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Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine

doctor-patient connection , doctor-patient communication, medical humanities

Danielle Ofri has written five books about life in medicine, with a special focus on the doctor–patient relationship:

  •     What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
  •     What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
  •     Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients
  •     Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine
  •     Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue

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

Ofri’s essays have been selected twice for inclusion in the Best American Essays series and also for Best American Science Writing. She received the McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) for preeminent contributions to medical communication.

Ofri is editor-in-chief and a founder of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary magazine based at a hospital. Bellevue Literary Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that explores the tensions that define our lives, both in illness and in health.

She was also an editor of the medical textbook The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide to Primary Care, which won a best medical textbook award from AMWA.

Danielle Ofri received her PhD in pharmacology from NYU School of Medicine, where she worked with Eric J. Simon, PhD, to study the biochemistry and signal transduction of opiate receptors. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Curry College in Boston.





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Bellevue Hospital, 462 First Avenue

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New York, NY 10016

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Editor Chief, Bellevue Literary Review

MD from New York University

PhD from New York University

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2021 Jan 23; 397(10271):271-272

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2020 May 16; 395(10236):1538-1539

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2020 01 25; 395(10220):264-265

Ofri, Danielle

Academic medicine. 2019 Nov; 94(11):1646-1648

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2019 Sep 07; 394(10201):822-823

Ofri, Danielle

New England journal of medicine. 2019 Mar 28; 380(13):1197-1199

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2019 Feb 02; 393(10170):398-399

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2018 01 06; 391(10115):22-23