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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 is one of the foremost voices in the medical world today, speaking passionately about the doctor–patient relationship and bringing humanity back to healthcare. She has written six books about life in medicine:

  •     When We Do Harm; A Doctor Confronts Medical Error
  •     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 about about medicine and the doctor–patient relationship for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and The Atlantic. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, 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 for preeminent contributions to medical communication, and the National Humanism Award from the Gold Foundation

Ofri is editor-in-chief and a founder of Bellevue Literary Review, a nonprofit literary arts organization that explores the intersection of healthcare and the arts. Its flagship journal--the award-winning BLR--publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about illness, health, and healing.

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.

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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Editor Chief, Bellevue Literary Review

MD from New York University

PhD from New York University

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Lancet. 2022 06 18; 399(10343):2260-2261

I feel safest in my hospital : The U.S. may feel ready to move on from the pandemic, but I’m not

Ofri, Danielle

Atlantic monthly. 2022 May 22;

Ofri, Danielle

Lancet. 2022 03 12; 399(10329):1042-1043

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Redefining Women's Work : The relief of suffering was one means to a great end

Ofri, Danielle

American scholar. 2021 Dec 07;

Florence Nightingale in the age of Covid-19

Ofri, Danielle

Stat news. 2021 Jun 29;

Heidi Larson, Vaccine Anthropologist : The world’s richest countries are now its most vaccine-hesitant. Can we learn to trust our shots before the next pandemic?

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The New Yorker. 2021 Jun 12;