Events

Danielle Ofri

photo credit: Joon Park

Danielle Ofri gives lectures to medical and non-medical audiences on a wide range of topics. Her use of dramatic stories (and her avoidance of PowerPoint) make her lectures particularly lively and engaging for the audience. She also gives readings from her books, and offers on-site writing workshops designed to unleash creativity even in those without any writing experience. Danielle has also made personal appearances at book clubs  (both in person and via web) as a visiting author. Book club guides are available free of charge.

To arrange an event, please contact Jennifer Bowen at Leigh Bureau.  jbowen@leighbureau.com. (908-253-6030)

For interviews and media inquiries, please contact Pam MacColl at Beacon Press. PMacColl@beacon.org.

 

Upcoming Appearances

*****

TEDMED Conference–Opening Session
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Sept 10, 2014

*****

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Sept 22, 2014

*****
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
October 9, 2014

*****

Lutheran General Hospital
Chicago, IL
October 16, 2014

*****

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
October 28, 2014

*****

Johns Hopkins University–Distinguished Speakers Series
Baltimore, MD
November 11, 2014

*****

University of Tennessee
Chattanooga, TN
March 20, 2015

*****

University of Texas
Houston, TX
April 14, 2015

*****

Ben Gurion University School of Medicine
Beer Sheva, Israel
May 21, 2015

 

Lecture Topics
Danielle Ofri’s lectures are highly engaging for both general audiences and medical audiences. There are no slides, Powerpoint, or handouts–just lively discourse and compelling human stories.

1. The Amygdala and the Stethoscope: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
            Emotions, Caregivers, and Patients: Despite our commitment to the scientific method, doctors are not nearly as rational and evidence-based as we tell ourselves that we are. Emotions permeate our clinical decision-making, whether we choose to acknowledge this or not. The presentation offers an unflinching look at the how emotions affect caregivers and the medical care they are able to give their patients.

2. Patient Safety and the Human Condition
          A Culture of Safety: Patient safety is a critical issue in medicine today. There is, rightly, a strong emphasis on systems approaches to improving medical care and decreasing error. However, medicine is fundamentally a human endeavor, and in the end it is people, not systems, who cause medical errors. Without attention to the human aspects of the medical enterprise—emotions, respect, relationships—crucial aspects of patient safety will remain beyond our grasp.

3. Surviving Medicine in the 21st Century
            Inspiration in Medicine: Disillusionment in medicine feels like it is reaching epidemic proportions. Doctors and nurses say they would never choose the field if they had to do it all over again. Medical error and burnout seem to be everywhere. But it might be too soon to close the book on the medical profession. This presentation examines the impact of disillusionment, highlighting strategies for re-engaging caregivers, combating burnout, and thriving in the new era of medicine

4. Why Should Lawyers Care What Doctors Feel? A Risk Management Primer
          Malpractice and Medical Error: Lawyers tend to meet up with doctors only in the charged setting of medical malpractice, when doctors are radically changed from their usual selves. Geared toward risk managers, this presentation examines the how doctors commit errors, hide errors, and alter their medical practice because of errors. It digs deep into the harrowing experiences of physicians who’ve experienced medical error and malpractice suits, illuminating the powerful emotional challenges to all who are involved.

5. Why Would Anyone Become a Doctor?
            Medicine Today and Tomorrow: Medicine is increasingly portrayed as a field that no one in their right mind would consider: the debt burden for medical students is gargantuan, regulations strangulate the practice of good medicine, litigious patients lurk in every corner, doctors are disillusioned in droves. Is this all really true? This presentation is geared toward an undergraduate and general audience, examining the current state of medicine, focusing on what it really means to be a doctor today, and why some of us wouldn’t give it up for the world.

6. Medicine in Translation: Journeys With our Patients
            Multiculturalism and Diversity: Like all areas in our culture, medicine faces many challenges in our multicultural society. Stereotypes can subtly undermine medicine’s commitment to patient care. With a candid assessment of how biases infiltrate medicine, this presentation focuses on creative ways to bridge cultural gaps.

7. Tools of the Trade: Old and New Technologies in Medicine
            Technology in Medicine: 
Technology is transforming medicine at a breathless pace. From computerized treatment algorithms to electronic medical records, every aspect of medicine has been refashioned by the digital revolution. This presentation digs into the technologies of medicine—some ancient, some disarmingly simple, some revolutionary, and some impressively overwrought—to examine the impact of this ongoing metamorphosis, and what it means for the doctors, nurses and patients who must navigate it.

8. Medical Error: Why We Don’t Own Up
            Medical Error and the Ethics of Apology: As evidence mounts about the human cost of medical error, society is scrambling to find ways to contain this “epidemic.” At the heart of the issue is how to coax a culture of secrecy and guilt into the light. Do doctors and nurses have the capacity within themselves to come forward and admit these errors? This presentation explores how medical personnel face the delicate issue of apologizing to a patient, and how patients might consider the framework of medical error.

