017) — New York University School of Medicine associate professor and frequent New York Times contributor Danielle Ofri will explore the critical importance of the doctor-patient conversation as she delivers the 2017 Helen Goldberg Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health. Ofri holds both MD and PhD degrees, and her clinical home is New York’s Bellevue Hospital.

The lecture, “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear (and Vice Versa): The Highest Stakes in Medicine,” will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the Fred W. Smith Forum, Room 200, of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow. Ofri will be available to sign copies of her new book “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.” Parking is available in the Hitt Street Garage, corner of Elm and Hitt Streets.

Established in 1994, the Helen Goldberg Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health is jointly sponsored by the School of Medicine and School of 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.

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 and National Public Radio.

Ofri is also the author of “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” “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 won a Best Medical Textbook award.

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.”

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.

Updated: December 2, 2020

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