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The Mindful Physician: Michael S. Krasner, MD, FACP

Updated: Feb 4

Michael (Mick) Krasner (he/him), MD, FACP is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Krasner has been teaching Mindfulness-Based programs to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 23 years, involving over 4000 participants and more than 2000 health professionals, and continues to facilitate Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for employees and dependents of the University of Rochester. He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, funded by the Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Excellence, with results reported in JAMA in September 2009. This program led to the establishment of Mindful Practice Programs at the University of Rochester which he co-directs, offering continuing educational programs to health professionals and educators locally and internationally for the past 13 years, and incudes a multi-year teacher training program for future facilitators of Mindful Practice. He has been engaged in a variety of research projects including the investigations of the effects of mindfulness practices on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, and on caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.


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Dr. Krasner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and received the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in1987, completing residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he continued as a full-time faculty member and still engages in medical student and residency education, post-graduate medical education, and research. He has shared his work in peer-reviewed publications, scientific assemblies, workshops, visiting professorships, and intensives throughout the world, focusing primarily on the roots of Hippocratic medicine through the cultivation of attention, awareness, and reflection on the health professional- healing relationship. He describes his personal mission as centered on compassion in medicine- for the self and others, envisioning a personalized health professional-patient relationship where healing is truly bidirectional, care goals are mutually derived, and the uniqueness of the clinical encounter reflects the central act of mutual high regard.


For Dr. Krasner’s Prescription for Success, please listen.

Dr. Krasner shares a poem as part of his Prescription for Success. Please enjoy. The section begins at 48:23.


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Notable quotes from Dr. Krasner’s interview:

I felt ill-prepared for suffering.
You can’t understand the nature of someone’s suffering without asking.
We are engaging patients and leveraging their strengths and capacities for themselves.
We can feel better, we can do better, and we can do better work.
We all need community, we all need connection, we are all supported by that.
Many of our workplace experienced are impoverished by that sense of community.
If you are in healthcare, you are already resilient…We work within imperfect systems.
What we do in medicine is actually extraordinary.

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