9. A Singular Intimacy: Connecting the Bridge between Doctor and Patient
           Bringing Back the Humanity to Medicine: Despite enormous advances in healthcare, patients and doctors alike are dissatisfied with their experience. So much of medicine has been boiled down to rote algorithms and assembly-line care. Seeking inspiration from the gripping narratives of urban medicine to the unlikely poetry of the ICU, this presentation probes the most fundamental aspect of medical care—how doctors and patients connect.

10. The Good Doctor: Chekhov or Monday Night Football?
            Medical Professionalism:
Professionalism is a hot-button issue in the medical world. As the field comes under assault from all corners, health care workers can feel besieged and demoralized. Seeking inspiration from Chekhov, Sports Illustrated, and the legions of patients in a doctor’s life, this presentation strives to help caregivers avoid becoming ungrounded and losing their sense of self. An unusual look at medical professionalism.

11. For Whom do We Write?
            Doctor-Writers: An Epidemic?
More than any other field, medicine seems to inspire writing. Doctor-writers seem to be everywhere these days, giving rise to a new set of ethical dilemmas. This presentation illuminates the inherent connections between story-telling and medicine in a way that is accessible to a wide-ranging audience.

*****

 

Danielle Ofri’s Prior Appearances

 

Conversation with Oliver Sacks
NYU Humanities Colloquium
NYU School of Medicine

*****

92nd Street Y
New York, NY

*****

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

*****

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

*****

Presidential Commission on Bioethics
Washington, DC

*****

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

*****

UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

*****

Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, CA 

*****

Weill-Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

*****

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: William Carlos Williams Lecture

Philadelphia, PA

*****

Columbia University
New York, NY

*****

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

*****

American Medical Women’s Association
Washington, DC

*****

Global Alliance for Arts & Health–Keynote Speaker
Washington, DC

*****

Cambridge Forum
Broadcast on WGBH-Boston
Cambridge, MA

*****

Dartmouth School of Medicine
Hanover, NH

*****

Fox-Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

*****

McGill University School of Medicine: Visiting Professor
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

*****

New York University Humanities Initiative: Great Books Series
New York, NY

*****

American Academy of Dermatology
New York, NY

*****

Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

*****

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

*****

AAMC
Philadelphia, PA

*****

ACGME
Chicago, IL

******

University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

*****

Georgetown University
Washington DC

*****

Sinai Hospital Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

*****

Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA

*****

Politics and Prose
Washington, DC,  filmed by C-Span’s Book TV

*****

Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

*****

International Conference on Communication in HealthCare–Keynote Speaker
Montreal, Quebec

*****

University of South Florida: Alpha-Omega-Alpha Visiting Professor
Tampa, FL

*****

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Kissimee, FL

*****

St. Louis University 
St. Louis, MO

*****

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
John Leonard Visiting Professor
Nashville, TN

*****

Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

*****

University of Virginia: Medical Center Hour 
Charlottesville, VA

*****

University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
Worcester, MA

*****

University of Texas–Southwestern
Dallas, TX

*****

Shenandoah University  White Coat Ceremony
Winchester, VA

*****

Barnes & Noble: Upper West Side
New York, NY

*****

Barnes & Noble: Bethesda
Bethesda, MD

*****

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
San Francisco, CA

*****

California Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

*****

Contra Costa Medical Center
Martinez, CA

*****

Think Coffee
New York, NY

*****

WNYC radio: Leonard Lopate Show
93.9 FM or wnyc.org

*****

New York Public Library Book Discussion Group
Kips Bay Branch

*****

Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

*****

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

*****

Harvard Risk Management Foundation 
Cambridge, MA

*****

Hiram College
Hiram, Ohio

*****

Washington DC–VA Medical Center
Washington, DC

*****

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Washington, DC

*****

Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

*****

American Medical Student Association: Webcast Discussion
“Caring for Immigrant Patients”

*****

McGill University: Homecoming Weekend Speaker
Montreal, Quebec

*****

Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Plenary Speaker
Baltimore, MD

*****

Rochester University School of Medicine
Rochester, NY

*****

The Hamptons: Public Lecture, Q&A, Book Signing
Bridgehampton, New York

*****

Northern/Central California Patient Safety Conference: Keynote Speaker
Sacramento, CA

*****

Temple University School of Medicine: White Coat Ceremony
Philadelphia, PA

*****

New York University Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
New York, NY

*****

Great Neck Library
Great Neck, New York

*****

New York County Lawyer’s Association
New York, NY

*****

University of Medicine and Dentisty of New Jersey
Newark, NJ

*****

Florida Hospital
Orlando, FL

*****

Lennox Hill Hospital
New York, NY

*****

University of California–Irvine
Irvine, CA

*****

AdvMedRx Conference–Keynote Speaker
Washington DC

*****

Northwest College Writers’ Series
Powell, WY

*****

Rutgers University: Visiting Writer
New Brunswick, NJ

*****

Macaulay Honors College Art and Science Day
New York, NY

*****

Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

*****

Webinar  Discussion ”The Importance of Literary Community”
sponsored by AMSA’s Medical Humanities Scholars Program

*****

Atlanticare Physicians Retreat
Atlantic City, NJ

*****

Bellevue Hospital 
New York, NY

*****

Grace Church
New York, NY

*****

Stony Brook School of Medicine
Stony Brook, NY

*****

 

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: