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Physician Leadership Symposium

Surviving Medicine in the 21st Century

Disillusionment in medicine feels like it is reaching epidemic proportions. Doctors 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.

The 17th annual William E. Petersen Endowment Lecture Series invites Dr. Danielle Ofri to talk about the impact of disillusionment and strategies for re-engaging doctors, combating burnout, and thriving in the new era of medicine. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

University of St. Thomas, Schulze Auditorium
46 11th Street South, Minneapolis

5:00 p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. Lecture

Meet Dr. Danielle Ofri

Dr. Danielle Ofri, speaker 17th annual Physician Leadership Symposium Danielle Ofri is one of the foremost speakers about the doctor-patient relationship and bringing humanity back to health care. At a time when frustration is at an all-time high for doctors, nurses, patients, and their families, Danielle’s unique voice and extraordinary perceptiveness help unravel the complex layers of modern medicine.

Praised as “a born story-teller and a born physician” by Oliver Sacks, Danielle Ofri is renowned for her inspiring and engaging talks. She weaves in captivating stories alongside the latest medical trends, unafraid to reach counterintuitive solutions. Danielle writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the critical connection between doctor and patient. Her newest book, “What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear” explores how refocusing the conversations between doctors and patients can lead to improved health outcomes.

In her critically acclaimed book, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine Danielle upends stereotypes in the medical world and explores the hidden emotional world of the doctor and its impact on patient care.

As a practicing internist at Bellevue Hospital — the nation’s oldest public hospital and perhaps its most legendary — Danielle speaks with the authenticity of a physician directly engaged in 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. In her books and articles, Danielle Ofri has developed a signature style that combines compelling narrative with thoughtful reflection and focused reporting. She uses stories to uncover the mysteries of human life and human nature, to explore the joys and problems of modern medical practice, and to ask questions about society’s priorities. A popular and engaging speaker, Danielle can unpack complex issues for community audiences, as well as inspire medical professionals, students, administrators, and educators.


  • Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University
  • Attending Physician, Bellevue Hospital
  • Columnist, The New York Times’ Well blog

Author of:

  • What Patients Say What Doctors Hear   
  • What Doctors Feel         
  • Medicine in Translation
  • Singular Intimacies
  • Incidental Findings

Essays published in The New York Times, Slate, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Los Angeles Times, and on NPR

Writings included in Best American Essays 2005 & 2002 and Best American Science Writing 2003