Danielle Ofri

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Danielle Ofri

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Editor Chief, Bellevue Literary Review

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1993 — New York Univeristy School of Medicine, Medical Education

Research Summary

Danielle Ofri is the author of four books about life in medicine, with a special focus on the doctor-patient relationship:

•    What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.
•    Medicine in Translation 
•    Incidental Findings
•    Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue

Danielle Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, CNN and on National Public Radio.  

Her essays have been selected twice for Best American Essays and also for Best American Science Writing. She is the recipient of the McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for “preeminent contributions to medical communication.”  

Dr. Ofri is Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the Bellevue Literary Review (www.BLReview.org), the first literary magazine based in a hospital. The Bellevue Literary Review publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that touch upon relationships to the human body, health, healing, illness and disease.

Dr. Ofri was also editor of a medical textbook—The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine—which won a Best Medical Textbook award.

Dr. Ofri received her PhD in Pharmacology from NYU. She worked with Dr. Eric Simon on the biochemistry and signal transduction of opiate receptors. 

Danielle Ofri is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College in Boston.


Research Keywords

doctor-patient connection

Adding Spice to the Slog: Humanities in Medical Training
Ofri, Danielle. Adding Spice to the Slog: Humanities in Medical Training. PLoS medicine. 2015 Sep;12(9):e1001879-e1001879 e1001879 (1789512)

The Passion and the Peril: Storytelling in Medicine
Ofri, Danielle. The Passion and the Peril: Storytelling in Medicine. Academic medicine. 2015 Aug;90(8):1005-1006 (1466192)

The marathon of diabetes
Ofri, Danielle. The marathon of diabetes. Lancet. 2015 May 23;385(9982):2039-2040 (1602962)

Stop Wasting Doctors' Time
Ofri, Danielle. Stop Wasting Doctors' Time [Newspaper Article]. New York times. 2014 Dec 16;:?-? (1497382)

The little things
Ofri, Danielle. The little things. New England journal of medicine. 2014 Oct 09;371(15):1378-1379 (1299102)