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Dr. Jerome Groopman      

Physician, Author, Anatomy of Hope, How Doctors Think. Your Medical Mind

Dr. Jerome Groopman holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is Chief of Experimental Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1998, Groopman writes regularly about a wide variety of medical conditions, biology and medicine for lay audiences. He has authored numerous editorials on policy issues in The New Republic and The Washington Post. His first popular book, The Measure of Our Days, examines the spiritual lives of patients with serious illness, and became the basis for the ABC Television series Gideon's Crossing.

His next book, Second Opinions, addresses the challenges that patients and their families face in evaluating and acting on medical advice. His third book, The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness, explores how we learn how to distinguish true hope from false hope, why some people feel they are undeserving of it, whether we should ever abandon our search, and what is an authentic biology of hope. A New York Times bestseller, it's been called "provocative and important" and "compassionate, touching and inspiring."

His book, How Doctors Think, explores how physicians arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment, and why they may not. Called "elegant and tough-minded" by Michael Crichton, the book recounts stories about how doctors and patients interact with one other. His latest book, co-authored with Pamela Hartzband, is Your Medical Mind, a primer for making medical decisions.

Dr. Groopman serves on many scientific editorial boards and has published more than 150 scientific articles. In 2000, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and in 2007 was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Speech Topics


How Doctors Think

According to Dr. Groopman, a doctor has to think with the patient, not despite or against her or from an assumption of superior knowledge. In this talk based on his bestselling book How Doctors Think (which was called “A sage, humane prescription for medical practitioners and the people who depend of them” by O, The Oprah Magazine), Dr. Groopman unravels the ultimate medical mystery: how doctors figure out the best treatments -- or fail to do so.

He draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country's best physicians, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient, and shares lessons learned hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems.

Dr. Groopman reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together. Dr. Groopman can also address topics from his other books The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions and The Measure of Our Days.

Your Medical Mind

Dr. Groopman's latest book, Your Medical Mind, is a primer for making medical decisions. This presentation with co-author Dr. Pamela Hartzband) shares the expertise of doctors, psychologists and economists (as well as his own experiences as a physician and a patient) to help sort out the bewildering--and often conflicting--range of information about treatment.

News


Cancer: A Time for Skeptics | by Jerome Groopman | The New York ...

Twelve years after the initial diagnosis, her oncologist, a thoughtful and dedicated doctor, told her that the cancer was growing quickly and treatment options ...

Know when it's time to fire your doctor - CNN.com

This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2007. (CNN) Dr. Jerome Groopman knew that he needed to break up with his doctor. Five years ago, when ...

The Most Notable Medical Findings of 2016 - The New Yorker

Jerome Groopman lists the most interesting medical research of the year—on guns, AIDS, prostate cancer, spinal pain, and the power of cranberry juice.

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